In this talk, Megan Medeiros discusses the real-world application of Chicanx, Latinx, and Caribbean Studies through digital humanities with a special focus on the narratives of undocumented Americans. Her digital essay, “I am Undocumented”: Mediation & Self-Mediation in Undocumented Narratives analyzes the mediation and bias present in a generically diverse collection of narratives to contextualize the narratives within their genres and subgenres. The multi-media essay strives to resist imposed, harmful monolithic narratives on the Chicanx, Latinx, and undocumented communities by emphasizing the agenda present in mainstream media. In addition to her own project, Medeiros highlights several other digital humanities projects that are bridging the gap between academia and community and bringing Chicanx, Latinx, and Caribbean Studies into the public sphere.

About the presenter:

Megan N. Medeiros received her MA from James Madison University in May of 2021, where she worked closely with the new African, African American, and Diaspora Studies Center (AAAD); Latinx, Latin American, and Caribbean Studies minor (LAXC); and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies minor (WGSS). She has since worked on several digital humanities projects including Circulating American Magazines and Celebrating Simms and is the creator of the Black Firsts at JMU Timeline. She is currently starting a new digital humanities project in collaboration with AAAD and JMU’s Black Alumni Chapter to archive their history and showcase their past presidents. She continues to work with JMU’s AAAD Studies Center, LAXC minor, and WGSS minor and is a freelance writer, editor, web designer, and social media manager through her business, Medeiros Writing.


Wednesday, November 10th 2021



Kontaktperson: Mario Grill (mario [dot] grill [at] aau [dot] at)



Critical Storytelling from Global Borderlands is situated on a road first paved by Gloria Anzaldúa. In this talk, Dr. Enríquez, will offer a glimpse into the work of many of the contributors of this book, including his own. This work in the book, speaks of the structural, every day, symbolic, and political violence that comes with being deemed other. The back and forth of cultural survival-of trying to be as you are, while simultaneously being erased or modified to fit in–can be understood as a contested space. In recent years, this back and forth has literally become a global spectacle. Hence, the goal here is beyond any one nation. This is not about one country over the other, and as a result any one ideology over the other. This is not about placing print culture in more hierarchies. The language in this volume is about autochthonous ways of writing. This is about building community. This is about voices from around the globe in one book.

About the presenter:

Julio Enríquez-Ornelas completed his Ph.D. from the University of California-Riverside on Latin American and Mexican Studies; soon after, he was selected as the Postdoctoral Fellow in Latin American Studies at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. He is currently an Associate Professor of Spanish and Global Studies coordinator at Millikin University. His research centers on Mexican Studies, Latinx Studies, and Colombian Studies. His critical and creative work has appeared in Prose Studies History, Theory, Criticism, Hispania, Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association, Textos Híbridos, Alchemy: Journal of Translation, El BeisMan, Suburbano, and Paloma Revista. Next year, his first co-edited book volume, Critical Storytelling from Global Borderlands with Brill|Sense will be published. In addition, his encyclopedia entry on undocumented writers will appear in the Latino Literature Encyclopedia for Students with ABC-Clio. In addition, he has two academic essays on contemporary Colombian authors coming out as part of an edited academic book volume. Finally, next year his first creative single authored text, El que es verde will be published in Spanish in Colombia at the 50th year anniversary of Pijao Editores. He is finishing up an article on Mexican author Pedro Angel Palou’s novel, Memoria de los días, which will appear as part of an edited book volume. Currently, he is working on his book length manuscript tentatively titled Latinoamericanxs Global Pop Cultures in Latinx Literatures.


Wednesday, October 27th 2021



1. Forschungstag Sprachwissenschaft an der AAU

Am 05.11.2021 treffen sich Linguist*innen der AAU zu einem ersten Forschungsaustausch, um Gemeinsamkeiten und Synergien auszuloten und einen Überblick über aktuelle linguistische Forschung an unserer Universität zu erarbeiten. Aufgrund der aktuellen COVID-Situation und der räumlichen Beschränkung richtet sich der Austausch nur an die Vortragenden.

Eine nächste, dann öffentliche Veranstaltung zur linguistischen Forschung an der AAU ist bereits in Planung.


Wann: 5. November 2021 (9 bis 18 Uhr)

Wo: Stiftungssaal (O.0.01)



9:20-9:40 IAW-Strukturen im Deutschen: Vielfalt und Variationspotenzial, mit kontrastiven Ausblicken Steven Schoonjans
9:40-10:00 Erfolg eines zweisprachigen Unterrichtsmodells – Begleitung der Hermagoras-Volksschule Ursula Doleschal & Lisa Rieger
10:00-10:20 Fragetypen und Coaching-spezifische Fragefunktionen – erste linguistische Ergebnisse von QueSCo (Questioning Sequences in Coaching) Frédérick Dionne & Melanie Fleischhacker
10:20-10:40 Argumentative Topoi in Bittschriften aus Sklavenprozessen der Audienz von Quito (18./19. Jh.) Jennifer Gabel de Aguirre
10:40-11:00 The Coding Methods for In-Depth Linguistic Biography Interviews Anna Abramova & Yevheniia Lytvyshko





11:20-11:40 “More than a Game” – (kritische) linguistische Analysen von Diskurs- und Identitätskonstruktionen junger Fußballerinnen in verschiedenen Datensätzen Eva-Maria Graf & Melanie Fleischhacker
11:40-12:00 Die Rolle der Wortfrequenz beim Erwerb vom Spanischen als Fremdsprache Ekaterina Shmidt & Jaime Climent de Benito
12:00-12:20 Developing a CEFR-Linked Calibrated C-Test Item Bank for English Nikola Dobric & Günther Sigott
12:20-12:40 Spot Italian in Klagenfurt: Linguistic Landscaping in der Fremdsprachendidaktik Christina Gavagnin
12:40-13:00 Metaphors and Visual Aids in Learning English Idioms: Introducing the Project Alexander Onysko & Carina Rasse





14:30-14:50 Computerlinguistik am D!ARC Michael Wiegand
14:50-15:10 English, Latin, and Lessons for Language Policymakers: Modelling a ‘World Language’ from Historical Precedents Nikola Dobric
15:10-15:30 Cultural Conceptualizations in Maori English/Aotearoa English Marta Degani
15:30-15:50 Altlombardisch: Periodisierung, Dynamiken, Corpus Raymund Wilhelm





16:10-16:30 La formazione delle parole nella poesia del Novecento: primi sondaggi su composti e derivati in rima Susanna Ralaimaroavomanana
16:30-16:50 Das Plus-que-parfair in der französischen Literatursprache der Gegenwart Verena Busch
16:50-17:10 ForMA – Formelhaftes Mittelalter: formelhafte Sprache und Syntax in den italo-romanischen Varietäten des Mittelalters Elisa de Roberto
17:10-17:30 Die volkssprachlichen Werke des Bonvesin da la Riva zwischen Texttradition und Sprachgeschichte. Eine korpusbasierte Untersuchung zur Diachronie des Altlombardischen Lisa Struckl



International Online Conference “Narrative Encounters with Ethnic American Literatures”

On September 2-4, 2021, the Department of English is hosting the International Online Conference “Narrative Encounters with Ethnic American Literatures,” convened by Alexa Weik von Mossner, Marijana Mikić, and Mario Grill within the framework of the FWF Narrative Encounters Project.

Taking a cue from pioneering efforts at the intersection of context-oriented approaches in race and ethnicity studies and post-classical narratology, this conference is interested in the relationship between narrative, race, and ethnicity in the United States. Reading so-called “ethnic” American literatures means encountering characters and storyworlds imagined by writers associated with various minority communities in the United States.

How do ethnic American literary texts use narrative form to engage readers in issues related to race and ethnicity? What narrative strategies do they employ to interweave these issues with other important identity markers such as class, religion, gender, and sexuality? How do they involve readers emotionally in their storyworlds and how do they relate such involvements to the racial politics and history of the United States? And how does paying attention to the strategies and formal features of ethnic American literatures change our understanding of narrative theory? These are some of the questions we hope to address at this conference.

Keynote Speakers:

Frederick Luis Aldama, Jacob & Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities at the University of Texas, Austin Paula Moya, Danily C. and Laura Louise Bell Professor of the Humanities, Stanford University Patrick Colm Hogan, Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor, University of Connecticut

The program is available here.

You can register for the conference here. Registration is free of charge.

For any inquiries, please contact narrative [dot] encounters [at] aau [dot] at

When Linguistics and Psychology Meet – New Research Project About Questioning Sequences in Coaching

Dr. Eva Graf is currently working on an exciting new research project about questioning sequences in coaching. She is building important groundwork to explore and improve the possibilities in the field of coaching. “In order to standardize coaching or to professionalize coaching, we not only need to know that it works, but we also need to very much know how it works,” says Graf.
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English idioms: Simplifying the acquisition of idioms for learners

Idioms are regarded as particularly challenging when it comes to learning a second language. And yet, the comprehension and appropriate use of these expressions can serve to demonstrate greater linguistic proficiency. An Austrian-Russian project is now set to explore how English language learners from two different linguistic and cultural backgrounds approach the challenge of learning idioms. The project is funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF.

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English Language Teaching Today: Trends and Challenges

Guest professor Irena Vodopija-Krstanovic has many links to the University of Klagenfurt. She is an alumna, had a guest professorship in the English Department in 2014 and co-organized an Alps-Adriatic-Adriatic-Anglistics conference with a colleague of the Department in Klagenfurt. We had a lot to talk about, including her current guest lecture “English Language Teaching Today: Trends and Challenges”.

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Online Guest Lecture: Gender in a Psychotherapeutic Interaction

Guest lecturer Prof. UAM dr hab. Joanna Pawelczyk
Faculty of English at Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan

In this talk we will discuss how gender ‒ as one of the most salient social categories ‒ can be examined in language and interaction and how it emerges and matters in an interaction between a practitioner (a psychotherapist) and a client.

In the first part of the talk we will consider how gender can be studied in language and communication from an interactional perspective. Here we will focus on the ethnomethodological approach adopting the participant’s perspective and social constructionism following the analyst’s position. We will then apply these approaches to the professional context of psychotherapy to discuss how gender becomes relevant yet often an invisible category for the participants of the psychotherapeutic interaction.

Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, the talk will take place online and can be joined via the following Zoom link:

Meeting-ID: 977 8466 4308

Kenncode: 009176

Workshop: Why is English spelling so weird? A diachronic perspective on the orthography of English

It is a truth universally acknowledged that both first and second language speakers of English struggle immensely with its spelling. In this workshop, we will look at how English came to have the spelling system it has today and the ways in which orthography reflects widespread pronunciation in previous times as well as various accidents of history. We will touch upon some serious issues English spelling presents for its users and trace variation in spelling in informal genres from historical letters to modern texting practices.


About the presenter:

Monika Kavalir is Associate Professor (docent) at the Department of English at Ljubljana University. Her research focuses on historical linguistics, sociolinguistics and transcultural communication. In co-operation with the University of Klagenfurt, a recent project of hers tackled the translation of contemporary Slovenian poetry into English and German: Monika Kavalir & Gregor Chudoba (2020) Indirect literary translation and intercultural communication: crossing borders in the Neighbours with a Go-Between project, Language and Intercultural Communication, 20:6, 546-560.


Date: Tuesday, May 4,2021

Time: 12-1.30 pm


 (Please let us know you’ll join by sending an e-mail to daniela [dot] werdnig [at] aau [dot] at, subject line: Workshop Kavalir, May 4)   

Game Studies and Engineering: It’s the passion that drives me

After achieving a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering at IIIT Una, India, Shivi Vats decided to come to Klagenfurt to continue studying with the master’s programme Games Studies and Engineering. In this interview he talks about why one should study at AAU and what advantages Klagenfurt has over a big city like Delhi, India.

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