studied Slavic studies, Eastern European history, and ethnology at the universities of Freiburg, Brno, and Lviv. In the 1990s, he worked at the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen (Czech Republic). After completing his dissertation on the life and works of Mykola Chvyl’ovyj, he was an assistant at the newly founded Chair of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Greifswald, where he coorganized and directed the Ukrainicum from 2004-2009. After academic positions in Konstanz, St. Gallen, and Leipzig, he held a long-term fellowship at the Czech Academy of Sciences with a project on post-traumatic narrative in literature. Translations of Oksana Sabushko, Yuri Vynnychuk, Oleksandr Irvanez, among others; currently, together with Maria Weissenböck, translating Sofiya Andrukhovych’s novel Amadoka.