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GASt Dissertation Prize

Congratulations to Dr. Victoria Herche, the awardee of the GASt dissertation prize for her PhD thesis "The Adolescent Country: Re-Imagining Youth and Coming of Age in Contemporary Australian Film” (Englisches Seminar, Universität zu Köln 2018). Dr. Victoria Herche was awared the prize on September 14, 2020 through a virtual ceremony.

Australian Studies Certificate

Australian Studies Certificate

From Winter semester 2019/2020, students at the University of Cologne now have the opportunity to receive a Certificate in Australian Studies. This certificate complements the major and certifies the acquisition of fundamental knowledge in the field of Australian Studies. The certificate is available in conjunction with a multitude of courses, both from the regular curriculum and online courses developed by the Centre for Australian Studies. Students who have already completed courses in the area of Australian Studies may also retroactively receive this certificate.


12 LP (from 4 classes)

Required classes:

  •  1 online lecture series “Introduction to Australian Studies: Transdisciplinary Perspectives” (2 LP)
  • 2 seminars (basic and extension modules, online or regular) in relation to Australian studies (3 LP)
  • 1 exams colloquium
  • Written module exam in relation to Australian studies (3 LP)

The Certificate may be started at any time and can be completed without special registration. Award is through the Centre for Australian Studies.

For questions please contact: contact(at)

Welcome to Dr.' Victoria Herche


Dr.' Victoria Herche has joined the chair of English Literary Studies as Research Assistant for Prof. Antor on 01 Feburary 2020. As such, Dr.' Herche will be taking over the position of Assistant Editor for  Anglistik: International Journal of English Studies. Dr.' Hoydis will continue her work for Anglistik as General Editor.  Dr.' Herche's PhD thesis,

The Adolescent Nation Re-Imagining Youth and Coming of Age in Contemporary Australian Film,


which she wrote under the supervision of Prof.' Beate Neumeier is due to be published in 2020. On behalf of the editorial office and our team we wish Dr.' Herche all the best and we are looking forward to working with her.


Successful habilitation of PD. Dr. Julia Hoydis

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  • Prof. Heinz Antor and PD. Dr. Julia Hoydis
  • Bestowing of the certificate by the vice dean Prof. Dr. Schröder
  • Vice dean Prof. Dr. Schröder reading out the certificate in Latin

We would like to congratulate Miss PD Dr. Julia Hoydis on her successfull habilitation in English Literary-and Cultural Studies. Vice dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities Prof. Dr. Stephan Michael Schröder bestowed Dr. Hoydis with the formal certificate to independently teach in higher education after she had given her introductory lecture on 10. October 2018. Drawing on the tradition of the faculty the certificate was read out in Latin before being presented to PD Dr. Hoydis. 

Inaugural lecture by Dr. habil. Julia Hoydis

We are delighted to invite you to the inaugural lecture of Dr. habil Julia Hoydis on Wednesday, 10. October 2018 at the Seminargebäude (S11) at 5:00 pm. Dr. Hoydis will be speaking about

"Lost Children, Weather, and Violence: (Re)Imagining the British North in Contemporary Fiction"

After the lecture you are invited to join us for a champagne reception.

Lecture Series : Gender | Fictions - What's Sex(y) Now?

We are happy to announce that the Chair of Prof. Antor will be participating in another lecture series in the Wintersemester 18/19:

"Gender | Fictions - What's Sex(y) Now?"

The lecture series is the product of a collaboration between the two English Departments at the University of Cologne. (contact: JProf Dr Roman Bartosch, Dr. Julia Hoydis, und Dr. Elizabeth Gilbert). We hope you enjoy the lecture series and are excited for the critical discussions and debates.

Dr. Hoydis to be part of Lehrstuhl Neumeier lecture series

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Hoydis will be giving a talk as part of the lectures series "Perspectives on Shakespeare (Part 2)", organised by Prof. Dr. Neumeier and Dr. Jenny Sager. Dr Hoydis will be speaking about: 

To be or not to be elsewhere: Hamlet and Transcultural Adaption 

We would like to invite you to join the lecture. If you have any questions regarding the lecture series, please get in touch with Frau Dr. Sager.