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V. (Vera) Alexander, Dr

Assistant Professor (UD1)/Senior Lecturer
V. (Vera) Alexander, Dr
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Current Position

University Lecturer in European Literatures and Cultures: English (UD1)

Professional Affiliations and International Network

  • Deutscher 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, German 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)
  • Workgroup Huizinga Institute, Utopia in Connected and Entangled Perspectives (with Dr Barnita Bagchi, Utrecht)

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. Forthcoming.
  2. Transcultural Representations of Migration and Education in South Asian Anglophone Novels. Trier: WVT, 2006.
  3. Romantik. Trier: WVT, 2000. Ed. with Monika Fludernik.

Journal Articles (peer-reviewed)

  1. Digging for Sanctuary: The Garden as a Contact Sphere. European Crises. Literary, Political and Linguistic Perspectives.Special Issue of  Journal of European Studies 49:3-4, 470-487.
  2. Introduction: European Crises (with Pablo Valdivia, Lars Rensmann, Florian Lippert and Alberto Godioli). European Crises. Literary, Political and Linguistic Perspectives. Special Issue of  Journal of European Studies 49:3-4, 211-216.
  3. European Literature, Conflict and the Spaces of Modernism (with Alberto Godioli and Florian Lippert). EU-topias 15 (2018): 95-98.
  4. The Relational Imaginary of M.G. Vassanji's A Place Within. Life Writing 13.2 (2016) 1-16.
  5. 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 
  6. Environmental Otherness: Nature on Human Terms in Garden Writings. Otherness: Essays and Studies 4.1. (2013): 1-24.
  7. Kew Gardens as a Literary Space. Studies in the History of Gardens and Designed Landscapes 32.2 (2012): 116-127.
  8. The Silence of Green Gold: Gardens, Nature and Indigeneity. Indian Journal of World Literature and Culture 8 (2012): 69-84.
  9. Difference and Change: Transcultural Negotiations in Tales from Firozsha Baag and Interpreter of Maladies. Literatur in Wissenschaft und Unterricht 3.-4 (2009): 187-200. 
  10. 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. 

Journal Articles (not peer-reviewed)

  1. Fiction Unlimited? Rethinking Violence in Shashi Tharoor’s Riot. Muse India 24 (2009). http://www.museindia.com/Home/ViewContentData?arttype=focus&issid=24&menuid=1425.
  2. Lesbian Imaginative Spaces in Indian Literature.  Muse India 12 (Mar-Apr  2007). http://www.museindia.com/Home/ViewContentData?arttype=articles&issid=12&menuid=625 (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. Lives Written in Green: Garden Writing as Life Writing. 'A Green Thought in a Green Shade': Immaginario letterario e ambiente, ed. Laura Giovanelli. Pisa University Press, 2020.  347-370.
  2. Books without Borders: Self-Referentiality and Intermedial Games in Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next Series. Self-reflection in Literature, ed. Florian Lippert and Marcel Schmid. Leiden/Boston: Brill Rodopi, 2020. 217-238.
  3. The Visitor in M.G. Vassanji’s A Place Within. The Transnationl Imaginaries of M.G. Vassanji. Diaspora, Literature and Culture. ed. Asma Sayed and Karim Murji. New York et al.: Peter Lang, 2018. 51-66.  
  4. Enclosed: Nature. Carol Shields’s Garden Mazes and Life Writing. Gateways and Walls.  ed. Janet Wilson and Daria Tunca. Amsterdam: Brill Rodopi, 2017. 219-240.
  5. 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.
  6. 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. 
  7. 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.
  8. ‘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.
  9. Beyond Centre and Margin: Representations of Australia in South Asian Immigrant Writings. Making Space Meaningful. Eds. Gerd Dose and Britta Kuhlenbeck. Tübingen: Stauffenburg, 2007. 153-174.
  10. Investigating the Motif of Crime as Transcultural Border Crossing. Postcolonial Post-mortems. Eds. 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. Eds. Bärbel Kuhn, Martina Pitz and Andreas Schorr. St. Ingbert: Röhrig Universitätsverlag, 2007. 11-26.
  3. The Politics of Shifting Boundaries in Moyez G. Vassanji’s The Gunny Sack and Farida Karodia’s Other Secrets. Africa, Europe and (Post)colonialism: Racism, Migration and Diaspora. Versions and Subversions in African Literatures. Eds. 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. Ed. 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. Ed. Monika Fludernik. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2003. 199-229.

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

  1. M.G. Vassanji. The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies, ed. Sangeeta Ray and Henry Schwarz. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell. Vol. III. 2016. 
  2. Exile. The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies, ed. Sangeeta Ray and Henry Schwarz. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell. Vol. I. 2016.
  3. P.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. Rpt. 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. Rpt. 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. Rpt. 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. Rpt. 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 Messenger 20.1 (Spring 2011): 22.
  2. Review of Suvir Kaul, Eighteenth Century British Literature and Postcolonial Studies. Postcolonial Literary Studies. Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 2009. ZAA 2.2 (2010): 176-177.
  3. Report of the 20th Annual 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. Symbolism 5 (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 14.1 (2003): 209-212.
  6. Nayantara Sahgal. Metzler-Lexikon englischsprachiger Autoren. 631 Porträts. Von den Anfängen bis in die Gegenwart. Ed. 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 Forum 10 (2002): 16-21.

Invited Lectures and Keynotes

  1. Entangled Gardens: Heterotopian Relationality in Romesh Gunesekera’s The Prisoner of Paradise (2012). Workshop Huizinga Institute, Utopia in Connected and Entangled Perspectives, 11-Dec-2019.
  2. Gardens, Gender and Crisis in Canadian Literature. Keynote, Conference Intersections of Gender and Myth in Canadian Culture and Media | Intersections de Genre et Mythe dans la Culture et les Médias du Canada.16. Tagung des Nachwuchsforums der Gesellschaft für Kanada-Studien. Kassel, Germany. 28-Jun-2019.
  3. The Environment as Other. Seminario Inaugural Doctorado en Comunicación, Universidad de la Universidad de la Frontera y la Universidad Austral de Chile. Temuco, Chile, 11-01-2018. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4X0oRXtOe4&t=1s 
  4. From Paradise with Love? Visitors’ Visions of Southern Europe. Keynote, Winter School Imagining Southern Europe, Granada. 22-02-2017.
  5. Gärten im Weltraum: Vertraute Aliens in Star Trek. Evening Plenary Lecture, Summer Academy of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation, Greifswald. 31-08-2016. 
  6. Ecologies of Belonging in Indian Diasporic Writing. Eberhard-Karls Universität Tübingen. 13-12-2012.
  7. 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.
  8. No Harm in a Garden? Plants as Colonial Subjects. Keynote, ENGEROM Symposium. Copenhagen University. 24-11-2010.
  9. 250 Jahre Royal Botanic Gardens: Ein literarischer Spaziergang durch Kew. Freie Gartenakademie e.V., Münster. 09-08-2008.
  10. Challenging Englishness: Virginia Woolf and Katherine Mansfield. Johann-Wolfgang von Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main. 19-06-2009.
  11. 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. Green Havens: Gardening, Heterotopia, Sustainability, Valencia Film Conference. 24-10-2018.
  2. Garden Writing as Life Writing: Green Thoughts in No-Man’s Land. The Garden: Ecological Paradigms of Space, History, and Community. 8th Biennial Conference of the European Association for the Study of Literature, Culture and Environment (EASLCE), University of Würzburg, 27-09-2018.
  3. Speaking for Space? Mapping and Belonging in the Public Sphere (with Dr Camilla Sutherland). University of Valencia, Winter School, Imagining Southern Europe: Culture and Populism. 21-02-2018.
  4. Humour in the Garden: Reading Space Relations. Workshop Humor and Satire Today: Cultural, Political and Media Perspectives. Centro Científico Tecnológico CONICET Patagonia Norte San Carlos de Bariloche, 24-01-2018. 
  5. Words Flowing Into Paint: Lord Chandos and Emily Carr. Panel 46, “Words floated round me …”: The Heritage of  Modernist Language Crises. MSA Amsterdam, 11-08-2017.
  6. Emily Carr, Posthumanist. Seminar: Posthumanist Modernism. ACLA Utrecht, 08-07-2017.
  7. The Country in the City: Gardens and Resistance. Performing the Urban: Embodiments, Inventories, Rhythms, 16th Triennial Conference, EACLALS, Oviedo, 04-04-2017. 
  8. Borders in Literature. Teachers’ Panel, Groninger Alumnivereniging Jafet, 1st Symposium. 03-02-2017.
  9. Gardens as Relational Heterotopias. Ecocriticism: Literature and Environment. Ravenstein Seminar, Onderzoekschool Literatuurwetenschaap (OSL), Amsterdam, 27-01-2017.
  10. Gardens in Space: Green Enemies and the Liminality of Otherness. Star Trek Symposium, University of Malta. 13-07-2016.
  11. Life Writing, Relationality and Place: M.G. Vassanji’s A Place Within. Life Writing After Empire. Symposium, Copenhagen. 04-05-2015.
  12. Other Mobilities: Visitors and Memory. Comparative Studies in Migration and Memory. Symposium, Copenhagen. 07-11-2014.
  13. ‘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.
  14. Plants as Commodities: Literary Reflections on Green Relationships. 15th Triennial Conference of EACLALS. Uncommon Wealths: Riches and Realities. Innsbruck, Austria, 14-04-2014.
  15. Heterotopian Travels in M.G. Vassanji’s Writings. The Transnational Imaginaries of M.G. Vassanji. London, SOAS. 08-11-2013.
  16. Rhizomatic Trajectories in Green Autobiographies. ACLA Toronto, 05-04-2013.
  17. Transcultural Food Exchanges in Open Letters. Media Food and Identity Conference. Copenhagen. 13-11-2012. 
  18. Elizabeth von Arnims deutscher Garten: Grenzüberschreitungen zwischen Kultur und Natur.  Natur und Moderne um 1900. Copenhagen. 27-10-2011.
  19. Enclosed: Nature. Gardens and Restructuring. Under Construction: Gateways and Walls. EACLALS Conference, Istanbul. 26-04-2011.
  20. The Silence of Green Gold: Gardens, Nature and Indigeneity. Local Knowledge-Global Translations. CHOTRO Conference. New Delhi. 14-09-2010.
  21. Introduction: Terrorism and Literature. 10th ESSE Conference. Turin. 26-08-2010.
  22. Strokes of the Hoe in the Commonwealth. Strokes Across Culture. ACLALS Conference. Nicosia, Cyprus. 08-06-2010.
  23. Back to the Roots. Reading Plants in Migration. PhD Symposium, Copenhagen. 26-11-2009.
  24. Childhoods Lost and Re-Imagined: Gardens in the Writings of Katherine Mansfield and P.L. Travers. EASA Conference. Palma de Mallorca. 24-09-2009.
  25. Gardens as Utopias in Modernist Literatures: Conquering Nature, Contesting Englishness. Utopian Studies Conference, Oxford. 18-09-2009.
  26. Beyond the Forest, Beyond Nature? Otherness and Space in Dracula. Facing the East in the West Conference, Freiburg i.Br. 24-07-2009.
  27. Reading (Weeding?) Translocal Gardenscapes. 20th Annual GNEL/ASNEL Conference, Münster. 23-05-2009.
  28. Blasphemy and Burning Books: Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses, 1988-2008. 14th Biannual Conference of the Society for the Study of Religion, Literature and Culture, Breaking the Norms: Reception, Transformation and Transgression in Religion, Literature and Culture. Aarhus. 18-10-2008.
  29. Melting Mosaics: Transcultural Border Negotiations and Change at the Margins. NACS Triennial Conference. Canada and Northern Diversities, Tromsø. 09-08-2008.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. Wanderjahre des Bildungsromans. Forschungsschwerpunkt Grenzen und Interferenz-räume, Universität des Saarlandes. 04-07-2005.
  34. Reading Film Adaptation as Translation. GNEL/ASNEL Conference 2005. Kiel. 06-05-2005.
  35. 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.
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. Multiple Transcultural Spaces and Lesbian Imagi-Nations. With Sissy Helff. ACLALS. Nation and the Imagination: The Changing Commonwealth, Hyderabad, India, 06-08-2004.
  39. Crime as Border Crossing. Transcultural English Studies, GNEL/ASNEL-Conference 2004, Frankfurt/Main. 23/05/2004.
  40. Transcultural Orientation. Panel Statement. Transcultural English Studies, ASNEL-Conference 2004, Frankfurt/Main. 20/05/2004.
  41. Grenzräume und Grenzerfahrung in der indischen Diasporaliteratur Afrikas. With Sissy Helff. Kolloquium Grenzen ohne Fächergrenzen, Universität des Saarlandes, 03/02/2003.
  42. ‘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.
  43. 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.
  44. 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.
  45. 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.
  46. 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, Introductions and Panel Contributions

  1. Dansk færøske Frokost, RUG (Scandinavianist symposium with the Ambassador of the Faroe Islands), 31-01-2019.
  2. Chair of Panel Garden Writing/Life Writing II, EASLCE 27-09-2018.
  3. Chair European Culture & Literature PhD forum, University of Valencia, 20-02-2018.
  4. Replacement chair of Panel 46, “Words floated round me …”: The Heritage of Modernist Language Crises, MSA Amsterdam, 11-8-2017.
  5. Chair of Seminar “Modernist Gardens?” Modernist Studies Association (MSA) Amsterdam, 11-08-2017.
  6. Chair of Panel 5, Healing and Well-being in the City: Spaces and Initiatives. Performing the Urban: Embodiments, Inventories, Rhythms, 16th Triennial Conference, EACLALS, Oviedo, 05-04-2017. 
  7. Co-convenor of a two-day OSL Ravenstein Seminar (Winter School) on “Ecocriticism: Literature and Environment”. 27/28-01-2017.
  8. 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.
  9. Chair of Panel 1, ‘Phenomenal Place’. ASLE Conference The End of Place As We Know It. 17-09-2014.
  10. Co-Convenor (with Georgia Christinidis) of Seminar C23, ‘Narrating Identity Formation, On and Off the Map.’ ACLA Toronto, 04/05-04-2013.
  11. Co-Convenor (with Peter B. Anderson) and Moderator of the Asia Dynamics Initiative seminar ‘Transcultural Spaces: Githa Hariharan and Mridula Garg.’ Copenhagen, 03/10/2012.
  12. Co-Convenor (with Peter B. Anderson and Marie Yoshida) and Moderator of India Today, Copenhagen Tomorrow. Forfatterarrangement hos Gyldendal. Copenhagen, 24-09-2012.
  13. Convenor and Chair of Roundtable 3: Terrorism and Literature. 10th ESSE Conference. Turin. 26-08-2010.
  14. Chair of Session 3A:  A country for women all right. EASA Conference. Palma de Mallorca. 23-09-2009.
  15. Chair of Panel: Russia: Exile and Travelling Concepts in the First Half of the 20th Century. Facing the East in the West Conference, Freiburg i. Br. 25-07-2009.
  16. Chair of Panel 7F, Narrative Translocations: Strategies and Techniques, GNEL/ASNEL, Postcolonial Translocations. 20th Annual GNEL/ASNEL Conference. Münster. 23-05-2009.
  17. Introduction and Chair of Plenary 5 (Toril Moi) at the 9th ESSE Conference, Aarhus. 26-08-2008.
  18. Convenor (with Dr. Lena Steveker) of Seminar 43, All Manners of Silence: Non-Verbal Communication in the Long Eighteenth Century. 9th ESSE Conference, Aarhus. 26-08-2008.
  19. Introduction and Chair of Lecture 5 (Tabish Khair) at the 9th ESSE Conference, Aarhus. 23/08/2008.
  20. Introduction and Chair of Lecture 4 (Christian Mair) at the 9th ESSE Conference, Aarhus. 23-08-2008.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. Chair of Poetry Readings, Peripheral Centres, Central Peripheries. Saarbrücken. 2002-08-31.
  25. 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.

 

Public Outreach (Presentations outside the academic arena)

  1. Other Music Academy, September 2018
  2. Film introduction, Aarhus communcal cinema, January 2009

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, 1200 DKK)

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

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