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Past Conference Presentations and Invited Talks

2017

-35- "SeXXXing the Galaxy Far, Far Away: Porning Star Wars in the Adult Film Industry and in Fan Practice" (with Elisabeth Schneider) at the conference "Cinerotic: Eroticism in Films and Video Games," Klagenfurt (Austria), November 11, 2017

-34- "Playing with the Historical Real: Video-Gaming, Cultural Trauma, and Controversy" at the 44th Annual Conference of the Austrian Association for American Studies "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? The Changing Natures of American Studies," Salzburg (Austria), November 4

-33- "Mass Effect and the Cosmic Perspective: The Reapers, Lovecraft, Gameplay, and the Anthropocene" at the 2017 conference of the German Association for Research in the Fantastic titled "Realities and World-Building," Vienna (Austria), September 21

-32- "Seeing through the Shark's Eyes? Complicating the Shark's Point of View in Shark Night" at the conference "Literature & the Environment," Graz (Austria), June 10
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-31- "'I can't believe this is happening!' Reducing Human Beings to Food in Recent Canadian Bear Horror" at the conference "Fear 2000: 21st-Century Monsters," Sheffield (UK), April 22
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-30- "Porning Food? Food and Visual Excess in Recent Film, Television, and Fan Practice" in the Lecture Series "Food: A Topic in Cultural Studies" at the University of Graz, Graz (Austria), January 18

2016

-29- "Animal Horror" in the Lecture Series "Horror in Visual Media" at the University of Klagenfurt, Klagenfurt (Austria), December 7

-28- "'I have no taste for animal cruelty': Human Cannibalism and/as Animal Politics in Hannibal" at the 43rd Annual Conference of the Austrian Association for American Studies "America through the Small Screen: Television and Its Transformations," Innsbruck (Austria), November 13
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-27- "Dawn of the Zoocene? When Humans Lose Control (in Zoo)" at the 21st World Congress of the International Comparative Literature Association, Vienna (Austria), July 23
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-26- "'We'll just end up back here, anyway': (Digital) Seriality, Apocalyptic Circularity, and the Mass Effect Franchise" at the 21st World Congress of the International Comparative Literature Association, Vienna (Austria), July 22
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-25- "Becoming the Shark and/vs. Controlling the Shark: Jaws Unleashed and the Animal Avatar" at the symposium "Beasts of the Deep: Sea Creatures and Popular Culture," London (UK), June 4
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2015

-24- "No Sense of an Ending? World-Building, Seriality, and the Mass Effect Universe" at the conference "The Fantastic in a Transmedia Era: New Texts—Theories—Contexts," Odense (Denmark), November 24
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-23- "'You must never listen to this!' vs. 'Don't you let her look!': The Sounds (and the Lack thereof) of Eating Humans in Grizzly Man and Frozen" at "Soundscapes and Sonic Cultures in America," the 42nd Annual Conference of the Austrian Association for American Studies, Graz (Austria), November 8
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-22- "'(Re-)Assuming Control': Mass Effect's Meta-Ending, Agency, and Fan Disenchantment" at the Workshop "Meta-Games and Meta-Gaming," 2nd Central and Eastern European Game Studies Conference, Krakow (Poland), October 21
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-21- "'No, I will never apologize for the United States': Uncle Sam and the History of the American Nation" at "Geschichte im Comic – Geschichte des Comic/History in Comics—History of Comics," the 10th Annual Conference of the German Association for Comics Studies, Frankfurt (Germany), September 4
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2014

-20- "Urban Nightmares Beneath the City: The Subway in Urban Horror Movies" at "Space Oddities: Urbanity, American Identity, and Cultural Exchange," the 41st Annual Conference of the Austrian Association for American Studies, Graz (Austria), November 22

-19- "Armstrong vs. Hoven: The Construction of Mark of the Devil's 'Author' in the Blu-Ray Bonus Features" at the conference "Mark of the Devil: On a Classic Exploitation Film," Tamsweg (Austria), April 3

2013

-18- "'I'm a writer': (De)Constructing Authorship in Alan Wake" at the conference "Games and Literary Theory," Valletta (Malta), November 1

-17- "Comics Aesthetics in Video Games: Intermediality—Remediation—Transmediality" at "Rethinking Intermediality in the Digital Age," the 2013 International Society of Intermediality Studies conference, Cluj-Napoca (Romania), October 25

2011

-16- "'We're not even in America': Citing America in Supernatural" at "American Studies and/as/vs Media Studies," the 5th Annual AYA Workshop, Innsbruck (Austria), December 10

-15- "'Check it out—there's actually fans': Representing Cult Fandom in My Name is Bruce and Supernatural" at "Is It 'Cause It's Cool? Affective Encounters with American Culture," the 38th Annual AAAS Conference, Salzburg (Austria), November 5

-14- "'It's not a lake. It's an ocean.': Alan Wake, (Meta-)Transmedia Storytelling, and (Meta-)Media Convergence" at the conference "Storyworlds across Media: Mediality, Multimodality, Transmediality," Mainz (Germany), July 2

-13- "Die chaotische Evolution des Horrorfilmgenres unter Berücksichtigung des Metareferential Turn; oder: Evolution, Chaos, Turn(s) - der Nutzen natur- und formalwissenschaftlicher Modelle im kulturwissenschaftlichen Diskurs" at the conference "Kategorien zwischen Denkform, Analysewerkzeug und historischem Diskurs," Graz (Austria), May 28

-12- "'Desire's a strange land one discovers as a child': Storytelling, Desire, and Sex in Lost Girls" at the conference "Literature and Transgression," Istanbul (Turkey), May 2

2010

-11- "Alan Moore's Chronotopoetics: Quantum-Leaping into the Fourth Dimension" at the conference "Space, Place, and Time: The Construction of Identity in American Popular Culture," Graz (Austria), December 12

-10- "Introducing Visual Culture," Pécs (Hungary), November 24

-09- "CorpoReality in David Cronenberg's eXistenZ," Pécs (Hungary), November 23

-08- "'Don't believe everything that's written about you': George Herman Ruth, Iconicity, and Early 20th-Century Media" at "The Visual Culture of Modernism," the 2010 AAAS/SANAS Conference, Innsbruck (Austria), November 12

-07- "Documenting Horrors: Post-9/11 Horror, National Trauma, and the Return of the 1950s" at "American Studies in Europe Post-9/11: Is It All Different Now," the 4th Annual AYA Workshop, Vienna (Austria), October 10

-06- "Breaking the Mirror: Reality, Holes between Universes, and Supernatural" at "Fremde Welten - Wege und Räume der Fantastik im 21. Jahrhundert," the Founding Conference of the German Association for Research on the Fantastic, Hamburg (Germany), October 2

2009

-05- "An Abject Family Portrait: Family and the Texas Chainsaw Franchise," Graz (Austria), December 16

-04- "American PsICONs from Ed Gein to Dexter Morgan" at "Iconic Figures of the 20th Century and Beyond," the 3rd Annual AYA Workshop, Graz (Austria), October 26

-03- "Starring Porn: Meta-Referentiality in Straight Feature Pornography" at the conference "The Metareferential Turn in Contemporary Arts and Media: Forms, Functions, Attempts at Explanation," Graz (Austria), October 3

2008

-02- "New Nightmare and King Kong: Meta-Horror Now and Then" at the Graduate Student Forum of the 35th Annual AAAS Conference, "Almighty Dollar," Velden (Austria), October 26

-01- "Jean Baudrillard, Simulacra, and Postmodern Horror" at "Landscapes of Postmodernity," the 2nd Annual Austria's Young Americanists Workshop, Graz (Austria), September 27