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 and co-director of the ZKK (Centre for Arts and Cultural Theory). She is currently working on the interference between literature and law, conceptions of escape and performance art in Eastern Europe.