Conference Schedule 2014-2015

Identities and Self-Fashioning:

Truman’s Twentieth Annual WGST Conference

January 29-30-31, 2015

Thursday, January 29, SUB Georgian Room

10:30-11:50 Retrospectives and assessments

Linda Seidel, “Women’s and Gender Studies in a ‘Post-Feminist’ Age”

Amy Sallwasser, “The Mary Thing”

Sarah-Wonder Agbehia, “Social Media and the Changing Identity of the ‘Strong, Independent Woman’ in the Video Game Industry”

1:30-2:50 Masculinities?

Stacy Davis, “’El hombre fino’: Manuales de urbanidad and the Formation of the Perfect Nineteenth-Century Spanish Bourgeois Male” 

Benjamin Garrett, “The Trials and Failures of Being Benjamin C. Roy Cory Garrett: A Book Entitled I F*k’d Up” 

Juliet Desnoyer, “Reworking Heteronormativity Within Hip-Hop: The Transformative Performances of Mykki Blanco” 

3:00-4:20 Trans Arts I 

Sebastian Maldonado-Velez, “’Poet with a Thousand Faces’: Identity Through Poetry”

Aaron Fine, “David Bowie: Fragments”

Carol Marshall, “Negotiating the Body in What Night Brings: Heaven, Hell and Life in Between”

Emma Merrigan, “The Caribbean Carnivalization of Gender and Sexual Performance in Mayra Santos-Febres” 

Friday, January 30, SUB Georgian Room

9:00-10:20 Gender and Colonization

Maria Taboada, “Assimilate an Identity: A Nonfiction Essay on Colonization of an Individual and a People”

Siham Bouamer, “French Women Travelers in Morocco: Becoming the ‘Other’ Women”

10:30-11:20 International Asian Women

Elizabeth Delmonico, “Grace and Dis(sing) Grace in Sunetra Gupta’s So Good in Black

Huping Ling, “Self-Fashioning of Asian American Women in Heartland America”

11:30-12:20 Self-Fashioning African American Women

Taylor Bequette, “The First ‘Lady’: Gender & Race Performance in Michelle Obama’s Speech”

Jazmine Newsome, “Olivia Pope Handles It All”

1:30-2:20 Trans Arts II

Anna Selle, “Queer Gender Construction and Surrealist Photographer Claude Cahun”

Ryan Webb, “Transamerica: Translating the Transformation of Transsexuality”

2:30-3:20 Bodies and Spaces

Benjamin Batzer, “The Tattooed Christ: Body Iconography in Flannery O’Connor’s ‘Parker’s Back’”

Seth Emery, “New Ways: The Creation of Queer Space in Mda’s Ways of Dying

3:30-4:20 Technologies of Gender

Alyssa Johnson, “Empowered by Anonymity: Sexual Identity and Anonymous Mobile Applications”

McKenzie Parker, “Gender Representation in BDSM Sex Toy Marketing”

4:30-5:20 Film and Discussion

Tomboys! Feisty Girls and Spirited Women (2004) is a 28-minute film directed by Julie Akeret and Christian McEwen; it will be followed by a discussion led by Julia Judlin and Grace Cripps.


Saturday, January 31, SUB Georgian Room

10:30-11:20 Gender and Sexuality in the law and on campus

Karianne Jones, “A Postmodern Feminist Jurisprudence: Finding Space for Women in the Law”

David Giovagnoli, “Writing Out of the Closet: Activity Theory, Genre Studies, and Literacies of Sex(uality) in First-Year Composition”

11:30-12:20 Composing a Self I

Kristin Greif, “Memoir as Self Identification through Mental Illness”

Nick Wallner, “Who Am I?”

1:15-2:15 Composing a Self II

Jen Hinkle, “Backwards and in Heels: A Musical Exploration of Self Image Creation”

2:30-3:20 Keynote Speaker

Introduction by Grace Cripps and Julia Judlin

Maurine Pfuhl , “Between the Shelves and Selves: Identity and Record Collecting”


Coordinators of the 2015 WGST Conference:

Grace Cripps

Julia Judlin

The WGST Conference is sponsored by the Women’s and Gender Studies Committee.

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