In 2020, the President's Office of the University of Basel decided to systematically introduce Scientific Advisory Boards (SABs) at all Departments and mono-departmental Faculties of the University. These are intended to serve quality development in the area of research and are composed and appointed by the respective Departments and Faculties themselves.

The Scientific Advisory Board of the Department of Languages and Literatures shall help to strengthen the status of research in the internal university discussions and to promote an actively lived culture of quality, taking into account the different cultures represented at the Department.

This committee, consisting of 6 international experts from the fields of linguistics and literary studies, meets every two years for site visits, each visit with a different focus. It is also available to the Department for specific questions outside of these meetings.


The taks of the Scientific Advisory Board is to provide advisory support to the Department of Languages and Literatures in matters of research performance as well as strategic orientation and organization and thus to accompany the strategic planning and quality development of the Department by providing expert recommendations and acting as an impetus.

The SAB thus complements the department’s existing governance processes. The joint aim is continuous critical reflection and long-term exchange on opportunities, challenges, and potentials for development.


The first site visit of the Scientific Advisory Board will take place on June 7–8, 2022.


Coordination Scientific Advisory Board

Dr. Dr. Christian Hänggi
Simone Sumpf


Prof. Dr. Øyvind Eide

Department of Digital Humanities, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Cologne  Link

Prof. Dr. Marianne Gullberg

Centre for Languages and Literature, The Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology, Lund University  Link

Prof. Dr. Michaela Mahlberg

Centre for Corpus Research, Department of English Language and Linguistics, University of Birmingham  Link

Prof. Dr. Ethel Matala de Mazza

Institute for German Literature, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin  Link

Prof. Dr. Simona Pekarek Doehler

Institut des sciences du langage, Faculté des lettres et sciences humaines, Université de Neuchâtel  Link

Prof. Dr. Susanne Scholz

Institut für England- & Amerikastudien (IEAS), Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main  Link