Guest lecture: Interracial Family Memoirs

Cedric Essi (Universität Bremen)

“Interracial Family Memoirs: Claiming Kinship across the Color Line”

Monday, Jan. 28, 16:00-18:00,

Seminar room 1, Department of English and American Studies

All interested parties welcome!


INVITATION: “Burns Night”, Fri 25 Jan, 7pm

On behalf of Prof. John Kirk we would like to cordially invite you to attend the following festivities:

Burns Night:
The Scottish Poet’s Life & Works”

Friday 25th January 2019, at 19.00
Hof 8.3: Unterrichtsraum
‚Robert Burns: His Life and Works’: Talk by John Kirk
interspersed by
Recitations of Poems by Students
Songs by EnChoir’s Ensemble
including some new arrangements
followed by Refreshments
All students, staff and friends welcome!

Call for Applications: 12 PhD Positions “Minor Cosmopolitanism” in Potsdam


Call for Applications: 12 PhD Positions

The Research Training Group minor cosmopolitanisms (University of Potsdam, Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) is announcing 12 positions for PhD researchers, starting on 1st October, 2019, for a period of three years.
Deadline for applications is 1st March, 2019.
Specifically designed as a training programme for early career researchers, the RTGminor cosmopolitanisms offers an international framework connecting Berlin and Potsdam with partner universities in Australia, South Africa, India and the Americas to pursue PhD and postdoctoral projects in a diverse, decentral, collective and convivial environment. Projects within the RTG examine concrete critical, artistic as well as everyday practices which challenge the divide between cultural relativism and humanist universalism haunting the humanities and social sciences. They jointly strive to develop and promote an understanding of cosmopolitanism in the plural which combines visions of transcultural justice, peace and conviviality with an ethical commitment to difference and alterity.

Candidates are invited to apply by proposing their own dissertation project within the thematic scope of minor cosmopolitanisms and within the fields represented in the RTG (Anglophone Literary Studies, Postcolonial Studies, American Studies, Cultural Studies, Gender and Queer Studies, Cultural Anthropology, History, Jewish Studies, Religious Studies, Political Theory, Sociology, German Literary Studies).

The majority of working hours will be reserved for the successful completion of a PhD within a period of three years. The RTG strives for a balanced gender ratio in all occupational groups; therefore women are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants with disabilities will be given preference in case of equal qualification. The RTG specifically encourages applications by international candidates, especially from the global South. The University of Potsdam offers a variety of services for parents, and the University’s Welcome Center provides a variety of services for international candidates, including visa issues.

For more information on the announced position, the required qualifications, and the application process, as well as on the Research Training Group minor cosmopolitanisms in general, please consult the full call for applications (attached) and the website

OeAD-Auslandslektorate weltweit – JETZT BEWERBEN! (GERMAN)

Möchtest du als Lektor/in für deutsche Sprache, österreichische Literatur und Landeskunde arbeiten? Möchtest du als Aushängeschild Österreichs mit Botschaften, Kulturforen, Österreich-Instituten und Österreich-Bibliotheken kooperieren?

Das Österreichische Lektoratsprogramm ermöglicht es Absolvent/innen (vornehmlich) geistes- und kulturwissenschaftlicher Studienrichtungen für 1 bis 5 Jahr an internationalen Universitäten zu unterrichten. Derzeit sind weltweit mehr als 100 Universitäten im Programm.

Bewirb dich bis spätestens 31.01.2019 auf der Plattform!

Infos auf
Bewerbung über Online-Antrag:…

DisAbility Talent Programm (German)

Liebe Studierende,
das DisAbility Talent Programm ist das etablierte Karriereprogramm für Studierende und frische AkademikerInnen mit Behinderung oder chronischer Erkrankung. (z.B. Seh- und/oder Höreinschränkung, Mobilitätseinschränkung, Legasthenie, psychische Erkrankung, Epilepsie, Diabetes, …)

So profitierst du im Sommersemester 2019:

  • Netzwerken auf Augenhöhe mit Top-Führungskräften!
  • Workshop mit erfahrenem Medientrainer: überzeuge mit deiner Persönlichkeit!
  • Individuell auf dich abgestimmtes Bewerbungscoaching im 1:1-Setting!
  • Job-Shadowings: lerne deine Wunsch-Unternehmen von innen kennen!

Lerne Personalverantwortliche von folgenden Unternehmen kennen:


Das DisAbility Talent Programm findet bereits zum 4. Mal in Wien statt.
Top-Unternehmen suchen dich! Bewirb dich jetzt!

Sende uns deinen Lebenslauf und Motivationsschreiben bis 17.3.2019. Nenne uns gleichzeitig deine 3 Wunsch-Unternehmen. 

Das DisAbility Talent Programm ist ein Programm von myAbility Social Enterprise GmbH.

More info here:

Sprachassistenz im Ausland

Bundesministerium für Bildung, Wissenschaft und Forschung offers a programme for all students who want to gather teaching experience in a foreign country. An info event will take place on 3rd Dezember 2018, 09.45 Uhr at Hauptuniversität Wien, Seminarraum 8, Tiefparterre, Hauptgebäude, Stiege 9,  Hof 5. The registration period has already started and ends on 12th January 2019 – make sure you register on time for this adventure!

For more information follow the link:






This Human World – International Human Rights Film Festival 29.11.-10.12.


International Human Rights Film Festival is Austria‘s first festival devoted to the subject of Human Rights and one of Vienna’s largest film festivals. this human world presents outstanding documentary and fictional feature films, short films, animations and experimental films dealing with human rights issues. Furthermore the festival program contains thematic lectures, workshops, talks, panel discussions, performances and a nightline. We consider cinema not only an artistic form wherein narrative experiences are performed or created, but also an opportunity for the audience to step out of their comfort zone and into dialogue with new challenging realities. Between 29.11. and 10.12. 90 films will be shown, more info can be found at:


Workshop: Reading Out Loud with Impact – December 2, 2018

Ever dream of making an audio book, attending an open mic, reading your work on a radio show, or just feeling more confident sharing your writing, or reading someone else’s work out loud? Then this is the workshop for you!
There is something powerful about the feeling of being in front of a group of people, confidently leading them through your story, and keeping their attention until the final sentence.
A great story is certainly a factor but equally important is your delivery. Factors to consider are:

  • A good introduction sets the tone
  • Knowing your material
  • Breath support
  • Diction
  • Pacing
  • Annunciation
  • Emphasis
  • Varying sentence length
  • Rhythm
  • Posture
  • Staying relaxed

Instructor, Catrina Poor, will start the session with tips, things to think about, and demonstrations. Following, each student will have a few chances to read their work and receive feedback from Catrina and the group. Students will also have the chance to break into pairs and practice.

The workshop is limited to 8 participants to ensure multiple opportunities to read.

Bring a story you have written (fiction, non-fiction, memoir, personal essay). The length isn’t important, as you will read excerpts of your choice. If you aren’t a writer but want to improve your reading, feel free to bring a piece of your choice!

Who should attend this workshop?

  • Writers who want to participate in open mic sessions
  • Writers who are published and do book readings
  • Writers who wish to read their stories for radio shows
  • Writers who wish to create podcasts or audio books
  • Anyone who wants to improve their skills and confidence

Fee: €65

Free coffee and tea!


Flea Market selling books (28-30 Nov)

WHEN: 28., 29. und 30. Nov. 2018, jeweils 16-20 Uhr
WHERE: 1050 Wien, Schönbrunnerstraße 58 (Gassenlokal „Wiener Chic“)

Wir verkaufen:

  • Reichhaltige mehrsprachige Bibliothek (deutsch, englisch, französisch,
    italienisch) für Kinder und Erwachsene, für Sammler und Gastronomen.
  • Mehrsprachige Bücher, Spezialwörterbücher englisch und italienisch.
  • Schwerpunkt polnisch: Kunst, Geschichte, Philosophie, Politik, Kulinarik.
    Unterrichtsmaterialien für Eltern, die ihre Kinder in polnischer Sprache
    unterrichten wollen.
  • CDs – Klassik, Jazz, E-Musik.
  • Trinkgläser, Mugs, Glasvasen, Christbaumschmuck (teilweise alt), tropffreie
    Teelichthalter, Kinderspiele, Glasvasen, Blechdosen, russische Puppen,
    russisches bemaltes Holzgeschirr.
  • Schwerer Vorhang, Tischservietten, handgedrechselte Holzzwingen aus einer
    alten Handschuhmacherwerkstatt und vieles andere mehr.

Free spaces in the Brand Journalism workshop

When: Saturday & Sunday November 10 and 11, @2-5 pm


Dear Writers,

What is brand journalism? And why is it increasingly being utilized by the world’s most successful corporations? Learn the skills you need to become part of the future of branding.

Join professional copywriter and journalist, Matt Campelli for an exciting intensive weekend workshop.

Who should attend?

PR and media relations writers
Website and content producers
Directors of internal communications
Those new to corporate communications looking for ways to grow their career

Note this is a two-day workshop, attendance is required on both days.
Workshop Fee: €120

Limited to 12 participants

We don’t wish to exclude anyone for financial reasons, so we are reserving a few tickets at a reduced price. If you wish to be considered for one of these tickets, send an email to and let us know.

Please register on our website!

Wishing everyone a lovey Sunday.

Kirsten Donaghey