Short CV/Education and training


  • 1984
    Study abroad at Bristol University, UK

  • 1988 – 1989
    Magister Artium degree (MA); First state examinations in English and American philology and in German philology, University of Konstanz, Germany

  • 1990 – 1993
    German Research Foundation (DFG) doctoral fellowship to the University of Konstanz Research Training Group 'Theory of literature and communication'

  • 1990
    Library research at Oxford, UK; fellowship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

  • 1995
    Doctorate/PhD in English and American philology, University of Konstanz

  • 2002
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification), University of Konstanz, venia legendi (authorisation to teach) in English philology and in general literature

Academic career

  • 1993 – 1995
    Research associate under the chair for English studies at the University of Konstanz (Prof. Dr. A. Assmann)

  • 1995 – 2001
    Postdoctoral academic assistant under the chair for English studies at the University of Konstanz (Prof. Dr. A. Assmann)

  • 2000
    Erasmus teaching appointment at the University of Sussex, Brighton, UK (topic: Feminist Literary Theory)

  • 2002
    Visiting Fellowship to Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge, UK

  • 2002 – 2003
    Acting Chair of English philology at the University of Tübingen, Germany

  • 2003
    Acting Chair of English philology at Bielefeld University, Germany

  • 2003
    Visiting Research Fellowship to the University of Wales, Lampeter, UK

  • 2003 – 2005
    Chair and C4 professor at the University of Göttingen, Germany, director of the section British Literature and Culture, deputy director of the Centre for Comparative Studies, University of Göttingen

  • Since 2005
    Full professor of English-language literatures and director of the Institute of English Languages and Literatures at the University of Bern, Switzerland

  • 2006 – 2008
    Head of Department, Institute of English Languages and Literatures at the University of Bern

  • 2008
    Faculty Enrichment Program, fellowship from the Canadian government to the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada

Selected publications

  • Beschreibungs-Kunst. Zur intermedialen Poetik angloamerikanischer Ikon-Texte (1880 – 2000), Munich: Fink, 2005.

  • Lebenstexte. Literarische Selbststilisierungen englischer Frauen in der frühen Neuzeit, Munich: Fink, 1998.

  • Metzler Handbuch Kanon und Wertung, Stuttgart: Metzler, 2013 (with Simone Winko).

  • Haunted Narratives: Life Writing in an Age of Trauma, Toronto: Toronto UP, 2013 (with Tiina Kirss / Philipp Schweighauser / Therese Steffen / Margit Sutrop).

  • Anglia. Zeitschrift für Englische Philologie. Tübingen: Niemeyer. Co-editor since 2011.

  • Buchreihe der Anglia. Berlin-New York: de Gruyter; Schriftenreihe. Co-editor since 2011.

  • "Film and Media Studies", in: Martin Middeke / Timo Müller / Christina Wald / Hubert Zapf, eds., English and American Studies. Theory and Practice, Stuttgart und Weimar: Metzler, 2012, pp. 314-332.

  • "Culture as Continuum: Walter Pater's Dionysus in Exile and the Power of Ekphrasis", in: Anglia, vol. 129 (2011), pp. 333-361.

  • "Naked in the grip of reality – A. L. Kennedys Ästhetik der Gewalt", in: Susanne Bach, ed., Gewalt, Geschlecht, Fiktion. Gewaltdiskurse und Gender-Problematik in zeitgenössischen englischsprachigen Romanen, Dramen und Filmen, Trier: WVT, 2010, pp. 221-238.

  • "Culture and Transgression: Phaedra's Illicit Love and Its Cultural Transformations", in: Jürgen Schlaeger, ed., Metamorphosis. Structures of Cultural Transformations. Real-Yearbook of Research in English and American Literature, vol. 20, Tübingen: Gunter Narr, 2005, pp. 165-182.

  • "Literatur und (visuelle) Medien in der frühen Neuzeit", in: Vera Nünning, ed., Eine Kulturgeschichte der englischen Literatur. Von der Renaissance bis zur Gegenwart, Tübingen-Basel: Francke / utb, 2005, pp. 36-47.

Selected projects

  • "Of Cultural and Medial Alterity: The Scholarship Poetry, Photography, and Films of Edward Sapir, Ruth Fulton Benedict, and Margaret Mead" (Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) collaboration with the University of Basel)

  • Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF): Research project "Seriality and Intermediality in Graphic Novels"

  • Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF): Research project "The Poetics and Politics of Cosmopolitanism in English Literatures of South Asian Background", 2010 – 2013

  • Swiss Baltic Network, Gebert Rüf Foundation: Bern-Tartu Workshops ("Haunted Narratives") for graduate students

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the Barbara Lischetti Prize committee, University of Bern/Interdisciplinary Centre for Gender Studies (IZFG), since 2014

  • Member of the foundation council of the Hans Sigrist Foundation, University of Bern, since 2013

  • Member of the Hans Sigrist Prize committee, University of Bern, since 2013

  • Member of Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) committees, since 2011

  • Mentor in the programme "Mentoring Deutschschweiz" (Mentoring German-Swiss), since 2012

  • Editor-in-chief of Anglia. Journal of English Philology, 2011 – 2014

  • Co-editor of Anglia. Journal of English Philology, since 2011

  • Co-editor of the Anglia Book Series, since 2011

  • Member of the advisory council to the Interdisciplinary Centre for Gender Studies (IZFG), since 2010

  • Member of the Swiss Study Foundation committee for education, since 2010

  • Member of the advisory board of the Berrow Foundation, Lincoln College, Oxford, since 2009

  • Member of the advisory committee of the Journal for the Study of British Cultures, since 2008

  • President of the Collegium generale of the University of Bern, since 2007

  • Member of the Bern "Forum on University and Society" (FUG), since 2007

  • Member of the doctoral student selections committee for the Cusanuswerk (Catholic organisation for the promotion of young talent), since 2004

  • SANAS (Swiss Association of North American Studies)

  • SAUTE (Swiss Association of University Teachers of English)

  • DGfA (German Association for American Studies)

  • Anglistentag. Annual Conference of the German Association for the Study of English

  • Association for Canadian Studies in German-speaking Countries (GKS)

  • IAWIS (International Association of Word and Image Studies)

  • BCLA (British Comparative Literature Association)

  • IAUPE (International Association of University Professors of English)

  • German Association of University Professors and Lecturers


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