Wolfgang Zach Mag phil. (MA), Dr phil., Ph. D. (Hon.), O. Univ. Prof. Professor of English Language and Literature and Head of the English Department at Innsbruck




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W
olfgang Zach

Mag. phil. (MA), Dr. phil., Ph.D. (Hon.) , O. Univ.-Prof.

Professor of English Language and Literature and Head of the English Department at Innsbruck University

Honorary Professor at the University of Fiji

Honorary Doctor of Letters at the Enugu State University of Science

Director of CISLE-Centre for the International Study of Literatures in English

Member of the Academic Senate at the University of Innsbruck

Chairman of the Association of University (UPV) at the Universities of Innsbruck, Past President and Board Member of the UPV Austria

Prior to his appointment to the University of Innsbruck (1994): Doctorate and habilitation (postdoctoral qualification, tenure) at the University of Graz. Head of the Department of New Literatures in English und Associate Professor at Graz.

Visiting Professor/Research Fellow at the University of Münster, Mansfield College Oxford, University of Trieste, National University of Singapore, University of Nigeria, Doshisha University Kyoto, Aichi Shukutoku University Nagoya, University of Halle-Wittenberg, Concordia University of Montreal, Griffith University of Brisbane et al. Declined offer of a Chair (Professor c4) at the University of Halle-Wittenberg (1997).

Past Vice-President of the International Association for the Study of Irish Literature and the European Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies. Numerous lectures at universities and conferences in ca. 30 countries.

Chairman of big international conferences and winner of several prizes and awards for his scholarly work. (Co-)Editor of five scholarly periodicals and two series of monographs.

Research (partly funded by the FWF) on 18th century English and Irish literatures, New Literatures and Cultures in English (especially on national stereotypes, colonialism, cultural conflict und transculturality) as well as on literary theory and the theory of English Studies.

Long-time commitment to activities in university politics and management in various positions.


His scholarly work is delineated in the preface to: From ‘English Literature’ to ‘Literatures in English’: International Perspectives. Festschrift in Honour of Wolfgang Zach. Edited by M. Kenneally, Rh. Richman Kenneally, R. Ahrens and W. Huber. Anglistische Forschungen Volume 347. Heidelberg: Winter Publ. 2005.


Wolfgang Zach – Personal Information







Born into a Tyrolean-Styrian family at Graz





Married to Hannelore,

bank manager






Children: one daughter, Cornelia. Studied singing and music in Graz and Hamburg, debut at the National Opera in Hamburg; (the picture shows her as Gretel in Humperdink’s opera Hansel and Gretel) National Opera in Munich in 2006








Hobbies: music, reading, ethology (behavioural research), cycling, hiking, tennis







Wolfgang Zach - Curriculum Vitae




Date of Birth

12 Feb. 1945


Place of Birth

Graz (Austria)


Parents

Alois and Berta Zach (Graz)


Marital Status

Married to Hannelore Zach (née Ernst) since 1967; one daughter, Cornelia, born 1970


Nationality

Austrian


Business address


Home address

English Department
University of Innsbruck
Innrain 52/III
A-6020 Innsbruck
Austria
Tel: 0043 512 507 4155
Fax: 0043 512 507 2882
Email: wolfgang.zach@uibk.ac.at

Freundsbergstr. 22

6020 Innsbruck

Tel. 0512-347582




Current position

Full Professor of English Language and Literature at the English Department of the University of Innsbruck (since 1/10/1994), Head of Department (1995-2004, 2008 -)


Education


1951 - 1955 Elementary school in Graz-Eggenberg

1955 - 1963 Grammar school in Graz (Oeversee)

20 June 1963 School-leaving exam (passed with distinction)

1963 - 1969 Study of English and German Philology as main subjects, Philosophy, Psychology und Pedagogy as second subjects (teacher training programme and doctorate) at the University of Graz; Study visits in England

18 April 1969 Doctoral degree Dr. phil. (English philology as major, German philology as second subject, Philosophicum) at the University of Graz

6 Feb. 1971 Master’s degree Mag. phil. (final examination of the teacher training programme / state examination in English and German, Pedagogy) at the University of Graz



Professional career

1966 - 1969 Student Assistant at the English Department at the University of Graz (Department of English Literature and Literary Studies, Univ.Prof. Dr.Dr.h.c. F.K. Stanzel)

1969 - 1979 Assistant Professor at the same Department

1974 Military service in the Austrian armed forces

1979 - 1994 Senior Assistant Professor at the English Department of the University of Graz


1979 Visiting Scholar, Mansfield College (Oxford)

1979 - 1980 Alexander-von-Humboldt-Scholar at the University of Münster (Germany)

June 1983 Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification, tenure) in English Studies (Literature and Language) at the University of Graz and appointment as Associate Professor

Nov. 1983 Tenure, Associate Professor


SS 1986 Visiting Professor, University of Klagenfurt, Austria

SS 1987 Visiting Professor, Università degli Studi di Trieste

SS 1988 Visiting Professor, Università degli Studi di Trieste

April 1988 Appointment as Director of the newly-founded section "New Literatures in English" at the English Department of Graz University (later remodelled into a department)

July - Sept. 1988 Research at the University of Münster

(Germany) as a Fellow of the Alexander-von-Humboldt-Foundation (Bonn)

Feb. 1989 Visiting Professor, Ain-Shams-University Cairo

1989 Invitation as Visiting Professor by the University of Miami and the University of Minnesota (not complied with)

1989 JSPS-Fellow, Waseda University of Tokyo (Research and lecturing at several Japanese Universities)

1989 Visiting Professor as I.M.-Meyer-Fellow, National University of Singapore

SS 1990 Fellow, Japan Foundation, Waseda University Tokyo (Research and lecturing at several Japanese Universities)


1990 Visiting Professor, University of Nigeria


SS 1994 Visiting Professor, Doshisha University, Kyoto and Aichi Shukutoku University, Nagoya (Japan)

Oct. 1994 Appointment as Full Professor of English Language and Literature at the Leopold-Franzens-Universität, Innsbruck

April 1995 Visiting Professor, Università degli Studi di Trieste

SS 1996 Visiting Professor, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg

Juli 1996 offered a chair (C4-Professorship of English Literary Studies) at Martin-Luther-University of Halle-Wittenberg (declined Sept. 1997)

SS 1999 Visiting Professor, Concordia University of Montreal and Griffith University of Brisbane
SS 2000 Visiting Professor, University of Verona (Socrates)
SS 2003 Visiting Professor, University of Lecce (Socrates) Alexander-von-Humboldt Research Fellow, University of Münster
SS 2004 Visiting Professor, University of Malta (Socrates)
SS 2005 Visiting Professor, University of Bergamo

University of Verona (Socrates)


SS 2006 Visiting Professor, University of Malta (Socrates)
SS 2007 Visting Professor, University of Malta (Socrates)
SS 2009 Visiting Professor, University of Verona (Socrates)
SS 2010 Visiting Professor, University of Verona (Socrates)


Grants, Awards, Positions in International Scientific Associations, Decorations



1979 Theodor-Körner-Prize for outstanding research

British Council Fellowship

Alexander-von-Humboldt-Research Grant

1985 - 1988 Vice-President of the International Association for the Study of Anglo-Irish Literature

1986 "Pro Meritis"- Award of the University of Graz

1988 Kardinal-Innitzer-Prize (in the field of the Humanities)

Alexander-von-Humboldt Research Grant

1989 I.M. Meyer Fellowship, National University of Singapore

Fellowship, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Tokyo

1990 Fellowship, Japan Foundation, Tokyo

1993 - 1996 Vice-President, European Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies

1994 Honorary Medal’ of the City of Graz

1994 Honorary Medal in Gold (Goldenes Ehrenzeichen) for his services to the Austrian Republic
1998 Advisory Board Member, Pemberley International Study Centre, Haputale, Sri Lanka
2005 Grand Honorary Medal (Grosses Ehrenzeichen) of the Austrian Republic

Founding Professorial Fellow, Gandhi Centre for Writing, Ethics, and Peace Studies, University of Fiji


2008 Honorary Doctor of Letters awarded by the Enugu State University of Science and Technology
2008 Honorary Professorship awarded by the University of Fiji



Positions in AcademicBoards of the Universities of Graz and Innsbruck

as well as in university-affiliated Institutions


1973 - 1992 Member of the Faculty Committee of the Humanities (partly as speaker of the non-professorial staff) and of numerous faculty committees (staff, budget , etc..) at the University of Graz

1973 - 1993 Representative of the Faculty and of University Lecturers in the Academic Teachers’ Association

1973 - 1977 Member of the Academic Senate and member of numerous senate committees at the University of Graz

1980 - 1993 Member of committees on inter-faculty and inter-university level. Committee for the coordination of pre-service teacher training

1986 - 1987 Chairman of the Association of Assistant Professors at the University of Graz


1986 - 1991 Member of the National Staff Association


1983 - 1993 Member of the Academic Senate at the University of Graz and of various senate committees ( e.g. the Committee for Foreign Relations. Also before that Representative of the Academic Senate for Academic Relations with Great Britain and Commonwealth countries

since 1994 Member of a great number of institutions and committees at the University of Innsbruck (e.g. the Faculty of Humanities, curricular and staff committee, etc.)

1995 - 2004 Head of the English Department at the University of Innsbruck


since June 1995 Vice-president of the UPV (Association of University Professors at the University of Innsbruck (since June 1999 - today President of UPV Innsbruck Universities)

1999 - 2001 Chairman of the Advisory Council for Study Matters of the Faculty of the Humanities of the University of Innsbruck

2000 - 2002 Member of the Federal Conference of University Professors (PROKO)

2001 - today Member of the Academic Senate at the University of Innsbruck
2002 - 2007 President of the Austrian UPV (Association of University Professors ); 2007- today Past President and member of the board of the UPV
2008 – today Head of the English Department at the University of Innsbruck



Scientific Organisation, Chairmanship of Conferences


Symposium "Die Literarizität von Texten und Möglichkeiten ihrer Erfassung" (Graz, 1977) (organisation together with W. Bernhart and B. Kettemann)

Graz Conference of the 'International Association for the Study of Anglo-Irish Literature' (16. - 19. Juli 1984) (chairman of the conference)

CISLE Conference on "Literature(s) in English - New Perspectives" (Graz, April 1987) (chairman of the conference)

CISLE Conference on "English Literature and the University Curriculum" (Graz, July 1989) (chairman of the conference)

Triennal Conference of the 'European Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies', in Cooperation with CISLE, on "Nationalism vs. Internationalism" (Graz, May 1993) (chairman of the conference)

Symposium English Studies: Past - Present - Future (May 1998) Innsbruck (chairman of the conference)

Conference of the 'International Association of University Professors of English' (IAUPE), Section 'The Literature of Ireland, Scotland and Wales' (Bamberg,, September 2001)
UPV Congress - ‘The New University’ (Baden near Vienna, January 2003. Organized in cooperation with BMWF

UPV Congress – 'Implementation of the UG2002' (Baden near Vienna, May 2004), Organized in cooperation witrh BMWF

International CISLE Conference on "Literatures in English. Priorities of Research" (Innsbruck, July 2005)

International CISLE Conference on "Literatures in English: Ethnic, Colonial and Cultural Encounters". With J. Hurtley and M. Kenneally (Barcelona, Juli 2007)

International Workshop on "Slavery, Abolition and Literature". With G. Bischof (New Orleans, Feb. 2008)

International Symposium on Racism, Slavery and Literature. Organized in cooperation with U. Pallua (Innsbruck U., Dec. 2008)

International CISLE Conference on "New Ethical, Cultural, and Transnational Perspectives". Organized in cooperation with M. Kenneally and Rh. Richman-Kenneally (Concordia U. Montreal, July 2011)


International Scientific Cooperation



Founding Director and Chair, CISLE-International Centre for the Study of Literatures in English, 1987- today. Network of distinguished scholars from all the world, with an international Advisory Board.
Initiation respectively supervision of numerous university partnerships, joint study- and ERASMUS/SOCRATES-programmes at the University of Graz (Authorised Representative of the Academic Senate) as well as at the University of Innsbruck


Evaluated and funded Projects

Englische Literatur und Sklaverei 1772 - 1834, 2005 - 2008 (TWF), 2008 - 2010 (Uni -Hypo)
English Literature and Slavery, 2005 - 2009 (FWF)
Black Counter-Discourse 2009 - (TWF)


Public Relations of the University, Leading positions


Exhibition of Science of the Karl-Franzens-University of Graz;

On the occasion of the 400-year-anniversary (Convention Centre, Graz, May 1985) (Chairman of the organizational committee together with Prof. Dr. H. L. Holzer)


Studies and Career Fair (Convention Centre, Graz , Nov. 1987, Nov. 1988 and Nov. 1989) (Supervision of the organisation for the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Graz)


Professor and Head of the English Department at the University of Innsbruck, 1994 - today (Press releases, university fairs, presentations)
President of the UPV-Association of University Professors at Innsbruck University , 1995 - today.
President/Past President of the the Austrian UPV (Association of University Professors); 2002 - 2007/ today (incl. homepage and press releases, articles in the media, e.g."Der Kampf um die Köpfe. Wie schlecht sind die Universitäten und das UG 2002?", in: Die Presse (30//09/2004, "Qualität und Wettbewerbs-fähigkeit. Studiengebühren an den Universitäten?" in: Die Presse (03/01/2007)
Chairman of two congresses discussing the organisation of the Austrian university system 2003 and 2004 in Baden near Vienna (cf. Conferences)
Organizer of national and international meetings and functions

of UPV, presentation of awards, celebrations, and annual joint meetings of the Boards of UPV, DHV, and VSH. Talks at OECD-Conferences etc.




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