Professor Tim Mehigan


School of Languages and Cultures
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


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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Book Chapter

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Edited Outputs

Other Outputs

  • Tim Mehigan, Kossew, Sue, Ackerley, Chris, James, David, Attridge, Derek, Marais, Mike, Weigl, Engelhard, Prentice, Chris, Worthington, Kim L., Kelly, Michelle, Drichel, Simone, Meffan, James, Johan, Johan and Clarkson, Carrol (2019). A Companion to the Works of J.M. Coetzee. UQ eSpace. (Dataset) doi: 10.14264/uql.2019.774

  • Tim Mehigan, Fischer, Bernd, High, Jeffrey, Horn, Anette, Allan, Sean, Greiner, Bernhard, Nobile, Nancy, von Mücke, Dorothea, Pan, David, Schneider, Helmut, Meldrum Brown, Hilda, Schmidt, Ricarda, Chisholm, David, Horn, Peter, Barton, Peter, Gailus, Andreas, Marshall, Jonathan W. and Kittler, Wolf (2019). Heinrich von Kleist and Modernity (UQ306727_other.pdf). UQ eSpace. (Dataset) doi: 10.14264/uql.2019.776

  • Tim Mehigan, Moser, Christian, Hayes, Patrick, Winkler, Markus, Woessner, Martin, Boletsi, Maria, Stockhammer, Robert, Clarkson, Carrol, Honold, Alexander, Aaltola, Elisa, During, Simon, Attridge, Derek, Attwell, David, Pippin, Robert B. and Leist, Anton (2019). The Intellectual Landscape in the Works of J.M. Coetzee. UQ eSpace. (Dataset) doi: 10.14264/uql.2019.775

  • Mehigan, Tim (2014). Vereinigungen by Robert Musil. Stuttgart , Germany: Reclam Phillip Jun.

  • Tim Mehigan, Corkhill, Alan, Endres, Martin , Deiters, Franz-Josef , Weber, Philipp , Niehle, Victoria , Milone, Giulia Ferro , White, Michael , Rehm, Stefan , Ledanff, Susanne , Shah, Mirah , Kerscher, Julia , Wagner, Moritz , Gramatzki, Susanne , Kinzel, Ulrich , Irsigler, Ingo and Neubauer-Petzoldt, Ruth (2013). Raumlektüren. UQ eSpace. (Dataset) doi: 10.14264/uql.2019.772

  • Mehigan, Tim (2013). Robert Musil: drei frauen. Stuttgart, Germany: Reclam.

  • Mehigan, Tim and Empson, Barry (2011). Karl Leonhard Reinhold: Essay on a new theory of the human capacity for representation: translated by Tim Mehigan and Barry Empson. Berlin, Germany: De Gruyter.

  • Tim Mehigan, Neumann, Gerhard, Schulz, Gerhard, Stephens, Anthony, Theisen, Bianca, Moser, Christian, Harms, Ingeborg, Blamberger, Günter, Roberts, David, Doering, Sabine, Meldrum Brown, Hilda, Brandstetter, Gabriele , Lü, Yixu and Marquardt, Hans-Jochen (2000). Heinrich von Kleist und die Aufklärung. UQ eSpace. (Dataset) doi: 10.14264/uql.2019.771

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

Completed Supervision