Conference papers

Conference presentations and seminars

“The Average Guise: Unnatural Characters in Scientific Diagrams of Evolutionary Change.” International Conference on Narrative, Montreal, QC, Apr. 20, 2018.

“‘A Usually Valid Generalization’: Character and Storytelling in Evolutionary Biology.” Postdoc and Advanced PhD Colloquium, Department of English, Oct. 2017, McGill University, Montreal, QC.

“Narrating Bodies in the Unnatural You.” Postdoc and Advanced PhD Colloquium, Department of English, Oct. 2016, McGill University, Montreal, QC.

“Reading Contemporary Fiction: Ali Smith’s How to Be Both.” Seminar. Society for Novel Studies conference, May 2016, Pittsburgh, PA.

“‘Your body was crammed with incidents’: Second-Person Narration and Irish Female Sexuality in Edna O’Brien’s A Pagan Place.” Modernist Studies Association conference, Nov. 2014, Pittsburgh, PA.

“Narration as Collapsing Wave: Quantum Superposition and Shadow World in David Lodge’s Thinks….”International Conference on Narrative, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, March 2014, Cambridge, MA.

“‘In preference to being interrupted’: Beckett’s Darwinian Chronotope.” Samuel Beckett: Form and History, conference organized by St. Mary’s and St. Francis Xavier Universities, June 2013, Halifax, NS.

“Worlds within Worlds: Deep-Sea Exploration and Narratological Experiments in André Gide and Aldous Huxley.” Modernist Studies Association conference, Oct. 2012, Las Vegas, NV.

“Relocking the Closet Door: Queer Theory versus the Text of Pale Fire.” Vladimir Nabokov Society at the Modern Language Association Convention, Jan. 2012, Seattle, WA.

“Genealogy, Kin Selection, and the Fate of Characters in E.M. Forster’s The Longest Journey.Fourth Annual Toronto German Studies Symposium Fact and Fiction: Literature and Science in the German and European Context, University of Toronto, Apr. 2011, Toronto, ON.

“Stylistic Shifts in Aldous Huxley’s Time Must Have a Stop: Speculations on Supernatural Realism in Modernist Fiction.” Seminar. Modernist Studies Association, Oct. 2011, Buffalo NY.

“Selfish Genes, Uncertain Paternity, and the Triumph of Comedy in Zadie Smith’s White Teeth.” Society for Literature, Science and Art conference, Sept. 2011, Kitchener, ON.

“Ecological Networks as Modernist Form: A Heuristic Tool for Making Ulysses more Friendly to First-Time Readers.” Seminar. Modernist Studies Association conference, Nov. 2010, Victoria, BC.

“Writing Animals Right: Flaubertian Aesthetics and Narrative Ethics in Hemingway’s Green Hills of Africa.” Society for Literature, Science and Art conference, Oct. 2010, Indianapolis, IN.

“The Rhetoric of Probability: How Darwin Overcame the Argument from Design.” “Origin of Species at 150: A Celebratory Conference,” Victoria University College, Nov. 2009, Toronto, ON.

“The Averaged Individual: Statistical Individuals in Darwinian Theory and Gertrude Stein’s The Making of Americans.” Cornell Theory Reading Group conference, Apr. 2009, Ithaca, NY.

“Counterintuitive Fitness Effects of Nectar Robbing in Linaria vulgaris.” Ontario Ethology and Ecology Colloquium, University of Toronto Mississauga, May 2004, Toronto, ON.

Conference panels & seminars (as organizer)

“Modernism’s Antifa.” (Seminar.) Modernist Studies Association, Oct. 2019, Toronto, ON. Co-organizer, with Dr. Alyson Brickey.

“Experimental Narrative in Nonfiction.” Panel. International Society for the Study of Narrative conference, Montreal, QC, Apr. 20, 2018. Organizer. Fellow presenters: Stefan Iversen (Aarhus U), Erin McGlothlin (Washington U, St Louis) and Ella Ophir (U of Saskatchewan).

“Rethinking Character Development in Modernist Life Narratives.” (Seminar.) Modernist Studies Association, Nov. 2015, Boston, MA. Co-organizer, with Dr. Claire Battershill.

“Sex and Reproduction in Irish Modernism.”Modernist Studies Association conference. Nov. 2014, Pittsburgh, PA. Organizer. Fellow presenters: Amy Elkers (Emory U) and Gregory Castle (Arizona State U).

“Spectacular Lifeforms, Spectacular Artforms: Modernist Biology, Modernist Narrative.” Modernist Studies Association conference, Oct. 2012, Las Vegas, NV. Organizer. Fellow presenters: Caroline Hovanec (Vanderbilt U) and James Ramey (Metropolitan Autonomous University at Cuajimalpa, Mexico).

Invited lectures

“How Narrative Theory Can Help Science Communication: The Case of Character in Evolutionary Biology.” Department of English, Univ. of Waterloo, March 2018.

“Your Body Is Our Black Box: Narrating Nations and the Lives of Girls and Women.” School of Humanities, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, March 2017.

“Using Narrative in Medical Communications.” MSC 1003: Rhetoric of Science, Translational Research Program, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Nov. 2016.

“Secular and Sacred and the Structure of Jim Crace’s Being Dead.” Guest lecture for ENGL 335: 20th-Century Fiction: British Fiction, McGill University, Apr. 2016.

“‘Fragments in a Limitless Mosaic’: Genetics and the Characters of Zadie Smith’s White Teeth.” Department of English, Univ. of New Brunswick, March 2016.

“‘What Birds Were They?’: Joyce’s Lapwing Enigma.” Panel on “Deciphering ‘Enigmas and Puzzles,’” public lecture for the Bloomsday Montreal festival, June 2015.

“The Novel as Thought Experiment: Quantum Decoherence and Narrative Causality in David Lodge’s Thinks…” Presentation for Travaux Sur l’Art du Roman (TSAR), McGill University, Jan. 2015.

“Sylvia Plath’s Ariel.” Guest lecture for ENGL 234: Poetry, Concordia U., Feb. 2015.

Monkey Beach as a First Nations Bildungsroman.” Guest lecture for ENG 140: Literature for Our Time, University of Toronto, Mar. 2014.

“Revising and Editing Your Own Work and the Work of Others.” Guest lecture for the first-year writing course LBST1B11: The Essay and the Argument: Mechanics. Instructor: Claire Battershill. OCAD University, Nov. 2012.

“Darwinian Experiments: Turning Evolutionary Theory into Literary Innovation.” Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto, Apr. 2012.

“Literary Critics among the Biologists: The Case of Robert Frost’s ‘Design.’”Workshops for Inter-Discipline Exchange and Novelty (WIDEN). Massey College, Mar. 2012.

“Paddling the Keele River.” Guest lecture for the continuing education course “The Canoe and Canoeing in Canadian Cultures.” Instructor: Bruce Hodgins. Trent University, Spring 2005.

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