Dr. Julia Weber
Research Group Leader
Julia Weber, Dr. phil, studied German Literature, Philosophy and Psychology in Berlin, Lisbon, Vienna and Paris. After working for one year as a dramaturge at the Deutsches Theater Berlin, she wrote her dissertation on forms of multiple subjectivity in the works of Fernando Pessoa, Samuel Beckett and Friederike Mayröcker at the Ludwigs-Maximilians-University of Munich (published in 2010 by Wilhelm Fink). She subsequently spent two years as a post-doctoral fellow with the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at Yale University, and returned to the Free University Berlin in 2010, where she now works as the leader of the research group “Building Imagination. Literature and Architecture in Modernity” at the Peter Szondi Institute for Comparative Literature. Her current book project “Architectures of the Soul: A Travel-Guide to Inner Realms” focuses on the representation of emotion, spatiality and architecture across different time periods. Recent and forthcoming publications include articles on the metaphor of the camera obscura as a “darkroom of the soul”, the relationship between architecture and interiority in E.T.A. Hoffmann’s novella “Rat Krespel”, and the uncanny architectures in Mark Z. Danielewski’s “House of Leaves”.