Professor Tim Mehigan


School of Languages and Cultures
Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
+61 7 336 56935


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. In 2017 he was awarded the Fulbright Senior Scholarship.

From 2013 to 2022 Tim has held a guest appointment as Humboldt Prize Winner at the University of Bonn, Germany. In 2017-2018 he was Fulbright Research Fellow in the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago, USA. Previous appointments include Honorary Professor in the School of Languages and Cultures at the University of Queensland in 2011-2012.

Tim’s work is focused on two key periods in German and European 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 two collections devoted to assessing the work of J.M. Coetzee (Camden House, 2011; Camden House, 2018) 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). Most recently, with Antonino Falduto (Ferrara), he has edited The Palgrave Handbook on the Philosophy of Friedrich Schiller (Palgrave/Macmillan 2022).

Research Interests

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

Research Impacts

Tim's research has contributed significant new insights to the field of international German Studies. He has also been a contributor to the development of knowledge in the area of intellectual history especially in relation to "turning-point" moments around 1800 and 1900 when modern society defined itself in relation to the Enlightenment on the one hand and the second Scientific Revolution on the other. In recent work, Tim's research has contributed to the refinement of our understanding of the ethical life of human beings, first, by considering how ethics is a whole-of-human endeavour (in relation to the work of J.M. Coetzee), and second, by considering Friedrich Schiller's contribution to defining the role played by the emotions in ethical life. Most recently, also proceeding from Schiller, he has established research partnerships with education philosophers in order to update understandings of the role played by the literary humanities in human social development in secondary and tertiary education.


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


  • Mehigan, Tim (2023). Coetzee and Kafka with Kleist (and Job): Debating the ‘Kohlhaasian Solution’. Heinrich von Kleist. (pp. 160-175) Leiden, Netherlands: Brill. doi: 10.1163/9789004686557_009

  • Mehigan, Tim (2023). Letters on the aesthetic education (1795). The Palgrave handbook on the philosophy of Friedrich Schiller. (pp. 231-246) edited by Antonino Falduto and Tim Mehigan. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. doi: 10.1007/978-3-031-16798-0_13

  • Mehigan, Tim (2023). Schiller and Early German Romantics (Kleist, Hölderlin, Goethe). The Palgrave handbook on the philosophy of Friedrich Schiller. (pp. 541-557) edited by Antonino Falduto and Tim Mehigan. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. doi: 10.1007/978-3-031-16798-0_31

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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Book Chapter

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Edited Outputs

Other Outputs

  • Mehigan, Tim , 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

  • Mehigan, Tim , 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

  • Mehigan, Tim, 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.

  • Mehigan, Tim , 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.

  • Reinhold, Karl Leonhard , 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.

  • Mehigan, Tim , 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

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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Completed Supervision