Julia Matveev is a lecturer in German Literature and Culture at the University of Haifa, at the Department of Hebrew and Comparative Literature and at the Center for German and European Studies. She earned her Ph.D. degree in German Literature from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2000 for her dissertation on “Movement as Means of Expression in the Cinematographic Prose of Peter Handke”. It is a work concerned with contemporary German literature and philosophy of language, with particular emphasis on the connection between literature and film. In the period between 2000 and 2008 she taught courses on contemporary German Literature and Film in the German department at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, as well as courses on literary theory in the department of Comparative Literature. Her research includes among other projects a project on the relation between narrative and identity in the context of contemporary migrant literature in Germany and German-speaking countries, set against the background of the contemporary discussions on European identity in the age of globalization.