Researcher biography

PhD (Sydney)

Tim Mehigan is Professor of German and Deputy Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities. Previous appointments include Head of the School of Languages and Cultures at the University of Queensland (2013–15), Professor of Languages and Head of the Department of Languages and Cultures at the University of Otago, New Zealand (2004–12), and Associate Professor of German at the University of Melbourne (1996–2004). He was educated at the University of Sydney, the University of Freiburg (Germany) and the University of Trier (Germany) and spent two years as Humboldt Research Fellow at the University of Munich (Germany) in 1994–5. He was President of the German Studies Association of Australia from 2003 to 2007 and was elected to the Australian Academy of Humanities in 2003. In 2013 he was awarded the Research Prize of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and is currently visiting professor at the University of Bonn in Germany under the auspices of this prize. In 2016 he was awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholarship for a project he undertook at the University of Chicago in 2017 and 2018.

Tim is the author of 60 articles and book chapters and 19 monographs, critical editions and edited volumes in the area of German and European literature and thought. Among recent book publications are, as editor, The Intellectual Landscape in the Works of J.M. Coetzee (Rochester, 2018), Raumlektüren: Der “Spatial Turn” und die Literatur der Moderne (Bielefeld, 2013), and Companion to the Works of J.M. Coetzee (Rochester, 2011), as author Heinrich von Kleist: Writing After Kant (Rochester, 2011) and, as translator, K.L. Reinhold: New Theory of the Human Capacity for Representation (Berlin, 2011).

Tim's current research focuses on hermeneutics and early German Romanticism.

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Recent Appointments/Fellowships/Awards

  • Fullbright Senior Scholarship 2017
  • Humboldt Research Prize, October 2013
  • Honorary Professor, School of Languages and Comparative Cultural Studies, University of Queensland, Australia, June 2011-December 2012
  • Fellow, Australian Academy of Humanities, November 2003
  • President, German Studies Association of Australia (GSAA), June 2003–September 2007
Featured projects Duration
Immanent Hermeneutics in Modern and Postmodern Literature
Universities Australia - Germany Joint Research Co-operation Scheme

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