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Visiting Fellow

The Walter Mangold Trust Fund Visiting Fellows

2019 Visiting Fellow at The University of Melbourne

The 2019 Visiting Fellow was Professor Aaron Gerow from Yale University. He is a Professor of Film Studies and of East Asian Languages and Literatures at Yale University, Connecticut, United Sates, where he teaches courses in Japanese and East Asian film, Japanese literature, world animation, film genre, and Japanese popular culture, film theory, historiography, television, and cultural and media theory.

He visited in August 2019 and delivered a special program at the University of Melbourne Faculty of Arts including:

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Professor Gerow also joined in facilitated discussions at two Japanese Film Nights:

Read more about Professor Gerrow's reflections of his time as a Visiting Fellow.

2019 Special Lecture at The University of Melbourne

On 30 May 2019, a special lecture was arranged by The University of Melbourne Faculty of Arts, in recognition that we were unable to finalise a Visiting Fellow in 2018. Professor Joseph Lo Bianco, Professor of Language and Literacy Education at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, delivered a fascinating lecture entitled,"Citizenship and Nation: Language Policy Today". He explored participatory citizenship as a new form of citizenship, and language policy as a tool for national renovation. An insightful lecture for all those lucky enough to attend.

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2018 Visiting Fellow at The University of Melbourne

Each year in conjunction with The University of Melbourne, The Mangold Trust funds the appointment of a visiting scholar at the University.

Due to unanticipated circumstances, it was not been possible to finalise arrangements for a Visiting Fellow in 2018, and no Scholar had been appointed. However, the Trust and the University are working towards the engagement of a 2019 Visiting Fellow.

2017 Visiting Fellow at the University of Melbourne

The 2017 Visiting Fellow was distinguished literary scholar, Professor Jean-Marie Roulin, Professor of Literature at the University of Lyon (Saint-Étienne campus), France.


Professor Jean-Marie Roulin stayed in Melbourne from Sunday, 10 September to Sunday, 1 October 2017, and was hosted at Ormond College. At The University of Melbourne he was given an office in Babel Building. During his stay, he gave lectures, met students at the University and at Ormond College, and discussed with colleagues of the French studies section and of School of Languages and Linguistics. Professor Roulin also visited Sydney University for three days, where he gave two lectures and met the colleagues of the French program.

Professor Roulin holds a PhD from the University of Lausanne (Switzerland) and an “HDR” from the University of Paris-Sorbonne. Having taught in Switzerland and the United States, he is now Professor of Literature at the University of Lyon and a member of the CNRS research team IHRIM.

On Tuesday 26th September, Professor Roulin delivered the annual Walter Mangold Lecture at the University of Melbourne, on the topic: Languages for Liberty: Figuring Revolutions, Resisting Oppression.”


Read Professor Roulin's reflections on his visiting fellowship.

Previous Walter Mangold Visiting Scholars

The 2016 Walter Mangold Visiting Fellow was Professor Saúl Sosnowski, Professor of Latin American Literature and Culture at the University of Maryland at College Park, Maryland, USA. Professor Sosnowski, who is founding editor of the literary journal, Hispamérica, presented the 2016 Walter Mangold Lecture"Just Words: and then the Tower Crumbled".

Read Professor Sosnowski's reflections on his time in Melbourne.

The 2015 Walter Mangold Visiting Scholar at the University of Melbourne was Professor Ryuko Kubota, from the Department of Language and Literacy Education in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia, Canada. Professor Kubota's research interests include the education of language-teachers, particularly in the Japanese language; and the pedagogies of teaching and learning second or foreign languages in multi-lingual societies.

In 2014 the visiting scholar was Professor Allen James Grieco, Senior Research Associate at the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, Villa I Tatti, Florence, Italy, an expert in the cultural history of food and wine.

The 2013 Mangold Visiting Fellow was the internationally recognised Indonesian writer, journalist and social commentator, Seno Gumira Ajidarma.

In 2012 the visiting scholar was Professor Mary Louise Pratt, Silver Professor and Professor of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literature at New York University.

In 2011 the visiting scholar was Professor Hsien-Hao Sebastian Liao, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan.

In 2010 the visiting scholar was Professor Shuhei Hosokawa from the International Research Centre for Japanese Studies in Japan.

In 2009 the visiting scholar was Professor Yong Zhao, the Director of the Center of Technology and Teaching and Director of the US-China Center for Research on Educational Excellence at the University of Michigan.