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Julia Cissewski

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Department of Human Behavior, Ecology and Culture
Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig

tel.: +49 (341) 3550 - 315
fax: +49 (341) 3550 - 333
e-mail: cissewski@[>>> Please remove the text! <<<]eva.mpg.de

Curriculum vitae
Publications and presentations

About

Julia Cissewski gained a Diploma degree in Romance and English studies and Economics for higher education from the University of Leipzig. Since then she has been working as assistant to the director and department administrator at MPI-EVA. Her responsibilities include budgetary and personnel matters and managing the guest program. Her own research is in the areas of animal cognition and language evolution.

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 for higher education
Certificate "Akademisch geprüfter Fachübersetzer für medizinisches Englisch"

2010 - present

University of Leipzig / Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
International Max Planck Research School "The Leipzig School of Human Origins"

Positions held

1998 - 2015Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig
Department of Human Behavior, Ecology and Culture
Department administrator and assistant to Prof. Bernard Comrie (director)
2015 - presentMax Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig
Department of Linguistics
Department administrator and assistant to Prof. Richard McElreath (director)

Teaching

1999 - 2003

University of Leipzig
Language course "Medical Spanish"

2002 

University of Leipzig
Semester seminar "Selected questions in hispanic linguistics"

2001 - 2004University of Leipzig
Course of lectures "Introduction to linguistics"

Research Interest

Animal cognition and social behaviour, language evolution.

Fieldwork

Juli-August 2004Tanjung Puting National Park (Kalimantan Tengah Province, Indonesia)
Juli-August 2005 Tanjung Puting National Park (Kalimantan Tengah Province, Indonesia)
Juli-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.

Universitätsgesellschaft Freunde und Förderer der Universität Leipzig e.V.
Leipzig Alumni
 

Publications and presentations

Cissewski, Julia and Lydia Luncz (2021): Symbolic Signal Use in Wild Chimpanzee Gestural Communication?: A Theoretical Framework. Front. Psychol. 12:718414. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.718414

Cissewski, Julia, Lydia Luncz and Christophe Boesch: Ground-nest building in wild chimpanzees in Taї National Park: non-social behavior and group-specific gesture. Poster presented at the Winter Meeting of the Primate Society of Great Britain (PSGB), London, November 28 - 29, 2017.

Cissewski, Julia (2017): 3 1/2 Fragen an ... Die Zeit, CHANCEN Brief, 7 September 2017. PDF

Cissewski, Julia (2017): Die Orang-Utans retten – und uns selbst. fairquer. Sächsische entwicklungspolitische Zeitschrift (39), 29 - 30.

Cissewski, Julia and Christophe Boesch (2016): Communication without language: How great apes may cover crucial advantages of language without creating a system of symbolic communication. Gesture 15(2), 224-249, DOI: 10.1075/gest.15.2.04cis

Cissewski, Julia and Christophe Boesch: Population-specific semantic shifts: A case of social learning in wild chimpanzee populations? Poster presented at the Winter Meeting of the Association for the Study of Animal Behavior (ASAB), London, December 3 - 4, 2015.

Cissewski, Julia and Christophe Boesch: The role of 'natural meaning' in great ape communication. Poster presented at the Spring Meetingof the Primate Society of Great Britain (PSGB), Roehampton, London, April 9 - 10, 2015.

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.

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

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.

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.

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