Yale University, 1980-84

Exeter College, University of Oxford, 1984-89

Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome (Year Abroad programme organised by Stanford University) Autumn 1983

Independent tutorial in ancient Greek: Sophocles’s Oedipus Cycle, University of Toronto, Summer 1983


Hons BA in Classical Languages and Literatures, magna cum laude, distinction in Latin Literature, Yale University, June 1984

Hons BA in English Language and Literature, University of Oxford, BA, June 1986 (converted to MA, 1987)

DPhil, ‘The Influence of Virgil on Milton’s Style,’ supervised by John Carey and Anthony Nuttall, University of Oxford, December 1989


Professor of Modern English Literature, University of Lausanne (from Aug 2010)Head of English Department, University of Lausanne (from Jan 2017)


Professor of Modern and Contemporary Literature, University of Sheffield (2009-10); formerly Reader (2005- 08), Senior Lecturer (2002-04), Lecturer (1994-2001) Teaching Fellow (1993-94)

Tutor in English Literature, Manchester College, University of Oxford (1992-93)

Tutor in English Literature, Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, London (1992-93)

Visiting Lecturer in English Literature, Charles University, Prague (August 1990-92)

Temporary Lecturer in English Literature, Exeter College, University of Oxford (1989-90)



Current (2017-18)

Introduction to 20-21C Literature in English
Poetry Post45
Reading Lyric Poetry

Previous, at University of Lausanne (from 2010)

Contemporary British and Irish Poetry, from 2010
The Poetry of Kathleen Jamie, 2012 – 2013
Human/Nature: Heaney, Hughes, and Jamie, 2012-2013
Sacred and Profane: Don Paterson’s Poetry and Prose, 2015
Wordsworth’s The Prelude and other Poems, from 2011
The Poetry and Letters of John Keats, from 2012
John Milton’s Paradise Lost / shorter poetry (alternately), from 2015
Shakespeare’s Plays (BA and MA), 2012 – 2013
Introduction to English Literature from 1785 to the present, Autumn 2010- 2013
Introduction to English Literature from 1475 to 1785, Spring 2011- 2013
British Magic Realism, Autumn 2010

BA seminars and lectures at University of Sheffield (1993-2010), selected

Introduction to Advanced Literary Studies
Renaissance Literature
Restoration to 18C Literature
Victorian Literature
Criticism and Literary Theory
Contemporary Short Fiction
Mikhail Bakhtin
Katabatic narrative
Crossover Fiction

BA Dissertation supervision, University of Sheffield

James Joyce, Virginia Woolf and Narrative Theory; Gabriel García Marquez and Toni Morrison; Angela Carter; Haruki Murakami; J. K. Rowling; Crossover Literature; Evil in children’s literature; free will in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials


Current MA seminars

Earth, Water, Fire, Air: Seamus Heaney’s Poetry of Elements
Milton’s Paradise Lost

Previous MA seminars, at Lausanne

Critical Approaches: Mikhail Bakhtin; Eco-criticism (MA), 2010-2016
Literature and the Environment, 2011- 2013
Oxford Fantasists: Carroll, Lewis, Tolkien, Pullman, 2011
The voice of God in literature, with Kirsten Stirling, 2011
Fantasy Before Tolkien: Morris, Dunsany, Buchan, Lindsay, 2012
Romantic Poetry and Music, Spring 2013
Kathleen Jamie’s Conversations with the Natural World, 2014
Descents to the Underworld from Homer and Virgil to the present, 2015
Fictions of Memory and Forgetting: Levi, Ishiguro, McEwan, Sebald, 2015-16
Seamus Heaney’s Virgilian Underworlds, 2016
Research Methodologies (devised and delivered this new course, for all English students preparing mémoires) 2015-17

MA Seminars at University of Sheffield

Milton (1998-2003), for MA in Early Modern Studies
Jewish Writing pre- Holocaust (2001), for MA in Holocaust Studies


Completed, University of Lausanne

Stefania Beretta Piccoli, Corruption and Evil in Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, completed May 2012.

Tiffany Jaquet, Teaching Shakespeare to High School Students in French-speaking Switzerland, May 2012.

Caroline Gudinchet, The Heroine’s Journey into Fantastic Worlds: Images of Thresholds Between this World and Others, Sept 2012.

Amrit Singh, Behind the Grey Curtain: a study of the inner mechanisms of the sub-created world in J R R Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, Dec 2012.

Amy Player, (Re)defining ‘nature’ in Alice Oswald’s Dart and Kathleen Jamie’s Findings and Sightlines, Jan 2013. Awarded Faculty Prize, Sept 2013.

Tania Balderas, From Rulfo to Rushdie: Latin American and British Magic Realism, Sept 2013.

Victoria Baumgartner, The Genesis of Bloodshed: Violence on the Shakespearean Stage. June 2014.

Etienne Guilloud (co-supervised with Claire Clivaz, Biblical Studies), Milton’s Paradise Regained and the New Testament, completed Nov 2013. Awarded Faculty Prize.

Nathalie Favre, « Whence hail to thee, / Eve, rightly called: Eve’s Regenerative Voice(s) in John Milton’s ‘Paradise Lost.' » completed Jan 2014.

Yasmina Naim, The Revenge of Milton’s Fallen Angels in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials, June 2015.

Valeriya Vershinina, Metamorphic Selves in London Underworld Fiction, June 2015.

Danielle Barnett, The Ecodramas of Caryl Churchill and Anne Galjour: an Ecopoetic Approach to Theatre, August 2015.

Philippine Jaton, Storytelling in Children’s Holocaust Fiction, Sept 2015.

Aline Kohler, Ovidian Myth in Amy Beth Kirsten’s Music. Co-supervised with Mathilda Reichler, Musicologue at HEMU (Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne). Sept, 2015.

Chloe Falcy, ‘When orient light / Exhaling first from darkness they beheld’ (VII. 254-255): the Oriental Narrative of Milton’s Paradise Lost, June 2016.

Sandra Vuilleumier, ‘Man is to live; and all things live for Man’: Nature and Ecology in John Milton’s Paradise Lost, Sept 2016.

Jonathan Antunes Afonso, ‘I Stand in My Own Pain and Sing My Own Song’: Rewriting Eurydice in Modern and Contemporary Women’s Poetry, Dec 2016.

Marie-Laure Cap, Chronotopic Ethics: Fleshing Out Time and Space in Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go. May 2017.

Laetitia Donoso Sapin, The Descent to Hell in J K Rowling’s Harry Potter series. June 2017.

MA Thesis Supervision, University of Sheffield (selected)

Alasdair Gray; Margaret Atwood and Marge Piercy; Postmodern war narratives; Gender in Katabatic literature; Flann O’Brien and Paul Auster; Milan Kundera; Mervyn Peake; War in Children’s and Crossover Fiction; Ursula LeGuin and Philip Pullman, Magic Realism and Holocaust Fiction

2.4 MA MEMOIRE EXAMINATION, University of Lausanne

See completed mémoires, 2.3, and additionally:
Delphine Hirschi, From Beowulf to Frodo: New Heroism in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, 2011. Supervisor: Denis Renevey.

Jessica Monnet, Meaning behind Metamorphoses in Alasdair Gray’s Lanark, 2011. Supervisor: Kirsten Stirling.

Marie Emilie Walz, When The Faerie Queene enters The Bloody Chamber, 2012. Supervisor: Martine Hennard Dutheil du Rochère.

Philip Lindhom, Blindness and Insight in Lyrical Ballads and Other Selected Romantic Texts, 2012. Supervisor: Roelof Overmeer. Awarded 6 (highest grade).

Harley Edwards, Gustav Hasford’s Vietnam War Novels, Jan 2014: Supervisor Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet.

Estell Hegglin, Harry Potter saga. Aug 2015. Supervisor: Kirsten Stirling.

Sophie Toscan. Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar, Margaret Drabble’s The Mill Stone, and Ian McEwan’s On Chesil Beach, Jan 2016. Supervisor: Valérie Cossy.


Current PhD supervision, University of Lausanne

  • Rachel Nisbet, Rivers, Navigating Doubled Terrain: connecting literary and geological texts. 2011 – 2018.
  • Philip Lindholm, Synaesthesia in British Romantic Poetry. 2012 – 2018.
  • Amy Player, Contemporary New Nature Writing in Britain. Sept 2013-2019 (part-time).

PhD primary supervision, University of Sheffield, 2001-2010

  • Marcus Nevitt, Early Modern Women’s Writing (completed 2001; is now Senior Lecturer in Renaissance Literature at University of Sheffield)
  • Julie Scanlon, Contemporary Women’s Fiction and Feminist Theory (completed 2003; is now Senior Lecturer at Northumbria University)
  • Brendan Stone, Contemporary Autopathography and Narrative Theory (completed 2004; is now Professor at University of Sheffield)
  • (MPhil) Representations of Subjectivity in African-American Women’s Writing (completed 2001)
  • Jennifer Adams, Magic Realism and Holocaust Fiction (completed 2010; appointed Lecturer in Modern Literature at University of Sheffield, 2010)
  • Mervat Al-Jomaa, Crossover Literature, Psychoanalytic and Reader Response Theory (completed 2010; is now University Lecturer in Syria)
  • Yi Yin Lee, Space and Identity in Young Adult Literature (completed 2010; is now University Lecturer in Taiwan)

PhD secondary supervision, University of Sheffield, 2001-2002

  • Theories of Agency in Bakhtin and Queer Studies, completed 2001
  • Holocaust Literature, completed 2002

PhD Internal Examining, University of Sheffield

  • Trauma, Utterance and Patterns in Holocaust Survivor Testimony, 2008
  • Poetry of John Berryman, upgraded to PhD 2008
  • European, Inter-War, Lesbian and Gay Fiction, 2006
  • The novels of W.G. Sebald, upgraded to PhD 2005

PhD Internal Examining, University of Lausanne

Faculty Representative for soutenance de these: Joahn Bergstrom-Allen, ‘Promoting and Policing Religious Speculation : The Vernacular Literature of the Carmelite Order in Medieval England’, 20 Oct 2017.

PhD Professional Training

Teaching Practice: Research Training for PhDs (devised, developed and delivered this new course for PhDs in their first year of teaching, University of Sheffield, 2000-2005)

PhD External examining

Karian Schuitema, ‘Children’s Theatre in the UK: Representing Cultural Diversity on Stage Through the Practices of Interculturalism, Multiculturalism and Internationalism’, University of Westminster, London, April 2012.

Susanna Gebhardt, ‘Early Modern English Wall-Writing: Memory and Textual Culture’, University of Geneva, January 2013.

Arnaud Barras, ‘Ecopoetic Metafiction: the Interaction of Organism and Environment in Postcolonial Literatures, University of Geneva, June, 2016.



University of Provence: Lecturing Fellowship, Centre for Anglophone Studies, Aix-en-Provence (24 May- 25 June, 2007).

Lodz University: Invited Visiting Lecturer, Department of English, Lodz, Poland (5-20 March, 1995).

The Charles University: Visiting Lecturer in English Literature, Department of English and American Literature, Prague (full-time, Aug1990 – July 1992).

University of Geneva: ‘George Herbert and the Impossibility of Poetry’, guest seminar leader, Renaissance Literature Doctoral Workshop, Spring 2010.

University of Neuchatel: ‘What it Means to be Human: the writings of Primo Levi’ (MA) guest seminar leader, Spring 2010.

University of Neuchatel, Modern British Literature from 1785 to the present (BA), Lecture Series, Autumn 2013.

University of Geneva, ‘The Poetics of Listening: Jean-Luc Nancy’s A l’écoute and Seamus Heaney’s District and Circle‘, guest seminar leader, Modern Literature Doctoral Workshop, Autumn 2014.



Head of Department, University of Lausanne, from 2017.

Responsible for the Department’s five-year development plan, budget proposal, hiring of new posts, international exchanges, administration development and reform, etc.

Professor of Modern English Literature, English Section, University of Lausanne, from 2010.

Responsible for domain of Modern English (there are four ‘domains’ or filières in English, at Lausanne: Medieval, Modern English, American Studies, and Linguistics). This includes hiring teaching staff, in pre-modern and modern English literature, overseeing the structure and development of the domain, distributing workloads, organising teaching schedule, developing new courses.

Elected Member of Faculty Commission for Cours de Vacances, from 2015.

Former administration

Elected Member of Conseil de Faculté, Faculty of Arts, University of Lausanne, 2012-17.

Responsible, with Anita Auer (Head of Linguistics) for MA foreign student admissions, 2013- 2017.

Appointed Member of Hiring Commissions: Professeur-e ordinnaire/associé-e in Modern English Literature, Université de Genève (2013-14); Professeur associé in Modern English Literature, Université de Lausanne (2014-15); Professeur-e associé-e in Musicology, Université de Lausanne (2015-2016). Professeur-e ordinnaire in English Linguistics, first round (2015); Maitre Assistant, English Literature (2013, 2018).

Elected Member of Commission de Personnel de l’Unil, 2016 – 2017.

English Department Library Representative, 2014 – June 2016.

Coordinator, with Prof Denis Renevey, of English Department Research Seminar Series, 2014 – June 2016.

Member of Durabilité (Environmental Sustainability) Commission, University of Lausanne, 2012 – 2015.

Programme Director of BA in English Literature, University of Sheffield, 2008-10

Instigator and principal co-ordinator, Arts-Science Encounters, University of Sheffield, 2009-10.
2009 was the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth, the 150th anniversary of the publication of
On the Origin of Species, and the 50th anniversary of C.P. Snow’s 1959 Reith Lecture, ‘The Two Cultures.’ In this year, I developed the Arts-Science initiative at University of Sheffield to challenge the notion of ‘two cultures’ (C P Snow), to stimulate research partnerships across all five University faculties, to encourage outstanding artists to work collaboratively with University scholars, and to broaden public awareness and understanding of the University’s research activities. The flagship of the initiative was a series of public talks, entitled the Arts-Science Encounters, which ran from March to June and showcased cross-faculty research in an accessible, entertaining and provocative format. The 2009 series was so successful, that we obtained funding for the second in 2010, which in turn prompted the University to fund the series on a permanent basis.

The Arts-Science Encounters series celebrated the University’s research practice at the highest level, with contributions from more than 20 professors across a range of disciplines, including Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy, Biology, Medicine, Psychology, Music, Literature, Philosophy, Law, Architecture, and Engineering. There were also invited guest speakers from the Universities of Harvard, Oxford, York, and many other universities, as well as BBC journalists, and outstanding internationally-acclaimed musicians (violinist Paul Robertson, Lindsay Quartet cellist Bernard Gregor-Smith, Swiss guitarist Christoph Denoth, clarinettist Andrew Sparling) and leading British writers, Ruth Padel and Richard Holmes. The series featured original music, drama, painting exhibitions, and an Indian performance that explored aspects of science research. Some of the talks celebrated existing Arts-Science collaboration, such as Chemistry Professor Tony Ryan and Professor of Fashion Helen Storey’s Wonderland project, which has already been viewed by over 11 million people. Other events brought together exciting new combinations of researchers, such as an ornithologist, a brain scientist and a specialist on the works of Messiaen, to discuss the subject of bird-song. Two major oil portraits were commissioned to commemorate the life and work of Chemistry Nobel Laureates Sir Harry Kroto (painted by Peter Edwards, a National Portrait Gallery artist) and Sir Richard Roberts. There was a final public lecture by University of Oxford geneticist Professor Denis Noble (with classical guitar) and by Marcus du Sautoy, Professor for the Public Understanding of Science at University of Oxford.

All of the Arts-Science Encounters attracted maximum capacity audiences (100 people weekly, from March to June, over two years, plus 400 each year for the final lecture). They were discussed on BBC Radio Sheffield (see under Interviews, below), and featured in Sheffield’s main local newspaper (see link, below). <


Distinctions, Grants and Awards

Distinction in Latin Literature, Yale University 1984.
Amelia Jackson Scholarship, Exeter College, Oxford, 1986-1989 (doctoral research award)
Overseas Research Studentship, University of Oxford, 1987-89 (doctoral research award)
Quarrel Read Prize, for ‘contribution to college life’, Exeter College, Oxford, 1989
British Academy Overseas Conference Grant to deliver paper at 7th International Bakhtin Conference, Moscow Institute, 1995.
Arts and Humanities Research Leave Award, Oct – Jan 2004.
Fellowship stipendiary, Centre for Anglophone Studies, Université de Provence, Aix-en-Provence to deliver a series of public lectures on Crossover Literature, May – June 2007.
Consultancy grant, Open University: to develop course on Crossover Literature, 2008.
ESRC grant to design and deliver interdisciplinary public workshop, “How to be Creative?”, Grant Festival of Social Science Week March 2009.

Major subsidy from Department of Chemistry, Harry Kroto Centre, Arts and Humanities Centre, and Vice-Chancellor of University of Sheffield to develop the Arts-Science Encounters, 16 interdisciplinary public events at the University of Sheffield, March – June 2010, and to commission original oil portraits of two Nobel-prize winning chemists from University of Sheffield, 2009-2010.

Société du 450ème, University of Lausanne, subsidy for international SAMEMES (Swiss Association of Medieval and Early Modern English Studies) conference, ‘Literature, Medicine and Science in the Medieval and Early Modern Periods’, 2012.

Voted one of 30 ‘inspirational women’ at the University of Sheffield, featured in ‘Portrait of a Woman’, Festival of the Mind, Sheffield, 2013


Subsidy from International Relations Office, University of Lausanne, to launch ‘Two-Lakes Romanticism’ MA course, with field trips in Lake District and Alps, from 2016 for 5 years.

International Consultancy, Grant Assessment, and Reviewing

Peer Reviewer for Comparative Critical Studies, journal of the British Comparative Literature Association (UK, 2006 – 2011)

Assessor for Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK, 2007)

Evaluator for Killam Research Fellowship Selection Committee, Canada Council for the Arts: each two-year fellowship is worth $70,000 (Canada, 2007)

Assessor for John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (USA, 2007)

Member of Distinguished Professor Selection Committee, for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, North Carolina State University (USA, 2007)

Consultant for Open University, Faculty of Education and Language Studies (UK, 2008)

Assessor for Palgrave Macmillan Publishing (UK, 2007-2009)

Reading Committee member for E-rea, Revue électronique d’études sur le monde anglophone (France, 2007- 2009)

Peer Reviewer for Children’s Literature in Education (UK, 2008 – 2012)

Peer Reviewer for Critical Engagements, Modern Fiction Studies Network (UK, 2009)

Assessor for Leverhulme Trust Research Awards (UK, 2011)

Peer Reviewer for Children’s Literature Association Quarterly (USA, 2011 – 2012)

Peer Reviewer for HARTS & Minds: Journal for Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities and the Arts, University of Bristol (UK, 2013)

Referee for Leverhulme Trust Research Award for poet Kathleen Jamie (UK, 2013).

Peer Reviewer for Comparative Literature, University of Oregon (USA, 2014)

Peer Reviewer for C21: A Journal of Twenty-First Century Writings (UK, 2014)

Peer Reviewer for Lion and Unicorn (Canada, 2008, 2015)

Assessor for QS World University Rankings (UK, 2015)

Peer Reviewer for Children’s Literature, annual journal of Children’s Literature Association, University of Chicago (USA, 2016)

Peer Reviewer for SPELL: Swiss Papers in English Language and Literature (2016)

Peer Reviewer for Anglia/Journal of English Philology (Augsburg, Germany, 2016)

External Assessor for appointment of Professor of Children’s Literature, Newcastle University (UK, 2016)

Peer Reviewer for Yale University Press (London branch, 2016)

Peer Reviewer for Palgrave Macmillan (Basingstoke, UK, 2016)

International Examining and Quality Assessment

External Examiner, BA in English Literature, University of Derby (2001-04)

External Quality Assessor, Bishop Grosseteste College, Lincoln University (2002)

External Examiner, MA in Humanities, Liverpool Hope University (2006-2010)

External Examiner, MLitt in Children’s Lit, University of Newcastle (2009-2011)

External Examiner, MA in Comparative Lit, Goldsmith’s College, London (2010-2012)

Learned Societies

British Comparative Literature Association: Executive Committee, 2004-2010;

International Member, from 2015.

C21: A Journal of Twenty First Century Writings: Editorial Board, from 2010.

Children’s Literature in Education: Editorial Board, 2009-2011.

Fiction-Network (UK): Member, from 2009.

International Network for the Study of Lyric Poetry, Member, from 2016.

Modern Fiction Studies: Executive Committee, 2008-2010.

Réseau Européen d’Etudes Littéraires Comparées/European Network of Comparative Literary

Studies, Member, from 2010.

Swiss Association of Medieval and Early Modern English Studies (SAMEMES):

Member, 2010-2015.

Swiss Association of University Teachers of English (SAUTE): Member from 2010;

Editorial Board, 2016-19.


Academic Conference Organisation

Member of organisation and selection committee for BCLA Triennial International Conference – Folly, 2-5 July 2007, Goldsmith’s College, London. Introduced keynote speaker, Alberto Manguel.

Member of organisation and selection committee for British Comparative Literature Association Triennial International Conference – Archive, at Kent University, 5-8 July 2010.

Co-organiser of SAMEMES (Swiss Association of Medieval and Early Modern English Studies) International Conference, Literature, Medicine and Science in the Medieval and Early Modern Periods, University of Lausanne, 27-29 June 2012. Introduced keynote Prof Heinrich Von Staden (Princeton University).

Co-organiser, with Prof Antonio Rodriguez (Unil) and Prof Ralph Mueller (Unifr), of CUSO conference, ‘Internationaliser les études lyriques’, Leysin & Grand Chalet, Kuklos, 6-7 Oct 2016.

Editor of International Conference Collections

Conference publication chief editor, Seventh International Bakhtin Conference, Moscow State Pedagogical University, July, 1995: selected and co-edited papers for publication.

Conference publication co-editor, Invention: Literature and Science, 10th International Conference, 12-15 July 2004, University of Leeds: selected and co-edited papers for publication.

Co-edited with Denis Renevey, ‘Medieval and Early Modern Literature, Medicine and Science’, selected and co-edited papers for publication in guest issue of SPELL, 2013.

Organisation of University and Public Events

Instigator and principal co-ordinator, Arts-Science Encounters, University of Sheffield, 2009-10 (comprising 26 public events attracting 100-400 people on each occasion. See under Admin).

Professor John Drakakis, University of Stirling, guest lecture: ‘Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice‘, March 2011, Department of English, University of Lausanne.

Professor David Pike, American University, guest lecture: ‘The Bunker Fantasy’, May 2011, Department of English, University of Lausanne

Professor Neil Roberts, University of Sheffield, guest lecture: ‘D H Lawrence and Mexico,’ Nov 2011, Department of English, University of Lausanne.

Professor Thomas Honegger, University of Jena, guest lecture: ‘Tolkien and Fantasy Literature’, Fantasy Conference, Faculty of Letters, University of Lausanne.May 2012.

Poet Kathleen Jamie (University of Stirling), Poetry Reading, Fécule Festival, The Grange Theatre, University of Lausanne, 24 April 2013.

Professor Neil Corcoran (University of Liverpool), guest lecture: ‘Hamlet in the Cold War: Zbigniew Herbert’s “Elegy of Fortinbras” and its Contexts’, May 2013, Department of English, University of Lausanne.

Professor Alan Riach (University of Glasgow), guest lecture: ‘Modern Scottish Poetry: Hit or Myth’, October 2013, Department of English, University of Lausanne.

Poet Don Paterson (Professor of English Literature, University of St Andrews), guest lecture: ‘Translation and Creativity’, English Department in Collaboration with SPEC Programme in Translation Studies, University of Lausanne. Followed by public Poetry Reading and Q&A, The Grange Theatre, University of Lausanne, 29 April 2015.

W.B. Yeats 150th Year Anniversary Celebration, in collaboration with the Irish Embassy of Switzerland. With guest lectures by Professors Martin Hugo Leer (Geneva) and Kevin Curran (Lausanne), and music performed by Tail of the Gael, from County Sligo. The Grange Theatre, University of Lausanne, 5 October 2015.

Poet Bernard O’Donoghue (Emeritus Professor of Medieval and Contemporary Poetry, Wadham College, University of Oxford), Poetry Reading and Q & A, University of Lausanne, 18 May 2016.

Professor Heather O’Donogue (University of Oxford), guest lecture: ‘Old Norse Myth and Some Contemporary Poets in English: Stainer, Jamie, Duhig and Paterson’, May 2016.

Irish Poetry, Music and Commemoration: public workshop with guest lecture by Professor Hugh Haughton, University of York (see below) and music performed by Tail of the Gael, from County Sligo. Supported by the Irish Embassy. The Grange Theatre Foyer, 29 Nov 2016.

Professor Jonathan Culler (University of Cornell), presentation of his recent book, Theory of the Lyric, in collaboration with Departments of French, German and Italian, Faculty of Arts, University of Sheffield, April 2016.

Professor Matthew Bevis (University of Oxford), guest lecture: ‘Unknowing Lyric’, Interdisciplinary CUSO conference, ‘Internationaliser les études lyriques’, Leysin & Grand Chalet, Kuklos, 6-7 Oct 2016, Leysin, Oct 2016.

Professor Hugh Haughton (University of York), a Commemoration of Easter 1916, in collaboration with the Irish Embassy, guest lecture: ‘“All changed”: Easter 1916 in Poetry Now and Then’, 29 Nov 2016.

Poet Simon Armitage (Oxford Professor of Poetry, Professor of Poetry at University of Sheffield), Workshop on translations of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Pearl, Amphimax, University of Lausanne, followed by Poetry Reading, Q & A, Theatre de Vidy, Lausanne, Printemps de la Poésie Festival, 14 March 2017.

Poets Don Paterson and Marie-Elsa Bragg, discussion and reading: ‘Poetry and Spirituality’, Printemps de la Poesie, Lausanne, 12-15 March 2018.

Professor Robert Pogue Harrison (University of Stanford), guest lecture on Gardens and the Book, in collaboration with the Bodmer Foundation, Geneva. Professor Harrison will also help us launch a new Doctoral interdisciplinary workshop on Modernity, for students of English and American Literature in Switzerland (28-30 June 2018).

Keynote and Invited Lectures

‘Crossover Literature: definitions, boundaries, and educational possibilities’, Southwest/Texas Popular Culture/ American Culture Associations Annual Conference, New Mexico, March 2001.

‘Hell and Back: the Katabatic Imagination,’ keynote address for Undergrounds, a British Comparative Literature Conference, University of Manchester, Jan 2003.

‘Tolkien, Dante and Crossover Epic,’ Tenth Annual NCRCL/British IBBY Conference, Books and Boundaries: Writers and their Audiences, University of Surrey, Roehampton Institute, 15 Nov 2003.

‘Teaching Primo Levi,’ English Subject Centre Conference, Teaching Holocaust Writing and Film, London University, 18-19 Feb 2005.

‘Teaching “Dual-aged” Fiction,’ English Subject Centre Conference, Teaching Children’s Literature, Durham University, 20 May 2005.

‘Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials and its adult cross-readers’, University of West of England, 15 Oct 2005.

‘The London Underground and the Descent to the Underworld,’ keynote address for Urban Underworld: London’s cultural and spatial undergrounds from 1820 to the present, University of Cambridge, Sept 2006.

‘Katabatic narratives, global politics and religion,’ opening address for Hell and Its Afterlife, a week-long international, inter-disciplinary conference organised by the University of Utah, Oct 2006.

‘Heterochronic Representations of the Fall: Bakhtin, Milton, DeLillo’; one of fifteen invited international speakers delivering papers at Bakhtin’s Theory of the Literary Chronotope: Reflections, Applications, Perspectives, University of Ghent in Brussels, 28-29 June 2008.

‘Imagination in Children’s Literature,’ University of Newcastle Research Seminar series, 20 April 2009.

‘Releasing your Inner Angel: David Almond’s Skellig for children and adults’, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, Oct 2009.

‘Can Literature Help Save the Planet?’ What Happens Now: 21C Writing in English – the First Decade, University of Lincoln, July 2010.

‘Primo Levi’s If This is a Man‘. Literature and the Human. University of Neuchatel, MA Seminar, 20 April 2011.

‘Afflatious Encounters: les oiseaux dans la poésie contemporaine britannique’, Inaugural Lecture, University of Lausanne, 22 March 2012.

‘Littérature et musique anglaise du 17e au 21e siècle: réflexion et interrogation autour de l’évolution de la littérature et de la musique à l’intérieure d’un même pays’. Lecture and concert of English music performed by cellist Pascal Desarzens and other musicians, for Association à Piacere. Caveau du Singe Vert, Lutry, 13 April 2012. Repeat performance at Eglise Saint-Vincent, Montreux, 20 April 2012.

‘Afflatious Encounters: birds in contemporary British poetry’, keynote address, SAUTE (Swiss Association of University Teachers of English), University of Neuchâtel, 27 April 2012.

‘Birds, Poetry and Music’. Interdisciplinary conference, Inspiration for Life, Lectures in Celebration of the Life of Dr Tim Richardson, Department of Physics, University of Sheffield, March 2013.

‘Yeats and Heaney: reading and discussion’, To the waters and the wild: A Selection of Irish Maritime Poetry through the Ages, Lausanne Irish Study Group. 20 April 2013.

‘Wonderstruck, the Threshold Crossing into Other Worlds: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and The Narnian Chronicles’. Formation Continue. Lausanne, 12 Sept 2014.

‘Listening with Poetry: Jean-Luc Nancy and Seamus Heaney’. University of Geneva, Modern and Contemporary Literature Doctoral Workshop, 16 Oct 2014.

‘Seamus Heaney and the Underworld Journey in Virgil’s Aeneid 6’. Classical Presences in Seamus Heaney’s Poetry. University of Oxford, 17 July 2015.

‘Gravitas and Light: Heaney’s Virgilian Measure’, Traduire le rythme, Centre for Translation Studies, University of Lausanne, 29 April 2016.

‘Byron, the Shelleys and the Summer of 1816’, public event organised by Prof Patrick Vincent (Neuchatel University), Chateau de Chillon, Veytaux, 23 May 2016. Participant in reading of ‘Prisoner of Chillon’ and panel discussion.

‘Hosting Otherness: Lyric, Epic, Rhythm, Voice’, Interdisciplinary CUSO conference, ‘Internationaliser les études lyriques’, Leysin & Grand Chalet, Kuklos, 6-7 Oct 2016.

‘Epic Distortions of Lyric in Heaney’s ‘Riverbank Field’ First International Conference of the Network for the Study of Lyric, Boston University, June 2017. We will host the second conference in Lausanne, 2019.

‘Of Bugs, Birds, and Poets: Undersongs of the Natural World’, Green Thought in a Green Shade: Literature and the Environment, Formation Continue, Lausanne, Sept 2017.

Other Conference Papers and Chairing (selected)

‘Theatre on the Balustrade’s Velvet Revolution,’ Why Theatre?/ Pourquoi Le Theatre? International Conference, University of Toronto, Nov 1995.

‘Between Polyphony and Dialogue: the subject in Primo Levi and Mikhail Bakhtin,’ Bakhtin and the Crisis of Subjectivity: Between Philosophy and Literature, Sixth International Conference, ISSEI, Haifa University, Israel, Aug 1998.

‘Classical katabasis in Salman Rushdie’s The Ground Beneath Her Feet,’ The Poetics of the Subject International Conference, LERMA Université de Provence, Aix-en-Provence, France, 28-29 March 2003.

‘The motif of katabasis in disaster narratives,’ Representing the Unimaginable: Narratives of Disaster, International Interdisciplinary Conference, English Seminar, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster, 23-25 May 2003.

‘English-language Crossover Literature,’ International Conference on Storytelling and Cultural Identity, Terceira, Azores, 27-29 June, 2005.

‘Crossover Fiction’. Twenty-first Century Novel, Lancaster University, 2-3 Sept 2005

‘British Crossover Fiction and its Readers’. Stories for Children; Histories of Childhood, Tours, France, 18-19 Nov 2005.

‘Not just “for children, old people and professors”: a Defence of Re-reading”.

Evidence of Reading; Reading the Evidence, Institute of English Studies, University of London Senate House, July 2008.

‘Uses of Metaphor’, paper presented with Professor Aurora Plomer and Professor Thomas Baldwin (Philosophy, University of York), for the 2009 Arts-Science Encounters, University of Sheffield, 2 June 2009.

‘Myths of Modern Science: Metaphor and Myth in the Languages of Biology and Chemistry’, presented with Professor Aurora Plomer (Dept of Law, University of Sheffield), Fourth International Conference on the Arts in Society, Venice, Italy, 29-31 July 2009.

President de séance, Visage: Colloque Interdisciplinaire, Université de Lausanne, Nov 2011.

Chair, Wordsworth Panel, Romantic Prospects: 2012 NASSR conference, University of Neuchâtel, August 2012.

‘Nel mezzo del cammin’: the soul at sea in Kathleen Jamie’s The Overhaul‘, 3rd British and Irish Contemporary Poetry Conference, University of Manchester, Sept 2013.

‘Kathleen Jamie’s Midlife Music’, First International Conference of Scottish Literature. University of Glasgow, 2-5 July 2014.

Chair, ‘Economies of Contemporary Poetry’ panel, Economies of English: SAUTE Biennial Conference, University of Geneva, 24-25 April 2015.

‘A Ghostly Conversation: Heaney and His Virgil’, English Dept Research Series, University of Lausanne, 29 May 2015.

‘Salvage at the River’s Edge: Heaney, Virgil and the transfusion of cultural memory’,

Salvage : Fourteenth Triennial Conference of the British Comparative Literature Association, University of Wolverhampton, 12-15 July 2016.

‘Virgilian Afterlives in Heaney’s The Riverbank Field’, Archival Afterlives, Manchester University, June 2017.