Institute of English and American Studies  (» Postal address)

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Julia Wurr

Institute for English and American Studies
Literary and Cultural Studies

JProf. Dr. Julia Wurr

Postcolonial Studies

Research Interests

Postcolonial Studies / Postkoloniale Studien 

Procreation and the Postcolonial / Fortpflanzung und Postkolonialismus

Surrogacy and Literature / Literatur und Leihmutterschaft

The Postcolonial Middle East and North Africa Region / Postkolonialismus in der MENA-Region

Orientalism and Neo-Orientalism / Orientalismus und Neo-Orientalismus

Literature and Precarity / Literatur und Prekarität

Academic CV

Since 10/2021 Junior Professor for Postcolonial Studies, Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg

09/2019–09/2021 Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Trier

04/2016–08/2019 Doctoral Researcher, International Research Training Group "Diversity," University of Trier

10/2011–07/2012 Graduate Research Student, Jesus College, Oxford University

02–07/2010 Erasmus Student, University of Liège

10/2007–06/2015 Studies of English, French and International Relations, University of Trier



Literary Neo-Orientalism and the Arab Uprisings: Tensions in English, French and German Language Fiction. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2022.

Book Chapters and Articles

"Science and Biocapitalist Reproduction: Commercial Surrogacy in Joanne Ramos' The Farm." In preparation.

"Childlessness and the Female Nigerian Bildungsroman." In preparation.

"Neo-Orientalism and the Poetics of Insecurity in Bodyguard." Sicherheit und Differenz in historischer Perspektive/Security and Difference in Historical Perspective. Ed. Sigrid Ruby and Anja Krause. Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2022. 191-212.

"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.


3 Nov. 2022. “Surrogate Knowledge: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Partial Knowledge and Knowing Partially in Fictional Representations of Transnational Commercial Surrogacy.” The Ethics and Narratives of Non-Knowledge: Literary and Cultural Perspectives on the Limits of Research, Schloss Herrenhausen, Hannover.

8 Sept. 2022. “Postcolonial Perspectives in and on Sarfraz Manzoor’s Greetings from Bury Park.” Presentation as part of the teacher training workshop Race, Religion and Rock'n Roll: Sarfraz Manzoor’s Memoir Greetings from Bury Park as an Example of Postcolonial Literature, organised with Sylke Bakker at the Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg.

20 July 2022: "Literatur und Leihmutterschaft. Eine postkoloniale Perspektive." Lecture series Diagnosen der Gegenwart? Literaturtheorie im 21. Jahrhundert, Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg.

29 May 2022: "Reproductive Agency and Victimhood: Visible Absences in Fictional Representations of Commercial Surrogacy." Contested Solidarities: Agency and Victimhood in Anglophone Literatures and Cultures. Annual Conference of the Association for Anglophone Postcolonial Studies, Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt.

10 July 2021: "Anti-Natalism, the Dystopian Double Standard and the Anthropocene." Humanities for the Anthropocene: Values, Principles, and Practices, University of Puget Sound and University of Victoria.

May 2021: "Between the Metrics of Terror and the Terror of Metrics: The 2015 Paris Attacks in Frederika Amalia Finkelstein’s Survivre." Le Malaise contemporain. Société et subjectivité dans la littérature française (1990–2020), Abtei Neumünster, Luxemburg (postponed until December 2021).

26 Feb. 2021: "On the Danger of Security: Neo-Orientalism and the Poetics of Insecurity." Sicherheit und Differenz in historischer Perspektive, Justus-Liebig-Universität, Gießen.

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.

(Changed: 19 Dec 2022)