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Conference Program

Extremism and the Excluded Middle

The 17th Annual Cultural Studies Conference

at Kansas State University, March 6-8, 2008



Thursday, March 6


Registration table will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Session 1: Thurs., 9:15 – 10:30 a.m.

A. Brits Gone Wild

Union 206. Moderator: Donna Potts, Kansas State University.

  1. "Where the Middle Meets the Edge: Bourgeois Women and Working Class Men in Bronte's Shirley," Meghan Cummings, Kansas State University
  2. "Battleground or Meeting-Point?: Images of Belgium in Charlotte Brontë’s The Professor and Villette," Anne Longmuir, Kansas State University
  3. "Emerging Identity: Martin’s Struggle for Power and Perspective in Charlotte Bronte’s Shirley," Carla Schuster, Kansas State University  

B. Radicalism in Religion, Politics, and Literature

Union 207. Moderator: Erica Hateley, Kansas State University.

  1. “God Hates: The Rhetoric of Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church,” Julie Brooks, Kansas State University
  2. “Radical Practice, Performance, and Memory: The New SDS,” Randall K. Cohn, George Mason University
  3. "In Defense of Violence: Existential Freedom in the Writings of Richard Wright," Jarrod McCartney, Kansas State University

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

A. Living in the Viscera: Gutsy Women Tell All (A panel presentation on Voices from the Heartland, a newly published anthology by the U of Oklahoma P; contains stories by 50 Oklahoma women). 

Union 206. Moderator: Rhondalyn Peairs, Kansas State University.

  1. Dr. Sally Emmons-Featherston, Rogers State University
  2. Dr. Emily Dial-Driver, Rogers State University
  3. Dr. Carolyn Taylor, Rogers State University

B. Literary Extremes from Ancient Greeks to the Green Knight

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

  1. "The Human Knight: Finding Identity in Gawain's Un-Extremism,” Adam Irving, Kansas State University
  2. “The Figural Reality of Deliberative Democracy: Excrement as Excluded Middle/Middle Ground,” Lindsey Fox, University of Arkansas
  3. “Extreme Knowledge and Ignorance in Sophocles’ Tragedies," Russell Keck, Kansas State University

Thurs., 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch Break

Session 3: Thurs., 1:30 – 2:45 p.m.

A. The Outsiders: Going Lower and Getting Louder in Contemporary Subcultures

Union 206. Moderator: Gregory Eiselein, Kansas State University.

  1. “Un-United Kingdom: Tolerance, Intolerance, and Contemporary British Youth Culture,” Lorrie Carano, University of Missouri at Kansas City
  2. “‘Outcasts in a World of Outcasts’: Hegemony Maintained Through the Mythology Surrounding the Mole People,” Ashley Ortiz, Kansas State University
  3. “Procreating Satan: The Mediation of Aesthetics in Norwegian Black Metal,” Gregory Vance Smith, University of South Florida

B. National Identities and Images

Union 207. Moderator: Rachel Olsen, Kansas State University.

  1. “National, Religious, and Linguistic Borders: Setting the Binary for a Discussion of German-Turkish Cultural Contact,” Matt Davis, North Carolina State University 
  2. “Extremism and the Arab Image: Western Media vs. Arab Media,” Abeer Al-Sarrani & Lamees Al-Athari, Kansas State University
  3. "Is 'Normal' Right?The Public Reception of Peter Schneider’s German 'Middle Ground',” Marike Janzen, University of Kansas

Session 4: Thurs., 3:00 – 4:15 p.m.

A. Transgressing Genders

Union 206. Moderator: Lisa Tatonetti, Kansas State University.

  1. “Women and Religious Violence in American History: Agency, Authority, and Authenticity,” Beverly Lucas, Arizona State University
  2. “Hottentots, Dykes, and Beauty Queens: Female (Self) Control and the Ever-Present Other," Dr. Tara Pauliny, Polytechnic University
  3. “His Ways Are Not Your Ways, Neither His Thoughts Your Thoughts: The 'Unacceptable' Men in Junot Díaz’ Drown,” Shaunté Montgomery, Kansas State University

B. Globalism, Nationalism, and Social Conventions: Considering the Middle Ground

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

  1. "Greying the Globalist Modern Scales of Access between Local and Global," Ben Chappell, University of Kansas
  2. "The Philosophical Assumptions of Nationalism and Democracy," Dr. Bülent Evre, Near East University, Cyprus
  3. “The Natural, the Culturally Constructed, and the Arbitrary,” James R. Hamilton, Kansas State University

Thurs., 4:45 – 7:30 p.m.

Dinner Break

Thurs., 7:30 p.m.

Keynote Reading: Chrystos, Little Theatre, K-State Student Union.



Friday, March 7

Registration table will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Session 1: Fri., 9:15 – 10:30 a.m.

A. This Ain't No Charlie Brown: Dark Extremes in Graphic Fiction and Film

Union 206. Moderator: Michele Janette, Kansas State University.

  1. “The Rhetoric of Conformity and Ideological Context in X-Men III: The Last Stand,” Amber Archer, Kansas State University
  2. “Whose Side Are You On? – The Post September 11th United States Government through the Lens of Marvel Comics and Civil War," Chris Kennedy, Kansas State University
  3. "Project Pan: Efforts to Genderfuck the MMPORG," Erica Nooney, SUNY-Stony Brook

B. Between the Sacred and the Secular: Contradictions in the New Atheism

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

  1. “The Illusory Binary: Why ‘Atheism’ is Not Religiosity’s Opposite Extreme,” Jack Ayres, University of Arkansas
  2. “Literalisms in Science and Religion: Intelligent Design, Dawkins and the Scientific Backlash,” Dominic Wetzel, CUNY
  3. “Atheism Incorporated: Anti-Religious Discourse as Failed Dissent,” Phillip P. Marzluf, Kansas State University

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

A. Excluded Middle, Quantum Logic, and Rationality: An Exploration of the Rejection of Standard Binary Logic Within Mathematics, Physics, and the Study of Rationality

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

  1. "The Twentieth-century Crisis Concerning Exclusive Middle in Mathematics," Andrew Arana, Kansas State University
  2. "Applying Quantum Logic to the Everyday," Scott Tanona, Kansas State University
  3. "Inferential Fragmentation and Inferential Justification," Marcelo Sabatés, Kansas State University

B. Good Fetishes Make Good Books: The Fetish in Popular and Academic Culture

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

  1. “Philanthropic Imperialism: Tourism, Anthropology, and the Fetish,” Willow G. Mullins, University of Missouri-Columbia
  2. “What You Looking At Me For?: The Black Comedian as Fetish Object,” Constance Bailey, University of Missouri-Columbia
  3. “‘Like Bees from the Seams of a Violated Nest’: On the Fetish of Whiteness in Bluegrass Music and Scholarship,” Shelley Ingram, University of Missouri-Columbia

Fri., 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch Break


Session 3: Fri., 1:30 – 2:45 p.m.

A. Queering the Gender Line

Union 206. Moderator: Tara Pauliny, Polytechnic University.

  1. “People in Between: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Sexual Ambiguity,” Janet Benson, Kansas State
  2. "How Does Gender Influence Attributions of 'Sexiness' to Popular Musicians?" Patti Lynne Donze, UCLA
  3. “On the Nature and Amelioration of Gender Dysphoria,” Alley Stoughton, Kansas State University

B. Kids, Queers, and Cultural Critics: Examining Extremes in Film

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

  1. “‘What Happens in the Meadow at Dusk?:’ I Heart Huckabees and the Representation of Philosophical Extremes,” James Thomas, Kansas State University
  2. “‘Mysterious Fears of Our (Queer) Nature’: The Queer Monstrosity in Paul Morrissey’s Flesh for Frankenstein and Blood for Dracula,” Shannon Blake Skelton, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  3. “Going to Extremes: The Boarding School Rebellions of Lindsay Anderson’s If.... and J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter,” Karin E. Westman, Kansas State University

Session 4: Fri., 3:00 – 4:15 p.m.

A. Educational Exclusions: Ethnicity & The University

Union 206. Moderator: Han Yu, Kansas State University.

  1. “'Killing Us Softly': Walking the Corridors of University Invisibility,” Rhondalyn Peairs, Kansas State University
  2. "'Creeping In': The Violence of (Mis)Reading," Tanya González, Kansas State University
  3. “‘Contra Viento Y Marea’: Latinas’ College Experience,” Gabriela Diaz de Sabates, Kansas State University

B. Justifying Extremes. 

Union 207. Moderator: Bonnie Nelson, Kansas State University.

  1. “Caught in the Middle: Between Terrorist Media and Psychosis,” Steven John Thompson, Clemson University
  2. “The Fatwa as Extremist Literary Criticism: Calling for the Literal Death of the Author,” Dean Hall, Kansas State
  3. “Bush's Predicament in Iraq: An Outcome of a (Mis)conception of Modernity," Zaid Mahir, University of Missouri-Columbia

Fri., 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Dinner Break

Fri., 7:30 p.m.

Keynote Speaker: Anne Fausto-Sterling, "'Not your grandmother's biology': Towards a new science of sex, desire, and race," Little Theatre, K-State Student Union.

Saturday, March 8

Session 1: Sat., 9:15 – 10:30 a.m.

A. Pop Goes Extremism!

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

  1. "In the Space Between Sacred and Profane at Hollywood Forever Cemetery," Linda Levitt, University of South Florida
  2. "Muscle Men and Exploding Worlds: The Political Economy of Extremism in the Age of Viral Television," Brent Malin, University of Pittsburgh
  3. “'I am a fag hag': Margaret Cho Doing Feminisms," Reid T. Sagara, University of Washington

B. Representations of Literature, Sexuality, and Culture.

Union 207. Moderator: Melissa Divine, Kansas State University.

  1. “Female Bisexual Representation and Subjectivity in Reality TV,” Liz Gumm, Kansas State University
  2. “The Image of American Indians in Popular Culture,” Leslie Hannah, Kansas State University

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

A. Literary Extremes of the 1950s 

Union 206. Moderator: Valerie Carroll, Kansas State University.

  1. "Story of O: Identity in S&M,” Jennifer McCollum Roberts, Kansas
    State University
  2. “Stuck in the Middle: American Middle-Class Maladies in Catch-22," Patrick Lewis, Kansas State University  
  3. "Double Meanings in Nature and Everyday Life: Surrealism, Evolutionary Biology and 'The Sycamore,'" Sharla Hutchinson, Fort Hays State

B. Interrogating Language and Identity 

Union 207. Moderator: Philip Nel, Kansas State University.

  1. Entre La Cultura y La Lengua: Culture and Language in Bilingual Picturebooks,” Melissa Glaser, Kansas State University
  2. “Whites and 'Others': Can We Create a Third Space?” Tomoya Tsutsumi, McGill University
  3. "How Do We Read a Bilingual Alice?: The 1975 Pitjantjatjara/English Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," Erica Hateley, Kansas State University


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