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Otto Kolbl

Born October 24 1968 in Karlsruhe, Germany

Nationality: Austrian

Currently living in Lausanne, Switzerland


Master in German Studies, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Postgraduate course in language and speech engineering, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne, Switzerland

Presently researcher and PhD student at the University of Lausanne

Working experience

Various jobs as research fellow, Swiss National Science Foundation researcher, web developer, organizer of German examinations of the Goethe Institut, student advisor, lecturer and assistant at the University of Lausanne

Software development, web development, translations, customer service at Epsitec SA

Various jobs as foreign language teacher in Switzerland (middle school, high school, private language schools) and China (university)

Research topics

Since 2007:

  • Western media reporting about China
  • Western academic discourse about China
  • China's socio-economic development and history in a comparative approach
  • China's approach to national minorities, with a special focus on Tibet
  • Socio-economic development across the world
  • Western academic and media discourse about human rights

Before 2007:

  • Neurolinguistics, in particular the degradation of communicative competence in case of senile dementia
  • Foreign language learning and teaching


See the following page for a detailed bibliography: