Julia Borst was awarded the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize on May 4, 2021. The Romance scholar is considered a role model of dialogue-focused, ethically responsible science. With several contacts and presentation trips, especially to Africa and the Caribbean, Julia Borst maintains lively and highly productive research cooperations and also initiates cultural exchange by supporting readings. At the University of Bremen, Julia Borst is the vice spokesperson of the Institute for Postcolonial and Transcultural Studies (INPUTS) and one of the founding members of the Bremen research group “Digital Diaspora: Presented Communities in a Digital Space” (“Digitale Diaspora: vorgestellte Gemeinschaften im digitalen Raum”) in the Worlds of Contradiction research network. Since April 2021, she has temporarily held the “French Romance Studies: Literary Studies” professorship.