Alfred Messerli

Alfred Messerli, Prof. Dr.

Academic Associate

Adjunct Professor

Phone: +41 (0)44 634 40 88

Room number: AFL-G-220

messerli@isek.uzh.ch

Research Interests

  • Narratology
  • Self-Testimonies (autobiographies, diaries, letters)
  • Visual culture, popular imagery
  • History of reading and writing
  • Popular songs, folk songs, children’s songs, musicals
  • Audio books, secondary orality

Education

  • 2000 Habilitation, University of Zurich, Habilitation thesis: “Lesen und Schreiben 1700 bis 1900. Untersuchung zur Durchsetzung der Literalität in der Schweiz [Reading and writing from 1700 to 1900. Study of the implementation of literalism in Switzerland]”
  • 1988 PhD at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Zurich: “Elemente einer Pragmatik des Kinderliedes und des Kinderreimes [Elements of the pragmatics of children’s songs and rhymes]” (supervised by Prof. Dr. Rudolf Schenda)
  • 1982 Master’s degree, University of Zurich: “Über einige Elemente im Kinderreim [On some elements in children’s rhymes]”, (supervised by Prof. Dr. Rudolf Schenda)
  • 1973-1982 Studies at the University of Zurich and at the University of Bremen (German Studies, Social History and European Popular Literature)

Work Experience

  • From 2000 Member of the teaching staff in Popular Culture Studies at the University of Zurich
  • 2009–2015 (together with Fritz Osterwalder, Heinrich R. Schmidt, Daniel Tröhler): “Das niedere Schulwesen in der Schweiz am Ende der Frühen Neuzeit. Edition und Auswertung der Stapfer-Enquête von 1798/99 [The lower education system in Switzerland at the end of the Early Modern Period. Edition and evaluation of the Stapfer-Enquête of 1798/99]”
  • 2007 Fernand Braudel Senior Fellowship, European University Institute, Fiesole/Firenze (Italy)
  • 2004/2005 Fellow at Collegium Budapest, Institute for Advanced Study
  • 2004–2007 Research project SNF (together with Philipp Sarasin and Sabine Maasen): “Sexualität – Medialität – Therapeutisierung: Ratgeberkommunikation und die Konstruktion sexueller Selbstverständnisse, untersucht anhand der Kolumne "Liebe Marta" in der Boulevard-Zeitung Blick 1980–1995 [Sexuality – Mediality – Therapeutization: counsellor communication and the construction of self-understanding, investigated through the column “Liebe Marta” in the tabloid newspaper Blick 1980–1995]”
  • 2003–2006  Research project “Zahl, Text, Bild. Schweizer Volkskalender 1500–1900 [Number, text, picture. Swiss Popular Calendars 1500–1900]”
  • 2001/2002 Guest Lecturer in the Department of History of the University of Geneva
  • 1998–2001 Lecturer at the European Institute at the University of Geneva
  • 1995–1998 “Bibliographische Erfassung von Quellen des Typus 'private Schriftlichkeit' aus dem Kt. Thurgau (1650–1939) [Bibliographical collection of source of the type ‘private writing’ from the Thurgau Collection (1650–1939)”
  • 1995/1996 Empirical study of the repertoires of children’s rhymes and songs of 43 primary schools in Zürich (1st to 6th grades)
  • 1991–1995 “Lesen und Schreiben 1700 bis 1900. Untersuchung zur Durchsetzung der Literalität in der Schweiz [Reading and writing from 1700 to 1900. Study of the implementation of literalism in Switzerland]”
  • 1988–1996 Co-editor of the historically critical edition of the writing of Ulrich Bräkers

Publications and teaching experience