MA in English Studies, Medieval Germanic Languages, and Medieval German Literature University of Zurich. Study & work periods in Great Britain and the USA. Assistant at the Department of English, University of Zurich. PhD 1996 (Animals in Medieval English Literature). Post-doc research stays at University of Sheffield (Prof. Norman Blake & Prof. David Burnley) and at the Sorbonne Nouvelle (Prof. Emmanuelle Baumgartner). ‘Habilitation’ in Historical Pragmatics (Wanna Date?’ – Opening Moves in Amorous Courtly Interaction. A Historical Pragmatic Analysis). Lecturer at the University of Zurich. ‘Habilitation’ in English Philology (Zurich 2001). ‘Listenplätze’ in Kiel, Berlin, Zurich and Jena. Call to Jena 2002.