Talks

Conference Papers, Guest Lectures

2019

(planned)  lecture at the conference “Take Back Aging: Power, Critique, Imagination”, Trent University, Peterborough, Canada, 28.-31.5.2019: “Affirming Survival: Perspectives on Old Age, Death and Grief by Joan Didion and Julian Barnes” (30.5.2019)

Invited lecture at the Narrative Science Project der London School of Economics and Political Science: “Longevity Narratives: From Life-Span Optimism to a Simulated Life-Span” (30.4.2019)

2018

Invited lecture at the Department for English and American Studies, University of Paderborn: “The ‘Burden Narrative’ of Childhood and Old Age” (12.12.2018)

Lecture at the conference “Cultural Perspectives on Ageing”, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, 28.-30.11.2018: “Between Ageism and Successful Ageing: The Case of Joan Didion” (28.11.2018)

2015

Lecture at the conference “Forum Age/ing Graz 2015″, University of Graz, 22.-24.10.2015: “Embodied Narrations of the End of Life” (October 23)

Invited lecture at the Center for Inter-American Studies, University of Graz: “Embodied Narration: Death and Dying in Henry James’s Ghost Stories” (March 12)

2014

Invited lecture at the Center for Inter-American Studies, University of Graz: “Fantastic Reversals of Time: Representing Age in the Fantastic Mode” (May 6)

Lecture at the conference “Meaning and Culture(s): Exploring the Life Course”, 8th International Symposium on Cultural Gerontology and 2nd Conference of the European Network in Aging Studies (ENAS), National University of Ireland, Galway, 10.-12. April: “Late Style as Exile: De/Colonizing the Life Course” (April 10)

2013

Invited lecture at the conference “Kultur(en) des Vergessens: Altersdemenz am Schnittpunkt von Medizinethik und Kulturwissenschaft”, Center for Literary and Cultural Research, Berlin, 13.-14. December: “Becketts Poetik der Reduktion und der Diskurs der Demenz” (December 13)

2012

Lecture at the conference “Pain and Old Age: Three Centuries of Suffering in Silence?”, Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, University of London, October 27: “Communicating Pain: Representations of Dementia in Old Age” (together with Aagje Swinnen).

Lecture in the section “Apocalypse and Literature”, Deutscher Anglistentag (Annual Conference of the German Association of University Teachers of English), University of Potsdam, September 19-22: “Apocalypse and Old Age: Imminent Ends and Lacking Futures” (September 20).

Invited lecture at the conference “Altersstile”, Stiftung für Romantikforschung, Munich, September 13-15: “Alternde Empfindsamkeit – Zum Altern eines Gattungsstils (am Beispiel von Romanen Frances Burneys, Maria Edgeworths und Jane Austens)” (September 15).

2011

Invited lecture at “Crossroads: A Conference in Honor of Rüdiger Kunow”, University of Potsdam, October 28-29: “Gendered Constructions of Ageing: (In)Visible Older Women in Detective Fiction” (October 29).

Moderation of the keynote lecture by Philip Tew, “Extending Narrative and Gerontological Coordinates in the Fiction and Cultural Mediation of Ageing Project (FCMAP)”, at the conference “Theorizing Age: Challenging the Disciplines”, Inaugural Conference of the European Network in Aging Studies (ENAS), Maastricht University, October 6-9 (October 7).

Moderation of the panel “Narrating and Performing Dementia” at the conference “Theorizing Age: Challenging the Disciplines”, Inaugural Conference of the European Network in Aging Studies (ENAS), Maastricht University, October 6-9 (October 6).

Lecture at the conference “Theorizing Age: Challenging the Disciplines”, Inaugural Conference of the European Network in Aging Studies (ENAS), Maastricht University, October 6-9: “Narrating Age: Longevity as a Challenge to the Representation of Aging” (October 6).

Invited respondent of the project “Beyond Autonomy and Language: Toward a Disability Studies’ Perspective on Dementia”, Workshop, Center for Gender and Diversity Studies, Maastricht University, (October 5).

Lecture at the conference “New Cultures of Aging”, Brunel University, London, April 8-9: “Age Fantasies: Alternative Conceptions of Time and Fantasies of Old Age in Fiction and Film” (April 8).

2010

Moderation of the seminar “Young Adam and Old Eve: Changing Images of American Culture”, together with Aagje Swinnen, at the Conference of the European Association for American Studies (EAAS), “’Forever Young?’ The Changing Images of America”, March 26-29, Trinity College, Dublin (March 27).

2008

Moderation of the seminar “Ageing Studies: Age, Illness and the Question of Beauty in Contemporary Anglophone Cultures”, together with Roberta Maierhofer, at the conference of the “European Society for the Study of English” (ESSE 9), August 22–26, University of Aarhus, Arhus, (August 23).

2007

Lecture at the conference “Encounter and Experience: Cultures in Process”, March 2-4, University of Bielefeld: “First Person, Third Person, No Other Person? Narratives of Alzheimer’s Disease” (March 2).

Lecture in the research workshop “Work in Progress” at the Institute of English Philology, Free University Berlin: “Narrating Age in the Nineteenth-Century Bildungsroman: Great Expectations and Middlemarch” (February 1).

2006

Moderation of the panel “Personal vs. Cultural Scripts of Ageing” at the conference “The ‘Coming of Age’: Cultural Constructions of Age(ing)”, September 7-8, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Berlin (September 7).

Lecture at the conference “Ageing Stories“ of the Postdoctoral Research Project “Age – Gender – Society”, September 4-6, University of Greifswald: “Small World? Narrative Representations of Alzheimer’s Disease” (September 5).

Moderation of panel IV “Mediating Age” at the conference “Ageing Stories” of the Postdoctoral Research Project “Age – Gender – Society”, September 4-6, University of Greifswald (6.9.2006).

Moderation of the seminar “Stories of Ageing: Cultural Histories of Age”, together with Roberta Maierhofer at the conference of the “European Society for the Study of English” (ESSE 8), 8/29-9/2, University of London (August 30).

Invited lecture at the Institute of English and American Studies, University of Potsdam: “Narrating Age in the English Novel: Age, Gender and Genre” (July 7).

Lecture in the research workshop “Gender als erkenntnisleitende Kategorie” (Gender as an epistemological category) of the Interdisciplinary Center for Women and Gender Studies, University of Greifswald: “Alter narrativ: Alterungsprozesse und erzähltes Leben im englischen Roman” (May 23).

2005

Invited lecture in the lecture series “Ethik in der Medizin”, University of Düsseldorf: “Altern als Prozess: Konstruktionen des Körpers und Vorstellungen vom Alter” (December 13).

Invited lecture at the conference “Schmerzdifferenz(en) – Schmerz und Gender in kulturwissenschaftlich-literaturwissenschaftlicher Perspektive”, December 9-10, University of Paderborn: “’I began to be annoyed by a small pain in my breast’ – Frances Burneys ‚Mastectomy Letter‘: Die Krankheitsgeschichte als Syntax der Schmerzerfahrung” (December 9).

Invited lecture at the Institute of English and American Studies at the University of Graz: “Ageing Sensibilities – Images of Ageing and the Cultural History of Affect” (June 13).

2004

Lecture at the conference “Alter und Geschlecht”, November 12-13, Postdoctoral Research Project “Illness and Gender”, University of Greifswald: “The Iron Dowager – Lebensgeschichten und alte Frauen im Detektivroman” (November 13).

Lecture at the conference of the “European Society for the Study of English” (ESSE 7), University of Zaragoza, September 8-12, in the seminar “Testimonies of Disability”: “’Doleful ditties’ or stories of survival – Narrative Approaches to Breast Cancer” (September 12).

2003

Lecture at the “Literary London Conference”, Goldsmith College, University of London, July 25-27: “’The Crime can commit itself’: Urban Effects on the Narrative Representation of Character and Detection” (July 26).

Lecture in the research workshop “Work in Progress” at the Institute of English and American Studies, Humboldt University Berlin: “Zwischen Aggressor und Opfer – Mitleidsdiskurse bei Frances Burney” (June 19).

Lecture at the “British Women Writers Conference”, “Gendering Philosophy: Body, Mind, and Culture in 18th and 19th Century Discourse”, TCU, Fort Worth, Texas, March 20-22: “Sentimental Transgressions and Obsessive Writing: Aggressive Pity in Frances Burney” (March 21).

2002

Lecture in the series “Hexen hexen!”, Faculty of Philosophy and the Humanities, Free University Berlin: “Jezebel’s Daughters. Dämonische Frauenfiguren im spätviktorianischen Sensationsroman” (December 11).

Lecture in the research workshop “Work in Progress” at the Institute of English Philology, Free University Berlin: “Empfindsame Überschreitungen und therapeutisches Schreiben: Gewalt, Sprachlosigkeit und Körper-Geschichten bei Frances Burney” (May 30).

2000

Lecture at the conference of the “European Society for the Study of English” (ESSE 5), University of Helsinki, August 25-29, at the seminar “Images of London in Present-Day Fiction”: “Iain Sinclair’s Secret London” (August 26).

Lectures at the Department of English Literature, University of Edinburgh: “Parodic Rewritings of Modernist Poetry” (March 7), and “The potential of history in Salman Rushdie’s epic visions of India” (March 10).

Lecture in the series “A History of Laughter” at the Institute of English Philology, Free University Berlin: “Parodic rewritings of Modernist poetry: Wendy Cope’s Waste Land Limericks and other attacks on tradition” (January 19).

1999

Lecture in the series “A History of English Literature in 10 ½ Books”at the Institute of English Philology, Free University Berlin: “Graham Swift: Last Orders” (February 3).

1998

Lecture in the series “Two More Years to Go: The Twentieth Century in Retrospect” at the Institute of English Philology, Free University Berlin: “Expressions of life-style and alternative culture in British pop music of the 20th century” (February 11).

1997

Lecture in the research workshop “Work in Progress” at the Institute of English Philology, Free University Berlin: “Graham Swift: Waterland – der historische Roman als existentielle Archäologie” (June 25).