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Academic employment (selection): 2008-10: Dean, Faculty of Arts, University of Basel, Switzerland 1993-1994, 1997-2000, 2001-2005: Head of German Departments, Universities of Tubingen, Germany, Basel, Zurich, Switzerland 1994-present: Professor of Scandinavian Studies, University of Zurich and University of Basel 1992-1994: Professor of Scandinavian Studies, University of Tubingen 1980-1992: Assistent, Oberassistent, University of Zurich, Swiss National Science Foundation Degrees: 1992: Habilitation, Scandinavian Studies, University of Zurich 1983: PhD, Scandinavian Studies, University of Zurich Commissions of trust (selection): 2007-present: Swiss Academy of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Member of Board 2006-present: National Centre of Competence in Research 'Mediality', funded by SNFS, University of Zurich, Member of Board Fields of specialisation: Old Norse-Icelandic literature, especially Icelandic sagas, Prose Edda, late medieval and early modern Scandinavian literatures, romances, chapbooks, Icelandic literature, literary historiography, rhetoric, memory studies, cartography Recent book-publications: co-ed. with S. Kramarz-Bein: Rittersagas – Übersetzung, Überlieferung, Transmission (2014); co-ed. with A.K. Richter: Text – Reihe – Transmission. Unfestigkeit als Phänomen skandinavischer Erzählprosa 1500-1800 (2012); ed.: Balladen-Stimmen. Vokalität als theoretisches und historisches Phänomen der skandinavischen Balladentradition (2012) Island – Eine Literaturgeschichte (2011)