Institut für Sprachwissenschaft


I hold a joint doctorate in Chinese Studies from the University of Zurich and the University of Warsaw and additionally, an MA degree in Sociology from the University of Warsaw. In 2015 my dissertation entitled «Literary Body Discourses. Corporeality, Gender and Class Difference in Contemporary Chinese Women’s Poetry and Fiction» was awarded the annual research prize by the Faculty of Arts of the University of Zurich. Between 2009 and 2013 I was a PhD fellow on the URPP “Asian and Europe” at the University of Zurich. After completion of my PhD, I worked in the Chinese Studies Department of the University of Zurich as a lecturer (Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin) and a postdoctoral fellow. In Summer 2021 I joined the University of Bern as a senior lecturer with tenure track (Assistentdozentin). Currently, I am teaching modern Chinese language and developing a new study program dedicated to modern Chinese language and the history and culture of Chinese-speaking regions.

My main research interests are modern and contemporary Chinese-language literature and culture, Chinese-language poetry, transnational feminism, ecocriticism and nonconfrontational cultural activism. Since 2011 I have coorganized a number of international workshops dedicated to a broad range of topics, such as Chinese responses to the Anthropocene (2015), Chinese utopianism (2018) and the newest trends in contemporary Chinese and Sinophone poetry (2022). I am also an active member of the academic community and serve as Board Member and Vice Secretary of the European Association for Chinese Studies. 

Bachelor in Chinese Studies

Lectures (Vorlesungen):

  • Traditionelle Chinesische Literatur (Einführung) (2014-2020)
  • Moderne und zeitgenössische chinesische Literatur (Einführung) (2015-2021)

Topical Seminars, selected (Proseminare, Seminare)

  • Marginalität und Subversion in der modernen chinesischen Literatur (Spring 2020)
  • Gesellschaftskritische Literatur und Kunst in China (Fall 2019)
  • Gendering China: Das andere Geschlecht unter postsozialistischen Bedingungen (Fall 2018)
  • China im Umbruch: Literarische Trends und intellektuelle Debatten seit 1978 (Spring 2018)
  • Stadt, Frau, Mann – Topographien der Geschlechter in der chinesischen Moderne (Fall 2017)
  • Liebesdiskurse im modernen China: Literatur und Film (Spring 2017)
  • Familie in China: Zwischen Tradition und Politik (Fall 2016)
  • Dimensionen sozialer Ungleichheiten: Einblicke in die chinesische Gegenwart (Fall 2015)
  • Gegenwartsdiskurse und soziologische Kernfragen in der VR China (Fall 2014)

Chinese Language and Translation

  • Modernchinesisch III: Übersetzungsübung (Spring 2010, 2011)
  • Modern Chinese language I & II (Beginners) (Warsaw, 2007-2009)
  • Elementary Modern Standard Chinese (since 2021)
  • Pre-Intermediate Modern Standard Chinese (since 2021)
  • Pre-Intermediate Modern Standard Chinese (Spring 2022)
  • Introduction to Basic Chinese Grammar (Spring 2023)

Master in Chinese Studies


  • The subaltern in Chinese cultural production (Spring 2017)
  • Liebe im chinesischen Film: Zwischen Passion und sozialer Disziplinierung (Spring 2015)
  • Gender im chinesischen Film: Liebe, Familie, Sexualität (Spring 2013)