Talks

 

Invited Lectures

“Zombie Riots.” the end: (Post-)Apocalyptic Visions in British and American Cultures, magazine launch, Fabrik der Künste, Hamburg, Jan. 20, 2017. Invited lecture

“Who Needs a Black Bill Gates? Post-Blackness, Neoliberalism, and… Beyoncé.” Race and Intertextuality in Contemporary American Literature, seminar conducted by Stephan Kuhl, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, June 28, 2016. Invited lecture.

“Fictions of Surplus Humanity.” English Department, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, May 30, 2016. Invited lecture.

“Colson Whitehead’s Temporary Apocalypse: Crisis, Unemployment, Zombies.” Contemporary American Literature: 1980 to the Present, seminar conducted by Jennifer Ashton, Department of English, University of Illinois at Chicago, Oct. 13, 2015. Colloquium.

“Neoliberalismus als ästhetisches Problem: Motive kritischer Ästhetik in Walter Benn Michaels’ Fotografietheorie,” Gegenwartskultur und Kritische Theorie, lecture series, Arbeitskreis Kritische Theorie, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, Dec. 10, 2014. Invited lecture.

 

Conference Papers and Panel Moderations

“Theorizing the Return of the Riot.” From Abolition to Black Lives Matter: Past and Present Forms of Transnational Black Resistance, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Oct. 27, 2017.

“Wertgesetz, Rassismus und die ‘relative Überbevölkerung.’” Marx-Kongress 2017, Universität Trier, Oct. 11-13, 2017.

“‘Terror’ and ‘Hegemony’ in Fanon, Wilderson, and Marx.” Contradiction Studies: Mapping the Field, Universität Bremen, Feb. 11, 2017.

“Im/possible Communism: Is ‘the simple thing / so hard to achieve’ so simple, after all?” Im/Possibility: On the Production, Distribution, and Articulation of the Possible and Impossible, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Oct. 1, 2016.

“Bodies and the Logic of Capital: A Reading of Ben Lerner’s 10:04.” Embodiment, Perception, and Critical Practice, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, July 9, 2016.

Panel Moderation. “Post-Black Aesthetics versus Black Lives Matter: Debating ‘Race’ in Contemporary American Society and Culture.” Biennial Conference of the European Association for American Studies, Ovidius University, Constanţa, Apr. 25, 2016.

“‘Reflection of a Distortion’ or ‘Distorted Reflection’: Lukács’ Critical Realism and the Critique of Political Economy.” Realism Bites: Disruptive Realisms in Modernity, Biannual German Graduate Student Conference, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Nov. 6, 2015.

“Language, History, and Neoliberal Multiculturalism in Colson Whitehead’s Apex Hides the Hurt.” American Multiculturalism in Context, Université de Haute Alsace, Mulhouse, Mar. 28, 2015.

“Mercenaries, Monsters, and Markets: Neoliberalism and Violence in Colson Whitehead.” Neoliberalism and American Literature, Clinton Institute, University College Dublin, Feb. 21, 2015.

“Post-Racial, Late Capitalist. Zombies and the Surplus Population in Colson Whitehead’s Zone One.” Postgraduate Forum of the German Association for American Studies 2014, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Oct. 12, 2014.

“‘It’s always Mississippi in the fifties’: Colson Whitehead’s Imaginative Geography of the U.S. South.” A View From Elsewhere, Palacký University, Olomouc, June 21, 2014.

Panel Moderation. The Futures of Black Studies – Historicity, Objectives and Methodologies, Ethics, Bremen Black Studies (BBS), Universität Bremen, Apr. 26, 2014.

(with Christa Buschendorf and Nicole Lindenberg) “Symbolic Violence: A New Sociological Approach to Black Studies.” The Futures of Black Studies – Historicity, Objectives and Methodologies, Ethics, Bremen Black Studies (BBS), Universität Bremen, Apr. 25, 2014.

“Being Afraid of Post-Blackness: The Neoliberal Threat.” The African American Experience Since 1992, Wilderforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation (WISE), University of Hull, Sep. 20, 2013.

“Rural Electrification plus Market Integration, or, Watching Power and the Land with Leo and Karl Marx.” Rural America, 60th Annual Convention of the German Association for American Studies, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität, Erlangen-Nürnberg, June 1, 2013.

“Humor Between Symbolic Violence and Subversion in Ralph Ellison and Colson Whitehead.” Who’s Laughing Now? Humor as Resistance and Subversion in US American Culture, 10th Annual Students and Graduates Conference, Humboldt Universität Berlin, Nov. 11, 2011.

“The Narrativization of an American Folk Hero: Colson Whitehead’s John Henry Days.” American Heroes, Student Conference in American Studies (SCIAS), Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Nov. 5, 2011.

“Persistent Frontiers: Symbolic Violence in Native Son and Sag Harbor.” Trans-formations: Theorizing class and race in the 21st century, Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS), June 18, 2010.

 

Conference Panel and Workshop Organization

(with Dennis Büscher-Ulbrich and Jesse Ramírez) “Did Somebody Say Dialectic?” Contradiction Studies: Mapping the Field, Universität Bremen, Feb. 11, 2017. Conference Panel.

(with Nicole Hirschfelder, Luvena Kopp, Stephan Kuhl, and Jiří Šalamoun) “Post-Black Aesthetics versus Black Lives Matter: Debating ‘Race’ in Contemporary American Society and Culture.” Biennial Conference of the European Association for American Studies, Ovidius University, Constanţa, Apr. 25, 2016. Conference Panel.

(with Wibke Schniedermann) “Haupt- und Nebenwidersprüche”: Klasse, “Rasse” und Geschlecht. Feb. 21-27, 2016. Compact Seminar at Birkenhof, Lenzkirch.