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Professor Dr. Julika Griem

Vice President of the DFG since 2016

Professor Dr. Julika Griem

Professor Dr. Julika Griem

Born 1963, Director of the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) in Essen


Since 2018Director of the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) Essen
2012 – 2018Full professor of English Literature at Goethe University Frankfurt
2005 – 2012Professor of English Literature at TU Darmstadt
2005Substitute professor of English Literature at TU Darmstadt
2005Habilitation, University of Stuttgart (thesis: Monkey Business. Monkeys as Figures of Anthropological and Aesthetic Reflection 1800-2000, venia legendi: English literature and cultural studies)
2003 - 2005Teaching positions and substitution at TU Darmstadt and Goethe University
1995 – 2003Assistant professor, University of Stuttgart
1995Doctorate, University of Freiburg (thesis: Brittle Sailor's Yarn. Orality and Writing in the Work of Joseph Conrad)
1991 – 1995Doctorate and position as research assistant in CRC 321 "Orality and Writing", University of Freiburg
1990State and graduate examinations
1986 – 1987Studies at University of Massachusetts, Amherst
1983 – 1990Studies in English and German literature, University of Freiburg

Academic Roles

Since 2019Member of the jury for the Bochumer Historikerpreis
Since 2019Member of the Lower Saxony Research Commission (WKN)
Since 2019Guest in the working group "Postgraduate Phase at Schools of Art" of the German Council of Science and Humanities
Since 2018Member of the steering committee of FRIAS, Freiburg
2016 - 2018Member of the Research Council of Goethe University Frankfurt and the Trilateral Research Council of RMU (Rhine-Main universities of Frankfurt, Darmstadt and Mainz)
Since 2016Vice President of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
(DFG, German Research Foundation)
2015 - 2018Associate Member of the Cluster of Excellence "Normative Orders" at Goethe University Frankfurt
Since 2015Member of DFG Review Board 105 (Literary Studies)
2015 - 2017Member of the working group "Structures, Autonomy and Governance" of the German Council of Science and Humanities
2014 - 2017Co-spokesperson of the Frankfurt Humanities Research Centre, Goethe University Frankfurt
2014 - 2016Member of the Strategy Commission of the German Council of Science and Humanities and the Joint Commission and Grants Committee for the Excellence Initiative of the DFG
2013 - 2015Member of the selection committee for the translation funding programme Geisteswissenschaften International
2013 - 2016Second President of the German Association for the Study of English (Deutscher Anglistenverband)
2013 - 2016Member of the selection committee for the DFG Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize
2011External reviewer for the third line of the Excellence Initiative (Institutional Strategies)
2010 - 2013First President of the German Association for the Study of English (Deutscher Anglistenverband)
Since 2009Member of the advisory board for the series Palaestra: Untersuchungen zur europäischen Literatur published by Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht Verlage
2008 - 2011Member of the collaborative research cluster The Intrinsic Logic of Cities in the state of Hessen Excellence Initiative LOEWE
2006 - 2012Member of the Research Training Group Topology of Technology at TU Darmstadt
2010 - 2012Senate officer for professorial appointments, TU Darmstadt
2006 - 2008Women's officer in the Department of History and Social Sciences, TU Darmstadt
  • Until summer 2017, member of the board of the German-British Society Frankfurt and the selection committee for the Dagmar Westberg Prize for early career research in English literature
  • Former member of the Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft (Scholars' Society) at Goethe University Frankfurt
  • Reviewer for the DFG, the Humboldt Foundation, the Swiss National Science Foundation, the German Academic Scholarship Foundation and Stiftung Mercator

Third-Party-Funded Projects

11/2016 - 10/2019Project "Individual temporalities and reading communities. Structures of temporality and anglophone long novels from the 1970s to the present" in the Priority Programme "Proper Times of the Aesthetic" (funded by the DFG)
3/2016 - 2/2019Director of the doctoral research group Schreibszene Frankfurt
(7 doctoral researchers, 1 postdoctoral post, funded by Volkswagen Foundation)
2015Conference on Philology and Society, Schloss Herrenhausen,
16-18 September 2015 (funded by Volkswagen Foundation)
5/2011 - 5/2014Project "At the Scene of Crime. The Intrinsic Logic of Cities in Contemporary Crime Fiction". Project leader in the collaborative research group Urban Intrinsic Logic at TU Darmstadt (funded by the DFG)
2008 - 2011Member of the LOEWE collaborative research cluster Urban Research (funded by the federal state of Hessen)
2006 - 2012Member of the Research Training Group Topology of Technology, TU Darmstadt (funded by the DFG)

Selected Publications

"J.M. Coetzee’s Minimalist Worldmaking in The Childhood of Jesus." In: Beyond the Ancient Quarrel: J. M. Coetzee and Philosophy. Ed. Hayes, Patrick, Jan Wilm. (upcoming with Oxford University Press, 2017)

“Standards für Gegenwartsliteraturforschung.” Germanisch-Romanische Monatsschrift 65.1 (2015): 97-114.

“John Burnside’s Seascapes.” In: The Beach in Anglophone Literatures and Cultures. Reading Littoral Space. Ed. Ursula Kluwick, Virginia Richter. Farnham: Ashgate, 2015. 87-106.

[with Sybille Frank, Petra Gehring, Michael Haus] Städte unterscheiden lernen. Zur Analyse interurbaner Kontraste. Frankfurt a. M.: Campus, 2014.

“Komplexe Figur auf dichtem Grund: Baltimore in The Wire.” In: Gründungsorte der Moderne. Von St. Peterburg bis Occupy Wall Street. Ed. Maja El Hissy, Sascha Pöhlmann. München: Fink, 2014. 273-290.

“Gender Trouble as Monkey Business: Changing Roles of Simian Characters in Literature and Film between 1870 and 1930.” In: Reflecting on Darwin. Ed. Eckart Voigts, Barbara Schaff, Monika Pietrzak-Franger. Farnham: Ashgate, 2014. 73-88.

“Mobilizing Urban Space: The Legacy of E.A. Poe’s “The Man of the Crowd” in Contemporary Crime Fiction”. In: Moving Images – Mobile Viewers. 20th Century Visuality. Ed. Renate Brosch, Ronja Tripp. Berlin: LIT Verlag, 2011. 119-138.

’The trick lies in repetitions’: The Politics of Genre in Zoe Wicomb’s The One That Got Away.” In: Safundi. Journal of South African and American Studies 12.3 (2011): 389-406.

Monkey Business. Affen als Figuren anthropologischer und ästhetischer Reflexion 1800-2000. Berlin: trafo, 2010.

[with Susanne Scholz] Medialisierungen des Unsichtbaren. München: Fink, 2010.

Brüchiges Seemannsgarn. Mündlichkeit und Schriftlichkeit im Werk Joseph Conrads. Tübingen: Gunter Narr, 1995.

“A Lesson for Henry Adams: The Failure of Teaching History to Clio’s American Daughters.” In: Historiographic Metafiction in Modern American and Canadian Literature. Ed. Bernd Engler, Kurt Müller. Paderborn: Schöningh, 1994. 103-126.


Journalistic articles for Frankfurter Rundschau, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Merkur. Zeitschrift für Europäisches Denken.

Moderation of readings by Chimamanda Adichie, Margaret Atwood, John Banville, Julian Barnes, Louis Begley, John Burnside, Lily Brett, Jonathan Coe, J. M. Coetzee, Richard Ford, Anne Enright, David Grossman, Siri Hustvedt, A. L. Kennedy, Henning Mankell, Colum McCann, Michael Ondaatje, David Peace, Salman Rushdie, Taije Selasi, Ilja Trojanow and David Vann in Frankfurt, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Berlin, Munich and Cologne.