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:


English teacher volunteers for Laos

Volunteer opportunity: English teacher in Lao P.DR.                            

CARE International is a global federation of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) with the common goal to fight poverty. CARE works in over 90 countries worldwide, both in emergency response and development cooperation. In partnership with local organizations, CARE works for social justice through strengthening the capacity for self-help, promoting economic opportunities and influencing policies that affect the most marginalized.

 CARE has worked in Lao PDR since 1993 and is focusing on improving the livelihoods of ethnic women in remote areas as well as of socially marginalized women in urban areas. This volunteer opportunity is intended to support the Remote Ethnic Women (REW) programme implemented in Phongsaly, the most Northern Province of Lao PDR.

What is this volunteer opportunity about? A volunteer English teacher is sought to build English language skills of the local CARE team in Phongsaly province. As CARE works with remote communities who speak a variety of ethnic languages, most of our staff is local. Their background is in agriculture, health or community development and they speak two to three local and regional languages but no or limited English. English language skills are of great importance for young Lao people, especially when working in an international organization. We are looking for a volunteer to hold classes from beginner to intermediate level at flexible times.

Why would you want to apply for this? Phongsaly is a unique place, at the crossroads of Lao, Vietnam and China, located far from the usual tourist routes. Working with the team here will provide you a unique opportunity to learn about Lao culture, living with people between 20 and 35 years old from different ethnic backgrounds. You will also be able to accompany the team on their fieldwork to remote villages or take time off for travelling by yourself. You will be able to practice your teaching skills.

When and how long? July and August is the rainy season in Lao. This is when the team is less busy with fieldwork (and most available for English classes), as the roads become slippery and difficult to travel on. We would like someone to stay for two months; however, the exact timing can be discussed on an individual basis.

Will you be paid? Unfortunately, we cannot offer salary or reimbursement for international travel. However, we cover travel within Lao PDR and once in Phongsaly you can live in the CARE staff house, which will minimize your living costs.

Who can apply? We would prefer students who are in their second or third year and already have some experience in teaching. People who visited developing countries before will find it easier to adapt to Northern Lao.

How do I apply? Simply by sending your CV and letter of interest, explaining your experience in teaching and ideas for teaching CARE staff, to the Northern Provinces Coordinator Ms. Katharina Auer ( until April 16th 2017. The decision will be taken until end of April in time to start the visa process (facilitated by CARE). For any questions on the programme, conditions of location, please contact the same email address.

Keep in mind this is a third party offer, the STV is not responsible for anything!

TUTORIAL: Academic Writing and the Scientific Work Process in April and May

Dear colleagues,

Anahita Abrahamian is hosting a workshop for academic writing for Proseminar 1 classes  this semester. See the overview below for detailed infos.

TUTORIAL:  “Academic Writing and the Scientific Work Process”

(held by Mag. Anahita Abrahamian)

Are you currently taking the Proseminar 1 course?

Are you struggling with how to write, structure and do research for your first mini-paper?

Are you unsure how to use academic language?

If so, do not despair! Join the tutorial – you will get all the help you need! It takes place in the TV Room of the English Department Library (first floor). Registration is not necessary. If you have one, please bring a laptop or tablet. PowerPoint slides, handouts and worksheets with exercises will be provided for you.

The tentative schedule is as follows:

Session 1: Tuesday, April 4th, 16-18h

narrowing down field/topics of interest; thesis statement & hypothesis; literature research (using the library & online databases, Google Scholar etc.); reading techniques, taking notes while researching; differences between various academic sources (monograph, anthology, journal, …); how to carefully use the internet as a source

Session 2: Friday, April 7th, 14-16h

citation, quotation; style sheets for literature & linguistics; paraphrasing vs. summarizing, plagiarism and how to avoid it

Session 3: Tuesday, April 25th, 16-18h

structuring, outlining a paper; close-up on the three parts (introduction/main body/conclusion), choosing appropriate chapter headings/sub-headings

Session 4: Wednesday, April 26th, 16-18h

academic language and conventions; informal/formal language; hedging; transitions and linking; structuring paragraphs; Q & A

 OPEN SESSION: “Library literature research Q&A”

(held by Mag. Karin Lach)

In addition to the tutorial, there is the opportunity to stay on for another hour after the tutorial for a library literature research Q&A/open session with our librarian Karin Lach. You can do some of your literature searching on your own device (e.g. laptop) and ask Karin Lach anything concerning research.

Date Academic Writing Tutorial (Anahita Abrahamian) Literature research Q & A/open session (Karin Lach)
April 4, 2017 TV room, 4-6 p.m. TV room, 6-7 p.m.
April 7, 2017 TV room, 2-4 p.m. TV room, 4-5 p.m.
April 25, 2017 TV room, 4-6 p.m. TV room, 6-7 p.m.
April 26, 2017 TV room, 4-6 p.m. TV room, 6-7 p.m.

If there are enough spaces, other students are welcome to join the open session!