Presentations

Invited Talks and Presentations

  1. “Persistent and Deceptive Ambivalence: Queer East German Studies.” Stanford University, Department of German Studies. 7 November 2017. (invited and scheduled)
  2. Discussant for Book Launch: Alessandra Santos, The Holy Mountain (2017). 1 Nov. 2017.
  3. “Bergman and Allen and Sondheim—oh, my!” Screen-to-Stage Pre-Performance Discussion. Gateway Theatre, Richmond, BC. 15 Oct. 2017.
  4. “Schnitzler, Lt. Gustl, and Crises of Gender in Modernism.” Guest Lecture and Discussion, Arts One, UBC. 30 Nov. 2015.
  5. “The Short End of the Broomstick: Sex, Gender, and the European Witch Persecution.” Nerd Nite Vancouver. 15 Oct. 2015.
  6. Graduate Student Workshop on the Profession. Dept. of CENES, UBC. 29 Sept. 2015.
  7. “DEFA: Cinema of the Other Germany.” Guest Lecture and Discussion, GERM 304: German Cinema. Dept. of CENES, UBC. 5 Aug. 2015.
  8. Invited Co-Director, 8th Biennial East German Summer Film Institute: “Sex, Gender, and Videotape: Love, Eroticism, and Romance in East Germany.” Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts. 19-26 July 2015. Co-directed with Victoria Rizo Lenshyn.
  9. Introductions. Public Film Screenings and Discussions of Beziehungen zwischen Jungen und Mädchen (Pt. 1, Sagst Du’s deinem Kinde? and Pt. 3, Partner), Sieben Sommersprossen, Sie, Mann und Frau intim, and Liebe ohne Angst; and Die andere Liebe and Coming Out. Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts, and Amherst Cinema, Amherst, Massachusetts. 21, 22, and 23 July 2015. Part of the 2015 8th Biennial East German Summer Film Institute, Northampton, Massachusetts.
  10. Mädchen in Uniform in the Context of German Education and Boarding School Fiction.” Mädchen in Uniform Conference. University of British Columbia. 14-15 Sept. 2013.
  11. “Vikings in Middle-earth? Tolkien and Nordic Material.” Guest Lecture in SCAN 335: Vikings. Dept. of Central, Eastern, & Northern European Studies. University of British Columbia. 28 Mar. 2013.
  12. “The Reality of Free Will: Ibsen and The Lady from the Sea.” Guest Lecture in CENS 404: Gender & Nation. Dept. of Central, Eastern, & Northern European Studies. University of British Columbia. 6 Nov. 2012.
  13. “Germany is a Resort.” Introductory remarks for visit by Prof. Claire Kramsch. Inaugural Lecture and Reception for Language Research and Teaching Lab. Dept. of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, UMass Amherst. 14 May 2012.
  14. “Questions of Humanity: Steve Sem-Sandberg’s The Emperor of Lies.” People of the Book. 9 May 2012. Amherst, Massachusetts.
  15. “Coming Out of the Iron Closet:  Melancholy, Suppression, and East Germany.” Bucknell University, Department of German Studies. 20 April 2010.
  16. Programmleiter: “Wende-Flicks im Unterricht.” [“Wende-Flicks in the Classroom.”] Workshop on East German Fall-of-the-Wall films co-facilitated with Victoria Lenshyn. Virginia AATG Immersion Weekend for German Teachers. Sweet Briar College. 18-20 Sep. 2009. Teaching materials available online. Featured in The Daily Collegian.
  17. “A Time and Place for Sexuality: Uncanny Queerness and Contemporary Germany.” 19 April 2009. Department of German, Williams College. Included as part of Queer Pride Days.

Selected Refereed Presentations

  1. “‘Die im Vorgang erfaßten Personen waren praktizierende Homosexuelle’: Reading for and from Affect in Secret Records of Queer East Germany.” Seminar on “Feminist Scholar Activism and the Politics of Affect.” German Studies Association. 6 Oct. 2017. Atlanta, Georgia.
  2. “Queerness in East Germany: Film, Media, and Archival Traces.” Seminar on “Socialist Media Landscapes: Queerness, Gender, Sexuality.” German Studies Association. 29 Sep.-2 Oct. 2016. San Diego, California.
  3. “The Other Love in the Other Germany: East German Film, Media, and Social Change for Gay Rights.” Canadian Association of University Teachers of German, panel sponsored by Women in German. 30 May 2016. Calgary, Alberta.
  4. “Queer Documentary in the Shadow of the Wall.” German Studies Association. Washington, DC. 1-4 Oct. 2015. Seminar on “East German Cinema and TV in a Global Context.”
  5. “Unearthing Socialist Sexuality: Examinations of Gayness in the GDR.” German Studies Association. Kansas City, Missouri. 18-21 Sept. 2014.
  6. “Gay in the GDR: Documentary and Personal History in Unter Männern.” Canadian Association of University Teachers of German. 24-27 May 2014. St. Catharines, Ontario.
  7. “The Pursuit of Happiness: The Role of Truth in Sex, Gender, and Body Transformation.” German Studies Association 2013. 3-6 Oct. 2013. Denver, Colorado.
  8. “On the Cusp of ‘Truth’: Confession and Transsexuality in Sabine Bernardi’s Romeos.” Canadian Association of University Teachers of German. 2-4 June 2013. Victoria, British Columbia.
  9. “‘Jauchzet, frohlocket!’: Parody and Musical Commentary in Heiner Carow’s Coming Out.” Panel: Music and Interdisciplinarity I: New Theoretical Perspectives. GSA 2012. 4-7 Oct. 2012. Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  10. Mord auf dem Ländle: The Advantages of German Regional Crime Fiction.” Panel: Best Practices: Teaching German Literature on the Undergraduate Level. NEMLA 2012. 15-18 Mar. 2012. Rochester, New York.
  11. “Outsiderdom: Exclusion and Inclusion in the GDR.” Poster session. Women in German Conference. 20-23 Oct. 2011. Augusta, Michigan.
  12. “Old Faces, New Places: Canon Rejuvenation in German Studies.” NEMLA 2010. 7-11 Apr. 2010. Montreal.
  13. “The Curious Case of the Turkish Drag Queen: Queer Film and Feminist Pedagogy in an Advanced German Stylistics Course.” Panel (Praxis and Pedagogy): Queering the Gaze: Film and Feminism in the Classroom. Women in German Conference. 22-25 Oct. 2009. Augusta, Michigan.
  14. “Perverse Symbiosis: Home, Respectability, and Corporeal Subjectivity in Frank Wedekind’s Frühlings Erwachen.” Panel: Pedagogical Narratives: The Body and Education around 1900. GSA 2009. 8-11 Oct. 2009. Washington, DC.
  15. “Podcasting Culture: Technology as a Means of Cultural Integration in an Intensive Elementary German Course.” Co-presented with Victoria Lenshyn. Second Symposium on Contemporary German Culture: Teaching Culture(s). 10-11 April 2009. Middlebury College.
  16. “The Temporality of Sexuality and Disease in Pierre Sanoussi-Bliss’s Zurück auf los.” Panel: German-German Problems (I). NEMLA 2008. 10-13 April 2008. Buffalo, New York.
  17. “Introductory Language Teaching: Swedish.” Demonstration and discussion. Invited to TA Orientation, German & Scandinavian Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst. Aug. 2007.
  18. “There’s No Place Like Home…? The Queerly Diasporic in Lola + Bilidikid.” Panel: Down and Out in the New Germany. NEMLA 2007. 1-4 Mar. 2007. Baltimore, Maryland.
  19. “Opportunities and Challenges for Multimedia and Online Teaching in German.” Invited to German 583: Methods of Teaching German, Prof. Sarah McGaughey. 6 Nov. 2006. University of Massachusetts Amherst.
  20. “Dissolving the Fourth Wall: Theatricality and Masculine Space in German and Nordic Painting.” Poster session. Women in German Conference. 19-22 Oct. 2006. Snowbird, Utah.
  21. “Introductory Language Teaching: Swedish.” Demonstration and discussion. Invited to TA Orientation, German & Scandinavian Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst. Aug. 2006.
  22. “Boy Interrupted: Male Homosociality and Anxieties of Intrusion in Nordic Visual Art.” Panel: Men in/and Art. Conference: Nordic Conference on Men and Masculinities: Experiences of Men—Masculinities and Bodies. 5-7 May 2006. Åbo Akademi University, Turku/Åbo, Finland.
  23. “Bedding with Honor: Gender Dynamics in fin-de-siècle German and Austrian Educational Culture.” Poster session. Women in German Conference. 20-23 Oct. 2005. Carrollton, Kentucky.
  24. “There is a Time and a Place for Everything: Logics of Textual Time-Space.” Panel: Language, Ideology, and Education. Conference: Eurovisions: Crossing Disciplines, Crossing Boundaries. Department of Anthropology. University of Massachusetts Amherst. 13-14 May 2005.
  25. “‘Die lähmende Gewalt der Enge’: Discipline, Sexual Complicity, and Queer Space in Robert Musil’s Törleß.” Poster session. Women in German Conference. 21-24 Oct. 2004. Carrollton, Kentucky.
  26. “Queerly Everyday: Discursive Mobility and (Hetero)Normative Discipline in Der bewegte Mann.” With Rachael A. Salyer. Panel: (Re)Negotiations of History, Gender, and Subjectivity: East, West, and Post-Wende German Film. Conference: (Re)Visions: New Ideas in German and European Studies. University of Massachusetts Amherst. 26 Mar. 2004.

Chaired Panels and Conferences

  1. Conference Program Co-Chair, Canadian Association of University Teachers of German (CAUTG). Congress 2016. Calgary, Alberta. 28-31 May 2015.
  2. (Invited) Co-Convenor, “Sex, Lies, and Videotape: Love, Eroticism, and Romance in East Germany.” East German Summer Film Institute, Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts. 19-26 July 2015.
  3. Conference Program Co-Chair, Canadian Association of University Teachers of German (CAUTG). Congress 2015. Ottawa, Ontario. 30 May – 2 June 2015.
  4. Panel Co-Organizer. “New Feminist and Queer Approaches in North American German Studies.” Inaugural Panel Sponsored by Women in German at the 2014 Canadian Association of University Teachers of German Conference. St. Catharines, Ontario. May 2014.
  5. Panel Moderator. “Men in Crisis.” German Studies Association 2012. 4-7 Oct. 2012. Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  6. Panel Chair. “Best Practices: Teaching German Literature at the Undergraduate Level (II).” NEMLA 2012. 15-18 Mar. 2012. Rochester, New York.
  7. Panel Co-Organizer. Poster Session. Women in German Conference. Oct. 2009. Augusta, Michigan.
  8. Panel Co-Organizer. “Filling Out in the Middle: Innovations for Intermediate German.” Women in German Session at the AATG Conference. Nov. 2008. Orlando, Florida.
  9. Panel Co-Organizer. Poster Session. Women in German Conference. Oct. 2008. Snowbird, Utah.
  10. Panel Chair. “German-German Problems (II): Continuities and Discontinuities in Post-Unification Germany.” NEMLA 2008. 10-13 April 2008. Buffalo, New York.
  11. Panel Chair. “Children of Myth.” Myth: German & Scandinavian Studies. Graduate Student Conference at UMass Amherst. 15-17 Feb. 2008.
  12. Panel Co-Organizer. Poster Session. Women in German Conference. Oct. 2007. Snowbird, Utah.
  13. Conference Organizer/Chair. Experimentations: German and Scandinavian Studies. Graduate Student Conference at UMass Amherst. Germanic Languages and Literatures. 18-19 Feb. 2006. Obtained ca. $2,000 in grants.
  14. Panel Organizer. “(Con)Textual Infusions of German and Scandinavian Studies.” Experimentations: German and Scandinavian Studies. UMass Amherst. Germanic Languages and Literatures. 18-19 Feb. 2006.
  15. Conference Organizer/Chair. (Re)Visions: New Ideas in European Studies. Graduate Student Conference at UMass Amherst. Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures. 26-27 Mar. 2004. Obtained ca. $1,000 in grants.
  16. Panel Co-Organizer. “Fixed and Fluctuating: Gender, Sexuality, and Queerness in Twentieth-Century Germany.” (Re)Visions: New Ideas in European Studies. Graduate Student Conference at UMass Amherst. Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures. 26-27 Mar. 2004.