Our Directors

Prof. Dany Adone, Co-Founder

Dany Adone is Professor and Chair of Applied English Linguistics at the University of Cologne. In Australia, she is also an Adjunct Professor associated with the College of Indigenous Futures, Arts & Society at CDU, a Visiting Professor at AIATSIS, a Visiting Scholar at the Mirima Dawang Woorlab-gerring Language and Culture Centre in Kununurra, and Associate Professor at the University of Sydney, where she is also a member of the Sydney Indigenous Research Network and Sydney Centre for Language Research. She has lived in Arnhem Land/NT, Australia for over five years.

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Prof. Beate Neumeier, Co-Founder

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).

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Prof. Heinz Antor

Heinz Antor, Professor of English Literature, studied English, French, and Applied Linguistics at Erlangen and Oxford (UK). In 2020 Heinz Antor, a long time-colleague and cooperating partner in key projects at CAS, joined our team of directors.

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Stefanie Affeldt

Social Media

Dr. Stefanie Affeldt holds a BA in Sociology from Macquarie University, an MA in Cultural and Social History from the University of Essex and obtained her doctorate in (Historical) Sociology from the University of Hamburg.

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Leonie John

Australian Studies Online Project Coordinator

Leonie John joined the Centre for Australian Studies team in February 2022. She is a literary studies postdoc and academic project manager for the online master programme “Australian Studies”, which will be offered at five North Rhine-Westphalian universities soon.

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Anna Gosebrink

Research Coordinator

Anna completed her MA in English and French Philology at the University of Cologne in 2022. In her studies, she focuses on language contact and language endangerment with a special interest in Indigenous cultures and languages in Australia.

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Victoria Herche

Public Relations

Victoria Herche is a post-doctoral Researcher and Lecturer in the English Department at the University of Cologne and Adjunct Research Fellow at Edith Cowan University. She is also assistant editor of Anglistik: International Journal of English Studies.

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David Kern

Third Mission

David is a lecturer in the English Department at the University of Cologne. He studied English, Philosophy and Education at the University of Cologne from 2009 to 2016 and holds a State Examination (Equals M.A.) and a German teaching degree.

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Friederike Zahn

Digital Teaching and E-Learning Coordinator

Friederike obtained her BA in German and English Philology from the University of Münster in 2017 and her MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Bonn in 2020. In her Master’s programme, Friederike mainly focused on different aspects of natural language processing.

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Affiliate Team Members

Christina Ringel

Christina Ringel has completed her PhD in the English Department/University of Cologne. Her dissertation describes the linguistic expression of the concept of possession in the endangered language Miriwoong (non-Pama-Nyungan, Jarrakan, Australia).

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Thomas Batchelor

Thomas studied at the University of Sydney until 2017 and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in linguistics. Since graduating with First Class Honours, he is now working as a Research Assistant in the English Department at the University of Cologne, where he is also working on a PhD project on language change and contact in Australian Kriol around Kununurra.

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