Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Conferences & Talks


Conferences Organized


Die Gute Mahlzeit. Gender und Ernährung Transdisziplinär, 11-12 November 2022
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin


The 8th International Weight Stigma Conference, 14-15 July 2022
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin


Doing Southern Studies Today, 14-15 January 2021
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin


The Intersections of Whiteness, 11-13 January 2017

Ruhr-Universität Bochum


The Cultural Politics of Hurricane Katrina, 06-07 December 2013

Ruhr-Universität Bochum




“Female Bodies and Agents in the Public Discourse,”with Jun.-Prof. Dr. Heike Steinhoff. Feminist Conversations, Universität Duisburg-Essen, 14 January 2019.


“Critical Whiteness Studies: Eine Einführung.” Schauspielhaus Bochum (private event), 04 December 2018.


"Taverns, Salons, and Vaudeville Theaters: Space and Public Spheres in Nineteenth-century America,” Workshop with Dr. Dietmar Meinel, Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Amerikastudien (Annual Meeting of the German Association of American Studies): American Counter/Publics, 24-27 Mai 2018.


“Von Krankheit zu Schönheit – Der fette Körper und Fat Studies.” Differenz_gestalten, Folkwang Universität der Künste, 08 May 2018. [Einladung]


“‘It’s a Special Power’ – Binge Eating and Empowerment in Sarai Walker’s Dietland.” Dis-Ordered Eating – Temporality, Normativity, Representability, Institute of Critical Inquiry (Berlin), 27 April 2018.


“‘The Sense that Something Strange Was Going to Happen’: Flannery O’Connor, Carson McCullers, and the Weird South.” The American Weird, Universität Göttingen, 12-14 April 2018.


“The Southern Redneck: Staging Deviant Bodies and Regions in American Popular Culture.” Jahrestagung der Kulturwissenschaftlichen Gesellschaft: Bodies in Motion, Ghent University, 16-18 November 2017.


“‘I want my city back!’: The Boundaries of the Katrina Diaspora.” The Society for the Study of Southern Literature, Boston University, 10-12 March 2016.


“Rednecks and the Failure of Whiteness.” The Failed Individual, Universität Mannheim, 12-14 November 2015.


“Sizing them Up: Fat Studies and Feminism.” Maple Leaf & Stars and Stripes, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, 05 November 2015.


“‘Health at Every Size’: Reshaping the Fat Female Body.” Knowledge Landscapes North America, Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft fürAmerikastudien (Annual Meeting of the German Association of American Studies), Universität Bonn, 28-31 May 2015.


“Classed Bodies: The Redneck Stereotype in American Culture.” Kolloquium Nordamerikanische Geschichte, Universität Erfurt, 15-16 January 2015.


“The Creation of a New Redneck Identity in Duck Dynasty.” Whiteness: Exploring Critical Issues, Mansfield College, Oxford/UK, 21-23 July 2014.


“Embodying the Rural South: Fatness in Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.” Rural America, 60. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Amerikastudien(Annual Meeting ofthe German Associationof American Studies), Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, 30 May-02 June 2013.


“Homeland Desire: The Greek Diaspora in the United States.” American University, Washington, D.C., 17 September 2012.


Xenitiá in Contemporary Poetry on the Greek Diaspora.” Memory, the United States, and Transnational Poetics. Ruhr-Universität Bochum, 29-30 June 2012.


“‘A fundamental investment in a homeland’: Return Journeys in Greek American Personal Narratives”. 22nd Biennial International Symposium of the Modern Greek Studies Association, New York University, 13-16October 2011.


“‘I was a tourist and a comer-home all simultaneously’: Crossing the Borders of ‘Other’ and ‘Same’ in Greek American Return Writing”. Transnational American Studies”, Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Amerikastudien(Annual Meeting ofthe German Associationof American Studies), Universität Regensburg, 16-19 June 2011.


“‘It ain’t possible to live until you cross somebody’s line’: The Queer South in HBO’s True Blood”. The 18th Annual American University Conference on Lavender Languages and Linguistics, American University, 11-13 February 2011.


“Reading Supernatural Fiction as Regional Fiction: Of ‘Vamps,’ ‘Supes’ and Places that ‘Suck’”. Letting the Vampire In: A Transdisciplinary and International Conference for Young Academics, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, 08-09 December 2010.


“‘Only Stones and Stories Remain’: Greek American Travel Writing about Greece”. Postgraduiertenforum der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Amerikastudien (Postgraduate Conference oft he German Associationof American Studies), Universität Leipzig, 05-07 November 2010.


“The Great Longing: Greek American Literature and Culture”. California State University (Sacramento), 09 March 2010.


“‘I can’t wait to go back home!’: Negotiating Spaces of Belonging in Greek American Return Narratives”. 4th Hellenic Observatory Ph.D. Symposium on Contemporary Greece and Cyprus, London Institute of Economics, 25-26 June 2009.


“‘To a Place Where Everyone Knew My Name’: Regionalism and Transnationalism in Michael N. Kalafatas’sThe Bellstone”. The BOchumandDortmuND American Studies Dissertation Colloquium, TU Dortmund und Ruhr-Universität Bochum, 30-31 January 2009.


“‘I wanted to make space for myself there, too’ – Of Transnational Spaces in Eleni N. Gage’s North of Ithaka”. BOND – The BOchumandDortmuND American Studies Dissertation Colloquium, TU Dortmund und Ruhr-Universität Bochum, 25-26 January 2008.