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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Language, Literature and Humanities

Conference Presentations (Selection)

“12 Steps to an Optimized Self: Early Forms of Self-Monitoring in Self-Help of the 1920s/’30s.” DFG-Projekt ‘Probing the Limits of the Quantified Self: Human Agency and Knowledge in Literature and Culture of the Information Age,’ Universität Mannheim, Oktober 2018. [accepted]


“Adjusting to Modernity: Self-Help in the Early 20th Century.” Annual Conference of the Swedish Association for American Studies ‘Open Covenants: Pasts and Futures of Global America,’ Stockholm, September 2018. [accepted]


„Becoming A True Self. Race and ‘the Authentic’ in Popular Advise Culture (USA 1930s).“ Leibniz-Forschungsverbund 'Historische Authentizität. Subjektivierung und Vergemeinschaftung vom ausgehenden 18. Jahrhundert bis zur Gegenwart,’ Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung, Potsdam, September 2018. [invitation]


“Navigating the Counter/Publics of Prison: An Intersectional Perspective.” Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Amerikastudien ‚American Counter/Publics,‘ Freie Universität Berlin, John-F.-Kennedy-Institut, 26. Mai 2018.


"Narratives of In/Exclusion: U.S. Self-Help Literature and Modern Capitalism." Annual Conference of the Irish Association for American Studies ‘Foreign Bodies and Native Sons,’ University College Dublin, 28. April 2018.


"Diversify Your Syllabi: Intersectional Course Planning and Instruction." Regionalkonferenz der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Amerikastudien 'Diversity and/in the GAAS,' Amerikahaus München, 21. Oktober 2017.


“Memory Cultures in Berlin: Spatialized Hierarchies – Historic (Dis)Continuities.” University of Washington’s Honors Program 'Negotiating Identities and Mediating Community in Berlin,' Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 19. Juni 2017. [invitation]


"Self-Help: Black and White?" with Prof. Martin Klepper. International Conference ‚Fictions of Management’, John F. Kennedy Institute, Free University of Berlin, December 8, 2016.

"Street Literature and the System of Mass Incarceration." Annual Conference Midwest Modern Language Association, St. Louis, Missouri, USA, November 12, 2016.

"Informalized Economies and the U.S. Penal System (Post-Trump)." IGK Public Lecture Series, Book Launch "Street Vending in the Neoliberal City" with Noa Ha, Center for Metropolitan Studies, Berlin, Germany, November 29, 2016. [invitation]

“‘Three Strikes and You’re Out’ – How does Black Popular Fiction Comment on Racial Biases in the U.S. Justice System?” Fulbright American Studies Summer Sessions, Humboldt University of Berlin, July 31, 2014. [invitation]

“The Street-Prison Symbiosis: A Spatial Analytical Tool to Interlink Literary and Material Spaces of Marginality.” Post-Graduate Forum Conference of the German Association for American Studies, Philipps University Marburg, Germany, November 3, 2012.

“Storing a Surplus Population: The ‘Ghetto’-Prison Symbiosis and its Significance for the African American Popular Genre of Street Literature.” Conference at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies Poor, Not Sexy. Representations of Poverty in Contemporary U.S.-American Culture, Freiburg, Germany, July 22, 2011.

“Literary Entrepreneurialism and the Re-Appropriation of Public Space: Selling Popular Novels on Harlem's 125th Street.” Workshop Urban Street Vending: Economic Resistance, Integration or Marginalization? Center for Metropolitan Studies, Berlin, Germany, May 15, 2009.

“’A sucker for drama:’ Street Literature and the Mode of Spectacular Writing.” 5th Conference in Penn State's African American Tradition Series Celebrating African American Literature: The Novel Since 1988, Penn State University, University Park, PA, October 23, 2009.

“Testimony, Self-Commodification, and Entrepreneurialism: Street Literature as Product and Producer of the post-Fordist Condition” 4th Annual Conference of the Transatlantic Graduate Research Program Berlin – New York In Search of the Post-Fordist City: Concepts and the Meaning of Urban Space and Society, Fordham University, New York City, September 26, 2008.