Guest lecture: The Edwardians and the Empire – a historiographical debate

What did the Edwardian British think about the British Empire?

Was the Empire a ubiquitous presence that reinforced comforting ideas of British superiority?

Or was the attraction of imperialism more restricted? This presentation explores these questions and considers why historians come to such different conclusions. It pays particular attention to the attitudes of British youth, and asks whether evidence generated by British schools, educationalists, authors and students themselves offers anything approaching a conclusive answer to the major question of how the British perceived their Empire.



Gerald Power is senior lecturer and chair of the Department of History and Philosophy at Anglo-American University, Prague.

Contact details: gerald [dot] power [at] aauni [dot] edu



2 May 2023

12.00 -13.30


Fàilte Hello Freshers St. Patrick’s Day Party

The Department of English would like to invite all ot its students to our Hello Freshers St. Patrick’s Day Party.

We look forward seeing you there!


Date: 17.03.2023

Time: 12-2 PM

Room: N.0.41 a/b/c


Stories, poems and songs written and presented by students and staff of the English Department at the University of Klagenfurt.


“The Magic of Creative Writing” is the inaugural event of a year-long celebration in 2023 of the fiftieth anniversary of the Department of English at the University of Klagenfurt. An enchanting evening of literary delights created by department staff and students will be presented. Prose, poetry, and song will be presented in English and German to highlight the cultural exchange encouraged in the department.

We are happy to announce the people who will be sharing their works with you. To start the evening off, Werner Delanoy will present the audience with a handful of his songs. Alexa Weik von Mossner will read from her recently published novel Fragile. Blake Shedd will read a selection of English and German poetry. A selection from her new novella The Song of Romeo and Juliet will be shared by Iris van der Horst. And last, another genre of music—rap—will be shared with the audience by Alexander Striessnig. Please join us for this celebration of creative writing to mark our fiftieth year!



Musilhaus, Klagenfurt

12 January 2023 (19:00)


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.