Lectures, Presentations and Conference Papers

2018 May 8
"In Gesellschaft einsam: Höfische Einsamkeit in der mittelenglischen Romanze Sir Gawain and the Green Knight", Ringvorlesung Kulturen der Einsamkeit, Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg.
2018 April 16
"Der Drachenhügel in Beowulf. Von der Mehrfachnutzung eines Grabes", Ringvorlesung Deploying the Dead, Freie Universität Berlin.
2017 November 18
"'Thise olde gentil Britouns in hir dayes': The Politics of Feigned Anonymity in Chaucer's Franklin's Tale", Anonymity in Premodernity, International Workshop, King's College London.
2017 October 5
"Chaucers König Artus und die Entwertung der Matter of Britain", Entwertung und Ende, Kolloquium mit Mitgliedern und Mitarbeitern der Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur Mainz (4. Meisterklasse), Akademie Mainz.
2017 September 30
"Deep Time in Beowulf", Fabrics of Time, Jahrestagung der Friedrich Schlegel Graduiertenschule, Freie Universität Berlin.
2017 September 2
"Trojan Iconophobia: Pictorial Politics in Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde", Trojan Temporalities - Constructing Hybrid Antiquities in Medieval Troy Narratives, International Workshop, Freie Universität Berlin.
2017 July 6
“Malory's Shipping News: Watery Graves with a Difference”, Leeds International Medieval Congress.
2016 Nov 14
“Der andere Perikles: Shakespeare auf der Reise durch Antike und Mittelalter”,“ Immer noch Shakespeare?!”, Universität Hamburg.
2016 Sept 22
“Chaucer’s Medieval Medievalism: The Squire’s and “The Franklin’s Tales Revisited”, Anglistentag 2016, Universität Hamburg.
2016 July 18
“Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood and the Politics of Populist Democracy”, The 31st International Conference on Medievalism: Tradition or Myth?, Universität Bamberg.
2016 July 1
“The Footprints of the Foe: Tracks and Traces in Beowulf ”, conference paper, 4. Jahrestagung des Sonderforschungsbereiches 980 Episteme in Bewegung ( 4. Annual Conference of the Collaborative Research Centre 980 Episteme in Motion), Max-Planck-Gesellschaft Berlin.
2016 April 28
“Den Rahmen sprengen: Geoffrey Chaucers Canterbury Tales und das Abenteuer des alchemistischen Erzählens”, 7. Frankfurter Goethe-Vorlesungen (7. Annual Goethe Lectures), Goethe Universität Frankfurt a.M.
2015 November 28
“Die Dramatik des Schiffbruchs. Shakespeares The Tempest”, Internationales Kolloquium, Freie Universität Berlin.
2015 November 4
“Humanist Orientalism and Visual Art in the Canterbury Tales”, Mittelalterzentrum, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg i.Br.
2015 October 27
“Die Schrift auf dem Trockenen: Beowulf und die Flut der Buchstaben”, Ringvorlesung: Schreiben als Ereignis. Künste und Kulturen der Schrift, Freie Universität Berlin.
2015 April 25
“Heroic Temporalities: Shakespeare’s Robin Hood”, Shakespeare-Tage Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin.
2015 January 8
“Postcolonial Beowulf”, Universität Postdam.
2014 November 6
“Das Anti-Modell des Risikos? Das Amphitheater und Astrolabium in Geoffrey Chaucers The Knight's Tale”, conference paper, “Modell+Risiko - Historische Miniaturen zu dynamischen Epistemologien”, (SFB 980 ‘Episteme in Bewegung. Wissenstransfer von der Alten Welt bis in die Frühe Neuzeit’), Freie Universität Berlin.
2014 May 29
“Beginning at the Beginning: Intertextuality as History in Beowulf”, conference paper, “Transcending Medieval Temporalities - International Workshop” (SFB 980 ‘Episteme in Bewegung. Wissenstransfer von der Alten Welt bis in die Frühe Neuzeit’), Freie Universität Berlin.
2014 May 20
“Brideshead Revisited”, lecture series Ringvorlesung - “Mein Roman”, Freie Universität Berlin.
2014 May 1
“Chaucer’s Postcolonial Renaissance”, G.L. Brook Lecture, John Rylands Medieval Research Seminar, The University of Manchester.
2013 November 7
“The Postcolonial Middle Ages: Problems and Perspectives”, lecture series World Philologies Seminar (Forum Transregionale Studien - Zukunftsphilologie), Freie Universität Berlin.
2013 October 16
“Das Wissen aus der Tiefe - Beowulf und die angelsächsische Archäologie”, lecture series Ringvorlesung - “Wissensbewegungen - Bewegliches Wissen” (SFB 980 ‘Episteme in Bewegung. Wissenstransfer von der Alten Welt bis in die Frühe Neuzeit’), Freie Universität Berlin.
2013 July 13
Beowulf as World Literature”, conference paper, Transcultural Entanglements and Global Perspectives in the Pre-Modern World. First Annual Conference of the Collaborative Research Center 980 ‘Episteme in Motion. Transfer of Knowledge from the Ancient World to the Early Modern Period’, Freie Universität Berlin.
2013 May 17
“Reformation Robin Hood: Popular Theatre and the Religious Politics of the Shakespearean Stage”, plenary speaker, Third RefoRC Conference 2013 Berlin: Anthropological Reformations - Anthropology in the Era of Reformation, Freie Universität Berlin.
2013 March 23
“Anachronistic Anglo-Saxons: The Multiple Temporalities of Beowulf”, closing keynote address, The Uses and Abuses of Time: Anachronism/Achronicity in the Premodern Era, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
2012 July 24
“Planets and Power: Chaucer’s Knight’s Tale and the Politics of Italian Astronomical Art”, conference paper, The 18th Biennial Congress of the New Chaucer Society, Portland, OR.
2012 May 12
“Medieval(ist) Alterities: Cultural and Temporal Alterities in Transdisciplinary Perspective”, member of the panel, International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Session 460.
2012 February 18
“Criseydes ‘double sorwe’ in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde”, conference Tragik und Minne, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main.
2011 October 29
Beowulf und das Problem von Topik und Tradition: Der Gesang des ‘Scop’ in Heorot”, conference Kritik der Topik - Topik als Kritik, Freie Universität Berlin.
2011 October 1
“The Adventure of Periodization: Chaucer’s Multiple Temporalities in the Man of Law’s Tale”, conference Hybridität und Spiel - Der europäische Abenteuerroman von der Antike zur Frühen Neuzeit, Freie Universität Berlin.
2011 June 24
St. Erkenwald und die Verfügbarmachung des Unverfügbaren”, conference Unverfügbarkeit, Freie Universität Berlin.
2011 April 26
“Literaturgeschichte als historischer Roman: Die Tücken des Erzählens in Ian McEwan’s Atonement (Abbitte)”, lecture series Ringvorlesung - Der Historische Roman, Freie Universität Berlin.
2010 October 1 & 2
General response, conference War, Expansion, and the Problem of Sovereignty: The European, Islamic, and New Worlds, 1000-1700, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
2010 July 16
“Spatializing Time: Chaucer’s Multiple Temporalities in the Man of Law’s Tale”, conference paper, The 17th Biennial Congress of the New Chaucer Society, Siena.
2010 April 29
“The Art of Degeneration: The Classical and the Oriental in Chaucer’s Knight’s Tale and Squire’s Tale”, lecture series Memori: Medieval and Early-Modern Research Initiative, Cardiff University.
2010 April 9
“Parallel Plots and Alternative Temporalities: Re-Writing Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales in The Two Noble Kinsmen”, conference paper, The Fifty-Sixth Annual Meeting of the RSA, Venice.
2010 February 25
“‘Lettres rede’-Visualizing the Textual in Troilus and Criseyde”, conference paper, The Art of Vision - Ekphrasis in Medieval Literature and Culture, Freie Universität Berlin.
2009 June 18
“Robin, Gamelyn and Medieval Masculine Escapism”, conference paper, Constructions of Masculinity in British Literature from the Middle Ages to the Present, Technische Universität Dresden, Section: “Literature from the Middle Ages to the 19th Century”.
2009 April 21
“Robin Hood: Von der filmischen Bändigung eines politischen Mythos”, lecture series Populär, pittoresk, politisch? Das Mittelalter im Kino, Freie Universität Berlin.
2009 March 27
“The Uses of Alterity - or Why (Post)modernity Needs the Middle Ages”, conference paper, Methods in English and American Culture, Language, and Literature Studies, Bildungszentrum Bad Bederkesa.
2008 October 10
“Rum, Ram, Ruf: Chaucer as Linguistic Ideologue”, First Triennial Conference of the International Society for the Linguistics of English, Freiburg, Section: “Linguistics and the Discourse of Linguistic Nationalism, Revisiting Some Ideological Biases”.
2008 October 7
“Beowulf and the Remains of Imperial Rome: Archeology, Legendary History and the Problems of Periodization”, Anglistentag Tübingen, Section II.
2008 September 12
“Chaucerian Ekphrasis”, “Philology, History, Theory: Rethinking the New Medievalism”. An International Colloquium in Honor of Stephen G. Nichols, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore.
2008 July 19
“A Crusade Not Told: Knight, Squire, and the Family Drama of the Exotic”, New Chaucer Society Congress, Session 2: “Chaucer and the Crusades”.
2008 May 10
“Chaucerian Ekphrasis: Questioning the Politics of Epic Vision in the Knight’s Tale”, conference paper, International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Section: “Negotiating the Past with Lee Patterson I”.
2008 Februar 2
“(Un)sichtbare (Un)vollkommenheit. Perfektion in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight”, conference Vollkommenheit in Theologie, Literatur und Kunst des Mittelalters und der Frühen Neuzeit (SFB Transformationen der Antike), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
2008 January 23
“Medialität in Beowulf”, lecture series Textualität in der Vormoderne, Internationales Doktorandenkolleg im Rahmen des Elitennetzwerks Bayern, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München.
2007 December 11
“Calques and Culture: Revisiting an Issue in English Lexical Morphology”, lecture, Universität Zürich.
2007 November 24
“Anti-Subjective Soliloquies in Shakespeare: The Two Noble Kinsmen as Test Case”, conference paper, Solo Performances: Staging the Early Modern Self, Berlin, Section: “Staging Selves and Doubles”.
2007 September 25
“Hoccleves Wahnsinn: Vom Nutzen der autobiographischen Fiktion”, 30. Deutscher Romanistentag, Section: “Fiktionen des Faktischen in der Renaissance”, Wien.
2007 September 21
“Pastorale linguistique? Institutionennähe und -ferne im englischen Sprachwandel um 1400”, Festkolloquium zu Ehren von Ursula Schaefer, Technische Universität Dresden.
2007 May 19
“Tolkiens Dialog mit dem Mittelalter: Texte, Themen und Stoffe” (with Dr. J. Klinger), Tolkien Tag, Berlin.
2007 January 25
“Inzestuöse Irrfahrten: Von Chaucer bis Shakespeare und wieder zurück”, inaugural lecture at the Freie Universität Berlin, Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature.
2006 October 5
“Chaucers Pardoner – die Geburt der Literatur aus dem Geist der Orthodoxie”, DFG Workshop on Literary and Religious Communication in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period, Villa Vigoni, Menaggio.
2006 September 20
“Literary Politics in Debate: Chaucer’s Parliament of Fowls and Clanvowe’s Book of Cupid”, Anglistentag, Section III, Halle.
2005 November 26
“The Riddle of Deor and the Performance of Fiction”, Universität Potsdam, English Department.
2005 June 3
“Amazing Grace: Saint and Sinners in Lars von Trier’s Dogville”, conference Redeemers and Healers, Universität Bamberg.
2005 April 8
“‘Men whose heads do grow beneath their shoulders’: Romance, Chivalry and Othello’s Self-fashioning”, Congress of the Renaissance Society of America, Cambridge.
2005 February 21
“Prospero Cooks: Magic and Politics in The Tempest”, Freie Universität Berlin, English Department.
2005 January
“Caedmons doppelte Anderssprachigkeit: Beda und der Mythos der altenglischen Literatur”, conference Exo-Phonie. Anderssprachigkeit in der Literatur, Centre for Literary Studies, Berlin.
2004 September
“Walter’s Two Bodies: Power and Agency in Chaucer’s Clerk’s Tale”, Anglistentag, Aachen.
2004 July
“Non-Existing Topographies and Impossible Spaces in Chaucer’s House of Fame”, New Chaucer Society Congress, Glasgow.
2004 May
“Mediävistik, Postcolonial Studies und Frühneuzeitforschung: Perspektiven des Othering”, symposion Historische Sprachwissenschaft und Mediävistik, Universität Bamberg .
2003 November
“Letters and Fetters: Spontaneity and Ambiguity in the Speeches of Queen Elizabeth I”, symposion Performing Monarchy at the Special Research Centre ‘Cultures of Performance’ (SFB Kulturen des Performativen), Freie Universität Berlin.
2003 July
chair of the session “Power in Anglo-Scandinavian England”, International Medieval Congress, Leeds.
2003 June
“Krieg, Raum und Zeit im Alliterative Morte Arthure: Die Geburt der Geschichte aus dem Geist der Strategie”, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
2003 June
“Chaucer: Images of the Poet”, Friedrich-Schiller Universität Jena.
2003 April
“Passion and Politics in Othello”, workshop The Passions: Othello/The Two Noble Kinsmen, Shakespeare-Tage, Bochum.
2002 July
“Robin, Gamelyn and the Other: The Forest of Arden’s Medieval Undergrowth”, congress Renaissance Go-Betweens, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München.
2002 May
“The Colour of Confession: The Secret and the Sacred in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight”, symposion Performances of the Sacred, Special Research Centre ‘Cultures of Performance’, Freie Universität Berlin.
2002 March
“Chaucer, Eco, Fincher: Hollywood und das postmoderne Mittelalter”, symposion SEM IV (= Studientag zum Englischen Mittelalter IV), Universität Potsdam.
2001 March
“Queens in Dialogue in Beowulf”, symposion SEM III (= Studientag zum Englischen Mittelalter III), Universität Potsdam.
2000 July
“‘I dar nat telle’: Voyeurism, Theatricality and the Politics of Chaucer’s Knight’s Tale”, Congress of the New Chaucer Society, London.
2000 July
“Foucauldian Griselda: Chaucer’s Clerk’s Tale and the Loss of Agency”, International Medieval Congress, Leeds.
2000 May
“Vom Frühhumanismus und seinen Verlockungen: Petrarca, Boccaccio, Chaucer ” (with Marc Föcking), lecture series Anglo-Romanische Kulturkontakte, Freie Universität Berlin.
2000 April
“The Homoerotics of Epic History”, Centre for Cultural Studies, University of Cardiff.
2000 March
“A Keyhole Perspective of Chaucerian Theatricality: The Politics of the Knight’s Tale”, SEM II (= Studientag zum Englischen Mittelalter II), Universität Potsdam.
1999 October
“The Politics of Laughter in Chaucer’s Miller’s Tale”, lecture series A History of English Laughter, Freie Universität Berlin, English Department.
1999 March
“‘For love that tyme was nat as love ys nowadays’: The Problem of Historicity in Middle English Arthurian Literature”, University of Edinburgh.
1998 November
“Chaucers Knight’s Tale”, lecture series A History of English Literature in Ten and a Half Chapters, Freie Universität Berlin, English Department.
1998 January
“Islands in a Feudal Sea: Medievalism and Modernity”, lecture series, Freie Universität Berlin.
1997 February
“Zeit als ästhetisches Problem: Aristokraten und Gelehrte im Kampf um die Kultur”, Herrigsche Gesellschaft, Berlin.
1996 July
“Aristocratic Romanticism: Dissenting from Above”, New Chaucer Society Congress, Los Angeles.