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Contact

Department of Human Behavior, Ecology and Culture

Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig

phone: +49 (341) 3550 - 315
fax: +49 (341) 3550 - 333

e-mail: cissewski@eva.mpg.de


Curriculum vitae

University education

1991 - 1994University of Leipzig
Romance and English studies, Economics, Russian
Certificate "Akademisch geprüfter Fachübersetzer für Wirtschaftsrussisch"
1995 - 1996 Universidad de Salamanca, Spain
Linguistics, Economics, Medicine
1996 - 1998University of Leipzig
Diploma in Romance and English studies and Economics
Certificate "Akademisch geprüfter Fachübersetzer für medizinisches Englisch"

Positions held

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

Teaching

1999 - 2003

University of Leipzig
Language course "Medical Spanish"

2002 

University of Leipzig
Proseminar "Selected questions in hispanic linguistics"

2001 - 2004University of Leipzig
Lecture "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.

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.

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

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