Simone Stiefbold

Simone Stiefbold, Dr.

Senior Teaching and Research Assistant

Academic Advisor (MA)

Journal of Folktale Studies

Revue d’Etudes sur le Conte Populaire

Co-editor Fabula. Zeitschrift für Erzählforschung

Phone: +41 (0)44 634 54 80

Room number: AFL-G-217

Research Interests

  • Narrative research (legends, contemporary legends, narratives and memory, gossip and rumours, narrative theory, etc.)
  • Museum theory
  • The “Other” in science and everyday life  (‘the irrational’, ‘monsters’, ‘strangers’, etc)
  • Natural disasters in historical and current perspective


  • 2013 PhD at the University of Marburg: Mit dem Wechselbalg denken. Menschen und Nicht-Menschen in lebensweltlichen Narrativen [Thinking with the Changeling. Humans and Non-Humans in Narratives] (Zürcher Schriften zur Erzählforschung und Narratologie, 2), Marburg 2015: Jonas Verlag.
  • 1996-2003 Studies in European Ethnology/Cultural Studies, Sociology, Prehistoric Archaeology at the Universities of Freiburg i. Br. und Marburg an der Lahn

Work Experience

  • From 2013 Senior Teaching and Research Assistant at the Department of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies, Popular Culture Studies, University of Zurich
  • 2006-2013 Teaching and Research Assistant at Department of European Ethnology/ Cultural Studies at Philipps University Marburg


  • Fabula. Zeitschrift für Erzählforschung. Journal of Folktale Studies. Revue d'études sur le conte populaire – together with Harm-Peer Zimmermann and Brigitte Bönisch-Brednich
  • Zürcher Schriften zur Erzählforschung und Narratologie (ZSEN) (Marburg: Jonas) – together with Harm-Peer Zimmermann

Publications and teaching experience