Conferences & Talks


Ian Balfour

  • “On Some Poetics and Politics in the Discourse of the Sublime.” Lectures at U California (Irvine), Princeton, Columbia, the Australian National University, and the University of New South Wales.

Marcus Boon

  • April 28, 2017. “Gilbert Rouget’s Music and Trance and the Politics of Vibration”, Music’s Pluralistic Potential conference, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany.
  • March 18, 2017. I will be interviewing Catherine Christer Hennix onstage as a part of the MaerzMusik festival in Berlin.
  • October 24, 2016.  “In Praise of Copying”, keynote talk at the Multiple Museum Practices: Museum as Cornucopia Conference, U. Oslo, Norway.
  • March 21, 2016.  “Vanguardas, Underground e Pirataria” (“Avant Gardes, Undergrounds and Piracy”). Institute for Technology and Society, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • Jan. 31, 2016. Panelist on “Piece – Presence – Practice: Aggregate States of Global Sound Artifacts” at New Geographies of Sound Art conference, Club Transmediale 2016, Berlin, Germany.
  • Nov. 22, 2015. “Design Principles for Immersive Vibratory Environments”, w. Christie Pearson. Tuning Speculation III, Toronto, Canada.
  • Oct. 9, 2015. “Chopped and Screwed, Slowed and Throwed: DJ Screw’s Politics of Vibration”,  American Studies Association meeting, Toronto, Canada.
  • Sept. 9, 2015. “Immersive Vibratory Environments as Social Practice,” a workshop with Christie Pearson, Tasmanian College of the Arts, Hobart, Australia.
  • Aug. 14, 2015. “Thinking Energy in Contemporary Theory and Popular Culture,”  Keynote talk, Energy and the Arts conference, University of New South Wales, Australia.
  • June 24, 2015.  “Shamanism, Abjection, Possession, Tantra.” A talk at the Copycat Academy at Luminato Festival, Toronto.
  • April 18, 2015. Keynote talk on digital copying, Extending Play Conference, Rutgers University Media Studies.
  • April 12, 2015. “On Practice”, w. Gabriel Levine.  Performance Philosophy Conference, Chicago.
  • March 14, 2015, “Is There a Life Beyond Mimesis?” Keynote talk, Re-Originality: Curation, Plagiarism and Cultures of Appropriation conference, Concordia U., Montreal.
  • Jan. 31, 2015.  “Between Love and Violence: Sonic Subcultures and the Politics of Vibration”, Transmediale Festival 2015: UN TUNE, Berlin.

Lily Cho

  • “Mass Capture: Chinese Head Tax Certificates and the Making of Noncitizens.” Lecture at the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada. McGill University.
  • “Asian Values: Postcolonial Asian Fiction and Beautiful Money.” Keynote Address for University of Toronto Graduate English Students’ Annual Conference.

Julia Creet

  • “History and Imagination - The Place of Literature in Holocaust Remembrance.” Panel for Holocaust Education Week. Centre for Jewish Studies, York University, Toronto. Nov 8, 2016.
  • “Dora Bruder: A Psychogeography of Jewish Absence.” Paris in Post-War Jewish Literary Memory Symposium. York University May 24-25, 2016.
  • “H.G. Adler as Moderninst Historiographer in North America.” A Modernist in Exile. The International Reception of H.G. Adler Conference. Institute of Modern Languages Research, University of London, May 10, 2016.

Darren Gobert

  • “Drama Drama: The Future and Demise of Drama Studies in the Academy.” MLA Roundtable, Philadelphia, Jan. 2017.
  • “Theatre and the History of Ideas.” The York Circle (Community and Alumni Relations), Nov. 2016.
  • “August Strindberg’s Dance of Death.” 2016 Shaw Seminar, Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Aug. 2016.
  • “David Greig’s The Events: Theatre and the History of Ideas.” International Federation for Theatre Research, Stockholm, June 2016.
  • Public Interview with Walter Asmus for Samuel Beckett’s Not I, Footfalls, and Rockaby (dir. Walter Asmus), Canadian Stage, Toronto, Oct. 2015.

David Goldstein

  • “Alimentary Shakespeare.” A seminar at the World Shakespeare Congress in Stratford-Upon-Avon and London, UK. 2016.
  • “Educating the Humanist Stomach in Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew.” Memory Theatre in England Panel. On the Peripheries of the Reformation.

Elizabeth Pentland

  • “Bastard Normans, Norman Bastards: The language of Politics in Shakespeare’s King John.” Shakespeare Association of America. New Orleans, March 2016.
  • “Shakespeare and Excommunication.” On the Peripheries of the Reformation: An Interdisciplinary and International Conference. The Toronto Renaissance and Reformation Colloquium. 21-22 Oct. 2106.
  • Panellist/Interviewee. “From Shakespeare to Greek Tragedy: A Literary Guide to the Epic Trump-Clinton Battle.” The Current. CBC. 08 Nov. 2016.

Agnes Whitfield

  • “Voix, rythme et vocabulaire : les défis de la traduction d’altérités multiples.” La représentation de l’Autre en traduction/The Other in Translation.” University of Mumbai, 19 January 2016.
  • “Langue, littérature et traduction au Québec.” Invited Lecture, Department of French, School of Humanities, Pondicherry University, 22 January 2016.
  • “La francophonie canadienne : Langue, littérature et traduction,” Invited Lecture, Department of French, University of Madras, 25 January 2016.

Allan Weiss

  • “A Tri-Cycle Built for Three: The Mini-Cycle and Point of View.” Fourteenth International Conference on the Short Story in English. Shanghai, July 2016.
  • “Science Fiction and Fantasy with a Yiddish Accent: The Jewish-Canadian Fantastic.” Polish Association for Canadian Studies conference. Torun, May 2016.
  • “The Reality and Rhetoric of the Apocalypse.” Invited talk at Toronto Reference Library, May 2016.


Samantha Bernstein

  • “The View From Here: Picturesque Aesthetics in the 21st Century.”   Centenary Conference in Honour of the Birth of George Whalley. July 2015.
  • “Liberal Guilt and Social Justice: William Dean Howells and the Limits of Genteel Sympathy.” American Literature Association. May 2015.

Alex Ferrone

  • “‘Humanity in the Marketplace’: Crossing Borders in Three Kingdoms” at the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) conference in Portland, Oregon in November 2015.

Kristina Getz

  • “Blood, Children, Milk”: Biopower and Poetic Articulations of the Maternal Body” at Maladies of the Soul, Emotion, Affect. Canadian Literature Centre, Banff, Alberta. September 2016.

Aaron Kreuter

  • “'A Meat Locker in Hebron': Meat Eating, Occupation, Cruelty, and Nation in To the End of the Land.” Association of Literature, Environment, and Culture in Canada, June 2016.
  • “Shattering The Human-Beaver Divide: The Creaturely Ethics of Grey Owl.” York University's English Graduate Students' Association Graduate Conference, May 2016.
  • “Spadina Expressway” (Creative Work).  NEMLA 2015, Toronto, Ontario – April 2015.

Justyna Poray-Wybranowska

  • Co-author and co-presenter. “After Nemo: Animated Film and the Consequences of ‘Cute’ for Ocean Life.” The World in 2050: Imagining/Creating Just Climate Futures Conference. University of California, Santa Barbara. October 2016.

Bernice Mittertreiner Neal

  • "In glittering golden characters': Anti-Monumental Marina in Shakespeare's Pericles."  Renaissance Society of America, Berlin. March 26-28, 2015.

Katie Ryan

  • "'Well seene in everie science that mote bee': Women with Knowledge in Book Four of The Faerie Queene." 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies. May 2016.

Nasra Smith

  • Postcolonial Witnessing, the World of Piracy and Islamic Militancy in Nuruddin Farah’s Crossbones,” 2nd Int’l MLA Symposium, Lisbon, Portugal (July 23-25, 2019)
  • Panel Co-Organizer. Problematic Sympathizing: The Globalectics of Connection through Literature. Canadian Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (CACLALS), BC (June 1–3, 2019)
  • Limits of Sympathy, Violence and the Nation in Nuruddin Farah’s Maps,” CACLALS @ Congress, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC (June 1–3, 2019)
  • The Salt of Remembrance: Memory as Social and Material Space in Mariama Ba’s So Long a Letter, ACCUTE, Regina, SK (May 26–29, 2018)
  • Trading Tongues: Merchants, Multilingualism, and the Afro-Arab Trade in Abdulrazak Gurnah’s Paradise, 27th British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies, Savannah, GA (Feb. 16–17, 2018)
  • Simulating Translation: Bilinguality in the Postcolonial Novel. Translation Studies Graduate Conference, Glendon College, Toronto, Canada (March 18, 2017)
  • Female Lives, Voices and Realities: African Girlhood and Motherhood in Tsitsi Dangarembga’s Nervous Conditions, PCA/ACA, New Orleans, LA (April 1–4, 2015)
  • “Enslaved, Entrapped or Escaped?”: Revisioning the Girl-Woman in Tsitsi Dangarembga’s Nervous Conditions, English Graduate Students Association, York University,Toronto (May 9, 2014)—Honourable Mention for Best Essay.

Sydney Tyber

  • Panel organizer (with  Derek Gingrich) . “Science and Theatre: Exchanging Ideas in the Cultural Market.”  Canadian Association for Theatre Research Conference at 2015 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences: Capital Ideas. U of Ottawa. Ottawa, Ontario. 30 May – 5 June 2015.
  • “Performing the Virtual: (Real) Bodies in Second Life Performance.”  Canadian Association for Theatre Research Conference at 2015 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences: Capital Ideas. U of Ottawa. Ottawa, Ontario. 5 June 2015.

Clare Wall

  • “Green Effects: Canadian Science Fiction’s Environmental Futures.” Popular Culture Association of Canada 2016 Conference. McGill University, Montreal Canada. May 12, 2016.
  • “Biopower and the Postcolonial Body in Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Windup Girl.” Revising the Past, Remaking the Future Conference, Part of the John F. Sawyer “Alternate Futurisms” Seminar Series. University of California Riverside. Riverside, USA. October 16th 2015.
  • “Muddying the Primordial Waters: Challenging Liberal Humanism and Creating Feminist Space in Larissa Lai's Salt Fish Girl." Academic Conference on Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy, the Merril Collection. Toronto, Canada. June 5th 2015.