Research

Thanks to a scholarship by the Emil Boral foundation I am currently studying with Prof. Chris Wilson (check out his piece on George Packer’s The Unwinding) at Boston College.  Until June 2018, I am working on my PhD project with the working title Beyond Expectations: The Communicative Intervention of Experimental Reportage. Basically, I am trying to make sense of the experimental reportage of David Foster Wallace, George Saunders, John Jeremiah Sullivan, Mac McClelland and Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah. My supervisors are Martin Heusser (University of Zurich) and Joshua Roiland (University of Maine).

My previous education includes a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), a Bachelor’s degree in English and German Literature and Linguistics from the University of Berne, (yes, that’s seven years of Bachelor studies) and a Master’s degree in English Literature and Linguistics and Comparative Literature from the University of Zurich. My research interests include journalism, realism, literary & media theory, seriality, rhetorical narratology, history of knowledge, narrativity of emotions and culture of sports.

Research Output

Work in progress

„The Communication of Difference: Reportage and Postmodern Representation“. Routledge Companion to American Literary Journalism. Roberta Maguire and William Dow (eds.). Submitted, forthcoming (2018)

Contributions to international conferences

2017

IALJS-12 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. „Future Human Centers: George Saunders’ Sincere Literary Reportage“.

General contributions to science

Literary Journalism – The Newsletter of the IALJS. Vol. 11, Nr. 4. Fall 2017. „Literary Journalism in Switzerland. Varieties of truth, Into the Wild and the power of uncertainty.“ 11–12.

Science journalism, criticism and outreach activities

Medienwoche. February 20, 2018. Die Vierte Gewalt ist erst ein Anfang.

Medienwoche. February 1, 2018. Die gewollte Realität – zum Zustand der Reportage.

Schweizer Journalist. 4-5/2017. Fakten über Fakten.

Invited to

Podium discussion at conference „Fakten, Daten, Lügen – Welchen Informationen kann ich trauen?“ Verein Fairmedia (23. Juni 2017, Basel). conference report on infosperber.ch