Short CV/Education and training

  • 1965
    Born in Chur/Graubünden, Switzerland

    Studied German philology at the University of Zurich, Switzerland

  • 1986 – 1989
    Various assistantships (dramaturgy, production) at the Theater Neumarkt and the Theater Winkelwiese in Zurich

  • 1991
    Doctorate on Elfriede Jelinek

  • 1991 – 1994
    Editor at Radio DRS 2

  • 1992 – 2000
    Postdoctoral academic assistant and senior assistant in the German Departments of the University of Zurich and the University of Geneva, Switzerland

  • 2001
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) at the TU Berlin with the thesis "The literarisation of music and the fine arts, ca. 1800"

  • 2002
    Visiting researcher at the Centre for Literary and Cultural Research (ZfL) in Berlin, Germany

  • 2003
    Visiting professor at the University of Chicago, USA

  • 2002 – 2008
    Private lecturer at the TU Berlin

  • Since 2004
    Professor at the Zurich University of the Arts

  • Since 2011
    Director of Z+ (

Selected publications


  • Szenen des Todes. Essays. Lenos-Verlag, Basel 2013

  • Kränken und Anerkennen. Essays. Lenos-Verlag, Basel 2010

  • Land in Aufruhr. Die Künste und ihre Schauplätze. Essays. Lenos-Verlag, Basel 2007

  • Die Literarisierung von Musik und bildender Kunst um 1800, Fink-Verlag, Munich 2003.

  • "dadim dadam" – Figuren der Musik in der Literatur Ingeborg Bachmanns, Böhlau-Verlag, Cologne 1998.

  • Ich gedeihe inmitten von Seuchen, Elfriede Jelinek – Theatertexte. Bern 1991

Edited volumes

  • Kunst und künstlerische Forschung / Art and Artistic Research. Verlag Scheidegger & Spiess, Zurich 2010

    Jahrbuch Zürcher Hochschule der Künste 6 (ed. Hans-Peter Schwarz). Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, Zurich 2010. Together F. Siegenthaler and T. Wälchli.

  • Passionen. Objekte – Schauplätze – Denkstile. Fink Verlag, Munich 2010. Together with Anne-Kathrin Reulecke and Ulrike Vedder.

  • Schmerz in den Künsten, Jahrbuch Zürcher Hochschule der Künste 5 (ed. Hans-Peter Schwarz). Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, Zurich 2009. Together with Tan Wälchli.

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Jury member, Swiss Book Prize, 2014

  • Foundation council member, Zürcher Radio Stiftung (Zurich radio foundation), since 2013

  • Foundation council member, Gottfried Keller Prize, since 2012

  • Expert commission, Pro Helvetia, since 2012

  • National Research Council of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF), Division I (Humanities and Social Sciences), since 2011

  • Jury member, Bachmann Prize, Klagenfurt, Austria, 2012

  • Jury member, Gert Jonke Prize, 2011

  • Jury member, essay prize awarded by the Swiss newspaper Der Bund, 2011

  • Jury member, literary competition "einseitig", 2009

  • DORE (DO-REsearch) expert committee for SNF, 2007 – 2011

  • Programme "Literature club" on Schweizer Fernsehen (SF – Swiss television), 2005 – 2010

  • Critics' circle "52 Best Books" on Radio DRS2, 2004 – 2006


  • Representative Board ELIA (European League of Institutes of the Arts), 2008-2010

  • Founding board of the ALUMNI organisation for the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK), 2007-2011

  • Swiss Society for Research in Music (Zurich chapter), 2005-2006


You can only see the contact information of the academics in the database if you are a registered user of AcademiaNet.
Please register here


  1. Read what our members say about AcademiaNet.

Follow us

No more excuses!

  1. Please download the brochure "No more excuses" and read more about female experts in Europe, and about AcademiaNet.

Similar profiles

  1. Prof. Elizabeth Amann

    Social and behavioural sciences, Languages, Comparative literature, Literature of Romance languages, Literary studies, cultural history, nineteenth-century studies

  2. Assoc. Prof. Anna Lisa Ahlers

    Languages, Social and behavioural sciences, Modern Chinese Studies / Sinology; Political Science; Political Sociology

  3. Dr. Kristin Eva Albrechtsen Haahr Veel

    Languages, Social and behavioural sciences, Arts and Cultural Studies

  4. Dr. M.D. Aloni

    Languages, Humanities, Formal semantics and pragmatics, philosophy of language, logic



  1. "For me society isn't 'outside'"

    Corina Caduff is a cultural scientist, an author and literary critic. In this interview, she talks about current attitudes on death and dying, and about the fact that so many people today feel unappreciated.

Academia Net