Fredericka is a lecturer in the School of International Studies and Education where she coordinates and teaches in German Language and Culture and Contemporary Germany (a modern German history subject) and teaches distance research skills in the Germany Major. She earned her PhD in Germanic Studies from the University of Sydney. She has worked for UTS since 2008.
Fredericka is a member of the Henry Sweet Society (HSS), the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (BSECS), Studienkreis Geschichte der Sprachwissenschaft (SGdS), the German Studies Association of Australia (GSAA), and is also an accredited translator (German > English) with the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI).
Anglo-German relations in the 17th and 18th centuries; history of the book; history of linguistics and language teaching; the Cook voyages.
The beginnings of a racialised order in Oceania, and of German
involvement in such, reach back a long way. In this article, the
author traces elements of this racialisation back to the years
before the first formal European settlement on the Australian
continent. She examines important aspects of the German
journalistic reception of James Cook's voyages to the Pacific by
focusing on one particularly highly networked and very widely
distributed newspaper and its reporting in the period 1768–1787.
She uses this to show how the editors, and especially Londonbased
German-speaking correspondents, consciously leveraged an
Anglophilia that was typical of the Hanseatic city of Hamburg in a
way that encouraged their German-speaking readers, wherever
they might be, to closely identify with British exploration and
even claim ownership of these events themselves. Anglophilia and
the German-language reporting of the Cook voyages, therefore,
supplied raw materials for an entangled sense of imperial identity.