How to Create an Engaging Presentation (Workshop)

“How to Create an Engaging Presentation (Workshop)”

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 | 10:00-12:00 pm EST | 4:00-6:00 pm CET

Workshop Leaders: Katrin Sieg, Georgetown University; Arina Rotaru, United International College; Azadeh Sharifi, University of Fine Arts (UDK) Berlin

To many scholars in the humanities, presenting their work at conferences like the CES, where they are expected to speak freely and summarize (rather than read) papers, is daunting. Similarly, the art of freely spoken commentary is often not practiced in humanities contexts. This workshop to improve your public presentation skills is especially tailored to members of the European Culture Research Network, but all CES members are welcome. We will go over general advice on how to make your presentation succinct and engaging, as well as build in enough time for practical exercises. Workshop participants will receive advice on how to structure brief but impactful research presentations and commentary, and on preparing for live vs. Zoom formats. Please come with the abstract for the paper you intend to present.

Katrin Sieg is Graf Goltz Professor and Director of the BMW Center for German and European Studies, where she teaches in the interdisciplinary Master’s program. Her research focuses on critical race studies, theater, and performance in Europe. Most recently, her work has turned to museums and colonial memory politics in Europe. Her book Decolonizing German and European History at the Museum comes out with the University of Michigan Press in December 2021.  

Arina Rotaru is Assistant Professor in the General Education Office and the Center for Foreign Languages and Cultures at Beijing Normal University-Hong Kong Baptist University, United International College. She has a vast international teaching and research experience and has published in the fields of German studies and world literature, sound and performance studies as well as comparative modernities, memory studies, and diaspora. 


Azadeh Sharifi is currently Guest Professor at the University of Fine Arts (UDK) Berlin. She will be joining the Department of Germanic Languages and Literature at the University of Toronto as Visiting (DAAD) Assistant Professor from January 2022. Azadeh is currently working on her second book (Post)migrant Theatre in German Theatre History—(Dis)Continuity of Aesthetics and Narratives. Her work engages with (post)colonial and (post)migrant Theatre history, performances by artists of color and the intersections of race, class and gender in contemporary European performances. 

Please note: CES Professional Development webinars are open only to CES Individual Members in good standing.