Julia Zaenker

Julia Zaenker





MA Technology and Philosophie, TU Darmstadt, Germany




BEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK




Certified Chemical Technical Assistant, Vocational Training, K+S Minerals and Agriculture GmbH


Academic Employment

  • PhD Fellow, Center for Subjectivity Research, University of Copenhagen in the ERC-advanced grant project "Who are We?" (since September 2021)

Prizes, Awards, Scholarships

  • “Preis der Freunde der TU Darmstadt”, award for the best thesis in the faculty of humanities (FB02) with MA-thesis “Categorical Fulfilment. Phenomenological and Philosophical Perspectives”
  • Scholarship for an 8-week vacation research internship awarded by the EPSRC (accepted) and the Welcome Trust, project: „Effect of cell properties on deformation in flowcytometry for disease diagnosis“, with Dr. Timm Krüger (Computational Fluid Mechanics, University of Edinburgh)
  • "Class Medal” in Chemical Engineering, best performing student in year two, three and four
  • “Jacobs Prize”, best performing student in the course "Environmental Issues for Chemical Engineers“

Conferences and Workshops Organized

As Student Assistant to Prof. Sophie Loidolt (2018-2021):

  • Workshop “Being-Through-Law: Experiences and Structures of Rightlessness”
  • Workshop Series “Practical Philosophy and Phenomenology” (guests: Inga Römer, Oliver Marchart, Julian Hanich)

As Member of the Organizing Committee for the Interdisciplinary Network for Studies Investigating Science and Technology (INSIST):

  • Network meeting with panel discussion (October 2019, Darmstadt)
  • Conference for ECI researchers “Wissenskrisen-Krisenwissen” (March 2021, Frankfurt)

Papers Presented at Conferences and Workshops

August 31, 2022
"Situated, Embodied, Entangled. Iris Marion Young and 4E-Cognition", British Society for Phenomenology Annual Conference, Exeter, UK

Peer Manuscript Reviewer


Participation in Committees


  • Committee Member, Alumni- und Förderverein der Hessischen Schülerakademien, Alumni Association for the Hessian High School Summer Academy (2014-present)


  • Member of the Organizing Committee, Interdisciplinary Network for Studies Investigating Science and Technology (INSIST) (2019-2021)
  • Senior Discipline Representative Chemical Engineering (2016-2017)


Teaching at the University of Copenhagen

  • Seminar in BA-Course “Epistemology and Philosophy of Mind” (Fall 2022)
  • BA-Course “Applied Phenomenology” (Fall 2022)
  • MA-Course “Philosophy of Sociality: Core Concepts and Contemporary Challenges”(Spring 2022) with Felipe León Patricia Meindl and Lucy Osler
  • BA-Course “Applied Phenomenology” (Fall 2021)

Teaching Assistance at TU Darmstadt and the University of Edinburgh

  • Assisted with introductory and advanced courses in practical philosophy and phenomenology at TU Darmstadt (summer 2019 – summer 2021)
  • Developed and implemented a weekly online tutorial on writing term papers in philosophy to support courses offered in the module “Reflecting Normative Orders” (2020 - summer 2021)
  • Obtained Certificate “Writing Consultation”, Writing Center, TU Darmstadt (13 ECTS)
  • Coordinated the School of Engineering’s Peer Support Scheme at the University of Edinburgh (2015-2017), planned workshops and events and handled recruitment for the scheme (2014-2017)

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