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Professor Dr. Julika Griem

Vice President of the DFG since 2016

Academic curriculum and appointments

Since 2018Director of the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) in Essen
2012 – 2018Full professor of English Literature, Goethe University Frankfurt
2005 – 2012Professor of English Literature, Darmstadt University of Technology
2005Substitute professor of English Literature and Cultural Studies, Goethe University Frankfurt

Habilitation in English Literature, University of Stuttgart (thesis: Monkey Business: Monkeys as Figures of Anthropological and Aesthetic Reflection 1800–2000)

2003 – 2005

Teaching positions and substitution at Darmstadt University of Technology and Goethe University

1997 – 2003Assistant professor, University of Stuttgart
1995Doctorate in English Literature, University of Freiburg (thesis: Brittle Sailor's Yarn: Orality and Writing in the Work of Joseph Conrad)
1983 – 1990Study of German and English Literature, University of Freiburg and University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Academic functions

Since 2015Associate Member of the Exellence Cluster “Normative Orders” at Goethe University

Since 2015

Member of the DFG Review Board 105 (Literary Studies)

Since 2015

Member of the working group on university structures, autonomy and governance of the German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat)

Since 2014

Member of the Strategy Commission of the German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat)

Since 2013

Vice President of the German Association for the Study of English

Since 2013

Member of the selection committee for the Heinz Maier Leibnitz Award of the DFG


External reviewer in the third line of the Excellence Initiative (Institutional Strategies)
2010 - 2013President of the German Association for the Study of English

Research experience (externally funded projects)

3/2016 – 2/2019Co-director of the graduate research group Schreibszene Frankfurt
(7 doctorates, 1 postdoc position, funded by the VolkswagenStiftung)
2015International Conference Philology and Society, Schloss Herrenhausen, 16.-18 September 2015 (funded by the VolkswagenStiftung)
5/2011 – 5/2014Subproject At the Crime Scene: Urban Intrinsic Logic in the Medium of Crime Literature. Principal investigator of the collaborative research group The Intrinsic Logic of Cities, Darmstadt University of Technology (funded by the DFG)
2008 - 2011Member of the LOEWE collaborative research cluster Urban Research (funded by the federal state of Hesse)
2006 - 2012Member of the research training group Topologies of Technology, Darmstadt University of Technology (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 contributions for the Frankfurter Rundschau, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Merkur: Zeitschrift für Europäisches Denken.

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