studied Slavic and German Studies in Constance and St. Petersburg (1990-1996). She earned her PhD in Constance in 1999 and obtained her habilitation at Freie Universität Berlin. After her teaching and research work at Freie Universität Berlin (1999-2001), the Center for Literary and Cultural Research Berlin (2001-2005) and UC Berkeley (2002-2003) she was Professor for Eastern Slavic Literature at the Humboldt University of Berlin. Since 2009 she has been Full Professor of Slavic Literature at the university of Zurich. She is currently working on the interference between literature and law, conceptions of escape and performance art in Eastern Europe.