Professional Presentations

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS and INVITED LECTURES

  • "Brecht's Theater in Özdamar's and Pamuk's Fiction." Denver, GSA, October 2013.

  • "Representations of Political Theater in Contemporary German and Turkish Novels. Krakow, Poland, Aesthetics in Action: 19th International Congress of Aesthetics, July 2013.

  • "German Clubs and the German Honor Society." Lancaster, Central PA AATG, September 2012.

  • "Theater as Metaphor in Orhan Pamuk's Novel Snow." Nicosia, Cyprus, 13th Conference of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas (ISSEI), July 2012.

  • "Musical Alienation in Works by Thomas Bernhard and Bertolt Brecht." Louisville, GSA, September 2011.
  • "Concepts of Fremde and Fremdheit in Yoko Tawada's Writings." Honolulu, Brecht in/and Asia: 13th Symposium of the International Brecht Society (IBS), May 2010.
  • "Global Contexts in Texts by Anna Seghers." Washington, GSA, October 2009.
  • "Exile and Return: Anna Seghers in Mexico and the GDR." Berlin, Germany, 5th International and Interdisciplinary Conference Alexander von Humboldt 2009: Travels between Europe and the Americas, July 2009.
  • "Pina Bausch's Cross-Cultural Work in Cinema and Dance." St. Paul, GSA, October 2008.
  • "Brechtian Traces in Pina Bausch's Choreographic and Cinematic Work." Helsinki, Finland, 11th Conference of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas (ISSEI), July 2008.
  • "Pina Bausch's Nefes in the Context of her Aesthetics of Theatre, Dance, and Film." Ankara, Turkey, Aesthetics Bridging Cultures: 17th International Congress of Aesthetics, July 2007.
  • "Eisler and Brecht: New Eisler Interpretations." Valletta, Malta, Tenth Conference of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas (ISSEI), July 2006.
  • "Fatzer's Fall: From Brecht to Müller to a Recent French Production in Lyon." Augsburg, Germany, Brecht and Death / Brecht und der Tod: 12th Symposium of the International Brecht Society (IBS), July 2006.
  • "Anna Seghers's Postwar Prose: Attempt at an Intercultural Reading." Bloomington, Indiana, Conference on Trajectories: The Past and Future of German Studies, March 2006.
  • "Exile Experiences and Hybrid Identities in Anna Seghers's Writings." Honolulu, Fourth Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, January 2006.
  • "Hanns Eisler in a Post-Communist Age." Milwaukee, GSA, September 2005.
  • "Anna Seghers: Intercultural Approaches." Pamplona, Spain, Ninth Conference of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas (ISSEI), August 2004.
  • "Masks in Anna Seghers's Narratives." Louisville, 20th Century Literature Conference, February 2004.
  • "Hanns Eisler Composing for the Film Frauenschicksale: A Musical Anti-Mahagonny?" Berlin, Germany, Mahagonny.com: 11th Symposium of the International Brecht Society (IBS), June 2003.
  • "Bentley on Brecht: An Interview." New York, MLA, December 2002.
  • "Anna Seghers's Mexican Prose." San Juan, Puerto Rico, ACLA, April 2002.
  • "Exploring Identities through Narrative Strategies: Bertolt Brecht and Giordano Bruno." Naples, Italy, 25th Conference of the International Movement for Interdisciplinary Study of Estrangement (IMISE), July 2001.
  • "Crisanta: A Mexican Tale from the GDR." Tucson, Women in German Conference, October 2000.
  • "Mahagonny, Macheath, and Murieta: Forms of Epic Theater in Works by Bertolt Brecht and Pablo Neruda." Bergen, Norway, Seventh Conference of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas (ISSEI), August 2000.
  • "Film Music: The Case of Hanns Eisler." Tallahassee, On the Edge of Time: 25th Annual Conference on Film and Literature, January 2000.
  • "Hanns Eisler's Film Music: Theory and Practice." Also: Chair of the session on Dissonant Identities: Sound, Culture, Politics. Atlanta, GSA, October 1999.
  • "Teaching Bertolt Brecht: A Workshop." Lancaster, Pennsylvania AATG, November 1998.
  • Panelist on the session on "Videoconferencing: Four Years of Cooperative Experience." Mechanicsburg, PA, First Annual Meeting of CAPE: A Community of Agile Partners in Education, November 1998.
  • "Bertolt Brecht and Pablo Neruda: Poetry and Politics." San Diego, Brecht 100 <=> 2000: Culture and Politics in These Times, May 1998.
  • "Hanns Eisler's Film Music for DEFA." Amherst, MA, Conference on The Cinema of Eastern Germany: The View from North America, October 1997.
  • "'Commedia dell'Arte' and 'Verfremdung': Ferruccio Busoni's Epic Theatre." Utrecht, Netherlands, Fifth Conference of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas (ISSEI), August 1996.
  • "Ferruccio Busoni." Toronto, Why Theatre? Choices for the New Century: An International Conference and Theatre Festival, November 1995.
  • "Busoni, Weill und Brecht: Zur Entwicklung des epischen Musiktheaters." Augsburg, Germany, Ninth Symposium of the International Brecht Society (IBS), March 1995.
  • "Caribaldi and Casals: Literature and Music in the Works of Thomas Bernhard." Graz, Austria, Fourth Conference of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas (ISSEI), August 1994.
  • "Thomas Bernhard's Literary Scores." Morgantown, West Virginia University Eighteenth Annual Colloquium on Literature and Film: Literature and the Other Arts, September 1993.
  • "An Opera for Three Pennies, a Violin for Ten Francs: Brecht's and Stravinsky's Approaches to Epic Opera." Newark, Delaware, Brecht Symposium, February 1992.
  • "Buchpremiere" at the Brecht Zentrum in Berlin, Germany. I presented Das epische Musiktheater bei Strawinsky und Brecht in December 1991.
  • "Brecht und die Oper: Seine Sprache im Spiegel der Musiktheorie." Augsburg, Germany, Conference of the International Brecht Society (IBS), December 1991.
  • "Fictions of the Distant Past in German Literature." Response paper for the session German II: Language and Literature After 1700, Chicago, M/MLA, November 1991.
  • "Thomas Bernhard's Wittgensteins Neffe: Biography, Literature, Music." Kansas City, M/MLA, November 1990.
  • "Strawinsky und Brecht: Zur Poetik der epischen Oper." Bloomington, Indiana, German Faculty Colloquium, October 1988.
  • "Le livre et le violon: Literature and, as, or against Music in Stravinsky/Ramuz' Histoire du soldat." Boston, NEMLA, November 1987.
  • "Stravinsky and Brecht: Unknown Correspondences." Bloomington, Indiana, Comparative Literature Music and the Arts Colloquium, March 1987.

 

ORGANIZED or CHAIRED PROFESSIONAL SESSIONS

  • Chair and respondent at the session on Post-Communist Brecht. Philadelphia, MLA, December 2009.

  • Chair and respondent at the session on Brecht and Masculinity. Philadelphia, MLA, December 2006.

  • Respondent at the session on Brecht and Violence. Philadelphia, MLA, December 2004.
  • Moderator of the session on The Dilemma of the Socialist Artist: Hanns Eisler's Exile and Return. Washington, GSA, October 2004.
  • Moderator of the session on Welfare in Conflict: Church and State, 1933-1960. Washington, GSA, October 2001.
  • Chair of the session on The Operatic Body, and Chair and Respondent of the session on Women Performing Brecht. San Francisco, MLA, December 1998.
  • Chair of the session on Queering Brecht. Toronto, MLA, December 1997.
  • Respondent at the session on Brecht in Translation: The Threepenny Opera. Washington, MLA, December 1996.
  • Chair of the session on Teaching Brecht. Chicago, MLA, December 1995.
  • Respondent at the session on Brecht and Modern Poetry. San Diego, MLA, December 1994.
  • Chair and discussant at the session on Gender and Style in Modern German Literature. St. Louis, M/MLA, November 1992.

 

PRESENTATIONS AT LEHIGH UNIVERSITY

  • "Turkish-German Cultural Exchanges: Fazil Say, Emine Sevgi Özdamar, Orhan Pamuk." Center for Global Islamic Studies Lecture Series, February 2011.
  • "Hanns Eisler and Film Music." MLL Seminar, February 1999.
  • "Bertolt Brecht and Pablo Neruda: Poetry and Politics." IR Colloquium, October 1997.
  • "Thomas Bernhard, Glenn Gould, and the Goldberg Variations." MFL Seminar, April 1994.
  • "Thomas Bernhard's Wittgenstein's Nephew: Literature, Music, Philosophy." MFL Seminar, February 1991.
  • "Bertolt Brecht and Igor Stravinsky: Unknown Correspondences." IR Colloquium, November 1990.