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Keynotes

2013

“Sir Walter Scott’s Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border – Made in Germany”. UK Network of German Academics. German Consulate General for the Storytelling Centre, 31 October 2013.

2012

“How we remember: Cultural Perspectives on Memory.” Lines of Continuity: lines of descent, lines of memory and other modes of connection. International Conference organised by the University of Edinburgh Oral Culture Forum and the Traditional Cosmology Society. Edinburgh, 14 April 2012.

2011

“Alba, Caledonia, Scotland – ein Land (er)findet sich neu”. Antrittsvorlesung, Universität Siegen, 13 April 2011.

2008

“Making a Clean Sweep . . . : Harvard, Child and the Ballads.” Child’s Children: A Ceilidh Conference in Celebration of the 150th anniversary of Francis James Child’s English and Scottish Ballads and Harvard’s program in Folklore and Mythology. Harvard University, 4-6 December 2008.

1993

“From Percy to Child: The Popular Ballad as ‘a distinct and very important species of poetry’ ”. Ballads and Boundaries: Narrative Singing in an Intercultural Context, University of California, Los Angeles, U.S.A., June 1993.

Invited Lectures

2014

“Being “German-mad”: Sir Walter Scott’s fascination with German literature.” German Research Seminar, University of Edinburgh. 14 February 2014.

2013

“Editing Scott’s Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border.” The Edinburgh Sir Walter Scott Club, Edinburgh, 21 November 2013.

2013

“Freundschaft in unruhigen Zeiten: Die Brüder Grimm und Schottland.” Public Lecture. German Church, Edinburgh, 4 June 2013

2012

“Mrs Brown of Old Aberdeen” The Greatest Ballad Singer of all Times” The Elphinestone Institute. The University of Aberdeen. 27 November 2012.

2012

“‘Procuring old outlandish things’: The Brothers Grimm and their friends in Scotland.” Celtic and Scottish Studies, The University of Edinburgh, 16 November 2012.

2012

“‘Contributing to the History of my Native Country’ Walter Scott’s (Re)Discovery of the Minstrelsy Tradition in the Scottish Borders” Symposium: Warriors and Minstrels. Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities. The University of Edinburgh, 6 November 2012.

2012

“Scott – Poet and Antiquarian.” Scottish Romanticism Research Group. University of Glasgow, Scotland. 2 November 2012

2012

“The Global Dimension of Cultural Studies.” Lecture, Universität Koblenz-Landau, 9 May 2012.

2012

“Of Reluctant, Common and Uncommon Readers: Where is the buzz in the EFL classroom?” Lecture, Universität Regensburg, 1 February 2012.

2011

“A Global Perspective in the EFL classroom: Teaching Stories of Migration.” Lecture, Universität zu Köln, 7 July 2011.

2011

“Beyond Britishness: Teaching the Other(s).” Lecture an der Technischen Universität Dortmund, 5 May 2011.

2010

“A Literature-friendly Classroom.” Lecture an der Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, 27 November 2010.

2010

“The Ballad Repertoire of Anna Gordon, Mrs Brown of Falkland.” Lecture. University of Edinburgh, 19 November 2010.

2010

“Englischunterricht und Allgemeinbildung”. Pädagogisches Seminar: Allgemeinbildung und Fachunterricht (H.-W. Heymann), Universität Siegen, 24 June 2010.

2009

“Robert Jamieson’s Homecoming in 1809.” Lecture for “Scotland – The Homecoming Year 2009”. Celtic and Scottish Studies. University of Edinburgh, 17 November 2009.

2009

“Sir Walter Scott and the Ballad.” Lecture, Friedrich Schiller Universität Jena, 3 June 2009.

2009

“In Search of Mrs Brown of Falkland.” New Works in English. Universität Siegen, 3 February 2009.

2009

“Fact, Fiction and Folk: Teaching Louis Sachar’s Holes.” Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg, 28 January 2009.

2008

“Singing the Nations: Herder’s Legacy.” Buchvorstellung von B·A·S·I·S 4 an der University of Latvia, Riga, 9 March 2008.

2008

“Topographical Constructions of Identity.” Projektvorstellung im Rahmen des DFG-geförderten Netzwerks Mediating Identities in Eighteenth Century England (Leitung: PD Dr. Anja Müller, Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg), Bamberg, 24 February 2008.

2008

“A Play on Scotland’s Cultural Memory: Liz Lochhead’s Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off.” Lecture, Universität des Saarlands, Saarbrücken, 19 February 2008.

2008

Teacher’s Dead in the English Language Classroom.” Lecture an der Universität Duisburg-Essen, 30 January 2008.

2008

“We are Britain: Benjamin Zephaniah’s Poetry.” Lecture an der Universität Duisburg-Essen, 30 January 2008.

2007

“Emily Lyle: The Persistent Scholar.” Buchvorstellung von B·A·S·I·S 5, University of Edinburgh, 14 December 2007.

2007

“True and False Friends in the Language Web.” Lecture, Pädagogische Hochschule Ludwigsburg, 19 June 2007.

2006

“‘Tis Sixty Years Since . . . : Berhard Reitz.” Buchvorstellung von MUSE 9. Mainz, 17 November 2006.

2006

“Harvard, Music and the Civil War.” Lecture for “Music of the USA”, Music Department, Northeastern University, Boston, Mass. U.S.A., 14. February 2006.

2006

“Of Gypsies and Castles: The ballad and traditions of ‘Johnny Faa, the Gypsy Laddie’”, Cultural Currents Research Seminar, University of Glasgow Crichton Campus, Scotland, 15 March 2006.

2005

“The Study of Culture through Narratives”. Lecture: Celtic and Scottish Studies, University of Edinburgh, 14 January 2005.

2005

“Appalachian Mountain Women.” Lecture for “Music and Represen­tation and Gender”, Graduate Consortium for Universities in the Boston Area am M.I.T., Cambridge, Mass., U.S.A., 2 November 2005.

2004

“In between talking about short stories.” Lecture, Institut Langues et Littératures Germaniques, Facultés Universitaires Saint-Louis, Brussels, Belgium, 23 February 2004.

2004

“In the Footsteps of Herder.” Lecture, Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies, Riga, Latvia, 29 September 2004.

2001

“Culture and Tradition: Ballads Today.” Lecture, Justus Liebig-Universität Gießen, July 2001.

1999

“Autobiographisches Schreiben von Frauen.” Lecture im Erbacher Hof, Mainz, October 1999.

1997

“Francis James Child: The Making of an Editor.” Lecture, Universität zu Köln, May 1997.

1997

“Möglichkeiten und Grenzen des computergestützten Fremd­sprachenlernens.” Lecture, Staatliches Studienseminar Bad Kreuznach, September 1997.

1990

“Hermeneutics and the Ballad.” Postgraduate and Staff Seminar. University of Kent at Canterbury, England, March 1990.

1987

“A Study of Variants: The Finnish Method.” Seminar for Students of Folklore and Mythology. Harvard University, U.S.A, April 1987.

1986

“Irland — Irrland?” Lecture, Friedberger Gesellschaft für Deutsch-Irische Freundschaft. Friedberg, November 1986.

1986-88

“Irland – Eine schreckliche Schönheit.” Lectures, Concerts, Exhibitions etc. in Giessen, Burhave, Erlangen in Germany and M.I.T. in Cambridge, Mass., U.S.A.

Invited Conference Papers

2013

“Scotland’s Destiny – A Discussion of the Stone of Destiny in James Robertson’s And the Land Lay Still.” Conference of the Society for Scottish Studies in Europe. “Scotland 2014: Coming of Age and Loss of Innocence?” Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz; Germersheim, 20 October 2013.

2011

“The Influence of the Icelandic scholar Grímus Jónsson Thorkelín on the Scottish ballad editor Robert Jamieson.” International Ballad Conference: Folk Song and Relationships between Cultures. University of the Algarve, Faro, Portugal, 21 June 2011.

2010

“Introduction: Makkin Yer Voice Heard: Scotland After Devolution”. Universität des Saarlands, Anglistentag 19-22 September 2010.

2010

“‘Across the Water’: Mrs Brown’s Ballads in America”. International Conference on “Water”.  Meertens Instituut, Amsterdam / Terschelling, Netherlands, 4 July 2010.

2010

“‘We are Britain!’: Culture and Ethnicity in Benjamin Zephaniah’s novels”. Internationale Conference: Children’s Literature in Language Education. Universität Hildesheim, 20 February 2010

2009

“Tradition Bearers”. “What to do with folklore?”An International Interdisciplinary Symposium. Glasbenonarodopisni Inštitut of the Slovene Academy of Sciences, Lubljana, Slovenia. September 2009.

2008

“Gender and Genre.” [Roundtable] Child’s Children: A Ceilidh Conference in Celebration of the 150th anniversary of Francis James Child’s English and Scottish Ballads and Harvard’s program in Folklore and Mythology. Harvard University, 4-6 December 2008.

2008

“Authentic children’s literature: The Children’s Laureates in the EFL classroom.” Jahrestagung des Verbands Deutscher Anglis­ten – Anglistentag 2008. Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen – 7 October 2008.

2008

“The Power of Silence.” ESSE – The Ninth International Conference of the European Society for the Study of English, University of Aarhus, Denmark, 26 August 2008.

2008

“Medieval Re-Creations: Of Welsh Bards and Scottish Minstrels.” The 38th International Ballad Conference of the Kommission für Volksdichtung. School of Welsh. Cardiff, Wales. 2 August 2008.

2007

“Robert Jamieson’s Celtic Enthusiasm.” International Ballad Conference in the Highlands of Scotland, Elphinestone Institute of Aberdeen University, 2 September 2007.

2007

“The (Re)Construction of Collective Identity in Literature and Landscape of the Eighteenth Century.” Lecture im Rahmen des DFG-geförderten Netzwerks Mediating Identities in Eighteenth Century England  (Leitung: PD Dr. Anja Müller, Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg), Lichtenfels, 30 June 2007.

2006

“From The Youths Magic Horn to the Internet: Dialogues to Continue.” 36. Tagung der Kommission für Volksdichtung. Deutsches Volksliedarchiv, Freiburg im Breisgau, 7 April 2006.

2005

“‘We are all becoming Scotish again’: Sir Walter Scott’s Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border.” Internationale Konferenz: “Scotland’s Cultural Standing and Identity”, Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz, Germersheim, 25 February 2005.

2004

“ ‘The voice of the Scotish Muse on the shores of the frozen Baltic’: Sir Walter Scott, Robert Jamieson and Riga.” 34th International Ballad Commission of the Société Internationale de Ethnologie et de Folklore, Riga, Latvia, 19-25 July 2004.

2003

“ ‘Same Story – Different Fashion’: An Apology for Variants”. Internationale Konferenz: “Varianten – Variants – Variantes”. Universität Bamberg, December 2003.

2002

“Child, Women and Song: A Gendered Approach to The English and Scottish Popular Ballads.” Vlaams Centrum voor Volkscultuur, Leuven, Belgium, July 2002.

2001

“Women as the chief preservers of traditional ballad poetry?” and “Roundtable Discussion” Internationale Balladenkonferenz, Institute of Ethnology / Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary,  April 2001.

2000

“ ‘With no eyes to see’: On the International Aspect of The English and Scottish Popular Ballads.” International Conference: Ballad and Ballad Studies at the Turn of the Century. Universitatea di Bucureşti, Bucharest, Rumania, August 2000.

1999

“The Case against Peter Buchan.” International Ballad Conference at the Elphinestone Institute, Aberdeen, Scotland, August 1999.

1998

“The Ballad Society: A Forgotten Chapter in the History of English Ballad Studies.” Centenary of the Folksong Society, University of Sheffield, England, July 1998.

1998

“Sacraments and Sacrifices: On David Hare’s Racing Demon.” 7. Jahrestagung der German Society for Contemporary Theatre and Drama in English, Leutesdorf, May 1998.

1998

“Building up Libraries: F. J. Child and German Philology.” 28. Internationale Balladenkonferenz der SIEF-Kommission für Volksdichtung, Hildesheim, July 1998.

1998

“Anonymity runs in their blood”: Frauen und Dichtung im 18. und 19. Jahrhundert.” 2. Fachtagung Frauen- / Gender-Forschung in Rheinland-Pfalz an der Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, October 1998.

1996

“Francis James Child (1825-96): In Memoriam.” 26th International Ballad Conference (SIEF Ballad Commission). Swansea, July 1996.

1995

“ ‘The Broom of the Cowdenknowes’ (CHILD 217) Revisited.” Centre International de Rencontres des Cultures de Tradition Orale. Manoir de Kernault, Mellac, Bretagne, France, May 1995.

1993

Singer and Scholar” (roundtable paper). Ballads and Boundaries: Narrative Singing in an Intercultural Context, University of California, Los Angeles, U.S.A., June 1993.

1993

“Allan Ramsay and the Scottish Ballad.” Folksong Conference of the Association for Scottish Literary Studies. University of Aberdeen, Scotland, August 1993.

1991

“ ‘Geweiht dem Nein meiner Sehnsucht’ – Zu Paul Celans Gedicht ‘Vor einer Kerze.’ ” Germanistische Forschungen zum literarischen Text. Vöyri, Finland, April 1991.

1991

“Field-Collecting of English and Scottish Popular Ballads: A Researcher’s Point of View.” International Ballad Conference. Svenskt Visarkiv, Stockholm, Sweden, August 1991.

Workshops

2013

“The Great War 1914-1918 in Poetry, Prose and Art: Suggestions for lesson plans to commemorate the centenary.” Workshop für Englisch- und Geschichtslehrer/innen. Lehrkräftefortbildung. Zentrum für wissen-schaftliche Weiterbildung: Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, 25 October 2013.

2013

“Schottische Literatur und Kultur im Englischunterricht.” Workshop für Englischlehrer/innen. Lehrkräftefortbildung. Zentrum für wissen-schaftliche Weiterbildung: Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, 26 October 2013.

2013

“Teaching Visual Literacy.” Workshop für Englischlehrer/innen. Lehrkräftefortbildung. Zentrum für wissen-schaftliche Weiterbildung: Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, 9 March 2013.

2013

“Poetry? Poetries Please!” Gedichte im Englischunterricht.” Workshop für Englischlehrer/innen. Lehrkräftefortbildung. Zentrum für wissen-schaftliche Weiterbildung: Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, 11 January 2013.

2012

“Reading Scott’s Historical (1802) and Literary (1830) Introductions to the Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border.” SWINC [Scottish Writing in the Nineteenth Century] Reading Group, 29 November 2012.

2012

“Irische Literatur und Kultur im Englischunterricht” Workshop für Englischlehrer/innen. Lehrkräftefortbildung. Zentrum für wissen-schaftliche Weiterbildung: Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, 13 January 2012.

2011

“Schottische Literatur und Kultur im Englischunterricht.” Workshop für Englischlehrer/innen. Lehrkräftefortbildung. Zentrum für wissen-schaftliche Weiterbildung: Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, 14 January 2011.

2009

“Authentische Jugendliteratur im Englischunterricht der Sekundarstufe I.” Workshop für Englischlehrer/innen. Lehrkräftefortbildung. Zentrum für wissenschaftliche Weiter­bildung: Johannes Gutenberg-Uni­versität Mainz, 17 January 2009.

2008

“Die Reform der ersten Phase der Lehrerausbildung: Modu­larisierung der fachdidaktischen Inhalte.” Landesweite Fachleitertagung Englisch 2008 – Jahresstreffen der Fachleiter Englisch an den Studienseminaren für Gymnasien in Rheinland-Pfalz, Gymnasium am Weierhof, Bolanden, 11 August 2008.

2007

“Vernetzungsmöglichkeiten zwischen der 1. und 2. Ausbildungs- phase.” Landesweite Fachleitertagung Englisch 2008 – Jahresstreffen der Fachleiter Englisch an den Studienseminaren für Gymnasien in Rheinland-Pfalz, Mainz, 12 June 2007.

2006

Ballad Workshop, Folk Song Society of Greater Boston, Boston, Mass. U.S.A., 5 February 2006.

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