I am a postdoctoral researcher at Universität Hamburg and Freie Universität Berlin. My main research interests are in philosophy of language, in particular the debate on relativism and contextualism, indexicality and context sensitivity, implicatures and presuppositions and the semantic-pragmatic divide in general. In my doctoral thesis entitled “Tasty Contextualism” (2015) I investigated the phenomenon of faultless disagreement. I argued that a pragmatically enriched version of a rather standard form of contextualism can easily account for faultless disagreements and, hence, that the phenomenon of faultless disagreement fails to motivate relativism. At the moment, I am particularly interested in tests for various kinds of indirect communication. I also have interests in metaphysics and epistemology, especially the semantics and pragmatics of number terms and the workings of knowledge ascriptions.

I took up my position in Hamburg in October 2014 and will take up my new job in Berlin in October 2017. Before all that, I was a researcher at the Humboldt University of Berlin. I've also spent some time at various research centres around Europe, including LOGOS in Barcelona, Arché in St Andrews, NIP in Aberdeen and the Institut Jean Nicod in Paris.

I am also one of the organizers of the SPB, a reading group on philosophy of language in Berlin, a coordinator of the newly founded network on the The Semantics and Metasemantics of Context-Sensitive Language and a (co-)organizer of the following workshops. Together with Alexander Dinges, I run a little website, where we list work in experimental philosophy on the relativism-contextualism debate.


JOB! I am taking up a new job as Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin at Freie Universität Berlin, starting October 1, 2017. I'll stay on the Emmy Noether project Ontology after Quine in Hamburg half-time until it'll end in June 2018. Looking forward to working with Barbara Vetter and all the other lovely people at FU Berlin :)
WEB Alexander Dinges and I created this little website on x-phi on relativism/contextualism
WORKSHOP I'm organizing a workshop entitled Figurative and Fictional Speech in the context of the project Ontology after Quine September 22 and 23, 2017, at the University of Hamburg. Confirmed speakers are Anne Bezuidenhout, Elisabeth Camp, Anthony Everett, Manolo Garcia-Carpintero, and Francois Recanati.
WORKSHOP I'm organizing a workshop entitled Biscuit Conditionals together with the Konstanz What if group on October 20 and 21, 2017, at the University of Hamburg. Confirmed speakers are María Biezma, Eva Csipak, Daniel Dohrn, Chi-Hé Elder, Arno Goebel, Manfred Krifka, Sven Lauer, and Eric Swanson.


Julia Zakkou
Universität Hamburg
Fakultät für Geisteswissenschaften
Theoretische Philosophie
Von-Melle-Park 6
20146 Hamburg