Karl Reichl is Professor Emeritus of the University of Bonn, Honorary Professor of the University of Nukus (Uzbekistan) and a member of the North-Rhine Westphalian Academy of Sciences. He has had visiting professorships at Harvard University, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the École pratique des hautes études in Paris, the University of Madison at Wisconsin and the Karakalpak State University in Nukus. His main reseach interests lie in medieval oral literature and in contemporary (or near-contemporary) oral epic poetry in Turkey and in the Turkic-speaking areas of Central Asia.
His publications include: Turkic Oral Epic Poetry. Traditions, Forms, Poetic Structure, New York, 1992 (translated into Turkish, Russian and Chinese); Singing the Past: Turkic and Medieval Heroic Poetry, Ithaca, NY, 2000; Edige: A Karakalpak Oral Epic as Performed by Jumabay Bazarov, FF Communications 293, Helsinki, 2007. He has edited and contributed to Medieval Oral Literature, Berlin, 2012 (pb. 2016), and is in the process of translating the Kirghiz epic Manas in the version of Jüsüp Mamay into English, of which the first two volumes have been published (for the Manas Research Centre, Urumqi, by China Intercontinental Press in 2014 and 2016).