Dr. Julia Velten

wiss. Mitarbeiterin, Abteilung Banerjee
I am a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer in Professor Mita Banerjee’s team. My general research interests include life writing, aging studies, medical humanities, indigenous studies, popular culture, and environmental humanities.

I received my B.Ed. in English, History, and Education as well as my M.A. in American Studies from Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz. In order to complete my M.A. thesis “‘The power of a four letter word’: AIDS and the ‘Right to Try’ in Dallas Buyers Club,” I received a PROMOS (DAAD) scholarship that gave me the opportunity to do research at the University of Wisconsin, Madison for two months. Subsequently, I worked with Prof. Banerjee as a doctoral researcher within the DFG research group “Un/doing Differences: Praktiken der Humandifferenzierung” (2016-19). Our project, focusing on centenarian auto/biographies, dealt with the fabrication of centenarians in the United States. Based on this research, I wrote my dissertation “Extraordinary Forms of Aging: The Construction of Age in Life Narratives of Centenarians and Children with Progeria.” In February 2022, I received my PhD in American Studies.


Dr. Julia Velten
Philosophicum II
Jakob-Welder-Weg 20
Room 02.227

Phone: +49-6131-39-29098

Office hours:
Mon, 15-17
In person and via MS Teams

NO office hours on:
May 23
June 27