Visiting Professorships

Distinguished Visiting Chair of Australian Studies, University of Copenhagen, 2013

The Centre for Australian Studies at the University of Copenhagen invites applications for a Visiting Professorship in 2013. The Distinguished Visiting Chair in Australian Studies was founded in 2006, with the generous financial assistance of the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment, and Workplace Relations (DEEWR). The appointment is for the European autumn semester of each year (five months from September to January), and the position is next available from 1 September 2013. The post comes with a travel, accommodation and subsistence allowance worth up to AUD 25,000. Office and computer facilities will also be provided by the University.

The Chair holder is required to teach one course at postgraduate level in a subject area of his or her choice. This entails the delivery of one two-hour per week seminar over a period of 12 weeks (including two reading weeks), beginning in the first week of September with a one week break in mid-October. The Chair holder will also be responsible for examining the course in January. Additionally, the Chair holder will be expected to take part in the activities of the Centre, and present a research paper at an appropriate time at one of our departmental seminars. The position is open to scholars currently serving at an Australian University in one or more disciplines of relevance to Australian Studies, including but not limited to Literature, History, Politics, International Relations, Film and Media Studies.

Applicants are invited to submit the following documentation, collated into one pdf document, in the following order:

 An informal letter of introduction

 A table of contents for the application

 The formal application, addressing the selection criteria

 A curriculum vitae, including list of publications

 A brief description of at least one postgraduate level course in Australian Studies that they propose to offer at Copenhagen University (approx. 1 A4 page)

 The names of at least two referees who might be contacted in support of the application.

Applications will be assessed in early December by a committee consisting of representatives of the University of Copenhagen and the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. The Chair will be appointed according to the following selection criteria:

 Research and teaching excellence in one or more disciplines of relevance to Australian Studies

 Suitability of the proposed course of postgraduate study for Copenhagen University students

 Experience in teaching Australian Studies to non-Australian students

 A capacity to forge enduring scholarly links between Australia and Europe

Please note that this is a non-salaried post, and that it is the applicant’s own responsibility to obtain the necessary leave to take up the position. The deadline for applications is Friday 16th November 2012 at 5pm (GMT + 2). Applications and enquiries should be e-mailed to:

Australian Studies Centre Convener: Elena Paños Department of English, Germanic and Romance Studies University of Copenhagen e-mail:

For more information about the Centre and its activities see 

The University of Copenhagen acknowledges the financial and other support it has received from the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations