The Ernst & Rosemarie Keller Fund supports the research activities of scholars residing in Australia whose research is concerned with German history, literature, language, politics or culture, or German contributions to the history, literature, languages, politics or culture of either Australia or the Asia-Pacific region.

Dr Ernst Keller FAHA was a scholar of German and Comparative Literature. In 2007, Ernst’s wife Rosemarie Keller gave the Academy a generous bequest to commemorate his distinguished academic career. Formerly offered as part of our Humanities Travelling Fellowships, an updated Ernst & Rosemarie Keller Fund was established in 2014 and offers a maximum of $5000 for travelling fellowships, convening workshops and/or masterclasses.

The 2020 recipients

We are delighted to announce the recipients of this year’s Ernst and Rosemarie Keller Fund and look forward to supporting their projects:

Dr Luke Smythe
Monash University
The Informel as an Engine of Uncertainty: Gerhard Richter, Karl Otto Götz and Information Aesthetics examines the response of leading international artist Gerhard Richter to the work of postwar German painter Karl Otto Götz. The project will challenge current understandings of Richter’s abstract work and shed light on the origins of digital art.

Dr Mike Zuber
University of Queensland
The Captive Alchemist: The Lives of a Soldier of Fortune, Fertility Doctor, Courtier, and Conman in Franconia is the first full-length treatment of Christian Wilhelm von Krohneman, a German soldier and alchemist, for more than two hundred years. It contributes to new historical understandings of alchemy, which has suffered from centuries of bad press and mystification.


Applications for the Ernst and Rosemarie Keller Fund will open in February 2023.

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