ÖH Elections – The What, the Who, the Where, the Why

We’d like to introduce our candidates for this year’s election for the next team of your student representatives!

ÖH-Election 2017
We would like to inform you about an important date in 2017: From Mai 16th
to Mai 18th students can elect their representation. You can vote for
representatives on several levels: The representatives for your field of
study, for your university and your federal representation.
Details about the voting process will be announced early enough on Facebook
(http://bit.ly/2mrLKiD) and on our homepage

“Es keat oanfach viel mehr gwÖHlt” – every vote counts! – Your student
union offers service and advice and fights for your rights and demands. The
more students participate in the election the stronger our voices will be! (from the official ÖH newsletter)

Why you should vote:

Because the services the representatives offer on all levels are only possible within an autonomous environment.

How it works:

Be there at the right time at the right place (which you can find below) and cast your vote! This is

  • an election of individuals; no fractions, no subgroups, no parties
  • you can elect as many people as there are mandates (e.g. five mandates = choose five people)
  • every vote counts the same, there is no first or second choice

What we do:

• Offering advice – in person, per mail or per e-mail on all aspects of your studies at the English department
• Organizing events such as breakfasts or conferences and Participating in regular curricular and appointment committees
• Coordinating offers such as the department choir ‘EnChoir’ or student societies such as the Irish Reading Association
• Representing your interests during departmental meetings
• Keeping the staff updated on problems which may arise during the course of the semester
• Running study groups such as the ISL2 study group or the PPOCS practice sessions
• …and much more!!

Our sole aim is to make your time at the English Department a pleasant one, and we commit ourselves to do everything we can to help you with all your concerns. We are not affiliated with any party on or off campus, all we want to do is provide services for our students.
You can vote for some of our team members at the election, and it is important to do so because only then is it possible to officially constitute as a STV. The following five members will participate in the election, all of them have worked as student representatives in the past and have proven to be valuable colleagues in our team.

DanieI P., studying UF Englisch/Psychologie+Philosophie

I believe that a university is a place where we should be able to learn, share, and connect with each other on a professional level. Therefore, I am especially committed to support students who wish to break out of menial university life and want to accomplish more than just obtaining a degree by going to classes every day. This is why I like to promote easy access to international conferences, fairs, and other academic events or projects that enable students to work on their professional development and gain hands-on experience.

Cristina, studying BA English and American studies & UF Englisch/Geschichte

Hey there! My name is Cristina and I am currently studying BA English and American Studies as well as Diplom English and History in the teachers program. To me the English department has always been a place to fully engage in the world of linguistics, literature and culture. What’s more, it is a place to meet new people, read a book, or simply go to the library and relax on their couch. My goal is to help creating a place with an open and friendly atmosphere, where people like to spend time (even though technically they have to anyway. ha ha.) If you have any questions about your studies or our department, feel free to stop by or send us an e-mail!

Clemens, studying MA (English Language and Linguistics)

Hi there! My name is Clemens and I’m currently doing my Master’s in English Language and Linguistics here at the University of Vienna. To me, university is about so much more than just attending lectures and classes; it’s about the appreciation of knowledge as well as personal development. Yet when it comes to entering this new world it is normal to encounter various obstacles. So did I, and therefore, when I started my studies I really appreciated the help I got from the student representatives. Accordingly, I would now like to return this favor and give others advice, so feel free to contact me anytime.

Tamara, studying BA English and American Studies

Hi, there 🙂 My name is Tamara and I’m studying English and American Studies at the University of Vienna. I come from Serbia, so I can also offer you information in Serbian/Bosnian/Croatian. Since I’m half way through my BA degree, I would like to offer my support and advice to all of you who are considering studying at our department or have already started. If you don’t feel informed enough and need explaining or organizing your schedule, feel free to ask! 🙂

Franziska, studying BA English and American Studies and UF English

My name Franziska and I’m in the 8th semester of my studies. I’m currently doing the BA English and American Studies (almost finished), UF (alt) English and Chemistry and Communication Studies. I’m a firm believer in democracy and very Ireland-affine. Besides studying, I enjoy playing in a band and making music in general. I think one of the best services at the University of Vienna is the ‘Psychologische Studierendenberatung’ which I would hope more people knew about. To me, the STV is a student-centered organization, securing effective communication with the department staff.

WHEN: May 16-18


TUES, 16.5. 2017: 10:00– 18:00 Uhr
WED, 17.5. 2017: 10:00 –20:00 Uhr
THU, 18.5. 2017: 9:00 –15:00 Uhr


lnst. für Anglistik und Amerikanistik,

Studentenaufenthaltsraum (Student Lounge) 1.Stock,
Universitätscampus AAKH, Hof 8,
Spitalgasse 2 / Alserstr 4, 1090 Wien

Last minute reminder: Reading with Ardashir Vakil!

On the evening of Friday 5 May, at 9pm,  Ardashir Vakil will read ‘Impromptu’, a piece he wrote in 2014 and which was published in the spring of that year in Raritan, a prestigious American literary journal. The piece has a very Viennese theme, and the reading will take place at the Arts Centre below the Cafe Korb in the Innenstadt. The author will read for 35 minutes, after which participants will be invited to question Vakil, before enjoying a drink and networking event with the other writers, publishers, journalists and artists present. The reading and social opportunity will be free of charge.

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 nppsh.maynoothuniversity.ie 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.