My background is in Comparative Literature (French, German, English) and I defended my PhD thesis (The Big Deal: Card Games in 20th-Century Fiction) at the Université de Montréal, Département de littérature comparée, in 1997. In 1998, I came to the UvA (ASCA), on a Québec government FCAR Postdoctoral Fellowship, to continue research on topics explored in my PhD thesis in literature, (i.e. mimesis, play, games, chance, risk, gambling, speculation, addiction) in relation to 17th-century Dutch and Flemish genre paintings of card players; how they circulated through the art market; and what they continue to signify to us today.
I began teaching at the UvA in the Film and Media Studies departments in 2001, following a two-year sessional appointment in Comparative Literature at the Universiteit Leiden (1999-2001). In 2003, I was hired in the UvA’s NGO programme, and later transferred to the English Department where I became UHD in 2007. From 2008–2010, I was appointed to co-create Amsterdam University College where I designed both the Humanities tracks (Literature, Film, History, Art History), and the Information, Communication, Cognition tracks, for which I also served as Head of Studies.
I am deeply committed to interdisciplinary research and continue to work in a number of disciplines including finance (See my 2019 review of The Social Life of Financial Derivatives: Markets, Risk, and Time, by Ed LiPuma, in the Journal of Cultural Economy, https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17530350.2019.1570539). The relationship between literature and finance is also at the heart of my interest in Pieter Langendijk’s plays on the financial bubbles of 1720 that burst in England (The South Sea Bubble), France (The Mississippi Scheme), and The Dutch Republic, which I translated with Frans de Bruyn and Merlijn Erken). The translation will be published this year with Liverpool University Press in a volume that also contains my translation (with de Bruyn and Erken) of the 1892 editor’s introduction to Langendijk and the critical apparatus of that edition, as well as six essays by contemporary theatre and economic historians (Leemans; Paul, Looijsteijn, Rosenhaft), as well as literary scholars (Goggin, de Bruyn).
I continue to write about playing and tarot cards and have recently published “Live and Let Die: The Tarot as Other in the 007 Universe” in Bond Uncovered (Palgrave, 2018). On playing cards and games: I have an essay in press on “Banking Games, Speculation, and the Normalization of Finance,” in Casino and Classic Card Games: Communities, Cultures, and Play (Bloomsbury), and I am an Associate Editor for Critical Gambling Studies (https://www.criticalgamblingstudies.com/index.php/cgs/about/editorialTeam). I
While I have published widely on gambling, speculation, chance, risk, addiction and finance in literature and painting, my background in film has also led me to publish several articles in "Bond Studies" (i.e. on the novel and film adaptation of Casino Royale, and Diamonds are Forever). My most recent 007 book chapter, entitled “Skyfall and Global Casino Culture,” will appear later this year in Bond Beyond Bond: Alternative Perspectives on the James Bond Franchise (Palgrave).
My interest in games also led me to become involved in (video) game studies and, in 2004, UvA, Media Studies asked me to develop a course on video games. The result was “Perspectives on Games” which I taught for the next two years. Since that time I have published numerous articles on games (most recent: “Transmedia Storyworlds, Literary Theory, Games.” Journal of Media and Culture. 2018: http://journal.media-culture.org.au/index.php/mcjournal/article/view/1373) and continue to be an active member of DiGRA and Literary Theory and Games.
As a feminist scholar I have a deep interest in making “herstory” visible and audible, which is one of the central tasks of “Women, Money and Markets: 1600-1900” http://www.womenmoneymarkets.co.uk; an interdisciplinary research network I co-founded with Emma Newport (University of Sussex), that brings together people working in economic history, literary studies, theatre studies, economics and finance. Our third conference in the series was just held at the University of Sussex, June 13-14, 2019, and we will meet for our fourth international conference at Universität Zürich, in June 2020.
My current interests include dolls and toy research and I delivered “Doll-ers and Cents: The Financialization of Childhood and the Gamification of Finance,” the opening keynote at the 2017 meeting of Critical Finance Studies, held in honour of Randy Martin at the University of Leicester. I also spoke on that topic at the International Toy Research Association's conference in Paris in June, 2018 and I am an active memeber of the association. I have published a number articles on LEGO, including “Toyetics and Novelizations: Bringing The LEGO Movie to the Page,” in More Than Just Bricks: Critical Perspectives on LEGO in Popular Culture (Palgrave).
I am also very interested in material culture and have joined SOAS of the University of London in their work on the sponge trade. My article entitled “Sexing the sponge: Luxury, trade and the female body” is forthcoming in The Global Life of Sponges: Social, cultural, historical, and political (http://www.geocities.ws/soasspongesconference2018/bookcontents.htm). In my future research I hope to bring my interest in material culture to the study of textiles, and I am actively compling an archive on knitting.
I am co-founder of Critical Finance Studies, and Games and Literary Theory. I am a board member of the Association of Adaptation Studies, The Economic History Society and I review for a wide variety of academic journals and presses. I am also a memeber of the advisory board for The History of Financial Advice (https://gtr.ukri.org/projects?ref=AH%2FN003241%2F1), an AHRC funded research project, and for AlterEcos: Exploring Alternatives to Currently Dominant Forms of Economic Organizing with the Copenhagen Business School.
Books (Books edited), Special Journal Issues
Quincampoix or the Wind Traders [Quincampoix of de Windhandelaars] and Arlequin Actionist [Harlequin Stock Jobber]: Pieter Langendyk, 1720. With Frans de Bruyn. Forthcoming, Liverpool University Press (2020).
The Aesthetics and Affects of Cuteness. Eds. Dale, Joshua, Joyce Goggin, Julia Leyda, Anthony McIntyre, Diane Negra. Routledge, December 2017, pp. 312.
Neo-Victorianism and Feminism: New Approaches. Special issue: Neo-Victorian Studies. Vol. 6:2, 2013. Co-editor Tara MacDonald. http://www.neovictorianstudies.com/contents.htm
Articles in Refereed Journals
“Transmedia Storyworlds, Literary Theory, Games.” Journal of Media and Culture. Special Issue: Transmedia Serial Narration. Ed. Anne Kustritz, 2018: http://journal.media-culture.org.au/index.php/mcjournal/article/view/1373.
“’How do those Danish bastards sleep at night?’: Fan Labour and the Power of Cuteness.” Ludic Economies. Eds. Giddings, Seth and Alison Harvey. Special issue: The Games and Culture Journal, 2018: 1-18. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/324722901_How_Do_Those_Danish_Bastards_Sleep_at_Night_Fan_Labor_and_the_Power_of_Cuteness
“Everything is Awesome”: The LEGO Movie and the Affective Politics of Security.” Finance and Security. Special Issue: Finance and Society. Ed. Morris, John and Nina Boy. 3(2), 2017: 143-158. http://financeandsociety.ed.ac.uk/article/view/2574
“Learning finance through fiction: Cecilia and the perils of credit.” Hard Cash. Special issue of Finance and Society. Ed. Samman, Amin, Nathan Coombs, and Angus Cameron. Vol 1, No.1, 2015: 61-73. http://financeandsociety.ed.ac.uk/article/view/1371
“Opening Shots and Loose Slots.” Opening Pages, Opening Shots. Special issue of Screen. Eds. Geraghty, Christine and Shannon Wells-Lassagne. (Summer 2015) 56:2: 245-252.
Chapters in Edited Books
“Toyetics and Novelizations: Bringing The LEGO Movie to the Page.” More Than Just Bricks: Critical Perspectives on LEGO in Popular Culture. Eds. Rebecca Haines and Sharon Mazzarella. Palgrave. Accepted, forthcoming.
“Framing John Law: G(u)ilt, Fiction, and Finance.” Moralizing Commerce in a Globalizing World Multidisciplinary Approaches to a History of Economic Conscience, 1600–1900. Eds. Felix Brahm and Eve Rosenhaft. Oxford UP. Accepted, in revision.
“Banking Games, Speculation, and the Normalization of Finance.” Casino and Classic Card Games: Communities, Cultures, and Play. Ed. Mark R. Johnson. Submitted, forthcoming.
“Magic and Illusion: From the Tarot to the Playing Card.” Illusions. Special issue of IKKM Schriftenreihe, with Fordham University Press. Accepted, revisions completed.
“The Pro Wrestling Audience as Imagined Community: Reflecting on WWE’s Audience as a ‘Fan-Generated Narrative’ Body.” Co-author, Argyrios Emmanouloudis. Convergent Wrestling: Participatory Culture, Transmedia Storytelling, and Intertextuality in the Squared Circle. Ed. CarrieLynn D. Reinhard and Christopher J. Olson. Routledge, 2019: 136-149.
“’Everything is Awesome’: Spreadable Stories and The LEGO Movie.” Adaptation in the Age of Media Convergence. Eds. Johannes Fehrle and Werner Schäfke. Amsterdam University Press. In press.
“Skyfall and Global Casino Culture.” Bond Beyond Bond: Alternative Perspectives on the James Bond Franchise. Ed. Jaap Verheul. Palgrave. In press.
“Dickens from Balloons to Voice Overs.” Routledge Companion to Adaptation. Eds. Crutcheon, Denis and Eckart Voigts. New York and London: Routledge, 2018: 314-326.
“Live and Let Die: The Tarot as Other in the 007 Universe.” Bond Uncovered. Ed. Jeremy Strong. London: Palgrave, 2018: 143-162.
“Adaption und Ökonomie: Das Beispiel globalisierter Städtebilder.” Grundbegriffe der Literaturwissenschaft: Adaptation. Ed. Emig, Rainer and Lucia Krämer. Berlin: De Gruyter. In press.
“Disaster and Delirium: The Culture of Calamity and Capitalist Imperialism.” War, Empire, and Culture. Ed. Yuan Shu. Accepted, submitted.
“Amsterdam, Red Light Districts and the Global Rise of Prostitution.” Transforming Cities. Eds. Pietrzak-Franger, Monika and Eckart Voigts-Virchow. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2018: 107-126.
“Trading and Trick-Taking in the Dutch Republic: Pasquin’s Wind Cards and the South Sea Bubble.” Playthings in Early Modernity: Party Games, Word Games, Mind Games. Ed. Alison Levy. Series: Cultures of Play, 1300-1700, Ed. Bret Rothstein. Kalamazoo: Western Michigan University Press, 2017: 191-205.
“Crise et comédie: Le système de John Law au théâtre néerlandais.” Gagnons sans savoir comment : Réprésentations du Système de Law du XVIIIe à nos jours. Ed. Florence Magnot-Ogilvy. Rennes: Les Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2017: 163-183.
“Affective Marketing and the Kuteness of Kiddles.” The Aesthetics and Affects of Cuteness. Co-editors Dale, Joshua, Julia Leyda, Anthony McIntyre, Diane Negra. Routledge, 2017: 216-235.
“Eat, Pray, Love: Expanding Adaptations and Global Tourism.” Film Text Analysis: New Perspectives on the Analysis of Filmic Meaning. Ed. Janina Wildfeur and John A. Bateman. New York and London: Routledge, 2016: 169-87.
Quincampoix or The Wind Traders [Quincampoix of de e Windhandelaars van] and The Harlequin Stockjobber [De Arlequyn Actionist] Pieter Langendyck, 1720. With Frans de Bruyn and Merlijn Erken. In preparation. pp. 200.
“’The Cake is a Lie’: Of hoe verniel je de disfunctionele oermoeder in Portal?” Eva Nesselroth-Woyzbun. Homo Ludens Magazine, Vol. 1 (2012): 62-80.
"Early Cinema as a Challenge to Film History" ("Le cinéma des premiers temps: Un défit pour l'histoire du film?") André Gaudreault and Tom Gunning, in The Cinema of Attractions Reloaded, Wanda Strauven, Ed. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2006: 365-381.
"Du vieux vin dans de nouvelles outres: remarques sur le 'New Historicism.'" ("Alter Wein in neuen Schläuchen: Bermerkungen zum 'New Historicism'") Hans-Robert Jauss, in Texte , Vol. 12, 1992: 49-65.
De avantgarde (Co-ordinator): 2000 -- ALW, Universiteit
Literatuurbenaderingen (Co-ordinator): 2000 -- ALW, Universiteit Leiden
Inleiding literatuurwetenschap (Co-ordinator): 2001 -- ALW, Universiteit Leiden
Reamisme in literatuur (Co-ordinator): 2001 -- ALW, Universiteit Leiden
Informatie vaardigheiden: 2001 -- Media Studies, UvA
Analyse film: 2002 -- Media Studies, UvA
Wetenschapsfilosofie 2002, 2003 -- Media Studies, UvA
Women in Film Noir (MA, Co-ordinator): 2003 -- Media Studies, UvA
European Media: 2003 -- ISSSH
Orientatie neuwe media: 2003 -- Media Studies, UvA
British and American Culture: 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007 -- (Co-ordinator) English Department,UvA
Canadian Literature in Film(MA) 2004 (Co-ordinator) -- English Department, UvA
The Novel (Co-ordinator): 2004, 2005, 2006 -- English Department, UvA
Perspectives on Games (Co-ordinator): 2004, 2005, 2006 -- MediaStudies, UvA
Inleiding literatuur en film(Co-ordinator):2004, 2005, 2006 --ALW, UvA
Anglo-American Literature (Co-ordinator): 2005 -- English Department, UvA
Zeven meesterwerken: 2004, 2005 -- ALW, UvA
Narrativiteit in literatuur en film (Co-ordinator): 2006 -- ALW, UvA Between Media (MA): 2006 -- ALW, UvA
18th-Century Fiction (BA): 2008 -- English Department, UvA
In 2008 I wrote the curricula for "Cities and Cultures" (History, Art History, Literature and Film) and "Information, Communication, and Cognition" at Amsterdam University College (see link here below).
“Branding, Creativity, and the Red Light District”. International Law Students Association. Universiteit van Amsterdam. February 25, 2014.
“Don’t look up!: Soft Surveillance and Casino Spaces.” Spui25: Big Brother America. December 12, 2013.
“Finance and the “Art” of Gunther von Hagens.” The Department of Art History. University of Toronto. March 26, 2013. “The Narrative Potential of Computer Games.” Transmedial Narration, Universiteit van Amsterdam. February 22, 2013.
Invited speaker. “Gaming, finance, economy: What money does in game worlds.” Ruby Tuesday Lezing. Schnuck, Heerlen. November 21, 2012.
“Mad Men and Serialized Television.” Seriality, Television and the Drama Series, Universiteit van Amsterdam. November 15, 2012.
“Gambling/Gaming: What’s the Difference? Who Cares?” UWE, Bristol, February 28, 2013.
PhD seminar, “Entertainment Industries in a Dematerializing Economy.” Catholic University, Lisbon. May 12-16, 2012.
"From Paris to City Center: How Las Vegas Copes with a Changing Economy." School of Management, University of Leicester, April 11, 2012.
“City Branding and Amsterdam’s Red Light District.” School of Management, University of Leicester, April 11, 2012.
"On Gambling" UWE, Bristol, March 26, 2012.
“Jane Austen and the Rise of the Novel.” University of Split, Croatia, March 6, 2012.
"It Just Keeps Getting Bigger: Bond and the Political Economy of Huge." Revisioning James Bond, Spui25, November 11, 2009.
"Therapeutic Gaming and 9/11", Spui25: NU!: De culturele verwerking van 9/11 , September 11, 2009.
Workshop: "Disaster Capitalism". European Summer School in Cultural Studies , Copenhagen. August 17-21, 2009.
"Hot Spots and Sound Investments: Legitimizing Las Vegas". School of Management, University of Leicester, May 26, 2009.
"Las Vegas and Hollywood Film" and "Heritage Film since the 1970s". Roosevelt Academy, Middelburg April 16-17, 2009.
"Citizen Kane: The GreatestUS Movieof all Time", De Illustere Sc hool. Universiteit van Amsterdam, April 9, 2009
"Reading and Watching: Literature and Games". Cross Media Madness . Media Studies, Universiteit van Amsterdam, February, 2009.
"Beauty, Representation and Commerce: The Rise of the Novel". CREA Studium Generale: Filosofie van de schoonheid . Amsterdam, December 1, 2008.
"Reading and Watching: Literature and Games". Lezen en kijken: Wat heeft het woord dat het beeld niet heeft? Amsterdam, November 21, 2008.
"Flirting with Disaster: Hollywood Film and the Shock Doctrine". UvA English Department Faculty Lecture Series. Amsterdam, November 13, 2008.
"My Future's so Bright, I'm already Dead". Spui25: De stelling van... UvA. Amsterdam, September 29, 2008.
"De hedendaagse roman en computer games". Bewogen woord: Literatuur en audiovisuele cultuur . Universiteit Utrecht, September 12, 2008.
Chair: Derek Wallcot, Cola Debrot Lectures . SPUI25: Amsterdam, May 19, 20, 2008.
"The Female Body as Projection Screen". Mooi zo! Over bimbo's, bodybuilders en ethiek . SPUI25: Amsterdam, May 29, 2008.
"Future and Futurity: Research and Risk". Met het oog op onderzoek , UvA. Amsterdam, January 16, 2008.
"Spelen en spellen: De verhalende kracht van het computerspelletje". Nacht van de Wetenschap , UvA. Amsterdam, June 16, 2007.
"Pop goes Beethoven: Shaggy Dog Stories and Popular Culture". Facultietsdag, Uva. Amsterdam, February 21, 2007.
" The Greater Trumps : Charles Williams and the Metaphysics of Otherness". UvA English Department Faculty Lecture Series. Amsterdam, April 20, 2006.
"Casinos and Sure Bets". Department of Media and Culture, Universiteit van Amsterdam. October 26, 2005.
"Past/Future:Jenseits des Videogames". Department of Media and Culture, Universiteit van Amsterdam. April 14, 2004.
"Gambling Debts and Loose Women: Vidor's Gilda and the Economics of Desire". Department of Media and Culture, Universiteit van Amsterdam, October 15, 2003.
Gambling and Finance 2010,2011 -- Cultural Analysis
Comic Books: 2008 -- Cultural Analysis UvA
Postmodern Literature: 2007 -- English Department, UvA
Victorian Fiction and Finance: 2006 -- English Department, UvA
Pornography and Visual Culture: 2006 -- ALW, UvA
Nabokov and Post Modernism: 2005, 2006 -- English Department, UvA
Film and Literature: 2005 -- ALW, UvA
“Finance and Film: From Indiscreet to Up in the Air.” Critical Finance Studies, University of Birmingham, August 7-9, 2019.
“Sexing the Sponge: Luxury, Trade and the Female Body.” 2nd Vienna Conference on Pluralism in Economics, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, April 15-16, 2019.
Invited speaker. “De Doctrina Neoliberali.” Posthuman Economies. Universität Basel, April 12-14, 2019.
“De Doctrina Neoliberali.” Futures of Finance and Society. University of Edinburgh, December 6, 2018.
Invited speaker. “De Doctrina Neoliberali.” Copenhagen Business School, December 4, 2018.
“Adaptation, The LEGO Movie and Neoliberal Awesomeness." The Association of Adaptation Studies. Universiteit van Amsterdam, September 27-28, 2018.
Invited speaker: “Women in Game Studies.” IT University, Copenhagen, August 13, 2018.
“De Doctrina Neoliberali.” Critical Finance Studies. University of Gothenburg, August 9-11, 2018.
“Doll-ers and Cents: The Financialization of Childhood and the Gamification of Finance.” Toys and Material Culture: Hybridisation, Design and Consumption. International Toy Research Association 8th World Conference, Paris, July 11-12-13, 2018.
“Sexing the Sponge: Luxury, Trade and the Female Body.” The Global Life of Sponges: Social, cultural, historical, and political. SOAS, Hydra, Greece, May 19-20, 2018.
“Representing Cosmopolitism and Financial Crisis”. Panel: “The Bubble Year (1720) and the Cultural Marketplace.” Panel Organizer: Joyce Goggin. Canadian Association for 18th-Century Studies. University of Toronto, October 18-21, 2017.
“Geographies of Play and the Cuteness Factor.” Geographies of Digital Games. Annual Conference of the Royal Geographical Society, London, August 29 - September 1, 2017.
Keynote. “Doll-ers and Cents: The Financialization of Childhood and the Gamification of Finance.” Critical Finance Studies, University of Leicester, August 13-15, 2017.
“Playbour and the Cuteness Factor.” Panel: Play/Labour: Bodies, Senses and the Videogame Experience. Panel Organizer: Joyce Goggin. NECS, Paris. June 29 – July 1, 2017.
Invited speaker. “Framing John Law: G(u)ilt, Fiction and Finance.” Moralising Commerce in a Globalising World. Multidisciplinary Approaches to a History of Economic Conscience, 1600-1900. German Historical Institute, London. June 22-24, 2017.
“Adaptation and Transmediality: Or, whence The LEGO Movie?” Film Adaptation: Theory, Practices, Reception. Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, May 25-27, 2017.
Invited Speaker. “Mrs Centlivre and the South Sea.” Bubbles and the Representation of Speculation (1715-1725): John Law’s System and its European Reflections (Periodicals and Theatrical Productions). Université de Rennes, May 19, 2017.
“Mrs Centlivre and the South Sea.” Women, Money and Markets (1750-1850). King’s College London. May 11, 2017.
“The Precarious, the Exhausted and the Cute: The Aesthetiics of Neoliberalisation.” Where Are We Now? Temporalities of Globalisation. Universiteit van Amsterdam. December 15-16, 2016.
Keynote. “Literary Theory and Games: Where the Twain Meets?.” 4th Annual Games and Literary Theory Conference. Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland, November 18-20, 2016.
“Crisis and Comedy: Making Finance Funny in the 18th Century.” Intersections of Finance and Society. City University London. November 3-4, 2016.
“‘Everything is Awesome’: The LEGO Movie and the Affective Politics of Security.” Critical Geographies of the Finance-Security Nexus. Annual Conference of the Royal Geographical Society, London, 31 August – 2 September, 2016.
““No More Goldbricking!: Neoliberalization and the LEGOfied Subject.” Critical Finance Studies. University of Southampton, August 4 - 6, 2016.
“Authenticating Oberon: Gender, Class, Ethnicity.” Celebrity Studies Conference. Universiteit van Amsterdam, June 28-30, 2016.
Keynote. ““What Mighty Contests!”: Trivial Pursuits and Card Games in the 18th Century.” Trivial Pursuits. Liverpool Athenaeum, University of Liverpool, June 2-4, 2016.
“‘Abyss is the name we give to whatever we cannot bridge’: Kazantzakis’ Report to Greco and the Challenge of Global Intellectual History.” Annual Conference of The International Society for Intellectual History Society. Rethymnon Campus, University of Crete, 3-5 May 2016.
Invited Discussant. Nach dem Crash - Akteure und ihr Umgang mit Börsenblasen (17.-19. Jahrhundert). Universität Tubingen. April 7-8, 2016.
Invited Discussant. Screening Finance: Imaginaries. SCMS. Atlanta, Georgia. April 1-3, 2016.
Invited Discussant. Multi-Platform Cuteness: Media and Cute Affect. SCMS. Atlanta, Georgia. April 1-3, 2016.
“Finance and Drama: The ‘Spreadibility’ of Crisis Narratives.” Social History Society, Lancaster University, March 21-23, 2016.
“Gambling, Boredom and Cuteness.” Bland, Boring, Banal: Lackluster Feeling and Digital Media in Extreme Times. Universiteit van Amsterdam, December 16-17, 2015.
“Visual Print Culture in Europe: Pasquin’s Windkaart op de Windnegotie and English South Sea Bubble Cards, 1720.” Visual Print Culture in Europe 1500-1850: Techniques, genres, imagery and markets in a comparative perspective. University of Warwick, Palazzo Pesaro Papafava, Venice, Italy, December 5-6, 2015.
Roundtable participant. Video Games and Narrative. Loyola University, New Orleans. November 20-21, 2015.
“The Happiness that Comes from Failure.” The Failed Individual, Universität Manheim, November 12-14.
“Adapting the Moneyscape: Las Vegas and the City Theme.” The Association of Literature on Screen 5th Annual Conference. Senate House, University of London, September 24-25, 2015.
“Gaming, Affect, Narrative.” Critical Finance Studies: “Rethinking Addiction: Finance, Fictions, and Discourses.” The Copenhagen Business School. Copenhagen, August 19-21, 2015.
“Fortune and Finance au Féminin: Gendering the Market.” ISECS 2015: “Marchandes et Financières : L'Économie au Féminin Dans la Fiction et le Discours de Savoir au XvIIIe Siècle.” Rotterdam, July 29, 2015.
“Pieter Langendyk Goes West: The International Appeal of Bubbles.” ISECS 2015: “The Sounds of the Stock Market.” Rotterdam, July 27, 2015.
Invited Speaker: “Amsterdam, Red Light Districts and the Global Rise of Prostitution.” Transforming Cities: Narratives of Urban Change in the 19th and 21st Centuries. Technische Universität, Braunschweig, Germany, July 3-4, 2015.
Keynote. “Hollow Men, Modernity, and Comics.” Amsterdam Comics Conference. University of Amsterdam, July 2-4, 2015.
“Affective Marketing and The Kuteness of Kiddles.” Console-ing Passions: Rebooting Feminism. University College Dublin, June 18-20, 2015.
Invited Speaker. “Gaming, Affect, Narrative.” Summer Interactive Symposium - Research 2.0:The Political Economy of Online Gambling and Digital Gaming. Concordia University, Montréal, June 8-11, 2015.
Invited Speaker: “Flirting with Disaster.” Universität Bonn. May 5, 2015.
Invited Speaker. “From Magic to Illusion: The Tarot and Playing Cards.” At the Threshold of Appearance: Illusions in Science, Media, and Popular Entertainments. The IKKM, Weimar, April 23-24, 2015.
Invited Speaker and Discussant. “Failure is the New Success: Narratives of Self-Actualization and the Financialized Subject.” Financial Times: Economic Temporalities in U.S. Culture. Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main, Westend-Campus, March 26 - 28, 2015.
Invited Speaker. "From Text, to Film, to Tourist Destination: Spreadable Eat, Pray, Love". Transmedia Storytelling and Its Reception: Economies and Politics of Participation. Universität Hanover, February 25-28, 2015.
“Market Logic, Failure, Narrative: The Case of Eat, Pray, Love .” Neoliberalism and American Literature. University College Dublin. Clinton Institute for American Studies, February 20-21, 2015.
Invited Speaker. “The Kuteness of Kiddles”. The Aesthetics and Affects of Cuteness: An International Symposium. Northern Arizona University, February 13-14, 2015.
Invited Speaker. “What Is There That Money Will Not Do?: Trollope’s The Way We Live Now and the Market.” School of Critical Studies, University of Glasgow, February 6, 2015.
Invited Speaker. “The Opening Shot as Backstory: Narrating Vegas.” Screen Lecture Series. Theatre, Film and Television Studies, University of Glasgow, February 5, 2015.
Invited Speaker. “The Expanded Adaptation and Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love.” School of English, Drama and Film Research Seminar at University College Dublin, January 28, 2015.
“Constructing Bodies and Nostalgia: Welcome to the Dollhouse.” From “Traditional” Games to Digital Games. Université de Nancy, November 26-28, 2014.
Invited Panelist. “Connecting the Dots between Games and Addiction.” With Espeh Aarseth, Rune Kristian and Faltin Karlsen DiGRA 2014. Salt Lake City, Utah, August 3-6, 2014.
Invited speaker. “Expanding Minds / Expanding Adaptations.” Recent Paradigms in Film Studies. The Bremen Institute for Transmedial Textuality, Bremen, July 2, 2014.
“Eat, Pray, Love: Expanding Adaptations and Global Tourism.” NECS, Milan, June 19-21, 2014.
Keynote. “Games, Literature and the Particular Case of Huxley’s Eyeless in Gaza (1936).” Représentations du jeu dans la littérature anglophone (XIXe – XXIe siècles). La Sorbonne, Paris, June 14, 2014.
“The Komfort of Kiddles: Memory, Nostalgia and Material Culture.” Things to Remember: Materializing Memories in Art and Popular Culture. Radboud University, Nijmegen. June 5-6, 2014.
Invited Discussant. 13th Annual of the Swedish Network for European Studies in Economics and Finance. Mölle, Sweden, May 20-23, 2014.
Invited discussant. Fair game: producing gambling research - The Goldsmiths Report. Goldsmiths, London. April 3-4, 2014.
“People Movers and Cultural Capitals: Las Vegas and Global Capital Flows.” ACLA, New York, March 25-28, 2014.
Invited speaker. “Addiction and the Modern Subject”. Brunel University, London. February 20, 2014.
Invited speaker. “Comedy and Catastrophe: Quincampoix in the Kalverstraat”. Business History Seminar. Erasmus University, Rotterdam, February 10, 2014.
Invited speaker. “Books, Games and the Expansion-pack Logic of Narrative.” Ravenstein Seminar: Materiality of Literature. Universiteit van Amsterdam. February 7, 2014.
Keynote. “Legos and Legacies: Johan Huizinga's Gamified Afterlife.” Games of Late Modernity: Homo Ludens 75 Years Later. International School for Philosophy (ISVW), Leusden, January 15-17, 2014.
Invited speaker. “Culture and Catastrophe: Framing John Law and the South Sea Bubble in the Dutch 18th-Century Theatre.” University of Lund, Department of Economics, November 14, 2013.
Keynote. "Repetitive Pleasures: Gaming and Addiction." Games and Literary Theory. University of Malta, October 30 – November 4, 2013.
“Harlequins and Windy Traders: John Law in the Dutch 18th-Century Theatre.” Law's System: Representations, discourse and fantasies from the XVIIIth century to today. Université de Montpellier 3, October 4- 5, 2013.
Invited speaker. “Adapting What? Gaming and Contagion.” Adaptation, Intermediality, Participatory Culture. Universität Braunschweig, Germany, September 24, 2013.
“Contagion and Vegas-ization.” Critical Finance Studies Conference V. Stockholm University School of Business, August 14–16, 2013.
“Dickens from Balloons to Voice Overs.” International Conference on Narrative. University of Manchester, June 27-29, 2013.
“The Politics of Gambling: Contagion and Intervention.” European Network for Cinema and Media Studies. Charles University, Prague June 20-22, 2013.
Iinvited discussant. 14th Annual of the Swedish Network for European Studies in Economics and Finance. Mölle, Sweden, May 21-24, 2013.
“’Mutual Invagination’: Las Vegas and the City Theme.” Adventures in Textuality: 21st-Century Adaptations. University of Sunderland, UK. April 3-4, 2013
Keynote: “Futurity and the ‘Art’ of Gunther von Hagens.” Art History Department, University of Toronto, March 26, 2013.
Keynote: “Contagion and Gamification: Addiction as an Economic Driver.” XI MAGIS Spring School Italy, Postcinema, March 14-18, 2013.
Invited Speaker. “Thought Made Manifest: Dickens from Balloons to Voice Overs.” Adapting Dickens. De Montfort University, Leicester. February 27, 2013.
Invited Speaker. “The Perils of Credit: Cecilia or, Memoirs of an Heiress.” Interdisciplinary Conversations on the Long 19th Century Edinburgh Napier University. February 8, 2013.
Invited Speaker. “The Damien Hirst Market and the Value of Priceless Art.” Hard Cash, University of Leicester. December 6, 2012.
Invited Speaker. “Cultures of Finance.” Series. Institute for Public Knowledge. New York, October 12, 2012.
“Adapting the Moneyscape: Las Vegas and the City Theme”. The Politics of Adaptation. Frankfurt, September 23-25, 2012.
Invited discussant. 14th Annual of the Swedish Network for European Studies in Economics and Finance. Mölle, Sweden, May 22-25, 2012.
"Parlez-Vous Poker?: Reading Post/Popmodern." Popmodernism . Copenhagen, The Nordic Summer University, March 18, 2012.
"'Is it true blonds have more fun?': Mad Men , Serialization, and Feminist Narratives." 2012 International Conference on Narrative . Las Vegas, March 15, 2012.
"Las Vegas! And the Iconography of Capital(ist) Cities." NWO, Master of Strategic Urban Studies, Nederlandse School voor Openbaar Bestuur, The Hague, January 9, 2012.
"From Duke to Dude: Adapting True Grit ." With Dan Hassler-Forest The Intellectual Silk Road: Cross-Media and Cross- Cultural Adaptations . Yeni Yüzyil University, Istanbul, Turkey. September 29-30, 2011.
"Like Pocahontas on Drugs: Avatar and Adaptation." Expanding Adaptations . Université de Bretagne Sud, Lorient, France. June 10-11, 2011.
" Live and Let Die : Tarot as Primitive Other in the 007 Universe." PCA/ACA. April 20-23, 2011.
"Hogarth's Legacy." ACLA . Simon Fraser University, Vancouver. March 31-April 3, 2011.
Keynote. "Is it true blonds have more fun?": Serialization, Mad Men, and Feminist Humour. What Happens Next: The Mechanics of Serialization. Universiteit van Amsterdam, March 25-26, 2011.
Invited speaker. "The Perils of Fictional Credit: Gambling Debts and Borrowed Money." (Dis)orders of Credit . Oslo, January 27-28, 2011.
Invited speaker. "Red Lights and Legitimate Trade: Paying for Sex in the Branded City." Paris-Amsterdam Underground . Paris, ULIP, January 21-22, 2011.
"Playbour: Digital Gaming and Work." The Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Association. University of Salford, Manchester, January 12-14, 2011.
Invited speaker. "Wearin' Shades:Credit, Futurity and the "Art" of Gunther von Hagens." Department of English Literature, U.C. Santa Barbara, October 25, 2010.
"Sustainable Vegas: FromOutpost to Mega-Themed Leisure Capital." Fifth Biennial Urban History Association Conference: SUSTAINABLE CITIES . Las Vegas, Nevada, October 20-23, 2010.
Invited round table panellist. "Rewriting, Remixing, and Reloading: Adaptations Across the Globe." The Association of Literature on Screen 5th Annual Conference . Centre for British Studies, Berlin, September 30 - October 1, 2010.
"The Holy Game of Poker: Religion and Neoliberalism". Gambling, Entertainment, and Finance . Gotland University. September 22-24, 2010.
"Sex and Money: Reading Zola's L'argent ". Critical Finance Studies III . Universiteit van Amsterdam, August 18-20, 2010.
"Trial by Fire and Water: The Hollywood 1970s Disaster Genre". Cardiff Business School 9th international conference on organizational discourse: Crisis, Corruption, Character and Change . Amsterdam, VrijeUniversiteit, July14-16, 2010.
"The Crisis of Climax: Capital Flows, Jouisance andZola's L'Argent ". Psychoanalysis, Money and the Economy . London, Freud Museum, July 2-4, 2010.
Invited speaker. "No pussy with my sushi, please!: Branding I amsterdam's Red Light District". Inspiring Cities. Amsterdam , July 1, 2010.
Invited discussant. 12th Annual of the Swedish Network for European Studies in Economics and Finance. Mölle, Sweden, May 7-10, 2010.
"Playbour, Farming and Leisure". Work, Play,and Boredom . University of St Andrews. May 5-7, 2010.
"Like Pocahontas on Drugs: Adapting the Video Game Experience". Siegen Lecture Series on Adaptation , Universität Siegen, April 19, 2010.
"Gaming and Recession Proofing: Regulating On-line Worlds". Finance in question/finance in crisis , University of Manchester , April 12, 2010.
"Writing the Self for Money: Edit Wharton and Gendering the Market". NEMLA . McGill University, Montréal, April 9, 2010.
Invited speaker. " Red Lights, Desire, and Branded Cityscapes". Globe Lecture Series , Amsterdam, 11 March 2010.
Invited round table panelist. "Premediation, Anticipation, Speculation". Premediation, Anticipation, Speculation Governing Futures in Finance and Security . Amsterdam, January 22, 2010.
"Amsterdam and Golden Age Finance through the Eyes of a Sci-Fi Author". Imagining Amsterdam . Amsterdam, November 21, 2009.
"Death and Diamonds: Finance and Art". The Cultural Life of Money . Portuguese Catholic University, Lisbon, November 12, 2009.
Invitedspeaker. "Very Possible Objects of Desire?". A Second Exchange:Redlight Art . Amsterdam, September 27, 2009.
Invited chair. "Adaptation and National Identity". Literature on Screen. BFI London ,September 24-25, 2009.
Invited Workshop Chair. European Summer School in Cultural Studies: The Cultural Life of Catastrophes and Crises . University of Copenhagen, August 17-21, 2009.
"Hot Spots and Sound Investments: Legitimizing Las Vegas ". Critical Finance Studies Conference II . Brussels, August 5-7, 2009.
"Diamond Life and the Poetics of Finance". Political Economy, Financialization and Discourse Theory . Cardiff Business School University of Cardiff, May 28-29, 2009.
"Representing Sin City ". Association of American Geographers, Las Vegas , March 22-27, 2009.Invited speaker.
"Reading and Watching: Literature and Games". Rode Hoed, Amsterdam, November 21, 2008.
Invited speaker. "My future's so bright, I'm already dead". Critical Finance Studies Conference , Stockholm University School of Business, August 3-5, 2008.
"Playing at the Borders: Literature, Games and Digital Culture". The Novel and Its Borders . University of Aberdeen, July 8-10, 2008.
Invited speaker, Money, Power, and Print: Interdisciplinary Studies on the Financial Revolution in the British Isles 1688-1776 . St. John's Newfoundland, June 26-28, 2008.
"Flirting with Disaster: Hollywood Film and the Shock Doctrine". Catastrophe and Conversion: Political Thinking for the New Millennium . University of California, Riverside, June 18-22, 2008.
"Disaster and Delirium:Self-will run riot,the war on terrorism and capitalistimperialism". War,Empire,and Culture . Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, April 11-12, 2008.
Invited speaker, " Ocean's 13 and the Cultural Mediation of Risk". Security, Technologies of Risk, and the Political II . Institute for Advanced Studies, Keele University, November 8-9, 2007.
"Pride and Prejudice Reloaded: Navigating the Space of Pemberley". The Association of Literature on Screen 2nd Annual Conference . Atlanta, September 20-22, 2007.
"There's a Narrative Stuck in my Craw(ford): Re-flogging a Dead Horse". 3rd Tampere Conference on Narrative: Knowing, Living,Telling . University of Tampere, Finland. June 27-30, 2007.
"Readapting What? Ocean's Eleven and the Aesthetics of Finance". From the Blank Page to the Silver Screen: Re-adaptation. Université de Bretagne Sud, Lorient, France. May 31-June 1, 2007.
"The Things We Get up to Now!: Trollope on Gambling and Speculation". The False God "Favourable Chance" or "Lady Luck?": The Discourse on Gambling in England. NEMLA , Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, March 1-4, 2007.
Invited speaker, Forces of Concentration in European Financial Geographies . Lancaster University, UK,January 11-12, 2007.
Association of Literature on Screen’s Annual Conference. Universiteit van Amsterdam, September 27-28, 2018.
Women, Money and Markets: 1700-1900, Universiteit van Amsterdam, June 7-8, 2018. (University of Sussex, June 13-14, 2019).
HERA Workshop: Supporting Knowledge Exchange and Impact, Het Scheepvaartmuseum Amsterdam, November 9-10, 2017.
Occultism and Popular Culture Workshop, Universiteit van Amsterdam, April 19, 2016.
The Aesthetics and Affects of Cuteness II, Universiteit van Amsterdam, October 1-2, 2015.
The Aesthetics and Affects of Cuteness, Universiteit van Amsterdam, April 9-10, 2015.Workshop: Transmedial Serial Storytelling. Universiteit van Amsterdam, February 19, 2015.
Literary Theory and Games, November 20-22, 2014.
Critical Finance Studies VI, Universiteit van Amsterdam, August 13-15, 2014.
Critical Finance Studies V, University of Stockholm, August 14-16, 2013.
Neo-Victorian Networks: Epistemologies, Aesthetics and Ethics, Universiteit van Amsterdam, June 13-15, 2012.
Annual meeting, “The Standing Conference on Organisational Symbolism”, Universiteit van Amsterdam, May 14, 2011.
Gambling, Entertainment, and Finance . Gotland University, Visby, September 22-24, 2010.
Critical Finance Studies III, Universiteit van Amsterdam, University of Stockholm, August 18-20, 2010.
Imaging Amsterdam with Marco de Waard. Universiteit van Amsterdam (ICH), November 19-21, 2009.
The Association of Literature on Screen's 3rd Annual Conference. Universiteit van Amsterdam (ICH), September 24-26, 2008.
Cultures of Money with Marieke de Goede. Universiteit vanAmsterdam (ICH, NWO), October 27-28,2005.
Regulation and Representation: 17th-Century Economics in the Dutch Republic . Universiteit van Amsterdam (ICH, IGES), November 12, 2004.
Travelling Concepts: Memory, Image and Narrative. Universiteit van Amsterdam, ASCA, March 2002.
Meaning, Frame and Metaphor . Universiteit van Amsterdam, ASCA, March 2001.
Text, Subjectivity and Hybridity. Universiteit van Amsterdam, ASCA,January,2000.
Corps/Corpus: The Body of Literature/Literature of the Body . Université de Montréal, April, 1995.
L'Interaction enprocès -Interaction in Process .Université de Montréal, March, 1991.