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Department of Linguistics

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

Deutscher Platz 6
D-04103 Leipzig

phone: +49 (0) 341 3550 - 300
fax: +49 (0) 341 3550 - 333

e-mail: cissewski@[>>> Please remove the brackets! <<<]eva.mpg.de

Curriculum vitae

University education

1991 - 1994

University of Leipzig
Romance and English studies, Economics, Russian
Certificate "Akademisch geprüfter Fachübersetzer für Wirtschaftsrussisch"

1995 - 1996 

Universidad de Salamanca, Spain
Linguistics, Economics, Medicine

1996 - 1998

University of Leipzig
Diploma in Romance and English studies and Economics
Certificate "Akademisch geprüfter Fachübersetzer für medizinisches Englisch"

Positions held

1998 - present

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig
Department of Linguistics
Department administrator and assistant to Prof. Bernard Comrie (director)

2010 - present 

IMPRS The Leipzig School of Human Origins
PhD student


SS 1999 - SS 2003

University of Leipzig
Language course "Medical Spanish"

SS 2002 

University of Leipzig
Proseminar "Selected questions in hispanic linguistics"

WS 01/02 - WS 03/04University of Leipzig
Lecture "Introduction to linguistics"

Research Interest

Animal cognition and social behaviour, language evolution.



Tanjung Puting National Park (Kalimantan Tengah Province, Indonesia)

August 2005 

Tanjung Puting National Park (Kalimantan Tengah Province, Indonesia)

August 2006Tanjung Puting National Park (Kalimantan Tengah Province, Indonesia)

Professional memberships and related activities

Gesellschaft für Primatologie 
International Society for Gesture Studies 
Primate Society of Great Britain

Orang-Utans in Not e.V. (president) 
Wild Chimpanzee Foundation – Germany e.V.

Publications and presentations

Cissewski, Julia: What's the point? Pointing from a comparative perspective. Talk presented at the Anlang meeting, Leipzig, January 28, 2003.

Cissewski, Julia and Biruté M. Galdikas: Gestural communication in wild orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus) of Tanjung Puting National Park, Indonesia – an ongoing study. Poster presented at the Fifth International Conference on the Evolution of Language, Leipzig, March 31 - April 3, 2004.

Herrmann, Esther, Brian Hare, Julia Cissewski and Michael Tomasello: The origin of human temperament: Differences in the response to novelty among great apes and human children. Poster presented at the SRCD Biennial Meeting, Denver, CO, April 2- 4, 2009.

Herrmann, Esther, Brian Hare, Julia Cissewski and Michael Tomasello (2011): A comparison of temperament in nonhuman apes and human infants. Developmental Science 14(6), 1393–1405, DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-7687.2011.01082.x

Cissewski, Julia and Christophe Boesch: How great apes can do without language. Poster presented at the Fourteenth Conference of the Gesellschaft für Primatologie (GfP), Leipzig, February 11 - 13, 2015.