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Prof. Dr. Katharina Lorenz has been President of Justus Liebig University Giessen (JLU) since 1 April 2024. This is the first time a woman has headed JLU.

Prof. Lorenz has been a member of JLU’s Executive Board since 16 December 2021, when she became Vice President for Teaching and Learning. In her capacity as First Vice President, Prof. Lorenz headed the university from 2023 to March 2024, deputising for former President Prof. Dr. Joybrato Mukherjee, who left JLU to become Rector of the University of Cologne.

Prof. Lorenz, born in 1974, is from Berlin. She studied Classical Archaeology, Ancient History and Greek Philology at the Free University of Berlin, at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and at the University of Heidelberg, where she received her doctorate in 2002. She then worked as a research assistant at the Chair of Classical Archaeology at JLU. From 2005 to 2018, she taught at the University of Nottingham, UK, most recently as a professor, and was the founding director of a centre for digital humanities there.

Since April 2018, she has held the Chair of Classical Archaeology at JLU's Department 04 - History and Cultural Studies and been Director of the Giessen Collection of Classical Antiquities.

Her academic interest lies in images and visual language: In her research, Prof. Lorenz Her focuses on the functioning of ancient image cultures, for example in the portrait practice of the Roman Empire, and on the implications of digital technologies for the production of knowledge in the humanities.






 JLU Vice-president Prof. Dr. Katharina Lorenz.

Photo: JLU/Katrina Friese