Conferences and Presentations

“Das antifaschistische Schulsystem in der DDR” (“The Antifascist School System in the German Democratic Republic”) Invited seminar lecturer, Free University of Bozen, Italy, November 2014.

“Whose Revolution? The Collapse of East Germany and its Geographical Dislocation,” Symposium, Reflections on November 17 in Eastern Europe, Charles University, Prag, October 2014.

“Socialist Puppet States: Gender Education in Puppet Fairy Tale Films 1955-1992,” 10th Österreichischer Zeitgeschichtetag-Kongress (10th annual Austrian Contemporary History Symposium), Alpen-Adria Universität, Klagenfurt, Austria, September 2014.

“Bildung und Ausbildung im Spannungsfeld zwischen Ökonomie und Pädagogik” (“Education and Training Between Economy and Pedagogy”), Symposium of the University of Vienna and Kyoto University, University of Vienna, September 2014.

“The New Socialist Marionette: Pinocchio, An East German Children’s Film in America,” German Studies Association, Kansas City, Missouri, September 2014.

Commentator, “Empirische Überlegungen zu einer pädagogischen Videographie” (“Empirical Considerations Regarding a Pedagogical Videographie”), Workshop: Pädagogische Videographie: Verkörperung, Antwortgeschehen, Pädagogizität (Pedagogical Videographie: Embodiment, Answers, Pedagogicity”) University of Vienna, Vienna, June 2014.

“Princes and Princesses with (Socialist) Strings: Ideology and Puppet Fairy Tale Films,” Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Seattle, WA, March 2014.

“Hitler’s Princes and Princesses: Nazi Fairy Tale Films,” Social Science History Association, Chicago, IL, November 2013.

“Somewhere in the World: Children and Homelessness Beyond Berlin,” German Studies Association, Denver, Colorado, October 2013.

“DEFA’s Pinocchio in the United States,”. DEFA Summer Film Institute, 10 July 2013, Northampton, University of Massachusetts Amherst and Smith College, USA (Invited Speaker).

“No Country Left Behind: Teacher Education Trends in International Context,” European Union Series on Teacher Education, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, May 2013 (Invited Keynote).

“Capitalist Horse Thieves Defeated at the Socialist Circus: East German Children’s Films in the Cold War,” Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Chicago, IL, March 2013.

“Socialist Princesses Who Scrub Floors: Iris Gusner’s Fairy Tale Film The Blue Light,” German Studies Association, Milwaukee, WI, October 2012.

“Discipline and Punish: Student – Teacher Relationships in the GDR,” Everyday Life and Domination Practices in 20th Century Central Europe, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute: European History and Public Spheres, Vienna, 19 June 2012 (Invited Lecture).

“Sex and Education in the 1950s GDR,” Dissenters and Collaborators: Revisiting Cold War Binaries, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute: European History and Public Spheres, Vienna, 12 June, 2012 (Invited Lecture).

“Sex and Love in Far-Away Fairy Tale Films,” Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Boston, MA, April 2012.

“Post-1989 Dystopian Fairy Tale Films,” Modern Language Association, Seattle, WA, Januar 2012.

“Recasting Snow White: An East German Fairy Tale Warrior Queen”, German Studies Association, Louisville, KY, October 2011.

“The Pedagogy of Film,” History of Education Society Conference, Chicago, IL, October 2011.

“Science and Sport: Making the Goal in East German Films,” Invited Lecture, University of Massachusetts Amherst Feinberg Series on Sport and Society and the History of Childhood and Youth Association, Smith College, Northampton, MA, February 2011 (Invited Keynote).

“Anti-Darwinism and Postwar France: The Founding of the CNRS-Moulis Subterranean Laboratory,” CNRS, Toulouse, May 2011 (Invited Speaker).

“Feminist Interventions and the Teaching of History,” American Historical Association, Boston, Massachusetts, January 2011.

“Rebels and Rowdies: East and West German Youth Films,” Invited Lecture, Goethe Institute, Boston, November 2010.

“’Susanne will Never Get an A in Math!’ Representations of Girls in Math and Science Classes in East German Films, 1970-1992,” History of Education Society, November, Boston, 2010.

“East and West Germany and World War II Films,” Invited Lecture, Goethe Institute, Boston, October 2010.

“Cinderella’s Glass Ceiling: Girls, Women and Science in East German Children’s and Youth Films,” Invited Lecture, Five Colleges Women’s Research Center, Mt. Holyoke, MA, October, 2010.

‘“Filme zum Mut machen!’ DEFA Filmmakers of Children’s and Youth Films,” German Studies Association, Oakland, CA, October 2010.

“The Role of Film in History and German Studies Classrooms,” panel discussant on “Interdisciplinarity in German History and German Studies, German Studies Association Oakland, CA, October 2010.

“Vampire Romance: Dating the Undead,” Invited “Skype” Guest Speaker for Reel Talk Film Series, (Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library, Evansville, IN, October 2010).

“Albert Vandel and the CNRS-Moulis,” Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Moulis, France, April 2010.

“The Evolution of Evolution,” Ecology Center, Ohio University, March 2010.

“Young Delinquents in Love,” University of Massachusetts-Amherst/DEFA Film Library Wende Flicks Invited Presentation, February 2010.

“Sex, Blood, Death: Vampires and Child-Rearing,” American Historical Association, San Diego, January 2010.

“How to Interview in the 21st Century,” roundtable for graduate students, American Historical Association, San Diego January 2010.

“Young People and Unification: Jan und Jana as Post-Socialist Romeo and Julia,” invited lecture, Indiana University – Symposium: “The Indian University DEFA Project: The Last Films of East Germany,” January 2010.

“Pedagogical Considerations: Teaching Talk about Teaching History,” Roundtable for the Ohio Academy of History, Columbus, OH March 2010.

“Vampires, History and Pop Culture: The Evolution of Sexual Mores,” Ohio University, Residential Life Lecture Series, October 2009.

“Morality at Bedtime: The Dark Children’s Tales of Nineteenth-Century Germany,” History of Education Society, Philadelphia, October 2009.

“The Authority of the Game: Game Theory, DEFA Films, and the SED,” German Studies Association, Washington, D.C., October 2009.

Invited commentator, “The Collecting of Things: Natural Historians to Cultural Historians,” GHI and Wende Museum for Cold War History, conference on “East and West German Things: Material Culture,” October 2009.

“Prinzen und Prinzessinnen in DEFA Märchenfilmen,” Invited Guest Speaker, “Frauen im Gespräch – Hagen,” Hagen, Germany, August 2009.

“Money in the Bank: DEFA Children’s Films as Industry,” DEFA-Library Summer Institute, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Smith College, Northampton, MA, July 2009.

“Das antifaschistische Klassenzimmer,” Invited Guest Speaker in “Geschichte im Gespräch,” University Leipzig, Germany, May 2009.

“Social and Academic Life in U.S. Universities,” Invited Guest Speaker, Fulbright Office Berlin, March 2009.

Invited Panelist, “Wende Flicks: The Last Films of the GDR,” Wende Museum/ University of Massachusetts-Amherst DEFA Film Library/ GHI symposium, Los Angeles, CA, Februar-March 2009.

“How to Interview,” roundtable for graduate students, American Historical Association, New York City, January 2010.

“Sex in the Time of Socialism: Sex and Relationships in East German Cinema,” Berkshire Conference for the History of Women, (Minneapolis, MN, Juni 2008) (paper read in absentia)

“The Politics of Denazification: Democratization as Cold War Ideology,” Invited lecture, West Chester University Holocaust and Genocide Program, (West Chester, PA, December 2007)

“DEFA Sex Education: Gender and Sex in East German Children’s Films, 1946-1989,” German Studies Association (San Diego, October 2007)

“The Gender of Antifascism,” Joint Initiative in German and European Studies – University of Toronto/ DAAD Conference “Between Past and Future: East Germany before and after 1989,” Munk Centre for International Studies (Toronto, Canada, März 2007)

“Masculinity and Antifascism in DEFA Children’s Films,” American Historical Association (Atlanta, January 2007)

Commentator, “Doing Transnational History,” for panel “Ethnicity, Gender, and Nation-Building: Models of Higher Education,” Social Science History Association (Minneapolis, November 2006)

Commentator, “Asking New Questions,” for panel “Transnational Perspectives on the History of Education,” History of Education Society Conference (Ottawa, Ontario, October 2006)

“Boys and Girls in “Extracurricular Activities:” Coeducation, Dating and Prostitution in Postwar Germany,” History of Education Society Conference (Ottawa, Ontario, October 2006)

“Creating Antifascists: Children and Normalcy in Postwar East Germany, 1945-1949,” German Studies Association (Pittsburgh, September 2006)

“Gender and Discipline in Postwar Eastern German Schools, History of Education Society Conference (Baltimore, MD, October 2005)

“Classrooms and the Construction of National Identity in East German,” American Educational Research Association (Montreal, April 2005)

“Defining Antifascism,” Midwest German History Workshop (Minneapolis, MN, October 2004)


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