See below list of staff and research affiliates in the Department of German Studies.
- Judith Wilson
Judith Wilson completed her studies in German language and literature at the University of Tasmania. She is now a lecturer in the Discipline of German Studies at the University of Adelaide and has been Head of Discipline for a number of years.
Her present research is focused on intercultural and postcolonial approaches to German literature and German-Australian connections in the nineteenth century. She has published a number of articles on the role of Australia as an imaginary space in the works of nineteenth century German writers, including Georg Forster, Therese Huber and Amalia Schoppe.
In her most recent work she has examined the representation and role of the Australian Aborigines in German Enlightenment commentaries and the work of the popular author and self-styled ethnographer, Friedrich Gerstäcker.
- Dr Stefan Hajduk
Stefan Hajduk studied German philology, theatre, and philosophy in Frankfurt am Main, Rome, Naples, and Munich, where he graduated with a M.A. degree at Ludwig Maximilians University. He continued his studies in Berlin, where he obtained his PhD (Dr. phil.) at Humboldt University and worked for the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science.
His doctoral thesis evidenced how modern poetics anticipated the deconstructive discourse effects in post-structural philosophy and was published under the title: The Figure of the Sublime. Robert Musil’s Aesthetic Transgression of Modernity (Würzburg 2000). After appointments at Universities in India and Ireland he joined The University of Adelaide in 2012. For his most recent research work see the link to his book titled Poetology of Moods.
- Magdalini Dritsou
Magdalini Dritsou works as a DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Language Assistant at the German Department teaching undergraduate students.
- Lee Kersten
Lee Kersten taught German Studies at the University of Adelaide from 1963 to 2003, with emphasis on contemporary German history and culture, particularly from the mid-70s on media history and the development of German film. The filmmakers of the 1960s to 1990s were a focus as well as the novelists Fontane, Guenter Grass, Christa Wolf and Peter Handke.
Recently she has translated articles and literature from German to English and has worked on Australian-German connections, particularly of the University of Adelaide with German and Austrian history and culture since 1874.
- Simon Walsh
Simon Walsh is a Visiting Research Fellow who has taught at all levels of the German Studies Program at Adelaide. He received his PhD in German Studies in 2015 from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and also holds an MSc. in Theoretical and Historical Psychology from the University of Calgary. His ongoing research concentrates on the social and cultural role of music in twentieth-century Austrian and German literature.
He is currently preparing a book manuscript based on his dissertation and carrying the working title: The Sound of Music, National Identity and the National Socialist Past in Postwar Austrian Literature.