Family, Kinship & Cultural Studies
10th Annual Cultural Studies Symposium
March 8-10, 2001
Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas
Program Draft

Thursday, March 8, 2001

2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Session I: Father Knows Best?
Denis Jonnes, Kyushu U (Japan), "The Parent Apparent: 'De-Parentification' in American  Postwar Representations of Family"
Jim Gramlich, U of IL at Chicago, "MYTH-ter Mom?  Some Polemical Observations on  Contemporary American Fatherhood"
Robin Edward Gearing, The Research Institute, Oshawa, ONT, "Fathering in Today‰s Family: A  Rudderless Role in a Modern Sea of  Changing Social Norms, Cultural Expectations, and  Internal Incongruities"
Holly Burmeister, KSU, "Macho Mamas: The Conservative Cultural Expressions of Male  Pregnancy"

Session II: Tune in to TV Families
Salvador Oropesa, KSU "The New Fin De Siecle Family from Spain: The Garcia Morenos from  the Manolito Gafotas Series by Elivira Lindo"
Edmund Caldwell, Tufts U, "Imperial Ambivalence: Family and Empire in Upstairs, Downstairs and I, Claudius"
Sue Barker, Northwestern U, "Homebodies and Traumatized Bodies: The Simpsons, South Park and Family"

3:45 - 5:00pm

Session III: Same-Sex Marriage Across the Ages
Peter Pellegrin,  Cloud County CC, "The Medieval Chaste Marriage and Same Sex Unions"
MariAnne MacGregor, George Mason U, "The 'Marrying Kind': Debating Same-Sex Marriage"
Dorothy Miller, Wichita SU, "Reflections on Getting Married: The Shifting Sands of Cultural  Meaning for Gays and Lesbians"

Session IV: Family Caught on Film
Ralph Berets, U of MO, KC, "Changing Representations of the American Family as Reflected in  the Film Pleasantville and Its Cinematic and Television Antecedents"
Yeon-Soo Kim, Rutgers U,"Family Album as a Site for Politics of Identity: Marta Balletbo-Coll‰s  Costa Brava (Family Album)"
Stacy Thompson, U of IL, Urbana-Champaign, "'My Family‰s Just a Little Weird': Punks,  Families, and Homes"

Dinner break

7:30 p.m.

Plenary Speaker: SU, The Little Theatre
Carter Revard will read from his poetry and a recent memoir, Winning the Dust Bowl

Reception to follow at the Ramada

Friday, March 9, 2001

9:00-10:15 a.m.

Session V: Biography...Tell All
Dave Smit, KSU, "The Decline of the James Family: Biography as a Function of Cultural  Values"
Sam Garchik,  KSU, "'From Our Home to Your Home': Virginia Docking Rice and the Politics of  Personality"
Thomas Argiro, KSU, "'As Though We Were Related': Faulkner‰s Black-Italian Chiasmus"

Session VI: Home Economics
Marion Gray, KSU, "'When the Family Was Not a ëFamily': The Household in Early Modern  Germany"
Sue Zschoche, KSU, "The De-Gendered Home: The Home Economics Conception of Familial  Roles"
Irina Frolova, Tver State U (Russia), "Models for Family Relations in Modern Russia"

10:30 - 11:45 a.m.

Session VII: Expressing the African American Family
Anne Carroll, Wichita SU, "Race and the McBrides: Family and Identity in The Color of Water"
Wanda Ebright, KSU "Family and Cultural Values and Their Effect of Success in Dance"
Lynda Dickson, U of CO, Colorado Springs, "African American Relationships in Transition: A  Model for the Future?"

Session VIII: Contemporary Family "Dramas"
Beth Rips, U of NE, "'Is This the Little Girl I Carried?  Is This the Little Boy at Play?' Jewish  Mothers: Uncommon Children"
Kate Begnal, Utah SU, "Broken, Found, or Chosen Families in Contemporary Fiction"
Judith Spector, IUPU, Columbus, "Understanding the Family as Global Paradigm as We Enter  the New Century: An          Interpretation of Anne Tyler‰s A Patchwork Planet"

Lunch break

1:00 - 2:15 p.m.

Session IX: Upsetting Marriage
Katherine Holden, U of W England (UK), "'Nature takes no notice of morality': Singleness and  'Married Love' in 1920s and 30s Britain"
Jennifer Henderson, KSU,  "Modernity and Polygamy in Contemporary Mormonism"
Valerie Lehr, St. Lawrence U, "'Family Values': Social Conservative Power in Diverse  Rhetorics"

Session X: The Naughty Victorian Family
Marisa Proctor, KSU, "Raising Pip 'by hand': Siblings and Sadomasochistic Desire in Great  Expectations"
Robyn Wood, KSU, "'You‰re a Naughty Girl': Tom‰s Rejection of Maggie in George Eliot‰s The  Mill on the Floss"
Leonore, Davidoff, U of Essex(UK), "'A Like Unlike': Brother-Sister Incest in 19th Century  England"

 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Session XI: Mothering Against Motherhood, A.R.M.
Andrea O‰Reilly, York U, "Maternal Outlaws: Feminist Thought on Mothering Against  Motherhood"
Mae Henderson, U of Washington, "Non-Mothering Mothers: An Examination of Women‰s  Experience Within a Social Construct"
Petra Bueskens, Australia,"Mothers Who Leave Motherhood"
Marion Gold, Canada, "Mothering after Motherhood"

4:15 - 5:30 p.m.

Session XII: Experiencing Family, Creative Projects I
Tim Bascom, KSU, "The Chameleon‰s Eyes: A Missionary Child Comes of Age in Africa"
Sandra Chu, KSU, "The Lost Father: Invention and Reinvention of Family, Self, Culture in an  Asian American Home"
Nancy Salzer, Brandeis U, "The Mother Tapes: Reflections on Single-Motherhood"

Dinner break

7:30 p.m.

Plenary Speaker: SU, The Little Theatre
Stephanie Coontz will recent from her latest book-in-progress

Reception to follow at the nearby home of Jill Deans

Saturday, March 10, 2001

9:00 - 10:15 a.m.

Session XIII: Figuring the Child
Nancy Rost Goulden and Susan Stanfield, KSU,  "Family and Community Influences on Plucky  Girls in Classic Girls Literature: How Did the Plucky Girls Become Plucky?"
Joan Menefee, U of MN,  "Keeping the Child in England: The Changing Figure of the Child in  Frances Hodgson Burnett‰s Fiction"
Anne Shea, UC, Berkeley, "When the Child is No Longer and Child: Uneven Developments in  the Discourse of Childhood"

Session XIV: ...The Woe that is Marriage (Bonnie Nelson, KSU, chair)
Loren Blinde, KSU, "Medea: The Ultimate Ex-Girlfriend"
Frida Crotts, KSU, "Unequal Treatment of Inequality in As You Like It or Is Being a Victim of  Social Oppression Something Reserved for Men Only?"
Anna Lott, U of N. Alabama, "Elizabeth Inchbald‰s Revelations: Divorce, Separation,  Surprise"

10:30 - 11:45 a.m.

Session XV: Nature vs. Nuture (Jill R. Deans, KSU, Chair)
Carol J. Singley, Rutgers U, Camden, "The Limits of Nurture in Louisa May Alcott‰s Adoption  Fiction"
Marianne Novy, U of Pittsburgh, "Nurture, Genetics, and Non-Traditional Families in  Kingsolver‰s Adoption Novels"
Megan McGurk, KSU, "Birthing the Narrative in Faulkner and Erdrich"

Session XVI: Family  ‹ValuesŠ and Exchange
Megan Doolittle, Open U (UK), "Keeping it in the family: An Exploration of Material and  Social  Inheritances in Victorian Families"
Mary VanLeeuwen, KSU, "Feudal Superwomen? A Contradiction in Terms, and a Call for the  Socialization of the Familial Institution"
Young-ok-Young, KSU, "The Effects of Equity and Exchange Orientation on Maintaining Couple  Relationships across National Cutures"

Lunch Break

1:00 - 2:15 p.m.

Session XVII: Law and Order
Janet Fink, Open U (UK), "Breaking the Ties of Blood and Kin: The Early Years of Adoption  Legislation in England."
Karen Balcolm, McMaster U, "Religious Dynamics in the Adoption Marketplace: Catholicism,  Judaism and Cross-Border Adoptions between Canada and the United States, 1945- 1955."
Mark Kaufman, Washburn U, "Recent Trends in Stepfamily Law: A View from Family Studies"

2:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Session XVIII: Creative Adoption and Family Play
Patricia Behrendt, U of NE, Lincoln, "Themes of Abandonment and Play of Internationally  Adopted Children: Exploring and Enhancing the Play Life of Children Through Drama  and Creative Dramatics"
Patricia Anne Masters, George Mason U, "Reaffirming and Extending Family Ties within the  'Play Community'"
Ralph James Savarese, U of FL, "Denaturalizing Families: The Politics of Adoption in an Age of  Privatization"
Cia Verschelden, KSU, "Open Adoption"

4:15 - 5:30 p.m.

Session XIX: Products of Divorce, Creative Projects II
Shelle Barton, KSU, "Genuine Ozark Cave Fish"
Sheyene Foster Heller, KSU, "Rope a Dope"
Jennifer Henderson, KSU, "Dementia Familia"
Jason Saphara, KSU, poems and "Genealogy"

Dinner Break

7:30 - ?

Symposium Party

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