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Born at Graz/Austria on Oct. 28th, 1948
1954-1967: Primary and secondary school, Academic gymnasium at Graz/Austria
June 12th, 1967: Degree of maturity (with honours)
1967-1968: Army service
1968-1975: Studies of Slavonic & English philology and Philosophy at the universities of Graz and Sofia/Bulgaria
June 19th, 1975: PhD, University of Graz/Austria
July 1975-Dec. 1976: Scientific collaborator (DFG) at the University of Würzburg/Germany
Jan. 1977-Febr. 1994: Scientific collaborator, academic advisor, senior academic advisor, private docent, then Apl. prof. at the Slavic Seminar of the University of Freiburg i. Br./Germany
July 27th, 1988: Habilitation (Venia legendi: ‘Slavonic Philology’), University of Freiburg i. Br.
WT 1989/90-WT 1990/91: Guest-professor at the universities of Trier/Germany, Bâle and Zurich/Switzerland
March 1994-Oct. 2013: Full professor at the University of Vienna/Austria
WT 1996-WT 1999: Head of the Department of Slavonic Studies
ST 2007-SS 2012: Leader of the MA-Course ‘Interdisciplinary Balkan Studies’, organised by the University of Vienna and the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM)