Coming up: Dieter Fuchs, “A Tale of Two Cities: Séan O’Casey’s Revolutionary Drama Performed in Dublin and Vienna”

As part of an ongoing lecture series in Irish studies, our department’s own Dr. Dieter Fuchs will give a lecture on “A Tale of Two Cities: Séan O’Casey’s Revolutionary Drama Performed in Dublin and Vienna” about the works of one of the first Irish playwrights to write about the Dublin working classes.

When: June 2, 2016

Where: 6:15 p.m., Unterrichtsraum, Department of English (ground floor)

Official invitation (PDF)

Full Lecture Series Programme here (PDF)

Invitation: Panel Discussion “Teaching Australian Studies at the University”

Dear colleagues,

you are cordially invited to a joint event  of the Australian embassy and the English Department! After English, American, Irish, and Canadian Studies all earned their own spot in academia, it is time to discuss another member of the anglophone spectrum. Margarete Rubik, Christa Knellwolf, and Melissa Kennedy will address the joys and difficulties of teaching Australian Studies, followed by readings of modern Australian literary texts by the panelists. Open invite, no registration required!

When: June 1, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Where: TV room at the English and American Studies Library

Official invitation and programme (PDF)

australia poster

Invitation: Symposium on Black Music and Jazz in Chicago and Vienna, June 27

The one-day symposium will give insights into the roots of Jazz music, the long way this genre has travelled from the American South to the north to Europe and finally Vienna, as well as ways of analysing black music in and from Chicago in diverse media (literature, photography etc.). This event is free of charge, but please register if you plan to attend.

In order to participate in this event and to obtain the reading material, you need to register by
June 20 by sending an email to

When and where:

Monday, June 27, 2016
10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friedrich-Schmidt-Platz 2
1010 Vienna

Official Invitation and Schedule (PDF)

Next Breakfast: May 31!

We’ve been keeping busy, but we finally got a date scooped out for the next department Breakfast!

When: May 31, 9 a.m. – 1 pm.

Where: Student Lounge, English department, 1st floor, through the glass door on your right

Come feast with us!

Coming Up: Guest Lecture Keith Hopper, “Revising the Revising: Eimar O’Duffy and Easter 1916”

As part of an ongoing lecture series in Irish studies, Keith Hopper will give a lecture on “Revising the Revising: Eimar O’Duffy and Easter 1916”. O’Duffy, a Dublin-born author and playwright, was a member of the Irish Volunteers as well as the IRB and known for his critical and ironic works on Ireland and especially critical of the 1916 Rising.

When: May 12, 2016

Where: 6:15 p.m., Unterrichtsraum, Department of English (ground floor)

Official Invitation (PDF)

Full Lecture Series Programme here (PDF)

Update for the proseminar writing workshop. Dates, times, and place!

Dear students,

for those of you attending a PS course this semester, or for those who plan to take it next semester, there will be a tutorial on how to write an academic paper. Students taking ILSS 2 are also welcome to join!

The steps of the entire process will be covered – you will not only get theoretical input, but will also be given specific exercises which will allow you to practice important skills, e.g. citing correctly, paraphrasing, using academic language, etc. Handouts with useful tips and exercises will be provided.

The first two sessions will be on Friday, May 13th, and Friday, May 20th, 2016, 10-12 a.m., in the TV Room of the Department Library. (Please keep in mind that you must get a key for a locker at the front desk of the library before going to the TV room!)

Two to three more sessions will follow, date and time t.b.a.!

The tentative schedule is as follows:

  • Session 1: Introduction, getting started (field of interest, topics of interest, thesis statement & hypothesis); types of academic literature, literature research, reading techniques, taking notes
  • Session 2: citation, style sheets for linguistics and literature/cultural studies, plagiarism (+ exercises: paraphrasing/summarizing, how to cite correctly)
  • Session 3: structuring, outlining your paper; close-up on the three parts; what does a good structure look like?
  • Session 4: academic language and conventions (+ exercises: informal/formal language; hedging; transitions; academic expressions/vocabulary)
  • Session 5: Revision, plagiarism checks, Q & A

In order for me to know how many students approximately will join the first session, and/or if you have any specific questions, please send me an e-mail: