After a contemporary dance practice, Julia Wehren obtained a degree in Theatre Studies, Art History and Media Studies, and then worked as a journalist and dance educator.
In 2007 she returned to the university to conduct research in dance, which led to a PhD entitled "Body as a moving archive. Choreography as historiography", defended in 2014 at the University of Bern.
Since then she teaches and directs research projects at the Institute for Theatre Studies at the University of Bern, the SAPA Foundation, the Swiss Performing Arts Archive, La Manufacture in Lausanne and the ZHdK in Zurich, among others.
She is also involved in cultural promotion with the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia. Her research and teaching focus on artistic processes, forms of documentation and memory, contemporary aesthetics and historiographical methods such as oral history.
She is the author of the biography "Ursula Pellaton - Tanz verstehen" (Ed. rueffer & rub 2020), the translation "Contemporary Dance in Switzerland" (Chronos edition 2021, authors Anne Davier/Annie Suquet), "Körper als Archiv in Bewegung" (transcript Verlag Bielefeld 2014) or "Berner Almanach Tanz" (Ed. Atelier 2012).