David has studied English, Philosophy, and Education at the University of Cologne from 2009 to 2016. In 2016 he received his First State Examination (equal to an MA Degree). He is a Research Assistant in the English Department/University of Cologne. He is currently developing a PhD Project in Indigenous Literary Environmental Activism.
In summer 2016, David was part of the organising team of the German Association for Australian Studies’ conference on “Nature and Environment in Australia” at Cologne and has co-authored the pertaining conference report. In the course of his studies, David has focused on Indigenous Australian writing and theatre, as well as on Indigenous Canadian writing.
His paper – presented at the 2016 Cologne conference – on an ecocritical reading of Colin Johnson’s (Mudrooroo) novel Dr. Wooreddy’s Prescriptions for Enduring the End of the World, examining the role of the environment as an independent nonhuman agent has been accepted for publication and is forthcoming in 2017. His research interests include Indigenous Studies, Indigenous Australian and Indigenous Canadian Literature, Ecocriticism, Post-colonial Theory, Discouse Analysis and Cultural Studies.