Short CV/Education and training

  • Since 2011
    Director of Z+ (

  • Since 2004
    Professor at the Zurich University of the Arts

  • 2003
    Visiting professor at the University of Chicago, USA

  • 2002 – 2008
    Private lecturer at the TU Berlin

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

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

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

  • 1991 – 1994
    Editor at Radio DRS 2

  • 1991
    Doctorate on Elfriede Jelinek

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

    Studied German philology at the University of Zurich, Switzerland

  • 1965
    Born in Chur/Graubünden, Switzerland

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


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