Talks

    • Merzig, July 2006  (International Transcultura Conference “Playing by the Rules of the Game – Jouer selon les règles du jeu”): “Caillois Revisited.”
    • Innsbruck, December 2007 (International Conference hosted by University of Innsbruck “Storytelling – Media-theoretical Reflections in the Age of Digitalization”): “Textual Constitution of Narrative in Digital Media.”
    • Bremen, August 2008 (Colloquium “From Ritual to Romance” at Jacobs University Bremen): “The Creation of Literary Golems: Ritual and Artifice.”
    • Münster, November 2008 (Conference of the German Comparatist Association DGAVL):  “Komparatistik als  ,Entertainology‘? Das Computerspiel als Herausforderung für die Erzählforschung.”
    • Loccum, May 2009 (Evangelische Akademie Loccum/Deutscher Kulturrat: “Kulturgut Computerspiel? Ein Mediengenre zwischen Schmuddelimage und Akzeptanz”): “Das Computerspiel – ein literarisches Genre?”
    • Saarbrücken, June 2009 (International Conference “The Cultures of James Bond”, Saarland University): “Narrative Feedback: The Interplay of the James Bond Franchise and its Successors.”
    • Freiburg, June 2009 (Colloquium “Literatur und Comic,” Freiburg Institute of Advanced Studies FRIAS):  “Transformation und Aneignung literarischer Prätexte in Moores und Gibbons’ ‘Watchmen.’”
    • Bochum, June 2009 (Interdisziplinary Colloquium “Monster”, Ruhr-University Bochum/Fernuniversität Hagen): “Postkoloniale Monstrosität? Schiffbruch und Verlust der Menschlichkeit in Arthur Gordon Pym und Life of Pi.”
    • Vienna, September 2009 (International Conference “Future and Reality of Gaming”, Bundesprüfstelle für Positivprädikatisierung): “The Narrative Edge of Gaming.”
    • Saarbrücken, January 2010 (Guest lecture): “Game Studies und Literaturwissenschaft.”
    • Tel-Aviv, June 2010 (International Conference “Western Canons in the Digital Era”, Tel Aviv University/Israeli Science Foundation): “Lest we forget: Challenges and benefits of a canon of popular culture.”
    • Tel-Aviv, June 2010 (International Conference “Western Canons in the Digital Era”, Tel Aviv University/Israeli Science Foundation): “Age and Aging in Computer Games.”
    • Seoul, August 2010 (Workshop “Digital Narrative 2.0. Aesthetics and criticism beyond literature,” ICLA World Congress): “Devices of Story Progression in Computer Games.”
    • London, September 2011 (ICLA colloquium “Fractured, Transformed, Travelling Narratives in Writing, Performance and the Arts”, Goldsmiths College, University of London): “Disappearing Acts. Stage Magic and the Illusion of the Body.”
    • Bochum, Dezember 2011 (Workshop “Comics – Intermedial & Interdisziplinär”, Ruhr-Univeristy Research School): “Vom Yellow Kid zu Super Mario – Comics und Computerspiele.”
    • Malta, März 2012 (Workshop “Digital Games and Literary Theory”, University of Malta/IT University of Copenhagen):  “Becoming Batman. Computer Games, Comics, and Concepts of Intermediality.”
    • Chicago, September 2012 (ICLA colloquium “Intersections and Interferences: Literature and Other Arts”, University of Chicago): “The Literary Straitjacket. Comics and Literature in Chabon and Vaughan.”
    • Milwaukee, September 2012 (Guest Talk at the Center for 21st Century Studies, University Wisonsin-Milwaukee, Prof. Richard Grusin & Prof. Stuart Moulthrop): “Becoming Batman. Computer Games, Comics, and Concepts of Intermediality.” (ReviewVideo)
    • Freiburg, September 2012 (7. COMFOR Jahrestagung “Comics and Politics”, Medienkulturwissenschaft Universität Freiburg): “Politrickery. Brian K. Vaughans Meta-Politik.”
    • Frankfurt a. M., Oktober 2012 (Annual GfM Conference [German Media Studies Association] “Spekulation”, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt a. M.): “Sprache und narrative Distanz im Computerspiel: Erzählen – Zeigen – Simulieren.”
    • Wien, Dezember 2012 (Workshop “Literaturgeschichte und Bildmedien”, Allgemeine und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft, Universität Wien): “,The great English hero of his age …‘ – Alan Moores League of Extraordinary Gentlemen als werkimmanente Literaturgeschichte.”
    • Paris, Juli 2013 (Workshop “Comparative Approaches to Digital Literature”, ICLA World Congress): “Stranger in a Strange Land. Representing and Simulating Alterity in Computer Games.”
    • Dortmund, May 2013 (Comics Student Conference, TU Dortmund): Keynote „Butchers, Preachers, Politicians. Superheroes for the 21st Century.“
    • Paris, Juli 2013 (Workshop “Comparative and Narrative Approaches in Comics Studies”, ICLA World Congress): “100 Bullets. Between Superhero Comics and Hard-Boiled Tradition.”
    • Atlanta, August 2013 (DiGRA): “Transcreating Mythology in Batman: Arkham Asylum.
    • Atlanta, August 2013 (DiGRA, Co-Author Espen Aarseth): “Ludic Zombies: An Examination of Zombieism in Games.
    • Malta, October 2013 (First International Conference on Games and Literary Theory, University of Malta): “Green Gaming. Reflections on Ecocriticism and Digital Games.”
    • Saarbrücken, November 2013 (Lecture series in honor of Manfred Schmeling): “Das Spiel im Spiel im Computerspiel.”
    • Bochum, November 2013 (Lecture series “Thanks for Playing”, Ruhr-Universität Bochum): “Außer Kontrolle: ‘Willing Suspension of Agency’ als Stilmittel aktueller Computerspiele.”
    • Saarbrücken, June 2014 (German Comparative Literature Association Triennial Conference, DGAVL): “Green Gaming. Vorschläge für eine ökokritische Geschichtsschreibung des Computerspiels.”
    • Bochum, June 2014 (German Students’ Comparative Literature Conference): Keynote “Sex mit Foucault. Autorschaft als Schlüsselkonzept im zeitgenössischen Sexualdiskurs.”
    • Snowbird (Utah), August 2014 (Well-Played Summit, DiGRA 2014): “Where’s the Battletech in Mechwarrior Online?
    • Munich, September 2014 (Student Conference “Das Videospiel zwischen Kunst, Code und Kommerz”): Keynote “‘Working as a team increases your chance of survival overwhelmingly’. Mechwarrior Online als interdisziplinäre Fallstudie.”
    • Marburg, October 2014 (German Media Studies Annual Conference): “Ästhetik der Selbstjustiz. Bruch von Comickonventionen als Reflektion von Rechtsdiskursen.”
    • Saarbrücken, November 2014 (Interdisciplinary Conference “Quality-Television – Zwischen Laudatio und In Memoriam”, Saarland University): “Lynching ‘Luther’. The Crime Thriller as Reflection of Psychology Tropes in Television.”
    • Amsterdam, November 2014 (2nd International Conference on Games and Literary Theory, University of Amsterdam/Netherlands Research School for Literary Studies): “Crysis and Lacan’s Mirror Stage.”
    • Tübingen, April 2015 (Workshop “The Mediality and Materiality of Contemporary Comics”): “Love in the Kingdom of TV-Heads. Metalepsis as Media Commentary in B.K. Vaughan’s Saga.
    • Lüneburg, Mai 2015 (DiGRA 2015, Leuphana University): “The Palimpsest and Gesamtkunstwerk of Dead Space: a Close Reading.”
    • Lüneburg, Mai 2015 (DiGRA 2015, Leuphana University): “Minigames as Metareference.”
    • Lisbon, June 2015 (Workshop “Fear in/of Literature”, Universidade Católica Portuguesa): “Fear of the Literary. Narrators and Narrative as Objects of Anxiety in Digital Games.”
    • Bochum, July 2015 (Guest lecture, Seminar “Dante und die Bilder”, Dept. of Comparative Literature, Ruhr-University Bochum): “Dante im Computerspiel.”
    • Bochum, July 2015 (Lecture in lecture series, Dept. of Comparative Literature, Ruhr-University Bochum): “Dante-Pop. Danterezeption in der Popkultur.”
    • Berlin, October 2015 (Annual Conference of the Association for Philosophy of Computer Games, BTK – Hochschule für Gestaltung; Co-Author Ea Christina Willumsen): “How to approach health packs in the wild. Meta-ontological reflections.”
    • Krakow, October 2015 (CEEGS 2015, Jagiellonian University; Co-Author Ea Christina Willumsen): “Pharmacopeia ludi. Health packs between procedural and semiotic meaning.”
    • Cologne, November 2015 (Clash of Realities, Cologne Games Lab): “Game Studies in Denmark.”
    • Chicago, November 2015 (President’s Symposium, Annual Conference of the Society for Computers in Psychology): “The Glove and the Hand. A Lacanian approach to player-avatar relationship.”
    • New Orleans, November 2015 (Games and Literary Theory): “’Explaining processes with other processes.’ On Procedurality, Signification, and Meta-Referentiality.”