studied Slavic and German Studies in Constance and St. Petersburg (1990–1996). She received her PhD from the University of 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.