Julia Hoydis is currently Visiting Professor of English Literature and Gender Studies at the University of Duisburg-Essen on a fellowship sponsored by the FONTE Foundation. From October 2020, she will be Professor of English Literature and Culture at the University of Graz, Austria (fixed-term contract).
Previously, she taught at the University of Cologne, where she obtained her Habilitation (2018) and her PhD (2010) and was a visiting researcher and lecturer at Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge (2006-2007). She studied English, Media Studies, and Philosophy at Cologne, receiving her M.A. in 2006; she also holds a diploma in dance from the Rambert School/Brunel University, London. Since 2019, she has been general editor of ANGLISTIK: International Journal of English Studies.
Julia has a long-standing interest in postcolonial studies, with special focus on contemporary Anglophone Indian, African and Australian literatures and cultures. Since 2010, she has been an active member of the Association for Anglophone Postcolonial Studies (GAPS). Her doctoral dissertation focused on ethics and historiography in the works of Amitav Ghosh (published as Tackling the Morality of History. Amitav Ghosh and the Ethics of Storytelling, Winter 2011). She has published numerous articles on contemporary Indian fiction, diaspora, and black female speculative fiction. Among her recent books are the monograph Risk and the English Novel. From Defoe to McEwan (2019) as well as the co-edited volumes Representations of Science in Twenty-First Century Fiction: Human and Temporal Connectivities (Palgrave, 2019) and Teaching the Posthuman (Winter, 2019).
Her main research interests include literature and science (especially risk theory, climate change, posthumanism), intersections between gender and genre and between literature and other art forms (especially dance and theatre), transcultural adaptations studies, processes of canonization, and interactive digital narratives. She is currently working on a project in the field of historical gender studies funded by the Moderata Fonte-Forum of Early Modern Studies (2020-21), preparing a critical edition and translation of the works of the British author Margaret Cavendish (1623-1673).
Julia is also particularly interested in research at the intersection of the environmental humanities, postcolonial and performance studies. Forthcoming publications (2020/21) here include essays on Australian dance theatre (Anglistik Special Issue “Postcolonial Cultural Studies” 31.3) and on the Indigenous Hip Hop Projects; as well as book chapters on climate change drama (Research Handbook on Communicating Climate Change, Edward Elgar Research Handbook Series) and posthumanism and drama (Palgrave Handbook of Critical Posthumanism), which will include readings of the works of Australian dramatist, such as Stephen Carleton and Ian Meadows.