Lisa Curtis-Wendlandt


ARC Postdoctoral Fellow
PhD in History, Monash University, Australia (2009).
MA (Magister Artium) in Philosophy and English Philology, Freie Universitaet and Technische Universitaet Berlin, Germany (2004).

I am currently working on an ARC project with Karen Green and Paul Gibbard. This project researches the “History of Women’s Political Thought in Europe during the Enlightenment (1700-1800)”. My research focuses mainly on German (or German-speaking) women writers of the time.

Research Interests

  • Early modern and Enlightenment philosophy
  • Women philosophers and the history of women’s ideas
  • Ancient Greek philosophy and its historical reception (especially Epicurus; Gassendi)
  • Free will and determinism
  • Theories of personal identity
  • Hermeneutics (Paul Ricoeur)
  • Aesthetics
  • Mission history


‘Missionary wives and the sexual narratives of German Lutheran missions to Australia’,Journal of the History of Sexuality (forthcoming, September 2011).

‘Corporal punishment and moral reform at Hermannsburg Mission’, History Australia 7, no. 1 (2010): pp. 7.1-7.17. (This article was awarded the AHA/CAL postgraduate history prize for 2009.)

‘Conversing on love: Text and subtext in Tullia d’Aragona’s Dialogo della Infinità d’Amore’,Hypatia vol. 19, no. 4, 2004, pp. 77-98.

Lisa Wendlandt and Dirk Baltzly, ‘Knowing freedom: Epicurean philosophy beyond atomism and the swerve’, Phronesis: A Journal of Ancient Philosophy, vol. 49, no.1, 2004, pp. 41-71.

Lisa Wendlandt, ‘Teenage diary and award-winning novel: A cross-textual perspective on 1922, a key year in Theodor Strehlow’s life’, in Traditions in the Midst of Change: Communities, cultures and the Strehlow legacy in Central Australia. Proceedings of the Strehlow Conference Alice Springs 18-20 September 2002, Strehlow Research Centre, Northern Territory Government, pp. 48-51.

‘Sorry or regret – who cares? Towards a free and open debate. An interview with David Price and Bess Nungarrayi Price, Adelaide, March 2002’, German Association of Australian Studies Newsletter, vol. 16, 2002, pp. 2-10.