Joint Digital Master's Programme "Australian Studies"

Given current transformations in academia that foster digital transnational interconnectedness, the PTTS team is pleased to announce the establishment of a joint Master's programme in the field of Australian Studies, in cooperation with several universities located in the state of North-Rhine Westphalia and funded by the Ministry of Culture and Science from April 2022 to March 2024.

Initiated by the University of Cologne’s Centre for Australian Studies, and together with partners at the Universities of Düsseldorf, Duisburg-Essen, and Aachen, the PTTS team is developing an inter- and transdisciplinary digital Master’s programme in Australian Studies. It is an exceptional project that uses the possibilities of digitization strategically and sustainably to establish the first MA in Australian Studies worldwide, with the explicit focus to engage with this field from postcolonial, transnational, and transcultural perspectives. We envision that classes will be taught online by staff at the Uni Münster or our partners, as well as by a number of host institutions in Australia. Among them are ANU Canberra, Curtin University, Edith Cowan University, Macquarie University, ACU Melbourne, Sydney University, University of Western Australia, and the University of Western Sydney.

With the MA “Australian Studies” we seek to:

  • internationalize teaching and study through cooperation with lecturers and students from Germany and Australia
  • strengthen the field of Australian Studies at the University of Münster
  • emphasise the study of diversity, migration, environmental issues and indigenous cultures as well as on Australia in a global context
  • help our students gain knowledge about several intersectional research fields and to gain comparative insights into the academic landscape of a central European country and the Australian continent
  • lay the groundwork for future dual degree study programmes that will aid our students’ international mobility
  • allow for the compatibility of studies and family/care work
  • contribute significantly to the further internationalization of the participating German universities
  • prepare students for careers with relevant government agencies as well as NGOs, museums, or the media sector
  • deepen future teachers’ understanding of digital teaching and participation.

Australian Studies Day
Friday, June 30, 2023 | 9.00-15.00
JO1, Johannistraße 4, Münster

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The PTTS Chair will host an Australian Studies Day at the University of Münster on June 30, 2023 from 9:00-15:00 in JO1. We invite all interested students and staff to this event and hope that we can welcome you on this occasion!

The  Australian Studies Day follows on from the highly successful project launch of the joint digital master's programme "Australian Studies" in Cologne last year. The event is designed to report on the development of the MA programme to stakeholders at the University of Münster as well as to facilitate in-person exchange between the four partner universities (Cologne, Düsseldorf, Duisburg-Essen, and Münster). The day's programme will also reflect on the research field and teaching area Australian Studies: what constitutes its core components, what ties it together, and why is it such a vital and exciting research field at the current moment? From literary to cultural studies and linguistics; from feminism to gender studies; from indigeneity to environmentalism; and from migration studies to diaspora, Australian Studies is marked by a complex overlap and intersection of concerns and methods. As such it has so much to offer to adjacent disciplines, including not just English Studies, American Studies, and Postcolonial Studies but also cultural geography, history, different philologies, and more.

We look forward to debating these ideas with you on June 30th! The programme can be accessed here.

If you wish to access the event online, you can find the Zoom link here.