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dr. V. Alexander

Universitair docent



Qualifications

2006

Dr. phil., Saarland University, Saarbrücken.

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Martina Ghosh-Schellhorn/ Prof. Dr. Klaus Martens.

Title: Transcultural Representations of Migration and Education in South Asian Anglophone Novels. Grade: Magna cum laude.

2000

M.A. University of Kent at Canterbury.

Supervisor: Professor Abdulrazak Gurnah.

Title: ‘To Conquer English’: The Role of English Literature in Se­lec­ted Indian Novels Written in English.

1997

1. Staatsexamen (governmental licensing exam for teachers)  German Philology. Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Freiburg im Breisgau

1997

1. Staatsexamen English Philology. Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Freiburg im Breisgau

Current Position

University Lecturer in English (UD1)

Academic Employment

1 Feb- 31 Jul 2015

External Lecturer at AMIS, Centre for Advanced Migration Studies, Copenhagen University

1 Aug 2009- 31 Jan 2015

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of English, Germanic and Romance Studies, Copenhagen University

2007 - 2009

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Language, Literature and Culture, Section for English, Aarhus University

2005 - 2007

Assistant Professor to Professor Klaus D. Martens, Saarland University

2005

Associate Lecturer at the English Department, Saarland University

2002 - 2005

Assistant Professor to Professor Martina Ghosh-Schellhorn, Saarland University

1995 - 2000

Research Assistant, member of the Collaborative Research Centre 541, Identities and Alterities (funded by the German Research Foundation, DFG), Freiburg University

Other Professional Experience

Since 2009

EACLALS Public Relations Officer for Northern Europe

Since 2009

Member of the Editorial Board of Journal of the European Association for the Study of Australia JEASA )

Since 2008

Advisory Board Member, Centre for the Study of Otherness and Alterity

2005 - 2009

Treasurer of GNEL/ASNEL (Association for the Study of New Literatures in English, now GAPS)

Fellowships, Grants and Scholarships

2010 - 2011

Talent Workshop for selected postdoctoral fellows, University of Copenhagen

2009 - 2011

Postdoctoral Fellowship, The Carlsberg Foundation (131,275 €)

2008

NACS Travel Grant (to attend the Triennial NACS Conference in Tromsø)

2006

Faculty Enrichment Programme, Canadian Government (funding to conduct a research trip to Canada, completed September 2006, (5,000 CDN $)

2006

Start-up funding, PI of a research project on Canadian Life Writing, Research Grant from Saarland University (7,500 €)

1999

PhD-Scholarship, Landesgraduiertenförderung Baden-Württemberg (declined)

1996

German Academic Exchange (DAAD) Bursary, Perugia, Italy

1995

German Academic Exchange (DAAD) Bursary, Thessaloniki, Greece

1993

ERASMUS Scholarship, School of English and American Studies, University of East Anglia

Professional Affiliations and International Network

  • Anglistenverband
  • ESSE (European Society for the Study of English)
  • ASLE (Association for the Study of Literature and Environment)
  • Centre for Australian Studies, Copenhagen University
  • GAPS (Formerly GNEL/ASNEL, Association for Anglophone Postcolonial Studies)
  • GKS (Gesellschaft für Kanadastudien)
  • NACS (Nordic Association for Canadian Studies)
  • EACLALS (European Association for Commonwealth Language and Literature Studies)
  • ISRLC (International Society for the Study of Religion, Literature and Culture)
  • NICA (Netherlands Institute for Cultural Analysis)
  • OSL (Onderzoekschool Literatuurweetenschaap)

Research Areas

English and Anglophone Literatures and Cultures; Ecocriticism; Travel and Mobility; Life Writing; Bildungsroman; Children’s Writing; Heterotopia; Diaspora; Transculturality.

Languages

German (native language); English (native competency); Italian (fluent: writing and speaking); Danish (fluent: writing and speaking); French (fluent: writing and speaking); Dutch (C2); Modern Greek (basic proficiency).

Shortlistings

2nd place for  a W3 Professorship in Anglophone Literatures and Cultures, Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen, Germany (June 2013)


Publications

Monographs and edited works

  1. Garden Literature: Relations, Creativity and Identity Formation.
  2. Transcultural Representations of Migration and Education in South Asian Anglophone Novels.Trier: WVT, 2006.
  3. Trier: WVT, 2000. Ed. with Monika Fludernik.

Journal Articles (peer-reviewed)

  1. The Relational Imaginary of M.G. Vassanji's A Place Within. Life Writing2 (2016) 1-16.
  2. Eco-Sustainable Interstices in Eleanor Perényi’s Green Thoughts: A Writer in the Garden. Le Simplegadi 12 (13): Eco-Sustainable Narratives in World Literatures, Languages and Education (November 2014). 76-87. http://all.uniud.it/simplegadi/?p=1047
  3. Environmental Otherness: Nature on Human Terms in Garden Writings. Otherness: Essays and Studies 1. (2013): 1-24.
  4. Kew Gardens as a Literary Space. Studies in the History of Gardens and Designed Landscapes2 (2012): 116-127.
  5. The Silence of Green Gold: Gardens, Nature and Indigeneity. Indian Journal of World Literature and Culture8 (2012): 69-84.
  6. Difference and Change: Transcultural Negotiations in Tales from Firozsha Baag and Interpreter of Maladies. Literatur in Wissenschaft und Unterricht-4 (2009): 187-200. 
  7. Sounds of Otherness: The Representation of Music in Ann Patchett’s Bel Canto. Double Dialogues 10 (Summer 2009). http://www.doubledialogues.com/issue_ten/alexander.html.
  8. Antipodean Girlhoods: Childhood Gardens in the Writings of Katherine Mansfield and Pamela L. Travers. 20 pages. Under review.
  9. Margery Perham’s Fictional Apprenticeship: Colonial Heterotopias in Major Dane’s Garden. 21 pages. Under review.

Journal Articles (not peer-reviewed)

  1. Fiction Unlimited? Rethinking Violence in Shashi Tharoor’s Riot. Muse India 24 (2009). museindia.com.
  2. Lesbian Imaginative Spaces in Indian Literature. Muse India 12 (Mar-Apr 2007). http://www.museindia.com. (With Sissy Helff)
  3. Von der Peripherie zum Zentrum: Transkulturelle Anglophone Studien an der Universität des Saarlandes. magazin forschung 2 (2002): 36-40. http://www.uni-saarland.de/de/profil/veroeffentlichungen/ff_magazin/archiv/2002/2-2002/.

 

Book Chapters and Contributions to Anthologies (peer-reviewed)

  1. The Visitor in M.G. Vassanji’s A Place Within. The Politics of Writing and Representation in M.G. Vassanji’s Work, Asma Sayed and Karim Murji. McGill-Queens University Press, in press.
  2. Books without Borders: Self-Referentiality and Intermedial Games in Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next Series. Transparent Texts: Self-referentiality and Self-reflexivity in Literature, Florian Lippert and Marcel Schmid. Amsterdam: Brill Rodopi, forthcoming.

 

  1. Enclosed: Nature. Carol Shields’s Garden Mazes and Life Writing. Gateways and Walls. Janet Wilson and Daria Tunca. Amsterdam: Brill Rodopi, 2017. 219-240.
  2. Transcultural Food and English Recipes for Immigration: Susanna Moodie and Catharine Parr Traill. Media Food and Identity, ed. Jonatan Leer and Karen Klitgaard. Critical Food Studies, ed. Mike Goodman. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2016. 38-61.
  3. Elizabeths ‘deutsch-englischer’ Garten: Grenzraum und Gesellschaftskritik um 1900. Natur und Moderne um 1900, ed. Anna Lena Sandberg and Adam Paulsen. Bielefeld: transcript, 2013. 103-118.
  4. Revisiting Lost Gardens: The Expulsion from Childhood in the Writings of Penelope Lively. Projections of Paradise. Dreams of Ideal Refuge in Migrant and Postcolonial Literature. Ed. Helga Ramsey-Kurz. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2011. 1-28.
  5. ‘Worlds of Disenchantment’: Alienation and Change in Adib Khan’s Seasonal Adjustments. Embracing the Other. Addressing Xenophobia in the New Literatures in English. Ed. Dunja Mohr. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2008. 83-96.
  6. Beyond Centre and Margin: Representations of Australia in South Asian Immigrant Writings. Making Space Meaningful.  Gerd Dose and Britta Kuhlenbeck. Tübingen: Stauffenburg, 2007. 153-174.
  7. Investigating the Motif of Crime as Transcultural Border Crossing. Postcolonial Post-mortems. Susanne Mühleisen and Christine Matzke. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2006. 139-159.

 

Book Chapters and Contributions to Anthologies (not peer-reviewed)

  1. In Search of Wisdom: Transformation in Indigenous and Postcolonial Discourses. Voice and Memory: Indigenous Imagination and Expression. Ed. G. N. Devy, Geoffrey V. Davis and K. K. Chakravarty. New Delhi: Orient Black Swan: 2011. 149-164.
  2. Grenzräume und Grenzerfahrung in der indischen Diasporaliteratur Afrikas. With Sissy Helff. Grenzen ohne Fächergrenzen.Interdisziplinäre Annäherungen.  Bärbel Kuhn, Martina Pitz and Andreas Schorr. St. Ingbert: Röhrig Universitätsverlag, 2007. 11-26.
  3. The Politics of Shifting Boundaries in Moyez G. Vassanji’sThe Gunny Sack and Farida Karodia’s Other Secrets. Africa, Europe and (Post)colonialism: Racism, Migration and Diaspora. Versions and Subversions in African Literatures. Susan Arndt and Marek Spitczok von Brisinski. Bayreuth: African Studies Series, 2006. 327-342. (With Sissy Helff)
  4. The Role of Education in South Asian Novels in English. Mediating Indian Writing in English. German Responses, ed. Mala Pandurang and Bernd-Peter Lange. Jaipur et al.: Rawat, 2005. 263-284.
  5. Cross-Cultural Encounters in Amit Chaudhuri’s Afternoon Raag and Yasmine Gooneratne’s A Change of Skies. The Politics of English as a World Language. New Horizons in Postcolonial Cultural Studies. Christian Mair. (ASNEL Papers 7) Trier: WVT, 2003. 375-383.
  6. Postponed Arrivals: The Afro-Asian Diaspora in Moyez G. Vassanji’s No New Land. Diaspora and Multiculturalism. Common Traditions and New Developments. Monika Fludernik. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2003. 199-229.

Contributions to Encyclopaedias, Reviews and Reports (peer-reviewed)

  1. G. Vassanji. The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies, ed. Sangeeta Ray and Henry Schwarz. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell. Vol. III. 2016.
  2. The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies, ed. Sangeeta Ray and Henry Schwarz. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell. Vol. I. 2016.
  3. L. Travers, Mary Poppins. Kindlers Neues Literaturlexikon. Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler, 2009.
  4. Katherine Mansfield. Kindlers Neues Literaturlexikon. Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler, 2009.
  5. Katherine Mansfield, In a German Pension. Kindlers Neues Literaturlexikon. Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler, 2009.
  6. Katherine Mansfield, The Garden Party and Other Stories.  Kindlers Neues Literatur­lexikon. Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler, 2009.
  7. Katherine Mansfield, Bliss and Other Stories.Kindlers Neues Literaturlexikon. Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler, 2009.
  8. Catharine Parr Traill, The Backwoods of Canada.Kindlers Neues Literaturlexikon. Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler, 2009.
  9. Amit Chaudhuri. Kritisches Lexikon zur fremdsprachigen Gegenwarts­literatur.KLfG 3/06.  Indische Literatur der Gegenwart, ed. Martin Kämpchen. München: edition text + kritik, 2006, 419-432. Updated 2015.
  10. Rohinton Mistry. Kritisches Lexikon zur fremdsprachigen Gegenwarts­literatur.KLfG 3/06.  Indische Literatur der Gegenwart, ed. Martin Kämpchen. München: edition text + kritik, 2006, 368-379. Updated 2015.
  11. Shashi Tharoor. Kritisches Lexikon zur fremdsprachigen Gegenwarts­literatur.KLfG 3/06.  Indische Literatur der Gegenwart, ed. Martin Kämpchen. München: edition text + kritik, 2006, 380-390. Updated 2015.
  12. Vikram Seth. Kritisches Lexikon zur fremdsprachigen Gegenwarts­litera­tur.KLfG 3/06.  Indische Literatur der Gegenwart, ed. Martin Kämpchen. Mün­chen: edition text + kritik, 2006, 353-367. Updated 2015.

Contributions to Encyclopaedias, Reviews and Reports (not peer-reviewed)

  1. Report of  Roundtable 03: Literature and Terrorism. 2011. The European English Messen­ger1 (Spring 2011): 22.
  2. Review of Suvir Kaul, Eighteenth Century British Literature and Postcolonial Studies. Postcolonial Literary Studies. Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 2009. ZAA2 (2010): 176-177.
  3. Report of the 20thAnnual GNEL/ASNEL Conference, Postcolonial Translocations, Münster, Germany, May 21-24 2009. EACLALS Newsletter, Summer 2009. http://www.eaclals.ulg.ac.be/documents/EACLALS_newsletter_summer_2009.pdf.
  4. Review of Across the Lines. Intertextuality and Transcultural Communication in the New Literatures in English, ed. Wolfgang Klooss. Symbolism5 (2005): 418-427.
  5. Report of the International Conference Peripheral Centres, Central Peripheries: Anglophone India and its Diasporas, Saarbrücken, Germany, August 29-31, 2002. Anglistik 1 (2003): 209-212.
  6. Nayantara Sahgal. Metzler-Lexikon englischsprachiger Autoren. 631 Porträts. Von den Anfängen bis in die Gegenwart.  Eberhard Kreutzer and Ansgar Nünning. Stuttgart: Metzler, 2002. 501-502.
  7. Report of the ASNEL/MAVEN Conference 2001, Freiburg (Germany), June 6-9, 2001, The Cultural Politics of English as a World Language (2002). Postcolonial Forum10 (2002): 16-21.

Invited Lectures and Keynotes

  1. From Paradise with Love? Visitors’ Visions of Southern Europe. Winter School Imagining Southern Europe, Granada. 22-02-2017.
  2. Gärten im Weltraum: Vertraute Aliens in Star Trek. Evening Plenary Lecture, Summer Academy of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation, Greifswald. 31-08-2016.
  3. Ecologies of Belonging in Indian Diasporic Writing. Eberhard-Karls Universität Tübingen. 13-12-2012.
  4. Living Spaces: Garden Writings between Reality and Utopia. Reading (and Writing) the Garden. A public seminar by Dr Katie Holmes (La Trobe University, Australia) and Dr Vera Alexander (ENGEROM). Centre for Australian Studies, Copenhagen University, 04-10-2011.
  5. No Harm in a Garden? Plants as Colonial Subjects. Keynote, ENGEROM Symposium. Copenhagen University. 24-11-2010.
  6. 250 Jahre Royal Botanic Gardens: Ein literarischer Spaziergang durch Kew. Freie Gartenakademie e.V., Münster. 09-08-2008.
  7. Challenging Englishness: Virginia Woolf and Katherine Mansfield. Johann-Wolfgang von Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main. 19-06-2009.
  8. Restless in a Flowerbed: A Literary Walk through Kew Gardens. Centre for British Studies (Humboldt University Berlin). 12-05-2008.

Conference Papers and Presentations

  1. Borders in Literature. Teachers’ Panel, Groninger Alumnivereniging Jafet, 1st 03-02-2017.
  2. Gardens as Relational Heterotopias. Ecocriticism: Literature and Environment. Ravenstein Seminar, Onderzoekschool Literatuurwetenschaap, Amsterdam, 27-01-2017.
  3. Gardens in Space: Green Enemies and the Liminality of Otherness. Star Trek Symposium, University of Malta. 13-07-2016.
    Life Writing, Relationality and Place: M.G. Vassanji’s A Place Within. Life Writing After Empire. Copenhagen. 04-05-2015.
  4. Other Mobilities: Visitors and Memory. Comparative Studies in Migration and Memory. Copenhagen. 07-11-2014.
  5. A thing of beauty and a job forever: Gardens as Places of Care. ASLE Conference: The End of Place as we Know it. Glasgow, 18-09-2014.
  6. Plants as Commodities: Literary Reflections on Green Relationships. 15th Triennial Conference of EACLALS. Uncommon Wealths: Riches and Realities. Innsbruck, Austria, 14-04-2014.
  7. Heterotopian Travels in M.G. Vassanji’s Writings. The Transnational Imaginaries of M.G. Vassanji. London, SOAS. 08-11-2013.
  8. Rhizomatic Trajectories in Green Autobiographies. ACLA Toronto, 05-04-2013.
  9. Transcultural Food Exchanges in Open Letters. Media Food and Identity Copenhagen. 13-11-2012.
  10. Elizabeth von Arnims deutscher Garten: Grenzüberschreitungen zwischen Kultur und Natur.  Natur und Moderne um 1900. Copenhagen. 27-10-2011.
  11. Enclosed: Nature. Gardens and Restructuring. Under Construction: Gateways and Walls. EACLALS Conference, Istanbul. 26-04-2011.
  12. The Silence of Green Gold: Gardens, Nature and Indigeneity. Local Knowledge-Global Translations.CHOTRO Conference. New Delhi. 14-09-2010.
  13. Introduction: Terrorism and Literature. 10th ESSE Conference. 26-08-2010.
  14. Strokes of the Hoe in the Commonwealth. Strokes Across Culture. ACLALS Conference. Nicosia, Cyprus. 08-06-2010.
  15. Back to the Roots. Reading Plants in Migration. PhD Symposium,  26-11-2009.
  16. Childhoods Lost and Re-Imagined: Gardens in the Writings of Katherine Mansfield and P.L. Travers. EASA Conference. Palma de Mallorca. 24-09-2009.
  17. Gardens as Utopias in Modernist Literatures: Conquering Nature, Contesting Englishness. Utopian Studies Conference,  18-09-2009.
  18. Beyond the Forest, Beyond Nature? Otherness and Space in Dracula. Facing the East in the West Conference, Freiburg i.Br. 24-07-2009.
  19. Reading (Weeding?) Translocal Gardenscapes. 20thAnnual GNEL/ASNEL Conference, Münster. 23-05-2009.
  20. Blasphemy and Burning Books: Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses, 1988-2008. 14thBiannual Conference of the Society for the Study of Religion, Literature and Culture, Breaking the Norms: Reception, Transformation and Transgression in Religion, Literature and Culture. 18-10-2008.
  21. Melting Mosaics: Transcultural Border Negotiations and Change at the Margins. NACS Triennial Conference. Canada and Northern Diversities, Tromsø. 09-08-2008.
  22. Looking Forward, Looking Back: Negotiations of Freedom in Life Writing. EACLALS Triennial Conference:Try Freedom: Rewriting Rights in/through Postcolonial Cultures, Venice. 27-03-2008.
  23. In Search of Wisdom: Constructions, Stereotyping and Transformations.CHOTRO Conference: Janajatis: Language, Literature, History, Culture. Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, New Delhi. 05-01-2008.
  24. Private and Public Modernisms: The Autobiographical Writings of Nellie McClung and Willa Cather. Emerging Modernisms in Canada and the USA. Internationales Kolloquium. Universität des Saarlandes. 23-02-2006.
  25. Wanderjahre des Bildungsromans. Forschungsschwerpunkt Grenzen und Interferenz­räume, Universität des Saarlandes. 04-07-2005.
  26. Reading Film Adaptation as Translation. GNEL/ASNEL Conference 2005. Kiel. 06-05-2005.
  27. Exploring Fragmented Identities: Anthologies of South Pacific Anglophone Writings. Sharing Places: Searching for Common Ground in a World of Continuing Exclusion. EACLALS Triennial Conference. University of Malta. 23-03-2005.
  28. Difference and Change: Transcultural Identity Negotiation in Tales from Firozsha Baag and Interpreter of Maladies. Mediating American and Canadian Literature and Culture across a Latitudinal Line: An Exploration of Transnational Crosscurrents. Mediation of Literature and Culture Conference III. Universität des Saarlandes, 30/10/2004.
  29. De-Centering the Margins? Representations of Australia in South Asian Immigrant Writings. Australia: Making Space Meaningful. 9th Biennial Conference of the Association for Australian Studies, Hamburg, 08/10/2004.
  30. Multiple Transcultural Spaces and Lesbian Imagi-Nations. With Sissy Helff. ACLALS. Nation and the Imagination: The Changing Commonwealth, Hyderabad, India, 06/08/2004.
  31. Crime as Border Crossing. Transcultural English Studies, GNEL/ASNEL-Conference 2004, Frankfurt/Main. 23/05/2004.
  32. Transcultural Orientation. Panel Statement. Transcultural English Studies, ASNEL-Conference 2004, Frankfurt/Main. 20/05/2004.
  33. Grenzräume und Grenzerfahrung in der indischen Diasporaliteratur Afrikas. With Sissy Helff. Kolloquium Grenzen ohne Fächergrenzen, Universität des Saarlandes, 03/02/2003.
  34. ‘Worlds of Disenchantment: Alienation and Change in Adib Khan’s Seasonal Adjustments. Embracing the Other: Addressing Xenophobia in the New Literatures in English. ASNEL-Conference 2002, Erfurt.
  35. Transcultural Humour in Goodness Gracious Me and East is East. Panel contribution. Embracing the Other: Addressing Xenophobia in the New Literatures in English. ASNEL-Conference 2002, Erfurt.
  36. The Politics of Shifting Boundaries in Farida Karodia’s Other Secrets (2000) and Moyez G. Vassanji’s The Gunny Sack (1989). With Sissy Helff. Versions/Subversions. International Conference on African Literatures, Berlin, Humboldt University, 01-04/05/2002.
  37. Multicultural Encounters in Amit Chaudhuri’s Afternoon Raag and Yasmine Gooneratne’s A Change of Skies. The Cultural Politics of English as a World Language, ASNEL-Conference 2001, Freiburg i. Br.
  38. What Went Wrong? The Failed Marriage of East and West in Raja Rao’s The Serpent and the Rope. Spaces In-Between- Negotiating Boundaries in Postcolonial Writing. ASNEL-Conference 1996, Universität Konstanz. 

Conference Chairs and Introductions

  1. Co-convenor of a two-day conference on Ecocriticism 2017 OSL Ravenstein Seminar (Winter School) on “Ecocriticism: Literature and Environment”. 27/28-01-2017.
  2. Co-Convenor of the interdisciplinary conference Puzzling Europe: Literary, Political and Linguistic Perspectives on a Fragmented Continent; Co-organiser of Panel 2, “Peripheries. Otherness within Europe,” Chair of Workshop 1.  27-10-2016.
  3. Chair of Panel 1, ‘Phenomenal Place’. ASLE Conference The End of Place as we Know It. 17-09-2014.
  4. Co-Convenor (with Georgia Christinidis) of Seminar C23, ‘Narrating Identity Formation, On and Off the Map.’ ACLA Toronto, 04/05-04-2013.
  5. Co-Convenor (with Peter B. Anderson) and Moderator of Asia Dynamics Initiative seminar ‘Transcultural Spaces: Githa Hariharan and Mridula Garg.’ Copenhagen, 03/10/2012.
  6. Co-Convenor (with Peter B. Anderson and Marie Yoshida) and Moderator of India Today, Copenhagen Tomorrow. Forfatterarrangement hos Gyldendal. Copenhagen, 24-09-2012.
  7. Convenor and Chair of Roundtable 3: Terrorism and Literature. 10th ESSE Conference. 26-08-2010.
  8. Chair of Session 3A: A country for women all right. EASA Conference.Palma de Mallorca. 23-09-2009.
  9. Chair of Panel: Russia: Exile and Travelling Concepts in the First Half of the 20thFacing the East in the West Conference, Freiburg i. Br. 25-07-2009.
  10. Chair of Panel 7F, Narrative Translocations: Strategies and Techniques, GNEL/ASNEL, Postcolonial Translocations. 20th Annual GNEL/ASNEL Conference. Münster. 23-05-2009.
  11. Introduction and Chair of Plenary 5 (Toril Moi) at the 9th ESSE Conference, Aarhus. 26-08-2008.
  12. Convenor (with Dr. Lena Steveker) of Seminar 43, All Manners of Silence: Non-Verbal Communication in the Long Eighteenth Century. 9thESSE Conference, Aarhus. 26-08-2008.
  13. Introduction and Chair of Lecture 5 (Tabish Khair) at the9th ESSE Conference, Aarhus. 23/08/2008.
  14. Introduction and Chair of Lecture 4 (Christian Mair) at the9th ESSE Conference, Aarhus. 23-08-2008.
  15. Chair of Panel Session 54, Identity and Representation,CHOTRO Conference: Janajatis: Language, Literature, History, Culture. Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, New Delhi. 03-01-2008.
  16. Chair of Paper Session I: New Cultural Landscapes.Sharing Places: Searching for Common Ground in a World of Continuing Exclusion. EACLALS Triennial Conference. University of Malta. 2005-06-21.
  17. Chair of Section 3, Mediating American and Canadian Literature and Culture across a Latitudinal Line: An Exploration of Transnational Crosscurrents. Mediation of Literature and Culture Conference III. Saarland University, 2004-10-29.
  18. Chair of Poetry Readings,Peripheral Centres, Central Peripheries. Saarbrücken. 2002-08-31.
  19. Chair of Interpretations Panel, The Cultural Politics of English as a World Language,ASNEL-Conference 2001, Freiburg i. Br., 2001-06-07.

 

Interviews

  1. Jason Rennie, ‘Star Trek Symposium Interviews’ http://www.sciphijournal.com/star-trek-symposium-interview-vera-alexander/ 2016-06-09.
  2. “Alice Interviews Vera Alexander.” Studievereniging Esperia, Everyday Alice. http://us11.campaign-archive1.com/?u=713d7261fd7243c164bdf1a3a&id=d07767c396&e=255afd77ca. 2016-03-15.
  3. Claudia Sander. ‘Garten hat viele Bedeutungen.’ Westfälische Nachrichten. http://www.wn.de/Muenster/2009/08/Kultur-Muenster-Garten-hat-viele-Bedeutungen. 2009-08-10.

Teaching

Lectures

  1. Sociology of Literature (RUG, Spring 2016)
  2. Thinking Culture (RUG, Spring 2016)
  3. British Literatures after 1800 (Copenhagen University, Autumn 2012, 2013, 2014, 120-130 students)
  4. Postcolonial Literature and Culture (Copenhagen University, Spring 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 120-150 students)
  5. British Literatures before 1800 (Copenhagen University, Autumn 2012, 120 students)
  6. American History and Literature (Copenhagen University, Spring 2012, 130 students)
  7. Postcolonial Studies (Copenhagen University, Autumn 2010, 120 students)
  8. Literatures in English, 1800-1950 (Aarhus University, Spring 2008, 150 students)
  9. Contemporary Literatures in English (Aarhus University, Autumn 2007, 150 students)
  10. Studium Generale (Theories of Knowledge, Aarhus University, Autumn 2007, 150 students)
  11. Literatures in English 1550-1800 (Aarhus University, Autumn 2007, 150 students)

Postgraduate Seminars

  1. Modernist Geographies (co-taught Ma Module, Spring 2017, 9 students)
  2. Literature and Conflict (co-taught MA Module, Autumn 2016, 15 students)
  3. Culture and Identity (Compulsory MA Module in Advanced Migration Studies, Copenhagen University, Spring 2015, 25 students)
  4. Exploring Green Postcolonialism (MA Elective, Spring 2014, 21 students)
  5. Haunted by Intertextuality: Rewriting and Writing Back (MA Elective, Autumn 2013, 26 students)
  6. Migration and Transculturality/Migration og Transkulturalitet (MA Elective, European Studies Profile, Copenhagen University, Spring semester 2013, taught in Danish, 8 students)
  7. Empires of Villainy: (Post)Colonial Crime Fiction (MA Elective, Copenhagen University, Spring 2012, 20 students)
  8. Postcolonialism and Life Writing (MA Elective, Copenhagen University, Spring 2011, 18 students)
  9. Migration and Exile in European Contemporary Literature/Migration og eksilerfaring i europæisk samtidslitteratur (Interdisciplinary MA Elective, European Studies Profile, Copenhagen University, Autumn 2010, 9 students and current semester, 14 enrolled. Team-taught with colleagues from French, German and Italian)
  10. Reading Paradise (MA Elective, Copenhagen University, Autumn 2010, 30 students)
  11. Beyond Belief: Literature and Fundamentalism (MA-Elective, Aarhus University, Autumn 2008, 15 students)
  12. Writing about Music, Musing about Writing (MA-Elective, Aarhus University, Autumn 2008, 10 students)
  13. Rewriting (MA-Elective, Aarhus University, Spring 2008, 28 students)
  14. Comparing Modernisms (MA-Elective, Aarhus University, Autumn 2007, 30 students)

Selected Undergraduate Seminars

  1. Reading Modern Europe (RUG, Autumn 2016)
  2. Thinking Culture (RUG, Spring 2016, current)
  3. Living and Reading (RUG, Autumn 2015)
  4. Reading Childhood: Englishness and Otherness (Copenhagen University, Autumn 2014)
  5. Exploring Travel Writing (Copenhagen University, Spring 2013)
  6. Empires of Childhood (Copenhagen University, Spring 2012)
  7. Beauty in the Beast? Literature and Terrorism (Copenhagen University, Spring 2011)
  8. Imperial Childhoods (Aarhus University, Autumn 2008)
  9. Postcolonial Crime Fiction (Aarhus University, Spring 2008)
  10. Postcolonialism and Jane Austen (Aarhus University, Autumn 2007)
  11. Exploring South Asian Literature (Aarhus University, Autumn 2007)
  12. Canadian Narratives of Exploration (Universität des Saarlandes, Summer 2007)
  13. North American War Writing (Universität des Saarlandes, Summer 2006)
  14. The Black British Bildungsroman (Universität des Saarlandes, Summer 2005)
  15. South African Drama: Exploring the Art in Apartheid (Universität des Saarlandes, Summer 2004)
  16. Pan-Pacific Anglophone Literature (Universität des Saarlandes, Winter 2003/04)
  17. Contemporary Immigrant Writing in Britain (Universität des Saarlandes, Summer 2003)  
  18. Short Stories by Indian Migrant Writers (Universität des Saarlandes, Winter 2002/03)

Language Proficiency and Other Courses

  • Advanced Proficiency in English (RUG, Autumn 2015 and Autumn 2016)
  • English Proficiency I (RUG, Autumn 2015, 2 groups)
  • Living and Reading (RUG, Autumn 2015, 2 groups)
  • Textual Analysis (Core course, Copenhagen University, Autumn 2012, 2013 and 2014, up to 3 parallel groups of 35 students)
  • Foundations: British Literatures before 1800  (Core course, Copenhagen University, Spring 2013, 2014, three parallel groups of 30 students)
  • Creative Writing (Language Proficiency Course, Universität des Saarlandes, 4 courses, Summer 2005-Winter 2006)
  • Oral Expression (Language Proficiency Course, Universität des Saarlandes, Summer 2005)
  • Written Expression and Academic Writing (Language Proficiency Course, Universität des Saarlandes, Summer 2005)
  • Survey of English Literature (Tutorial, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg i.Br., Winter 1999/2000)

Extracurricular Courses

  • 2017 OSL Ravenstein Seminar (Winter School) on “Ecocriticism: Literature and Environment” (26-28 January 2017)
  • Sommerakademie der Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes (Summer Academy at the German Academic Scholarship Foundation), Work Group 10: ‘A Thing of Beauty and a Job Forever’: Anglophone Garden Writing.” (21 August- 3 September, 2016)
  • ‘Formations of European Modernity.’ Panel, MOOC Euroculture (RUG, Spring 2016)
  • ‘Modernity and Nature in European Literature.’ MOOC Euroculture (RUG, Spring 2016).

 

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