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New Publication by Dr. Victoria Herche

New publication: Dr. Victoria Herche's monograph The Adolescent Nation: Re-Imagining Youth and Coming of Age in Contemporary Australian Film is out now. See here for further information.

Deeply rooted in Australia’s construction as a young nation, ‘coming of age’ has been the defining narrative of Australia’s national cinema. This book provides the first study which systematically explores the ‘coming of age’ theme in Australian feature films produced since the turn of the millennium, foregrounding how films use a range of diverse (his)stories to respond to the centrality of this theme.

Rather than focussing on ‘coming of age’ mainly in its portrayal of a (successful) maturation process, this study explores the possibilities inherent in what is conceived of as a ‘permanently’ transitional ‘coming of age’ process, providing a crucial starting point for the re-definition of national fictions. A range of cinematic genres, including the road movie, crime film, sport film, romance and musical, is used to challenge and (to varying degrees) destabilise the national myth of Australia as a youthful, egalitarian society with a chance and ‘fair go’ for everyone.


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.