Julia is from Bremen, Germany and completed her Magister Artium in English and American Studies, German Studies and Political Sciences at Bremen University before she took up her PhD studies at the University of Edinburgh. She teaches literature and drama and is director of the Scottish Universities' International Summer School. She is also editor of newleaf magazine and has worked for the Edinburgh Review.
From 2006-2009, she has served as PhD representative to the Department of English Studies and then to the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures.
In her spare time, Julia enjoys listening to and playing music, telling stories and going to the theatre and to poetry readings as often as possible.
Julia is also co-director of the Scottish Universities' International Summer School.
Theatrical representation of both the individual and war in a time of disintegrating national states and the dramatisation of destruction versus survival as the driving forces on stage. Her research uses new war theory and theories of societies in times of terror to examine the portrayal of war and conflict in works of playwrights such as Caryl Churchill, Gregory Burke, Sarah Kane, Martin Crimp, Sam Shepard, Zinnie Harris, Mark Ravenhill and David Hare, in recent documentary and verbatim theatre and in contemporary adaptations of Greek tragedies.
More broadly, Julia is interested in the depiction of contemporary war in fiction and poetry, and in political theatre in general. She is also interested in small-scale literary magazines, narratology and magical realism.
Julia is a member of the War and Representation Network (WAR-Net), the German Society of Contemporary Theatre and Drama in English (CDE) and the International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR).
This article was published on Sep 12, 2011