Professor Tim Mehigan

Deputy Director

Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
+61 7 336 56896


Tim Mehigan is Professor of German in the School of Languages and Cultures at the University of Queensland.

He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities (elected 2003) and former President of the German Studies Association of Australia (2003-2007). He was Humboldt Fellow at the University of Munich for two years in 1994 and 1995. In 2013 he was awarded the Research Prize of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany.

Tim’s work is focused on two key periods in German literary and intellectual history: on the one hand, the literature and philosophy of the time of Goethe and Kant, which is to say, the late 18th and early 19th century; on the other hand, the literature and philosophy of Austrian modernism in the first three decades of the 20th century.

Beyond such a focus, Tim is vitally interested in the connections that flow between literature and philosophy and has explored these in relation to writers such as Heinrich von Kleist (1777-1811) and Robert Musil (1880-1942) and topic areas such as the deployment of space in literature.

Tim has also recently edited a Companion devoted to the work of J.M. Coetzee (Camden House, 2011) and published, with B. Empson, the first English translation of K.L. Reinhold’s major work of philosophy Versuch einer neuen Theorie des menschlichen Vorstellungsvermögens (Walter de Gruyter, 2011).

Research Interests

  • German literature and philosophy from 1780; J.M Coetzee


  • Fellow of Australian Academy of the Humanities
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons), University of Sydney


  • Mehigan, Tim (2017). Coetzee's The Childhood of Jesus and the Moral Image of the World. In Rutherford, J. and Uhlmann, A. (Ed.), Coetzee's The Childhood of Jesus and the Moral Image of the World (pp. 165-186) New York : USA: Bloomsbury Academic.

  • Mehigan, Tim (2016) Einfuhrung und Uberblick. Jahrbuch fur Internationale Germanistik, 47 2: 81-84. doi:10.3726/82052_81

  • Mehigan, Tim (2016). Musils Essayistik. In Michael Ansel, Jurgen Egyptien and Hans-Edwin Friedrich (Ed.), Der Essay als Universalgattung des Zeitalters: Diskurse, Themen und Positionen zwischen Jahrhundertwende und Nachkriegszeit (pp. 46-59) Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill Rodopi. doi:10.1163/9789004324060_005

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