Mag. phil. (MA), Dr. phil., Ph.D. (Hon.) , Em. O. Univ.-Prof.
Emeritus Professor of English Language and Literature at the English Department of Innsbruck University
Honorary Professor at the University of Fiji
Honorary Doctor of Letters at Enugu State University of Science
Director of CISLE-Centre for the International Study of Literatures in English
Chairman of the Association of University Professors (UPV) at the Universities of Innsbruck, Past President and Board Member of UPV Austria
Prior to his appointment as Full Professor of English Literature and Language to the University of Innsbruck (1994) Associate Professor and Head of the Section ‘New Literatures in English’ at Graz University.
Visiting Professor/Research Fellow at the University of Münster, University of Halle-Wittenberg, Mansfield College Oxford, University of Trieste, University of Verona, National University of Singapore, University of Nigeria, Doshisha University Kyoto, Aichi Shukutoku University Nagoya, Concordia University Montreal, Griffith University 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 fellowships for his scholarly work. (Co-)Editor of five scholarly periodicals and a series of monographs.
Order of Merit of the City of Graz, Grand and Golden Order of Merit for Services Rendered to the Republic of Austria, Distinguished Service Cross of the order of Merit of the Federal State of Tyrol, and other awards
Research (partly funded by the Austrian Science Fund) on 18th century English and Irish literatures, Postcolonial Literatures and Cultures (especially on Indigenous Australian literature, slavery and racism, national stereotypes, colonialism, cultural conflict und transculturality) as well as on literary theory and criticism.
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.
His activiites as Director of CISLE – Centre for the International Study of Literatures in English, an international network of scholars and writers from all the world working in the wide field of Anglophone literatures, founded in 1987 with the aim „to promote intercultural understanding, interdisciplinary research and international literary exchange“ are delineated in a separate internet page