Dr. Kathrin Bartha-Mitchell


Kathrin Bartha-Mitchell is a Postdoctral Researcher (DFG Walter Benjamin Fellow) at the NELK Department of the Institute of English and American Studies. She holds degrees from Freie Universität Berlin (B.A. and M.A.) and earned her PhD as part of the joint program between Monash University (Melbourne, Australia) and Goethe University with a thesis titled “Unsettling the Anthropocene: Cosmological Readings of Contemporary Australian Literature.” Her postdoctoral project explores intergenerational crises in transcultural Anglophone texts.

Research Interests

  • Intergenerational Justice
  • Ecocriticism and the Environmental Humanities
  • Postcolonial and Transcultural Studies
  • Australian and South Pacific Literature
  • Gothic Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Shakespeare

Current research

Post-doctoral project: “Imagining Intergenerational Justice: Reassessing Generational Crisis in Transcultural Anglophone Literature and Film from the 20th to the 21st century”

Selected publications


  • "Cosmological Readings of Contemporary Australian Literature." Routledge, 2023. (forthcoming)
     Based on the dissertation with the same title (2020)

Edited Volume

  • With Frank Schulze-Engler and Pavan Malreddy: "Contested Solidarities: Agency and Victimhood in Anglophone Literatures and Cultures." Heidelberg: Heidelberg University Press (Forthcoming)

Articles, Book Chapters, Literary essays (peer-reviewed)

Reviews and Encyclopedic Entries


  • "Transcultural Ecocriticism: Moving Cultures in Times of Ecological Crisis”, Hauptseminar, Winter 2022/23, Goethe University Frankfurt
  • “‘Running from Both the Living and the Dead’: Climate and Mobility Justice in Contemporary Transcultural Anglophone Literature and Film”, Summer 2022, Goethe University Frankfurt
  • "Welcome to the Anthropocene? Australian Film and Literature at the End of Nature," Proseminar, Winter 2019/20, Goethe University Frankfurt
  • Academic English, Theory and Practice, “English Connect”, 2017-2021, Monash University

Selected presentations

  • International Anthropocene Conference, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin: “Cosmology as Counter-Narrative to the Anthropocene: The Fractal Consciousness of Scale” (2019).
  • Harvard School of World Literature, Tokyo: “Uncanny Anthropocene: Australian Literature at the End of Nature” (2018).
  • Environmental History Workshop, Australian National University, Canberra: “Uncanny Australia” (2018).
  • (Un)ethical Futures: Utopia, Dystopia and Science Fiction, Monash University, Melbourne: “Reading Apocalypse as an Unethical Future in Briohny Doyle’s The Island Will Sink.” (2017).
  • German Association of Australian Studies: Nature and Environment in Australia, Cologne: “The Ecogothic and Peter Weir’s The Last Wave,” September (2016).
  • International Gothic Association, University of British Columbia, Vancouver: “The (Post)colonial Gothic and Reconciliation in Alexis Wright’s Plains of Promise” (2015).
  • Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Shakespeare Association and the ACR Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, University of Western Australia, Perth: “Grotesque Encounters: Reading the Sublime, Beautiful, and Grotesque in Post-War German Productions of The Merchant of Venice” (2012).

Awards / Grants / Scholarships

  • Winner of the inaugural award of the Scientific Association of Goethe University for Emerging Scholars
  • DFG (German Research Foundation) Postdoctoral Fellowship "Walter Benjamin", 2021-
  • Monash International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (MIPRS) + Monash Graduate Scholarship (MGS), 2016-2020
  • DAAD travel grant to the University of British Columbia, 2015
  • DAAD (PROMOS) scholarship to study at the University of Melbourne, Australia, 2013-2014
  • Freie Universität Berlin travel grant to the University of Western Australia, 2012

Professional Memberships

  • Member of EASLE
  • Member of GAPS
  • Member of EACLALS
  • Member of GASt