Julia Wurr

Julia Wurr joined the English Department as a postdoc in September 2019. She studied English and French as well as International Relations and Translation Studies at the Universities of Trier, Liège and Oxford. From 2016 to 2019, she worked as a doctoral researcher at the International Research Training Group “Diversity” at the Universities of Trier, Saarbrücken and Montreal. In 2019, she completed a Ph.D. thesis exploring the poetics and socio-political functions of Neo-Orientalism, anti-Muslim racism and securitisation in English-, French- and German-language fiction about the Arab uprisings. The thesis was supervised by Wolfgang Klooß (Trier) and Frauke Matthes (Edinburgh).

Main Areas of Research and Teaching

Orientalism and Neo-Orientalism

Arab Uprisings (‘Arab Spring’)

Postcolonial Studies

Literature and Terrorism

Canadian Literature

Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama

Publications

“L’Orientalisme, le ‘Printemps arabe’ et le dialogue interculturel sur le marché littéraire européen.” Dialogues interculturels à l’époque coloniale et postcoloniale. Représentations littéraires et culturelles – Orient, Maghreb et Afrique occidentale (de 1830 à nos jours). Ed. Hans-Jürgen Lüsebrink and Sarga Moussa. Paris: Éditions Kimé, 2019. 165-84.

“Wettrüsten in Asien? Die Modernisierung der chinesischen Streitkräfte und die Reaktionen regionaler Großmächte. Ein Bericht über die Trierer China-Gespräche 2011.” Zeitschrift für Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik 4 (2011): 751-5.

“Trierer China-Gespräche: Wettrüsten in Asien? Die Modernisierung der chinesischen Streitkräfte und die Reaktionen regionaler Großmächte.” Asien 121 (2011): 82-4.

Presentations

5 June 2020: “Zur Poetik der Unsicherheit: Orientalismus und Sekuritisierung im Spiegel neoliberaler Aufmerksamkeitsökonomien.” Sicherheit und Differenz in historischer Perspektive, Justus-Liebig-Universität, Gießen.

24 May 2020: “Arabic and the Other: Heterolingual Elements and the ‘Islamist Rage Boy.’” English in a World of Strangers: Rethinking World Anglophone Studies. Annual Conference of the Association for Anglophone Postcolonial Studies, Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt.

16 Nov 2018: “Knowledge, Power, and Security: Orientalism and Securitisation in Contemporary Francophone Fiction.” Orientalism and the Francophone Postcolonial World: Legacies of Edward W. Said. Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies Annual Conference, University of London.

10 Nov 2017: “Literary Perspectives on the ‘Arab Spring’: A Post-Orientalist Window of Opportunity?” Dialogues interculturels à l’époque coloniale et postcoloniale. Représentations littéraires et culturelles – Orient, Maghreb et Afrique occidentale (de 1830 à nos jours), German Historical Institute, Paris.

21 July 2017: “Translating Fear and Alterity: Neo-Orientalist Poetics of In_Security in Post-‘Arab Spring’ Fiction.” Translating Fear. 10th Colloquium on Translation Studies in Portugal, Lisbon.