Ulrich Schmid is professor of Russian Studies at the University of St. Gallen. His research interests include nationalism, popular culture and the media in Eastern Europe. He studied German and Slavic literature at the Universities of Zürich, Heidelberg, and Leningrad. He held academic positions in Basel, Bern, Bochum and was visiting researcher at Harvard and in Oslo. Publications: Technologies of the Soul. The Production of Truth in Contemporary Russian Culture (2015), Sword, Eagle and Cross. The Aesthetics of the Nationalist Discourse in Interwar Poland (2013), Tolstoi as a Theological Thinker and a Critic of the Church (2013, with Martin George, Jens Herlth, Christian Münch), Lev Tolstoi (2010), Literary Theories of the 20th Century (2010), Russian Media Theories (2005), Russian Religious Philosophers of the 20th Centure (2003), The Designed Self. Russian Autobiographies between Avvakum and Herzen (2000).