Dr Julia Kotzur

Dr Julia Kotzur
Dr Julia Kotzur
Dr Julia Kotzur

MA, MLitt, PhD (Aberdeen)

Senior School Administrator

Email Address
Telephone Number
+44 (0)1224 273575
Office Address

Room A08

Taylor Building

School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture

University of Aberdeen

King's College


AB24 3FX

School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture


I joined the University of Aberdeen in 2008 as an undergraduate student in English Literary Studies, and I graduated in 2017 with a PhD in early modern English drama, focussing on aspects of medicine, sacramentality, and eating in the drama of William Shakespeare and Ben Jonson. 

I worked as a Teaching Assistant on EL2011: Encounters with Shakespeare, and as a German Language Teacher both at university-level and at the Language Centre. I joined the School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture in 2017 as an administrative assistant. As of 2021, I have been employed as Postgraduate and Research Administrator at SLLMVC.


  • PhD English 
    2017 - University of Aberdeen 
  • MLitt English 
    2013 - University of Aberdeen 
  • MA (Hons) English 
    2012 - University of Aberdeen 

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships

I provide administrative support at PGT and PGR level as well as REF support at SLLMVC.

External Memberships

Renaissance Society of America

Society for Renaissance Studies


Research Overview

I am interested in portrayals of Eucharistic and Galenic eating and healing in early modern English drama as a way of understanding the persisting importance of Catholicism in post-Reformation England. In connection with this research, I am further interested in the roles that spatiality, specifically boundaries and transformations of space, and medieval drama play. Other research interests include:

  • literary displays of cannibalism 
  • penance and reconciliation
  • medieval moral plays

Research Areas

Research Specialisms

  • Drama
  • History of Medicine
  • English Literature 1200 -1700

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.

Current Research

I am currently writing up a research article on spatial transformations in the drama of Ben Jonson. I have also begun research into the lasting impacts of the plagues of 1603 and 1606 on early modern urban infrastructure and indoor spaces as explored in plays by Shakespeare and Jonson.


In October 2016, I co-organised a one-day symposium on Shakespearean legacies as part of the Shakespeare Week to mark the 400th anniversary of the playwright's death. The symposium was entitled ‘What Legacy shall I bequeath to thee?’: Shakespeare in the Context of his Time.

Funding and Grants

I have received travel grants from the University of Aberdeen's Centre for Early Modern Studies (CEMS) and from the Society for Renaissance Studies.