Short CV/Education and training

  • 1984 – 1989
    Studies in German Literature and Linguistics, Modern and Medieval History at the University of Basel, Switzerland

  • 1989
    Lizentiat in History, University of Basel

  • 1991 – 2001
    Assistant and lecturer at the chair of East European History, University of Basel

  • 1995
    PhD in East European History

  • 2001 – 2005
    Research Fellow at Historisches Seminar, University of Basel

  • 2005
    Habilitation in Modern and East European History

  • 2005 – 2006
    Lecturer at Historisches Seminar, University of Zürich and University of Basel

  • 2006
    Lecturer at Historisches Seminar, University of Bern

  • 2006 – 2007
    Lecturer for Gender studies, University of Lucerne

  • 2006 – 2008
    Associated Professor in European and Swiss Contemporary History, University of Fribourg, Switzerland

  • 2008
    Lecturer at Historisches Seminar, University of Basel

  • 2008 – 2009
    Temporary Professor in East European History, University of Konstanz, Germany

  • Since 2010
    Professor of East European History, University of Hamburg

Selected publications

Articles:

  • Liebe Grüsse aus Russland: Gefühl und Performanz in jiddischen Briefen um 1900 (accepted: Historische Anthropologie 2 (2013), S. 251–278).

  • Quand le Balkan Beat pompe et le klezmer gémit : Les festivals de musique gitane et juive (accepted: Cahiers d'ethnomusicologie, 2013)

  • Jewish spaces and Gypsy spaces in the Cultural Topographies of a New Europe: Heritage Re-enactment as Political Folklore (accepted: European Review of History, summer 2013)

  • Der Blick in den Kuhstall. Repräsentationen von Stadt und Landschaft in Jubiläumsbänden zur sowjetischen Architektur. In: WerkstattGeschichte 51 (2009), S. 73–97.

  • Kindheit, Kosmos und Konsum in sowjetischen Bildwelten der sechziger Jahre. Zur Herstellung von Zukunftsoptimismus. In: Historische Anthropologie 17 (2009) H.1, S. 56–74.

  • Moskau als imperiale Stadt. Sowjetische Hauptstadtarchitektur als Medium imperialer Selbstbeschreibung in vergleichender Perspektive. In: Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas 56 (2008) H.4, S. 481–506.

  • Der Marlboro man im Kreml. SocArt, Antireklame und kollektives Gedächtnis. In: Osteuropa 58 (2008) H.3, S. 3–15

Books:

  • Juden und Zigeuner im europäischen Geschichtstheater. "Jewish Spaces"/"Gypsy Spaces" ? Kazimierz und Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer in der neuen Folklore Europas. Bielefeld 2012.(http://www.transcript-verlag.de/ts2062/ts2062.php)

  • Moskau bauen von Lenin bis Chruscev. Öffentliche Räume zwischen Utopie, Terror und Alltag. Wien etc. 2007 (second book/Habilitationsschrift)

  • Tewjes Töchter. Lebensentwürfe ostjüdischer Frauen im 19. Jahrhundert. Köln etc. 1996 (Dissertation)



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Visual worlds of socialism / Bildwelten im Sozialismus (current project)

  • Narratives of Nomadism (series of lectures at Hamburg University, Winter 2011 – 2012)

  • Swiss National Foundation – Einzelprojekt "Topographien kindlicher Lebenswelten in der Sowjetunion, 1950 – 1985" (2006 – 2012)

  • "Cosmic enthusiasm: The cultural impact of space exploration on the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe since the 1950's". International conference, January 22-24, 2009, Basel (Switzerland)

  • Müde Helden. Workshop in Kooperation mit der Hamburger Kunsthalle im Rahmen der Ausstellung "Müde Helden. Ferdinand Hodler. Aleksandr Dejneka. Neo Rauch" (10./11. May 2012)

  • Swiss National Foundation – Einzelprojekt: Öffentlicher Raum und gesellschaftliche Utopie. Stadtplanung, Kommunikation und Inszenierung von Macht in der Sowjetunion am Beispiel Moskaus, 1917 – 1964 (2001 – 2003)

  • 1997 – 2002: Freelance-Project for the city of Kreuzlingen: Edition of a local history (including design, management and controlling of the project with 2 student collaborators and 12 authors). Michael Bürgi, Monica Rüthers, Astrid Wüthrich (Hg.): Kreuzlingen. Kinder, Konsum und Karrieren, 1874 – 2000. Weinfelden 2001. The project resulted in the book, a set of guided city-tours, a series of lectures and two exhibits.

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Referee at the Matura exams Kantonsschule Kreuzlingen, since 2001

  • Advisory Board of Kantonsschule Kreuzlingen, since 2011

  • Chair of the scientific advisory board of the Forschungsstelle Osteuropa at Bremen Univsrsity, since 2012, managing committee 2010 – 2012

  • Managing committee of the Institut für Kultur und Geschichte der Deutschen in Nordost-Europa (Nordost-Institut) in Lüneburg, since 2011

  • Referee for: Swiss National Fund, Deutsche Forschungsgesellschaft, VW-Stiftung, Czech National Fund GACR

  • Reviews for Cahiers du monde Russe, Russian Review, Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas, h-soz-kult and Kritika

Additional qualifications

  • Zertifikat Hochschuldidaktik: einjähriger berufsbegleitender Ausbildungsgang ("Dozierendenprogramm"), an der Universität Basel. (I am interested in project oriented teaching. Current projects include courses on East European history in computer games, an edition of archival sources on East European history and a course on images of Jews and jewish identities in popular visual cultures.)


Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Additional interests

  • intercultural communications

  • cultures of remembrance in East and West

  • minorities

  • heritage tourism


Soft Skills

  • Swiss and German intercultural identity

  • Married to an architect, mother of three teenagers


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