Brief CV


1980-1987 University of Fribourg

1985-1986 Providence College, Providence, Rhode Island, USA

1988-1993 Lincoln College, University of Oxford, England


1987 Licence ès lettres, University of Fribourg

1993 Ph.D, University of Oxford

Thesis: ‘The Moving of the Soul: The Functions of Metaphors of Love in the Writings of Richard Rolle and Antecedents Texts of the Medieval Mystical Tradition’

2004 Habilitation: venia legendi in “Medieval English Language and Literature”, University of Fribourg


1985-1986 Scholarship from Providence College, Rhode Island, USA

1988-1991 Berrow Scholarship, Lincoln College, Oxford

1991-1992 Junior Research Fellowship, Swiss National Foundation for Scientific Research

1992-1995 Advanced Research Fellowship, Swiss National Foundation for Scientific Research


1987-1988 English Teacher, Teacher Training School, Fribourg

1991-1994 Tutor in Old English, Greyfriars, University of Oxford

1995-1996 Premier assistant, University of Lausanne

1996-2003 Maître-assistant, University of Fribourg

2001-2002 Maître de conférence, University of Neuchâtel

2002-2005 Chargé de cours et de recherche, University of Geneva

2003-2005 Maître d’enseignement et de recherche, University of Fribourg

2005- Professeur de langue et litérature médiévales anglaises, University of Lausanne


2014 Visiting Fellow, St Catherine’s College, University of Oxford, Hilary term

2014 Visiting Member of the Senior Common Room, Lincoln College, University of Oxford, Hilary and Trinity terms


2013-2016 Recipient of SNFR grant for a three-year project, ‘Late Medieval Religiosity in England: The Evidence of Late Fourteenth and Fifteenth Century Devotional Compilations’


. ‘Medieval and Early Modern English Texts and Contexts’, 3è Cycle, co-organised with Lukas Erne, University of Lausanne, (26 January and 15 June 2007).

. ‘Lost in Translation? The Tenth Cardiff Conference on the Theory and Practice of Translation in the Middle Ages’, University of Lausanne (17-22 July 2007)

. ‘Origins: Medieval and Early Modern English Texts and Contexts’, 3è Cycle, co-organised with Indira Ghose, Margaret Bridges and Lukas Erne, University of Fribourg (4-5 April 2008)

. ‘La transmission des savoirs du Moyen Age à l’aube des temps modernes’, 1er Colloque du CEMEP, Université de Lausanne (27 March 2008)

. ‘The Devotional Self I and II’, special sessions co-organised with Diane Watt at the Leeds International Medieval Congress with the following speakers: Janet M. Gunning, Juliette Vuille, Naoë Kukita Yoshikawa, Elisabeth Salter and Denis Renevey (July 2009)

. ‘Second Research Day in Medieval English Studies (RDMES)’, Château de Dorigny, University of Lausanne, with Alessandra Petrina as respondent (30 March 2012)

. ‘Literature, Science and Medicine in Medieval and Early Modern England’, Third SAMEMES Conference, University of Lausanne (27-29 June 2012)

. ‘Third Research Day in Medieval English Studies’, University of Padua, with Christiania Whitehead as respondent (23 November 2012).

. ‘Fourth Research Day in Medieval English Studies’ University of Lausanne, with Julia Boffey as respondent (12 April 2013).

. ‘Fifth Research Day in Medieval English Studies’, Pazmany Peter Catholic University, Budapest, with Denis Renevey and Halácsy Katalin as respondents (4 April 2014).

. Cours de formation doctorale: ‘Contacts et échanges culturels au Moyen Âge’, Université de Fribourg’, co-organised with Michele Bacci, Christoph Flüeler and Jean-Claude Mühlethaler (1-5.9.2014).

. ‘Beowulf in the Alps’, Châlet les Capucines, Les Diablerets, with Andy Orchard as guest lecturer (17-18 April 2015).

. ‘Sixth Research Day in Medieval English Studies’, University of Warwick, with Simon Horobin as respondent (8 May 2015).


. editorial project on the Middle English Doctrine of the Hert, with Christiania Whitehead and Anne Mouron: publications of a critical edition of the Middle English edition and a companion volume with contributions from international scholars (2010)

. international collaboration in association with Naoe Kukita-Yoshikawa on exploration of literature/medicine interface in the medieval period: publication of results in the Japanese periodical Poetica (2009)

. work as series editor for Religion and Culture in the Middle Ages, published with the University of Wales Press, with seventeen volumes published so far

. annual organisation of the Research Day in Medieval English Studies (RDMES) with the chairs of medieval English language and literature of the Universities of Padua (Prof. Alessandra Petrina), Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest (Dr Tamás Karáth) and the University of Warwick (Prof. Christiania Whitehead).

. initiator of new Erasmus exchanges between the Universities of Lausanne, Padua and Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest

. guest lectures at the Universities of Hong Kong, the University of Sydney, the University of Padua, the University of Surrey, Oxford University


. external examiner for C. Davis Benson doctoral dissertation, ‘Mysticism and Space: Representations of Space and Spatiality in the Vernacular Works of Richard Rolle, the Cloud of Unknowing author and Julian of Norwich’. Dissertation supervised by Professor John Stevens (Macquarie University, Sydney, 2000).

. referee for the following journals: English, Exemplaria: A Journal of Theory in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Parergon: Journal of The Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Yearbook in Langland Studies, Notes and Queries, Journal of Medieval Religious Cultures, Literature Compass, The Medieval Journal

. referee for academic promotions at the University of Warwick, the University of Swansea, and John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York.

. assessor of project proposal ‘Cultural Memory and the Resources of the Past, 400-1000 AD, for the Humanities in the European Research Are (HERA); positive assessment, project accepted

. peer reviewer, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (October 2014).