Short CV/Education and training

    Studied German philology, history, and literary criticism at the University of Konstanz and at the University of Zurich, Switzerland .

  • 1985

  • 1995
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) venia legendi (authorisation to teach): German literature

  • 1985 – 1989
    Assistant under Prof. Alois M. Haas in the Department of German at the University of Zurich

  • 1990 – 1997
    Research associate in the Department of German at the University of Zurich

  • 1997 – 2000
    Assistant professor (Assistenzprofessorin) in the Department of German at the University of Zurich

  • since 2000
    Professor of older German literature at the University of Kassel, Germany

  • since 2009
    Vice president of the University of Kassel

Selected projects

  • German Research Foundation (DFG) research project: "The Library of the Prince of Arolsen as a space of culture and knowledge from the sixteenth to the early nineteenth centuries and its influence on the genesis, formation, and identity of the principality" (with Prof. Dr. Jürgen Wolf). See:

  • DFG Research Training Group: "Dynamics of space and Gender: discovering – conquering – inventing – narrating" (collaborative project between the University of Kassel and the University of Göttingen). See:

  • Interdisciplinary LOEWE Research Cluster at the University of Kassel: Animals – Humans – Society: Interdisciplinary Animal Studies See:

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • German Association of University Professors and Lecturers (DHV)

  • German Mediävistenverband (Medievalists' Society)

  • Internationale Vereinigung für Germanisten (IVG--International Union of Germanists)

  • Schweizerische Akademische Gesellschaft für Germanistik (SAGG--Swiss Scholarly Society for German Philology)

  • Oswald von Wolkenstein Gesellschaft (an international association of mediaevalists)

  • International Courtly Society

  • Deutscher Germanistenverband (German Association for the Study of German Philology)

  • Research group "German mediaeval studies in Hesse"


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