Guest lecture: Unreliability in Film and Tevision, May 4

Dear students,

you are cordially invited to a guest lecture by Dr. Philip Jacobi (University of Passau) on “Matters of Trust: Unreliability in Film and Tevision,” which will take place in my Critical Media Analysis class “Screening America/American on Screen: Critical Perspectives on/from TV and Film” on May 4, 2017 at 10am c.t. in Unterrichtsraum (Institut für Anglistik).

In his talk, Dr. Jacobi will draw on a variety of narrative concepts in literature and/vs. film and TV to discuss such prominent examples as The Twilight Zone (1959-64), American Psycho (2000), and Search Party (2016-).

Gastvortrag Dr. Philip Jacobi_Aushang

Win tickets for Ardashir Vakil’s Writing Workshop

Now is your chance to win tickets for Ardashir Vakil’s Writing Workshop: Writing for Life. We’ll be raffling four tickets! Just send us an email with the subject line Writing Workshop and maybe you’ll be drawn in our raffle. Best of luck!Write now

Course description:

On Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 May, Ardashir Vakil will host a workshop for twelve people, examining how to take one’s own life story, experience and memories, and work it into your writing to enrich plot and characters in novels and short stories. Vakil’s own best-selling novel, ‘Beach Boy’, is a coming-of-age story dealing with his own childhood in ‘60s and ‘70s Bombay, which won the Betty Trask Award.

The workshop will consist of writing exercises when all participants, including Vakil, will write for anything from 5 to 20 minutes. All participants will get a chance to read to the group and receive feedback from Vakil and their peers. Questions on issues such as plot, character, narrative technique and voice will be discussed throughout the workshop, and Vakil will make room to address any outstanding questions participants may wish to discuss during intervals in each session and lunch afterwards.

The workshop is being kept small, with twelve participants, to maximise direct interaction and close-in access to the host. The workshop will be held in the Arts Centre below the Cafe Korb, five minutes’ walk from Stephansdom.

International Summer School Germersheim offers a translation course!

The International Summer School in Germersheim at the University of Mainz (Germany) is offering a class on translation:

Sehr geehrte Kolleg/innen, liebe Studierende,

am 30. August startet am FTSK Germersheim, Uni Mainz wieder ein Kurs
Übersetzen/Einführung ins Dolmetschen, der für Studierende der
Anglistik, Romanistik und ähnlicher Studiengänge interessant sein
könnte. Hier nähere Informationen:

Anreise: Dienstag, 29.08.2017
Info/Einstufung: Mittwoch, 30.08.2017
Kursende: Freitag, 22.09.2017
Abreise: Samstag, 23.09.2017

Please apply by July 30th via the summer school website.  The cost for the course will be 570,- €.

Coming up: English Dep. Breakfast, April 26

English Dep. Breakfast

The break’s already over? You know what you need? Coffee! And carbs!

Date: April 26, 2017, 9 a.m. – noon

Take a well-earned break and have a bite! Our monthly feast offers you a pause from studying in order to socialize and mingle with your fellow students over a tasty bite or sip. The buffet consists of bread/roles, spreads, fruits/veggies, tea/coffee/juices, salty snacks and sweet pies/muffins.

Where: Student Lounge (1st floor) at the English department

When: 9 am to noon.

Call for papers! ‘New Perspectives: Postgraduate Symposium on the Humanities (NPPSH)’


Calling for contributions by postgrads (this includes MA-students too!), this conference at the University of Maynooth (which is not far from Dublin, actually) tackles the theme of ‘Progress and Degeneration’. This is the  complete CFP:

‘New Perspectives:

Postgraduate Symposium on the Humanities (NPPSH)

Maynooth University, Ireland

19 and 20 October 2017

Call for Papers

We invite submissions to the annual New Perspectives: Postgraduate Symposium on the Humanities (NPPSH), which will take place on the 19 and 20 of October 2017 in Maynooth University. Designed and organised by postgraduate students, for postgraduate students, NPPSH is aimed at highlighting the scope and depth of emerging humanities research. This year, we are also extending our call to our international counterparts, with a view to creating links between humanities research at home and abroad.

The inaugural NPPSH was organised in 2016 by postgraduate researchers in Maynooth University, with the support of An Foras Feasa, Maynooth University’s Humanities Research Institute, and also the Department of Media. Held over two days in October 2016, this symposium proved a huge success, bringing together a wide range of scholars working in diverse areas of research – from the works of Jane Austen to the cinema of South America, and from online historical role-playing games to the AIDS ‘Quilt’ project – to explore the ways in which we are re-thinking and re-examining humanities research.

This year’s symposium will be centred on the theme of ‘Progress and Degeneration’. In the radically changed political and cultural environment that has emerged globally in the last few years, the discourse of progress underpinning many of the traditional narratives of western change and development has come to be increasingly questioned. The phenomena of ‘post-truth’; the re-emergence of nationalist politics; the increasing conflict between corporate and environmental values; the breakdown of established political alignments, as witnessed most clearly in Brexit; and the rise of information as the battleground upon which ideological struggles are waged. Do such trends represent a radical break with old narratives, one that threatens old modes of being while generating new values? Or are we being confronted with problems and opportunities long thought vanished or defunct? Is it now time to re-evaluate the significance of received ideas of ‘progress’ and ‘degeneration’?

We invite submissions from PhD and Masters students for short papers (10 minutes), long papers (20 minutes), and posters (size A0 portrait) centred around this theme of ‘Progress and Degeneration’. Students working in a non-humanities field who are conducting research with potential impact on the humanities are also encouraged to submit. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Post-truth – the humanities in a time of propaganda and ‘fake news’
  • Ideas, norms and cultures in social transformation
  • The role of representation in enabling social agency
  • Building walls and breaking barriers – xenophobia and resistance
  • Society in an era of mass-migration
  • Inclusion and intersectionality
  • Climate change – representing and responding to environmental threats
  • The role of activism in the humanities
  • The emergence and significance of Digital Humanities
  • Peripherality – economies, cultures, and the emergence of the precariat
  • The forms and functions of nationalism in post-Brexit Europe
  • Communal identity and collectivism in a networked age
  • Identity and cultural politics
  • Learning from history – linking past and present
  • ‘Progress’ and ‘degeneration’ in other historical eras

Abstracts of between 300 and 500 words should be submitted through the NPPSH website by 5PM on Wednesday 31 May 2017. Please also include a biography of no more than 100 words. All proposals will be evaluated by Humanities faculty at Maynooth University.

All conference participants will afterwards be invited to submit their papers or presentations for consideration in a peer-reviewed publication that will be edited and distributed by the NPPSH committee. The journal will be edited and peer-reviewed by university faculty members prior to publication, and will be openly accessible to NPPSH presenters and attendees through the website. Specific details and guidelines for journal publication will be circulated to presenters at a later date.

The New Perspectives symposium is again being organised with the support of An Foras Feasa, in association with the Maynooth University Graduate Studies Office. More details, including information on how to register, will be added to the NPPSH website in the coming weeks. For more information, visit or follow us on Facebook or Twitter @NPPSHie or #NPPSH17.’

German Language Assistant Needed

The Bancroft’s School in London is looking for a student for academic year 2017-2018 (September to June). In order to apply you have to be in the final year of your studies and graduating from English and/ or German studies program. The main task would be to help with the preparation of German language classes, conduct conversation sessions with the students and assist with the organization of cultural events held by the Department.

Documents needed for application: your CV, copy of academic records, contact details of a referee at your university
Deadline: 15.04.2016

More information about the offer:
Disclaimer: This is a third party offer, we are not responsible for anything.

Drachenboot Students Cup 2017

You don’t have to be a student at Cambridge to enter a paddling contest since we already have our own!2017_v4_StudentsCup_Flyer_Gimp_3.5

On May 20th, 2017 the Drachenboot Students Cup will take place for the fourth time in Vienna and Vienna Dragons are cordially inviting you to take place!

Each team consists of 16-20 paddlers, joined by a drummer (who sits at the front of the boat) and a navigator.

Teams from the departments of Statistics, Chemistry as well as the BOKU are also taking part.

You can find more information here:

Erweiterungscurriculum Information

In order to complete your studies (this goes only for BA!), you need to complete 45 ECTS from any different field of studies offered by the University of Vienna. The link to the curriculums you find here:

Erweiterungscurriculum (EC) stands for a ‘mini extension’ of an existing study and need to be absolved as the whole module (fixed content) in order for the ECTS points to count.

Alternative Erweiterungen (AE) can be chosen freely – there is no fixed content, which means that you do not need to absolve the whole module – any ECTS from any module will count.

The following four patterns for tackling the curriculum are possible: