EACLALS Trinniel Conference, “Under Construction: Gateways and Walls, Bogazici Univesity (Istanbul, April 26 -30, 2011) paper, “‘The city has no center other than ourselves”: Mapping and Remapping the Hidden Symmetries of Orhan Pamuk’s Istanbul: Memories and the City”

Plenary Session for Modern Language Association 2010 ADFL Seminar East (University of Rochester, June 4, 2010) “Taking Risks, Courting Wildness: Creating the Award-Winning Caroline Werner Gannett Project’s ‘Visionaries in Motion'”

Organized panel (four faculty, RIT and U Kentucky) and delivered paper, “Moving Out/There: Strategies for Re-Imagining Academic Spaces for international interdisciplinary conference, “Defining Space, “University College, Dublin (October 11-13, 2007) See

Poetry Reading (September 13, 2007 @ 7:00 p.m.) Barnes and Noble, Pittsford. Sponsored by Rochester’s Just Poets

“Biting Off Too Much Sky?” for conference, Not Drowning but Waving: Women, Feminism and the Liberal Arts”, University of Alberta, Canada, October 12-14, 2006

“Beyond ‘verbal privilege’: Negotiating the Transformative Politics in Adrienne Rich’s Poetry,” for Poetry and Politics Conference, University Stirling, Scotland (July 13-16, 2006); also read five poems in Special Poetry Session (working poets); Chair of Special Session on poetry. (see

“Evolving Cartographies: Moving Beyond Literary and Textualized Spaces;” presentation for RIT panel, “Cultural Uses of the New Cartographies: Interdisciplinary Negotiations;” organizer and panelist for “Close Encounters: ScienceLiteratureArts,” The 4th European Biannual Conference of the Society for Science, Literature, and the Arts (Amsterdam, the Netherlands, June 13-16, 2006)

“Gesturing with Love, Touching into Words: The Geographical Imagination of Michael Ondaatje,” for Triennial World Conference of the Association of Commonwealth Literature and Language Study (University of Malta, March 21-26, 2005)

“Celebrating the Radical Poetics of Medbh McGuckian,” for conference,“Representing Ireland,” University of Sunderland, October 23-26, 2003 (Introduction of keynote speaker, Medbh McGuckian; also Chair of session, “Irish Narrative”).

“Rifts, Partitions, and ‘the mineral taste of lust’: Akhil Sharma’s An Obedient Father” for Bodies and Voices Conference (Association of Commonwealth Literature and Language Study [ACLALS], University of Copenhagen, March 15-19, 2002)

“Beyond ‘artful voyeurism’: Reading Irish Poets in a Time of Political Trauma,” for Thirty-Second Annual Conference of the College English Association (Memphis, TN, April 5-8, 2001)

“Nights in The Underground: Marie-Claire Blais’ Ethics of ‘ti-frere’ and Canadian Writing” for conference, Spaces In-Between: Negotiating Boundaries in Post-Colonial Writing, Universitat Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany (September 11-16, 1996)

“Gentle Geomorphologies: Nomadism and Community in Michael Ondaatje’s The English Patient,” ‘City Limits’ Conference, University of Staffordshire, Staffordshire, UK (September, 1996)

“Food, Historiography and the Politics of Translation: Sara Suleri’s Meatless Days,” for Silver Jubilee Conference of EACLALS (European Association of Commonwealth Language and Literature), Oviedo, Spain (March 25-31, 1996); also, Chair, Special Session on Salman Rushdie.

“Alternative Salons and Spoiled Careers: Djuna Barnes at Hayford Hall” organizer, chair and panelist, for Special Session “Celebrating Djuna Barnes: The Next Hundred Years,” (Modern Language Association, New York, December 27-30, 1992)

“Reimaginings: Ideologies of Politics and Modernity in Women’s Writing of the Indian Diaspora” for Special Session “Colonialism and Nationalism: The Invention of Modernity in India, 1915-55” (Modern Language Association, New York, December 27-30, 1992)

“New Directions in Thirties Scholarship” for Conference, TheThirties: History, Literature, and Culture, (Youngstown State University, May 2, 1992)

“Nine Yards of Sari and Sandals: A Critique of Western Feminist Epistemology by Women Writers of the Indian Diaspora,” (R.K. Narayan Conference, Mysore, India, January 7-10, 1992)

“A Still Disquieting Muse: Recuperating Sylvia Plath in the 1990’s;” organizer, chair and panelist for Special Session, Modern Language Association, (San Francisco, December 27-30, 1991)

“Beyond Marginalia: The Challenge of Women’s Life/Writings Across Cultures,” Cultural Conflicts in Contemporary Literature, (University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, February 3-9, 1991)

“Biography as Gossip;” Panel Discussion with Blanche Wiesen Cook, Emily Toth et al (NWSA, National Women’s Studies Association, Akron, Ohio, June 1990)

“Anarchaeologies: New Strategies for Reading Postcolonial Women’s Writing,” EACLALS, European Association of Commonwealth Literature and Language Study, Triennial Conference (University of Lecce, Italy, April 3-7, 1990)

“Robber Baron Feminism: The Newly Marginalized Woman,” (Modern Language Association, New Orleans, December 27-30, 1988)

“Djuna Barnes and Modernism,” for conference, “Women’s Language: The Politics and Poetics of Feminist Critical Practice and Theory” (InterUniversity Center, Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia, May 6-14, 1988)

“‘Case history makes me sick’: The Epistolary Collaborations Djuna Barnes and Emily Holmes Coleman,” Special Session: “The Poet and the Talking Cure” (Modern Language Association, San Francisco, December 27-30, 1987)

“White Pine Minds with Mahogany Finish: Reading the Rhetoric of the Family in the Djuna Barnes Archive,” for conference, “The New Gender Scholarship,” The Program for the Study of Women and Men in Society, (USC-Los Angeles, January 23-26, 1987)

“Word Made Fresh: Djuna Barnes Among the Ladies of the Press”; paper and panel (“In the Name of the Fa[r]ther: Body, Text and Pre-text in Women’s Discourse, 1900-1930”) for Third International Interdisciplinary Congress on Woman (Trinity College, University of Dublin, July 6-10, 1987)

“My Art Belongs to Daddy: Incest as Exile; the Textual Economics of the Women of Hayford Hall” (Djuna Barnes, Emily Coleman and Antonia White) for English Literature Section, “Women Writers in Exile I: Communities of Exile,” (Modern Language Association, New York, December 27-30, 1986)

“Peanuts are harder to find than scotch’: Desire, Passion and the Woman Reader of Mavis Gallant,” for International Conference on Canadian Literature and Film (California State University, Los Angeles, November 14-16, 1986); and the Popular Culture Association (Montreal, March 25-27, 1987)

“Body’s Theme: In the Barnes Archive;” Paper and Chair Panel “Djuna Barnes and Modernism: The Self Inscribed” for Hofstra Conference on the Avant-Garde (Hofstra University, November 14-16, 1985)

“Feminism and Psychology: Carol Gilligan’s In A Different Voice” (University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy, March 4, 1985)

“The American Woman Writer in the 1980’s Theory and Practice,”  lecture series for University degli Studi di Bologna, March 1-7, 1985 (series also included my seminars on Sylvia Plath, Djuna Barnes, and current Anglo-American feminist theory)

“Caresse Crosby and Literary Iconoclasm Portfolio, 1945-48,” Special Session: “American Muses in Paris,” (Modern Language Association, Washington D.C., December 27-30, 1984)

“The Art of Revision and the Ache of the Academy: Researching Djuna Barnes,” Sixth Annual Berkshire Conference in the History of Women, (Smith College, Northampton, MA, June 1-3, 1984); also Introduction to Silence and Power: Djuna Barnes, A Reevaluation (Southern Illinois, 1991)

“Sylvia Plath and the New, White Collar Censorship of Women,” College English Association Annual Conference, “1984 in Fact and Fiction” (Clearwater, FL, April 12-14, 1984); also presented for Women’s Studies Forum, Southern Illinois University, (September 26, 1984)

“Gender and Myth Structure in Willa Cather’s Youth and the Bright Medusa,” Western Literature Association (St. Paul, MN, Oct. 6-9, 1983)

“American Culture and the Marketing of Sylvia Plath: the ‘Uncut’ Journals,” (Commune di Bologna, Center for Research on Women, Bologna, Italy, May 11, 1983)

“Djuna Barnes: A Renaissance,” Chair, Special Session (Modern Language Association, Los Angeles CA, 1982)

“Fierce with Reality: Textual Acts of Old Women in Modern Literature,” (NCTE National Convention, Washington D.C., November 20, 1982)

“The Myth and Marketing of Sylvia Plath,” Conference, “Women Writing Poetry in America” (Stanford University, April 15-18, 1982)

“Adrienne Rich and the Dream of a Common Language,” National Council of Teachers of English (San Francisco, March 18-20, 1982)

“Revolution in Form: American Women’s Autobiographies,” English Department, Tel Aviv University, March 21, 1981)

“Sylvia Plath: A Lady Lazarus?” (The American Cultural Center, Tel Aviv, Israel, March 19, 1981)

“Sylvia Plath’s Protean Poetic,” (The English Forum Series, Haifa University, Haifa, Israel, March 7. 1981)

“Lillian Hellman: The Drama, The Myth, The Woman,” National Women’s Studies Conference (Bloomington, IN, May 16-20, 1980)

“Women Publishers: Paris, 1920’s” for “Biographical Background of the Lost Generation” session, Modern Language Association (San Francisco, December 26-30, 1979)

“The Annotated Gershwin Guidebook for the Aspiring Academic: Rites of Passage in Academe,” Panel Chair and paper for the Popular Culture Association, (Detroit, April 16-20, 1980)

“ ‘At five I have my abyss’: Literature of the Salon, Paris, 1920,” for session “A Garland of Women: The Cultural World of Paris from the ‘Belle Epoque’ through the Twenties,” National Women’s Studies Association (U. of Kansas, Lawrence, May 30-June 3, 1979)

“Formal Autobiographies and Slant Truths Contemporary Women Writing” for panel,“Definitions of Self: Women’s Autobiographies, Diaries, Reminiscences and Other Private Forms,” National Women’s Studies Association Conference, (Lawrence, KS, May 30-June 3, 1979)

“Notes on Camp from the Great Female Indoors: Rites of Passage in Women’s Autobiographies,” for panel “Rites of Passage: Changing Images of Strength and Weakness” (National Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association (Pittsburgh, April 25-28, 1979)

“Women’s Studies in the American University: Revolution in Pedagogy” for the Joint-University Seminar in the Social Sciences and Humanities (American University in Cairo, April 2, 1979)

“The Protean Poetic of Sylvia Plath,” (English Department, American University in Cairo, April, 1979)

Interview with journalist/novelist Ekbal Baraka for Egyptian National Radio regarding “The First Egyptian Women Writers and Artists Festival,” Cairo, March 8-12, 1979; Interview reprinted in SABAH EL KHEIR, June 7, 1979 (No. 1221)

“The Deception of Passivity: Lillian Hellman’s Drama” (Modern Language Association, New York, December 27-30. 1978)

“‘The fact of doubt, the faith of dream’: Early Poetry of Sylvia Plath,” Modern Language Association, December 26-30, San Francisco, 1976)

“‘Tissues in Slices/A Pathological Salami’: Comic Elements in the Poetry of Sylvia Plath,” (National Council of Teachers of English, San Diego, November, 1975)

“The Hidden Faculty: Women at Notre Dame,” lecture reprinted in The Scholastic, (October, 1972)