Studied music, Slavic philology and comparative literature in Munich and completed her PhD in 2000. 1998-2001 and 2002-2004 she was research fellow at the Institute for Slavic Philology in Munich, 2001-2002 research fellow in the project “Russische Erinnerungsliteratur und die Zivilisationsbrüche des 20. Jahrhunderts” at the Zentrum für Literaturforschung in Berlin. Since April 2004 she has been research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. Since November 2006 Julia Kursell has been Dilthey Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science with the project ” Historical Epistemology of Hearing (1850 - 2000)”.