Student conversation with U.S. Ambassador Victoria Kennedy

When U.S. Ambassador Victoria Kennedy paid her first official visit to Carinthia on Monday, November 14, 2022, students from the Department of English had the rare opportunity to sit down and discuss U.S. related topics with the high-ranking official. Victoria Reggie Kennedy, sworn in as Ambassador to the Republic of Austria by U.S. President Joe Biden on November 16, 2021, took up her service in Vienna in January 2022. After the ambassador was received by the Chairman of the Senate of the University of Klagenfurt, Prof. Martin Hitz, and a delegation from the Department of English, a small group of our students had the chance to meet and engage in a roundtable discussion and Q&A with the ambassador.

Topics addressed were the work and role of an ambassador in Austria, the history of Austrian-American relations, the English & American Studies program and Game Studies, women’s rights in the U.S. & around the world, the effects of the pandemic on the U.S., the midterm elections & presidential candidates 2024, and Joe Biden’s climate change policy. The Department of English was delighted and honored to host the event with Ambassador Kennedy on the eve of its 50 Years Anniversary in 2022.


The Department of English would like to invite all of its students to our Hello-Ween Welcome Party

We look forward to seeing you there!

Old Masters: Exhibition of Australian Indigenous Art

On the occasion of the guest lecture on Australian Indigenous Art, delivered by Ruth Constantine (Second Secretary of the Australian Embassy in Vienna), the Australian Embassy made available an exhibition on traditional indigenous art curated by the National Museum Australia. Under the title of “Old Masters”, the exhibition, which consists of 15 roll-up panels showing traditional bark paintings, can be visited in the corridor on the East side connecting the central with the southern wing of the university. This exhibition is an Austrian premiere and is related to the seminar on Australian Indigenous Literature: Art and Authenticity taught by Daniela Miksche. The exhibition will be displayed until mid-May.

Guest lecture: “The Old Masters continuing to teach contemporary Australia” – A presentation about the Old Masters Exhibition from the National Museum of Australia

Guest Lecture, Ms Ruth Constantine; Australian Embassy

Location: HS 6 (Mensagebäude)

Date/time: March 24, 10:00-11:30




Aboriginal Art, in particular the so-called ‘traditional’ forms such as the “Old Masters”, has become immensely popular worldwide. For example, such works are highly sought after by Australian and international tourists and examples can be found in many homes, businesses and public venues. The designs are also used on clothing, furniture, stationary, and a range of other products. For the most part, however, while admired for its artistic and cultural authenticity – a characteristic that authenticates a tourist’s experiences – many of the acquirers are unaware of the Iconography, or religious and secular symbolism and conventions, behind such works.

Australia has many Aboriginal Cultures. There is not one pan-Australia Culture, although there are often strong similarities in the cultural beliefs and practices of neighbouring groups.

Fortunately, nowadays the artists share the stories with us, and we can identify what part of the painting refers to what aspect of the story. Nonetheless, the full meaning – and the ability to fully read the pictures in their entire cultural context – remains the preserve of the artists’ cultures themselves. Through looking at the symbols and structures of the works, we can rapidly identify what part of Australia, and what cultural groups, they come from.


About the speaker:

Ruth Constantine

Second Secretary, Australian Embassy and Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Vienna.

Ms Constantine is an Australian diplomat currently posted with bilateral and multilateral accreditations in Vienna, Austria with prior service in Hanoi, Vietnam. Her experience in the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade includes roles in the US and Indo-Pacific Strategy Division, the India Economic Strategy Taskforce and the National Security Strategy Branch in International Security Division. Prior to joining DFAT, Ms Constantine worked as an ethnographic and political consultant for a Yangon-based non-government organisation and undertook postgraduate research on migration and trafficking in Myanmar and Thailand. Ms Constantine holds a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours and the University Medal from the University of Queensland.



Alexander Onysko, Department of English



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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