Dr. Roman Bischof-Vegh

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter

North American Literature and Culture

+41 31 684 83 61
B 262
Postal Address
Department of English
Länggasstr. 49
CH-3012 Bern
Consultation Hour
by appointment

Roman Bischof-Vegh studied English and German Literature at the University of Konstanz, Biology at the ETH Zurich and English and History at the University of Basel. In January 2016, he received his Master of Arts from the University of Basel with a thesis on embodied concepts of war and war experience in First World War poetry. Due to his biological studies, his research interests in literary studies often overlap with topics in natural sciences. Most recently, he combined these interests by writing a PhD thesis on representations of mental illness in contemporary Anglo-American novels (title: “Narrating Neurons? Perspectives on Mental Illness in British and American Novels in the Age of Neuroscience”). Roman Bischof-Vegh has been employed as assistant to the chair of Literatures in English/North American Studies at the Department of English of the University of Bern since September 2017. Upon the completion of his PhD, he took on the position of research assistant and lecturer in October 2021. During the spring term of 2022 he also taught courses in literary and cultural studies as visiting assistant professor within the Master’s Degree Programme in English studies at the University of Latvia.

Research Interests

Anglophone literature since the 19th century, literature and science, cognitive poetics, conceptual metaphor and mental space theory, narratology, literature and neuroscience.


Courses Taught

Spring 2021: Core curriculum seminar “Analysing Literature” (University of Bern)

Autumn 2020: BA seminar “’Salvation to the Slave!’: 19th-Century American Writers in the Service of Abolitionism” (University of Bern)

Autumn 2019: BA seminar “North American Poetry: Testing Critical Approaches” (University of Bern)

Spring 2019: Core curriculum seminar “Analysing Literature” (University of Bern)

Autumn 2018: BA seminar “Tales from the Ward: 20th Century American Novels and Psychiatric Institutions” (University of Bern)

Spring 2018: BA seminar “Tragedy and the Modern American Drama” (University of Bern)