Beate Neumeier is Professor of English at the University of Cologne. Her research is in gender, performance, and postcolonial studies. She is the editor of the e-journal Gender Forum and published widely on women’s writing, Anglophone drama, contemporary British-Jewish literature, postcolonial literatures and Australian studies. Since 2017 she has been president of the German Association for Australian Studies (GASt).
Together with her colleague Prof. Adone she has launched the DAAD-funded Dr. R. Marika Chair for Australian Studies at the University of Cologne (2009-2014), and organised its Literary/ Cultural Studies section. Together they initiated collaborative research and exchange projects with Australian colleagues, and established an Australian Studies program at the University of Cologne. In 2015 they set up a network between German universities to develop an online Australian Studies project.
Among her book publications are Engendering Realism and Postmodernism: Contemporary Women Writers in Britain (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2001), Dichotonies: Gender and Music (Heidelberg: Winter Verlag, 2009), Gothic Renaissance (Manchester UP, 2014), coedited with Elisabeth Bronfen, and Decolonizing the Landscape: Indigenous Cultures in Australia (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2014), coedited with Kay Schaffer. Currently she is preparing a monograph on Kim Scott and Alexis Wright.