The Centre builds upon the vivid exchange of inter- and transdisciplinary research and teaching projects established over the past ten years at the English Department of the University of Cologne with colleagues from Germany and Australia. In 2009 Prof. Dany Adone and Prof. Beate Neumeier established the Dr. R. Marika Chair of Australian Studies with the financial support of the DAAD and the University, which was held by internationally renowned Australian scholars in literary and cultural studies (Prof. Bill Ashcroft, Prof. Kay Schaffer, Prof. Sue Kossew, Prof. Paul Arthur) and linguistics (Prof. Brian Devlin, Prof. Rob Amery, Prof. Patrick McConvell, Prof. Harold Koch). The establishment of this Chair provided the opportunity for the development of a broad network with Australian universities and enabled fruitful collaborations of faculty and students. Building on this tradition, the Centre for Australian Studies continuously and regularly hosts guests and visiting scholars from Australia and around the world.