Julia Hauser is an assistant professor of global history at the University of Kassel, Germany, and an alumna of the Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA), which, through the German Ministry of Science and Education, funds the project presented here (applied for in conjunction with Tarek Tawfiq, Cairo). She is a cultural historian interested in the entangled history of Europe, South Asia, and the Ottoman Empire during the nineteenth and twentieth century. Her work focuses on the role of religion, bodies, gender, and knowledge in cultural encounters. Julia Hauser is the author of German Religious Women in Late Ottoman Beirut: Competing Missions (Leiden; Boston 2015), the co-editor of Entangled Education: Local and Foreign Schools in Ottoman Syria and Mandate Lebanon (Würzburg 2016) and of Insatiable Appetite: Food as a Cultural Signifier (Leiden; Boston 2021). She also published articles in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of World History and South Asia. Journal of South Asian Studies. She is currently completing a book on the history of vegetarianism between Europe, the United States, and India. Her work which took her to various European countries, but also to Lebanon and India (where she was affiliated, inter alia, with the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences Calcutta (CSSSC)) has been funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research and various German foundations.

Julia is collaborating with Sarnath Banerjee on The Moral Contagion, a comprehensive illustrated history of the plague, which is being represented by A Suitable Agency.