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1 Monograph

3 as Editor

22 Essays

4 Reviews

3 Media Productions

2 Interviews

8 Invited Talks

14 Papers

5 Conferences and Workshops

Ad-Hoc Peer Reviews


2010. Darkness Subverted: Aboriginal Gothic in Black Australian Literature and Film. Bonn: Bonn UP-Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht. red arrow


Walter McRae Russell Award for Literary Scholarship 2011.


2012. Darkness Subverted: Aboriginal Gothic in Black Australian Literature and Film. Bonn UP-Vandenhoeck & Rupprecht, 2010. Abstract. English and American Studies in German 1 (1): 69-71.


Mudrooroo. 2010. “Gothic Imagination or Maban Reality?” Review of Darkness Subverted: Aboriginal Gothic in Black Australian Literature and Film by Katrin Althans. Australian Women’s Book Review 22 (2). Accessed 29 September 2020.

2010. Review of Darkness Subverted: Aboriginal Gothic in Black Australian Literature and Film by Katrin Althans. Reference & Research Book News 25 (3): 269.

as Editor

2024 (with Patricia Plummer). Philip McLaren: A Festschrift. Special Issue, Zeitschrift für Australienstudien/Australian Studies Journal 38.

2022 (with David Kern and Beate Neumeier). Migrant Australia: From Botany Bay to Manus. Trier: WVT. red arrow

since 2021 (with Stefanie Affeldt and Christina Ringel). Zeitschrift für Australienstudien/Australian Studies Journal. red arrow


2024 (under review). “Negotiating the Mabo Decision: Philip McLaren’s Mabo.” In Philip McLaren: A Festschrift, edited by Katrin Althans and Patricia Plummer, special issue, Zeitschrift für Australienstudien 38.

2024 (forthcoming). “Betrug/Täuschung/Schwindel/Hochstapelei.” In Literatur und Recht, edited by Peter Schneck, Hania Siebenpfeiffer, and Claudia Lieb. Handbücher zur kulturwissenschaftlichen Philologie. Berlin: de Gruyter.

2024 (forthcoming). “Blak Horror, Blak Narratology, and Lisa Fuller’s Ghost Bird.” In Global Indigenous Horror, edited by Naomi S. Borwein. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi.

2024. “Women Refugees in Law and Literature.” Anglistik 35 (1): 35-50.

2024. “Ecologemes in Contemporary Australian Crime Fiction: The Case of Outback Noir.” In The Routledge Handbook of Crime Fiction and Ecology, edited by Nathan Ashman, 251-63. New York: Routledge. red arrow

2022. “The NewClear Family in Times of the Anthropocene: The Nea-Human and her Family in James Bradley’s Ghost Species.” In Gender and Queer Identities in Australian Speculative Fiction, edited by Bettina Burger, David Kern, and Lucas Mattila, special issue, Gender Forum 81: 80-92.

2022 (with David Kern and Beate Neumeier). “Migrant Australia: An Introduction.” In Migrant Australia: From Botany Bay to Manus Island, edited by Katrin Althans, David Kern, and Beate Neumeier, 1-8. Trier: WVT. red arrow

2021. “Aboriginal Jurisprudence in Philip McLaren’s Lightning Mine.” In Mabo’s Cultural Legacy: History, Literature, Film and Cultural Practice in Contemporary Australia, edited by Eva Bischoff and Geoffrey Rodoreda, 145-55. London: Anthem P. red arrow

2021. “Representations of Australian Refugee Experiences: Poverty or Bare Life?”In Representing Poverty in the Anglophone Postcolonial World, edited by Verena Jain-Warden and Barbara Schmidt-Haberkamp, 229-44. Bonn: V&R unipress. red arrow

2021. “‘A shocking deception’: Legal Fictions and Lying in The Woman in White and No Name.” In Being Untruthful: Lying, Fiction, and the Non-Factual, edited by Monika Fludernik and Stephen Packard, 247-64. Baden-Baden: ergon. red arrow

2019. “Aboriginal Gothic.” In Twenty-First-Century Gothic: An Edinburgh Companion, edited by Maisha Wester and Xavier Aldana Reyes, 276-88. Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP. red arrow

2019. “Defying the ‘Ecological Indian’: The Urban Ecopoetry of Samuel Wagan Watson.” In Ecocritical Concerns and the Australian Continent, edited by Beate Neumeier and Helen Tiffin, 251-62. Lanham: Lexington-Rowman & Littlefield. red arrow

2018. “Singing Brisbane into Being: A Geocritical Approach to Samuel Wagan Watson’s smoke encrypted whispers.” In Nature and Environment in Australia, edited by Boris Braun, Victoria Herche, and Beate Neumeier, 209-20. Trier: WVT. red arrow

Download Maps:

red arrow Detail of standard OpenStreetMap of Brisbane (© OpenStreetMap and Contributors, CC-BY-SA)

red arrow Satellite image of Brisbane (© Google Earth)

red arrow Literary map of Samuel Wagan Watson’s Brisbane as depicted in smoke encrypted whispers (© OpenStreetMap and Contributors, CC-BY-SA, created by Katrin Althans using umap)

2017. “Die kulturelle Bedeutung des Dreaming.” Text + Bild 2: 34-7. red arrow

2017. “Stories of the Intervention: The Narrative Power of the Law.” In ‘And there’ll be NO dancing’: Perspectives on Policies Impacting Indigenous Australia since 2007, edited by Elisabeth Baehr and Barbara Schmidt-Haberkamp, 185-97. Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars. red arrow

2015. “Forgotten Voices: The Female ANZAC and Male National Identity.” In “Gender Down Under,” edited by Victoria Herche and Beate Neumeier. Special issue, Gender Forum 53: 5-25.

2014. “‘And in my dreaming I can let go of the spirits of the past.’ Gothicizing the Common Law in Richard Frankland’s ‘NoWay to Forget’.” In Decolonizing the Landscape: Indigenous Cultures in Australia, edited by Beate Neumeier and Kay Schaffer, 255-73. Amsterdam: Rodopi. red arrow

2014. “De-Commodifying the Gothic: The Strange Case of the Two-Faced Kadaitcha.” Dissections 10. Accessed 29 September 2020.

2013. “Playing the Buffyverse, Playing the Gothic: Genre, Gender, and Cross-Media Interactivity in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Chaos Bleeds.” In Game On, Hollywood!: Essays on the Intersection of Video Games and Cinema, edited by Joseph M. Sommers and Gretchen Papazian, 20-34. Jefferson: McFarland. red arrow

2013. “White Shadows: The Gothic Tradition in Australian Aboriginal Literature.” In A Companion to Australian Aboriginal Literature, edited by Belinda Wheeler, 139-54. Rochester: Camden House-Boydell & Brewer. red arrow

2008. With Gerry Turcotte. “Nightmares in the Dreamtime: On Aboriginal Australian Weird Fiction.” Studies in Australian Weird Fiction 2: 163–71.

2005. “Re-Biting the Canon: Indigenous Gothic in Mudrooroo’s Vampire-Trilogy.” Acolit 57: 27-8.


2023. Rev. of A Man Could Stand Up: Masculinities in British and Australian Literature of the Great War, by Silvia Mergenthal. Anglistik. 34 (3): 264-65. DOI: 10.33675/ANGL/2023/3/20.

2022. Rev. of Poetics and Politics of Relationality in Contemporary Australian Aboriginal Fiction, by Dorothee Klein. Zeitschrift für Australienstudien 36: 77-80. DOI: 10.35515/zfa/asj.36/2022.07.

2019/2020. Rev. of The Mabo Turn in Australian Fiction, by Geoff Rodoreda. Zeitschrift für Australienstudien 33/34: 155-7. DOI: 10.35515/zfa/asj.3334/201920.09.

2018. Rev. of Contemporary Women’s Gothic Fiction: Carnivals, Hauntings and Vampire Kisses, by Gina Whisker. Anglistik 29 (1): 169–71. red arrow

Media Productions

2023. Migra§tory: Law, Narratives, Refugees. Podcast, MP3 audio.

2021. “Narrating Refugees in Law and Literature: A Story in Spatial Terms.” ArcGIS StoryMaps. Last Modified 17 Nov. 2021.

2020. Gothic Down Under: An Introduction. Uploaded 9 June 2020. Vimeo Video, 1:21:42 hrs. (password on request)


“Gothic and Horror Podcast, discussing Lois Murphy’s Soon.” Interview by Bettina Burger, David Kern, and Lucas Mattila. May 2021. Podcast Episode, 38:59.

Picnic at Hanging Rock.” Interview by Bettina Burger, David Kern, and Lucas Mattila. Jan. 2021. Podcast Episode, 27:58.

Invited Talks

“World Literature and the Appeal of the National: The Case of Outback Noir.” Guest Lecture, University of Münster. 14 December 2023.

“Narrating Refugees: The Narrative History of the Refugee Convention in Law and Literature.” Whom Do We Remember? Narratives of War and Migration. Workshop, University of Cologne. 6 July 2022.

“Flüchtlinge als Narrative in Recht und Literatur.” Research Colloquium Gerhard Mercator Graduiertenkolleg Weltoffenheit, Toleranz und Gemeinsinn, University of Duisburg-Essen. 28 April 2021.

“Postkoloniale Theorien, Flucht und die performativen Wirkungen des Flüchtlingsrechts.” Workshop Reflexive Wende der Migrationsforschung. University of Duisburg-Essen. 10 October 2020.

“Transgression als Mittel der Rechtskritik in der Indigenen Literatur Australiens.” Grenzüberschreitung und Exzess. Lecture Series Diversityresearch, University of Duisburg-Essen. 2 July 2015.

Jack Maggs Reconsidered: The Legal Fictions of Great Expectations.” Symposium, University of Duisburg-Essen. 12 June 2015.

“Law and Film: An Interdisciplinary Perspective on Philip McLaren’s Mabo.” Indigenous Australian Literature in Context, 1993-2013. International Symposium, University of Duisburg-Essen. 13 April 2013.

“Can Literature Learn from Law? Methodological Considerations.” Münster Symposium on Law and Literature, University of Münster. 21 May 2012.


“Environmental Concerns and Aboriginal Dispossession in Contemporary Australian Crime Fiction.” Post/Colonial Environments. GAPS Annual Conference, University of Zurich. 11 May 2024.

“Women Refugees in Law and Literature.” Section “Nomadworld: Global Mobility and the New Anglophones,” Anglistentag, Universität Mainz. 4 Sept. 2022.

“‘A Time to Lie’: The Narrative Authority of the Law.” Contexts of Displacement, Refugee Protection and Forced Migrants’ Lives. 3rd Conference of the German Network of Forced Migration Researchers, University of Cologne. 17 September 2020.

“Undoing the 18th-Century Feminist: The Duchess, Georgiana Cavendish, and the Historical Romance.” The 18th Century in Film and Popular Culture. BGECS Annual Conference, University of Bonn. 2 October 2019.

“Fact, Fiction, and Lying in Wilkie Collins’s The Woman in White.” Lying and Related Fictions. Internationale Konferenz, University of Freiburg. 16 February 2019.

“Mabo in Literature: The Ratio Decidendi of Philip McLaren’s Lightning Mine.” Mabo’s Cultural Legacy: The Mabo Decision, 25 Years On. Interdisziplinary Workshop, University of Stuttgart. 18 November 2017.

“The Literary Geography of Brisbane in Sam Wagan Watson’s Poetry.” Nature and Environment in Australia. International GASt-Conference, University of Cologne. 30 September 2016

“Stories of the NT ‘Intervention’: The Narrative Power of the Law.” The “Intervention” and its Consequences. International Conference, University of Bonn. 9 October 2015.

“Australian Immigration: Spatial Representations of Poverty.” Representing Poverty in the Anglophone Postcolonial World. International Conference, University of Bonn. 20 June 2015.

“The Kadaitcha Revisited: Justice and Cultural Identity in a Post-Mabo World – The Case of Nicole Watson’s The Boundary.” Postcolonial Justice. Joint ASNEL/GASt-Conference, University of Potsdam. 29 May 2014.

“De-Commodifying the Gothic: The Strange Case of the Split Kadaitcha.” Gothic limits / Gothic Ltd. IGA Conference, University of Heidelberg. 4 August 2011.

“Gothicizing the Law: Legal Issues in The Kadaitcha Sung.” Indigenous Knowledge: Issues of Cultural Transfer and Transformation. Symposium, University of Cologne. 6 July 2011.

“Translating Transgression: How Black Australian Artists Translate the Gothic.” Translating Cultures: Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. EASA Conference, University of Roskilde. 29 October 2007.

“Re-Biting the Canon: Indigenous Gothic in Black Australians’ Cultural Expressions.” Word and Image: Under Construction. GNEL/ASNEL Conference, University of Koblenz. 26 May 2006.

Conferences and Workshops

2023. “Australian Mobilities.” Organiser (with Patricia Plummer). Biennial GASt-Conference, University of Duisburg-Essen. 19 – 22 Oct. 2023.

2018. Conference “Australian Perspectives on Migration.” Organiser. Biennial GASt-Conference, University of Düsseldorf. 4 – 6 October 2018.

2014. Panels “Justice after Mabo I & II.” Co-Chair (with Patricia Plummer). Postcolonial Justice. Joint ASNEL/GASt-Conference, University of Potsdam. 29 May 2014.

2013. Workshops Academic Writing. Chair. University of Osnabrück.

2012. Workshop “The Complex Relation between Culture and Law: Methods, Concepts, Approaches.” Co-Chair (with Martin Zeilinger). Culture, Rights, Identity. International Summer Institute for the Cultural Study of the Law, University of Osnabrück. 7 – 17 August 2012.

Ad-Hoc Peer Reviews

English Studies

History of Intellectual Culture

Journal of Postcolonial Writing

Tillburg Law Review

Transnational Literature

LIMINA: A Journal of Historical and Cultural Studies