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Conference Program


The 16th Annual Cultural Studies Conference

at Kansas State University, March 8-10, 2007



Thursday, March 8


Registration table will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Session 1: Thurs., 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

A. Entertaining Popular Technology

Union 206. Moderator: Janice Dinkel, Kansas State University.

  1. “I Think, Therefore iPod: iUniversity as the Future of Higher Education,” Emily Windahl, University of Oklahoma
  2. “Private lives, Public Commiseration:  PostSecret Studies,” Sara Eddleman, University of Oklahoma
  3. “Viral Videos; or, How I Learned to Love Gary Brolsma,” Roger Adams, Kansas State University

B. Entertaining Theory

Union 207. Moderator: Michael Donnelly, Kansas State University.

  1. “Theorizing Entertainment Value: The Entertainment Unconscious,” Donald Hedrick, Kansas State University
  2. “Theorizing the Drugs / Entertainment Matrix,” Todd Schack, Ithaca College
  3. “Aesthetic Criticism & Cultural Studies:  Do Scholars Just Want to Have Fun?”, Kevin Shroth, The University of Iowa

Session 2: Thurs., 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

A. Education and Entertainment

Union 206. Moderator: Carolyn Kelly, Kansas State University.

  1. “African Sexplorations:  Manara and Mosley’s Adventures in Erotic Entertainment,” Emily Mattingly, Kansas State University
  2. “‘Hey, kid.  Do you want some candy?’:  Recuperating Gender and Sexuality from the Margins of Educational Discourses,” Reid Sagara, University of Washington
  3. “The Education of Veronica Mars:  Social Identities and Epistemic Credibility,” Heather Rakes, DePaul University


Thurs., 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch Break


Session 3: Thurs., 1:30 – 2:45 p.m.

A. Feminism, Fans, & Outsiders

Union 206. Moderator: Angela Hubler, Kansas State University.

  1. “Vampires and Other Feminists,” Erin L. Martin
  2. “Five Ways Mary Sue Never Had Sex: Queer Feminisms and Narrative Multiplicity in Slash Fan Fiction,” Anne Kustritz, University of Michigan
  3. “Fanfiction and Participatory Culture in Gundam Wing,” Erin Erhart, Brandeis University

B. War(s) on Film

Union 207. Moderator: Anne Longmuir, Kansas State University.

  1. “Entertainment and Disillusionment:  War Films and Soldier’s Stories,” Gina Berend, University of Tulsa
  2. “‘They Didn’t Make [Her] into a Maid’?  Re-reading Lena Horne as a Servant of the White Status Quo in World War II Hollywood Films,” Megan E. Williams, University of Kansas
  3. “Consenting to Ignorance:  An Analysis of the Hostile Reactions to Anti-War Films in Sri Lanka,” Prabha Manuratne, Kansas State University

Session 4: Thurs., 3:00 – 4:45 p.m.

A. Entertaining Reading

Union 206. Moderator: Carol Franko, Kansas State University.

  1. “‘Absorbed, Content, Perhaps Quietly Thrilled’:  The Commercialization of Women Readers,” Jennifer Phegley, University of Missouri-Kansas City and Janet Badia, Marshall University
  2. “Adult Comic Book Fans:  What They Get Out of Reading,” Stergios Botzakis, University of Tennessee
  3. “Truth Within Fiction:  The Obligations of ‘Entertaining’ Fiction,” Charles A. Hill, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh

 B. Demoted and (Dis)Abled:  Science, Sexuality, and the World Bank

Union 207. Moderator: Don Hedrick, Kansas State University.

  1. “Fall from the Heavens:  The Demotion of Pluto from Planetary Status as Reported by Channel One,” John Stewart, University of Oklahoma
  2. "‘Gettin' Out While I Still Can Walk’: Masculinity and the Disciplining of Disability in Brokeback Mountain,” Cynthia Barounis, University of Illinois at Chicago


Thurs., 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Dinner Break

Conference Dinner with Judith Halberstam, Alumni Center Ballroom.

  • Cash Bar opens at 6
  • Conference Dinner at 6:30 (see registration form for reservation information) 


Thurs., 8:00 – 9:30 p.m.

Keynote Lecture: “Queer Animation: The Pixar Films and Alternative Political Imaginaries,” Judith Halberstam, Banquet Room, Alumni Center.



Friday, March 9

Registration table will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Session 1: Fri., 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

A. Acting Up: Cultural Politics in Entertainment

Union 206. Moderator: Bonnie Nelson, Kansas State University.

  1. “Popular Culture and Reconstitutive Rhetoric:  The Political Art of Ester Hernández and Helena María Viramontes,” Sharla Hutchison, Fort Hays State University
  2. “Think like an Outlaw:  Carl Hiassen’s Radical Environmentalism in Hoot,“ Dean Hall, Kansas State University

B. The Politics of Inter/Activist Theater

Union 207. Moderator: Karin Westman, Kansas State University.

  1. “Hyper-Reality, Re-Enactment and the Spectacle of Mimesis:  Performance and Pageantry at Medieval Times Tournament and Dinner,” Shannon Blake Skelton, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  2. “Manufacturing Fun:  One Theater’s Role in the Creative Economy,” Donna de Ville, University of Texas
  3. “The History and Process of Writing Nonfiction Plays,” Sally Bailey, Kansas State University

Session 2: Fri., 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

A. Binaries and Boundary Crossings

Union 206. Moderator: Alley Stoughton, Kansas State University.

  1. Transcripted Norms:  Replaying Gender Binaries in The L Word,” Kristin Culver, University of Oklahoma
  2. “Have you Ever Tried Not Being a Mutant?””  Political Negativity and The Quest of Queer Citizenship in the X-Men Films,” Erica Nooney, Kansas State University

B. Nonfiction Playwriting: Social Action and Entertainment Rolled Into One

Union 207. Moderator: Christina Hauck, Kansas State University.

  1. On creating Family Ties, a play about gay men who fear coming out, Martha Crouse, Kansas State University
  2. On creating Almost, a play about the personal aspects of abortion, Shannon Garretson, Kansas State University
  3. On creating You Belong to Us, a play about parents of gay children, Jemmie Godwin, Kansas State University


Fri., 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch Break


Session 3: Fri., 1:30 – 2:45 p.m.

A. Cultural Politics of Entertainment

Union 206. Moderator: Erin Fritch, Kansas State University.

  1. “The Politics of Screen Entertainment in Mexico and The U.S.:  A Cultural Analysis on Banned Films in ‘Democratic’ Societies,” María Teresa Martínez-Ortiz, Kansas State University
  2. “Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes:  The Cultural Politics of J.K. Rowling’s Comic Relief,” Karin E. Westman, Kansas State University
  3. “Celebrity Poker Showdown: The Obsession with the Un-American American Dream,” Kimberly Tolson, Oklahoma State University

B. The Pleasures of Print Culture

Union 207. Moderator: Phillip Marzluf, Kansas State University.

  1. “Power to the People:  Guilty Pleasure and the Culture Industry,” Rachel Olsen, Kansas State University
  2. “The Culture of Popular Magazines,” Natalie Scheidler, Kansas State University
  3. “Whose Audience are We?  The High/Low Paradigm in Print Media,” Rebecca Targ, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga

Session 4: Fri., 3:30 – 4:45 p.m.

A. Teen Cultures

Union 206. Moderator: Naomi Wood, Kansas State University.

  1. “Rebellious Teens or Benign Tools:  Anthropomorphizing Computers in the 1980s” Stephanie Schulte
  2. “The Blitz Kids and The Iron Lady:  The Thatcher Revolution and British Youth Culture,” Lorrie Carano, Universtiy of Missouri—Kansas City
  3. “Thrashin’ in the Media:  Bam Margera’s Jackass, Tony Hawk, and The Mag,” David L. Murphy, Kansas State University

B. Transgressive Pleasure

Union 207. Moderator: Lisa Tatonetti, Kansas State University.

  1. “‘I’m not a fucking drag queen’:  (Re)Negotiating Transgender Images in Hollywood and Independent Film,” Genevieve Critel, University of Oklahoma
  2. “Pleasurable Performances:  The Instructive Capacity of Desire, Transgression, and Taboo,” Tara Pauliny, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
  3. “He With the Shiniest Pants Wins:  The Corrective Spectacle of El Vez, The Mexican Elvis”, Karen Jean Martinson, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Fri., 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Dinner Break

Fri., 8:00 p.m.

El Vez Performance, K-State Union Little Theater




Saturday, March 10


Session 1: Sat., 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

A. Transnational Approaches to (Activist) Music

Union 206. Moderator: Tanya González, Kansas State University.

  1. “Cuban Hip Hop:  Relocating Cultural Expressions by Escaping to Spaces for Identity,” Alberto Domingo González Valdés, Kansas State University
  2. “Daddy’s Gonna Pay for Your Crashed Car: The Kitsch, Craft, and Postmodern Theology of U2,” Perry Lewis, University of Alaska

B. The Undead, Boredom, and other Horrors

Union 207. Moderator: Kimball Smith, Kansas State University.

  1. “A Silent Summons to Fruitful Toil:  Boredom and Leisure in Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters,Angela Spentzaki Silva, University of Nevada at Las Vegas
  2. “Someday My Prince Will Come Back from the Dead:  Negotiating Culture’s ‘Fundamental Fantasy,’” Stephanie Oliver, University of Western Ontario
  3. “Showtime’s Masters of Horror Series:  New Horrors, Old Fears,” Jason Saphara, Colorado State University, Pueblo

Session 2: Sat., 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

A. Politics and Popularity 

Union 207. Moderator: Michele Janette, Kansas State University.

  1. “Variations on a Vendetta: Adaptations from Graphic Novel to Film as Political Comment in V for Vendetta,” Sara Poe, Kansas State University
  2. "Digital Democracies and the Documenting of 9/11," Stefanie Boese, University of Illinois at Chicago
  3. “Descriptive and Normative Judgments about Entertainment,” James Hamilton, Kansas State University


Sat., 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch Break


Session 3: Sat., 1:30 – 2:45 p.m.

A. Perspectives on Online Gaming

Union 206. Moderator: Philip Nel, Kansas State University.

  1. “The Phenomenon of Online Gaming:  A Hybrid Culture in Postmodernity,” Russel Keck, Kansas State University
  2. “Repetition and Simulation in Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Games,” Kevin Eldred, Department of Philosophy, University of Toronto

B. Femininity and Power

Union 207. Moderator: Anne K. Phillips, Kansas State University.

  1. “An American Woman Castaway in Buffalo Dress, Shoes, Gloves, and Hat,” Shawn Thomson, University of Texas-Pan American
  2. “‘Nobody Puts Baby in a Corner’?:  Voice, Agency, and Coming of Age in Dirty Dancing,” Anne K. Phillips, Kansas State University
  3. “‘With her jaunty hat and dotted lace veil’:  The Meanings of Fashion in the Nineteenth-Century United States,” Amy Cummins, Fort Hays State University


Sat., 3:00 – 4:45 p.m.

Plenary Session: "What we Talk about when we Talk about Lil' Kim: Sexuality, Respectability and Black Feminist Futures," Francesca Royster, DePaul University. Union 207.

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