Fictions and Figurations at the Intersection of Law, Literature, and Finance
Law and Literature, Poetry and Law, Legal Fictions, Toni Morrison, Pierre Bourdieu and Norbert Elias, Financialization, Metaphors in Law and Finance
Presentations and Invited Lectures
- “Corporation.” Object Lessons in Personhood. Annual Meeting of the Modern Language Association. Philadelphia, PA. (January 2017)
- “The Circle and Corporate Life.” German American Studies Association Annual Conference: “The US and the Question of Rights”, Osnabrueck. (May 2016)
- “’The Clouds Part:’ Corporations, Poetry, and Political Expression after Citizens United.” Association for the Study of Law, Culture and Humanities Annual Conference. Hartford, CT. (March 2016)
- “The Corporate Imaginary in the Progressive Era.” Institute of English Studies, University of Warsaw, PL. (January 2016)
- “The Incorporation of Rural America: Frank Norris’ ‘Epic of the Wheat’ and Corporate Perpetuity.” Financial Times: Economic Temporalities in US Culture. Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main. (March 2015)
- “Nightmares of Incorporation in William Austin’s ‘Martha Gardner; or, Moral Reaction.’” Association for the Study of Law, Culture and Humanities Annual Conference. Washington, DC. (March 2015)
- “Possessive Individualism in Home and The Reluctant Fundamentalist.” 15th Triennial Conference of the European Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies: “Uncommon Wealths: Riches and Realities.” Innsbruck, Austria. (April 2014)
- “Economic and Political Incorporation in HBO’s Deadwood.” Department of English, American, and Celtic Studies. University of Bonn. (November 2013)
- “‘It’s a relationship business’ – Family and Corporate Culture in Showtime’s House of Lies.” Screening Class: Precarious Visions and American Studies. Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg. (June 2013)
- “‘Around and around and back home again.’ Self-made Men, Falling Men, and Hobos in AMC’s Mad Men.” It’s not television. Conference on Contemporary US-American and British TV-Series. Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main. (February 2013)
- “The Established and the Outsiders in Charles Chesnutt’s The Marrow of Tradition,” Augsburg, Germany. (January 2013)
- “Corporate Power and the Public Good in Sloan Wilson’s The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit.” Post-Graduate Forum of the GAAS, University of Marburg. (November 2012)
- “‘A man is whatever room he’s in’ – Identity as Commodity in AMC’s Mad Men,” International Symposium: Fake Identities? Impostors, ConMen, Wannabes in North American Culture, University of Jena. (April 2012)
- “Standing Up to Words – Writing and Resistance in Toni Morrison’s A Mercy,” International Symposium: Writing Slavery after Beloved: Literature, Historiography, Criticism, Université de Nantes, France. (March 16-17, 2012)
- “Textsoziologie.” Hooked On Theory (Lecture Series), Frankfurt am Main. (January 2012)
- “The Presence of the Past in Toni Morrison’s Love,” American Literature Association, Boston. (May 2011)
- “The Logic of Property in Toni Morrison’s A Mercy,” German American Studies Association Annual Conference: “American Economies”, Berlin. (June 2010)
- “The State Nobility? - The Power of the Academic Elite in Donna Tartt’s The Secret History,” German American Studies Association Annual Conference: “Education and the USA”, Jena. (June 2009)
Conference Organisation and Workshops
- March 2017: “Poetry and Law.” (Workshop, with Birte Christ) Association for the Study of Law, Culture and Humanities Annual Conference. Stanford, CA.
- March 2016: “American Poetry Imagines the Law.” (Workshop, with Birte Christ) Association for the Study of Law, Culture and Humanities Annual Conference. Hartford, CT.
- June 2015: “The Implicit Sociology of Literature” (Conference, with Astrid Franke, Katja Sarkowsky, Johannes Voelz), Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main.
- March 2015: “Financial Times: Economic Temporalities in US Culture” (Conference, with Christian Kloeckner), Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main. www.financialtimes-conference.de
- May 2013: “Violence and Open Spaces: The Subversion of Boundaries and the Transformation of the Western Genre” (Workshop), with Christa Buschendorf and Katja Sarkowsky. “Rural America” – German American Studies Association Annual Conference, Erlangen.
- Feb. 2013: “It’s not television. Graduate conference on British and US-American TV-Series” (Conference, co-organizer), Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main.
- Mai 2010: “Property – Belonging – Autonomy: Economies in (Neo-) Slave Narratives and Fictions of Slavery” (Workshop), with Christa Buschendorf. “American Economies” – German American Studies Association Annual Conference, Berlin.
- Dec. 2009: “Money, Manners, and Ideas: On the Interrelation between Habitus and Social Status” (Conference, co-organizer), International Roundtable Symposium in Honor of Christa Buschendorf. Goethe University, Frankfurt.