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2017 Conference Schedule

Here is the 2017 Conference schedule. It will be updated periodically to reflect changes when presenters withdraw and those from the waiting list are added. All times are final, however, and we cannot switch paper times. Please make travel plans accordingly. This is accurate as of July 19, 2017. 





All conference panels will take place on the 8th and 9th floors of the Campus Center,

University of Massachusetts Amherst


REGISTRATION – Amherst Room, 10th floor, Campus Center

Friday, October 27, 12:00-5:30 pm

Saturday, October 28, 8:30 am-3:30 pm


Session I: Friday, October 27, 1:00-2:30pm


PANEL 1 – CC 803 – The Fantastic: Horrors Past and Present

CHAIR: Amie Doughty, SUNY Oneonta

“Horrifying Mythical Obstacles: Masculine Anxieties and Alternate Gazes in Robert Eggers’s The Witch (2015),” Dustin Fisher, University of Cincinnati

“Images of the Indigenous Monster in The Green Inferno (2013),” Erica Tortolani, University of Massachusetts Amherst

“The Decomposing Youths and the Revival of the Zombies in Contemporary Korea,” Ha Rim Park, Seoul National University

“The Bunhill Apocalypse: Robert Aickman’s ‘Larger than Oneself” (1966) as a Post-Christian Metaphor,” Steffen Silvis, University of Wisconsin-Madison


PANEL 2 – CC 805-09 – Film & History: Representation of Identity Factors


“Hollywoodisms: Latinxs in Hollywood Films, 1932-1945,” Mayela Caro, University of California, Riverside

“Prestige Cinema and Historical Queer Rehabilitation,” Audrey Black, University of Massachusetts Amherst

“Reception of Hindi Films by the Indian Diaspora in the US,” Eren Odabasi, University of Massachusetts Amherst

“The Politics of Provincialism in Disney’s Princess Movies,” Marilyn Squier, Independent Scholar


PANEL 3 – CC 811-15 – American Literature I

CHAIR: Mark Madigan, Nazareth College

“Femme Non-Fatal: Holding’s Noir Classic The Blank Wall,” K. A. Laity, College of St. Rose

“Philip Wylie and the Clash of the Modern,” Louis Mazzari, CUNY LaGuardia Community College

“Klay’s Redeployment: Home in a 21st Century War Story,” David Downey, Wentworth Institute of Technology

“Corruption of the Innocent in Social Problem Fiction,” David Rochefort, Northeastern University


PANEL 4 – CC 903 – Digital Media: Historical Issues


“Videogame Poetics: Return of the Avant-Pop,” Adam Crowley, Husson University

Comedy Bang Bang’s Aesthetics: Notes Towards a Podcast Canon,” Paul Arras, SUNY Cortland

“Sound and Semiosis in the Selenitic Age of Myst,” Stephen Armstrong, Eastman School of Music


PANEL 5 – CC 904 – Politics and Civic Life


“The Khoja and Maghribi: Magic and Fraud in 19th Century Alexandria,” Abdul Latif, Harvard Divinity School

“Mapping a Catalytic 1930s (Jewish) Communist Public Sphere,” Joel Saxe, University of Massachusetts Amherst

“Misogyny and the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election,” Margaret Tally, SUNY Empire State College

“Muslims and Terror in US Popular Culture,” Neelofer Qadir, University of Massachusetts Amherst


PANEL 6 – CC 905-09 – Gender & Sexuality I

CHAIR: Don Gagnon, Western Connecticut State University

“Navigating Identity within Loos’ Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” Krista Aldrich, North Dakota State University

“Heart-of-Gold in the Heteronormative Body Market; Belle du Jour’s Secret Diary of a Call Girl,” Marisa Carter, Western Washington University

“Battling for Equality: Sexuality vs. Skill in the UFC,” Jennifer Drissel, Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg


PANEL 7 – CC 911-15 – Health, Disease, & Physical Culture

CHAIR: Jennifer Tebbe-Grossman, MCPHS University

“JFK and the 50-Mile Hike Phenomenon,” Richard Preiss, Suffolk University

“Undetectable: Representation, Temporality, and AIDS Archives,” Marika Cifor, Bowdoin College

“Death Makes a Sign, After All,” Emily West, University of Massachusetts Amherst

“Not Your Mother’s Meatloaf: An Inclusive Sex Ed Resource,” Mary Morrissey, Simmons College


Session II: Friday, October 27, 2:45-4:15pm


PANEL 8 – CC 803 – The Fantastic: Meeting Monsters

CHAIR: Michael A. Torregrossa, Independent Scholar

“‘Everything That Ought to Have Remained Hidden’: Sublimation and the Uncanny in Anya’s Ghost (2011),” Shane Gomes, North Dakota State University

“Murder, Reproduction, and Bad Women in Junji Ito’s Tomie,” Rahel Worku, University of Maryland

“A Trekkie’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse,” Cinzia DiGiulio, Merrimack College

“Scientists Become Monsters: The Strain’s Dr. Goodweather,” Kristine Larsen, Central Connecticut State University


PANEL 9 – CC 805-09 – Film & History: Film Adaptations


“From Print To Film: American Actuality Films (1896-1901),” Alex Bordino, University of Massachusetts Amherst

“Women Adapting Life, Literature, and Film in the 1920s,” Alan Ginsberg, Columbia University

Inherent Vice: Entropy, Heat Death, and Ethics,” Gary Vaspol, Salve Regina University

Steel: Representing a Black Hero from Comics to Film,” Yann Descamps, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3


PANEL 10 – CC 811-15 – American Literature II

CHAIR: Anthony G. Cirilla, Niagara University

“Food as Metaphor in Toni Morrison’s Recitatif,” Reine Bouton, Southeastern Louisiana University

“Cultural Appropriation in Tony Hillerman’s Navajo Narratives,” Eve Kornfeld, San Diego State University

“The Notorious E.E.D.: Rap in the Poems of Emily Dickinson,” Holly Norton, University of Northwestern Ohio


PANEL 11 – CC 903 – Digital Media: Identities, Roles, and Relationships


“Blinded by the Roll: The Critical Fail of Disability in D&D,” Shelly Jones, SUNY Delhi

“The Perception of ‘Black’ on Turkish Twitosphere,” Bilge Narin, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Dark Souls 3’s Phallocentric Messaging System,” Stephanie Jennings, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Mystic Messenger and the Future of Parasocial Romance,” Kim Khanh Tran, York University


PANEL 12 – CC 904 – Humor

CHAIR: Kraig Larkin, Colby-Sawyer College

“The Hitler Rant Parody Phenomenon,” Robert Niemi, St. Michael’s College

The Great Dictator and Saturday Night Live,” Amanda Salmon, Belmont University

[3rd panelist TBA]


PANEL 13 – CC 905-09 – Gender & Sexuality II

CHAIR: Carol-Ann Farkas, MCPHS University

“Queer Kids in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” Elizabeth Light, Fordham University

Stranger Things as a ‘Coming Out’ Narrative,” Joshua Adams, DePaul University

“LGBT Representation in The Office and The Mindy Project,” Meaghan Loraas, Texas State University

“Stop Killing Fictional Lesbians,” Nicole Rizzuto, Drew University


PANEL 14 – CC 911-15 – Food & Foodways: You Are What You Eat


“Feasting on Fandom: Identity & the ‘Unofficial’ Fan Cookbook,” Jennifer Dutch, York College

“Food, Dining and Cooking In The Big Bang Theory,” Pavan Puneet Brar, Panjab University

“The Mediator: Bourdain, Globalization, and the Authentic,” Andrew Kleinke, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

Session III: Friday, October 27, 4:30-6:00pm


PANEL 15 – CC 803 – The Fantastic: New Approaches to the Heroic in Fantastic Fiction

CHAIR: Shane Gomes, North Dakota State University

“Happy Endings: Frankenstein’s Creature as a Romantic Lead,” Maggie Damken, Independent Scholar

“Decentering Monsterhood: Blurred Histories, Genres and Narrative Identities in John M. Ford’s Fantasy The Last Hot Time (2000),” Angela Gustafsson Whyland, Southern New Hampshire University

“Guinevere, the Warrior Queen of Camelot?: The Altered Fate of Guinevere in Recent Comics,” Michael A. Torregrossa, Independent Scholar


PANEL 16 – CC 805-09 – Film & History: Memorable Images and Sounds

CHAIR: Carol Mitchell, Springfield College

“The Legal Journey of Nothing Sacred,” Claudy Op den Kamp, Bournemouth University

“Affective Sound in Fassbinder’s In a Year with Thirteen Moons,” Ryan LaLiberty, University of Massachusetts Amherst

“Towering Infernos, Smoldering Anxieties,” Randy Laist, Goodwin College

“@IAmJacksBot: Exploring Twitter Bots for Cult Film Tributes,” Randall Livingstone, Endicott College


PANEL 17 – CC 811-15 – World Literature: Gaiman and the Grimms

CHAIR: Susan Gorman, MCPHS University

“The Chronotope of The Graveyard Book,” Caroline Kidd, Texas State University

“Adapting Grimm: Points of Convergence, Divergence, Departure,” Matthew Jones, County College of Morris

“Modern Day Fairy Tales: Resurgence and Effect in Media,” Liam Webb, Independent Scholar

American Gods: Postmodern Epic or a Marker of Epic’s Demise?,” Susan Gorman, MCPHS University


PANEL 18 – CC 903 – Philosophy and Pop Culture: Philosophy and Popular Poetics


“Medieval Philosophy and Saving Fame in the Videogame MediEvil,” Anthony G. Cirilla, Niagara University

“Philosophy of Mind and Subalternity in To Pimp a Butterfly,” Austin Lillywhite, Cornell University

“Slam Poetry and Collective Reasoning,” Micah Isser, Independent Scholar

“‘Chill’ Moderation and Feminine Loudness,” Robin James, UNC Charlotte


PANEL 19 – CC 904 – Marketing and Advertising

CHAIR: Kraig Larkin, Colby-Sawyer College

“Don’t Put TV in the Corner: Accepting the Tube at Home,” Jennifer Hackney, Smithsonian-GW Corcoran Decorative Arts and Design History

“Princesses and Pirates: Disney’s Commodification of Childhood,” Priscilla Hobbs, Southern New Hampshire University

“The Impact of Female Empowerment in Advertising,” Victoria Drake, New York University

“Retail Therapy: The Cultural Importance of the Shopping Mall,” Allison McBride, Independent Scholar


PANEL 20 – CC 905-09 – Gender & Sexuality III

CHAIR: Don Gagnon, Western Connecticut State University

“Gendered Leisure in Mother’s Day and Father’s Day Cards,” Stephanie Kolberg, Boston University

“‘I’m Raising Him Gay’: How Our Statements Can Impact Lives,” Aubria Ralph, CUNY York College

“‘You Cannot Be Like That Here’: A Qualitative Study on the Expression of Sexual Identities Among Ghanaian Youth,” Isaac Dery, University of Cape Town

“The Mother Tongue: Narratives of Race, Maternity and ‘Deviance,’” Stephanie Kaylor, European Graduate School


PANEL 21 – CC 911-15 Food & Foodways: International Cuisine


“Popularizing Fish Fingers in West Germany,” Felicity Jensz, University of Muenster

“Crime Cuisine: Food in International Detective Fiction,” Cecilia Macheski, CUNY LaGuardia Community College

“The Russians Are Cooking! Russian Food in 20th Century US,” Ann Kordas, Johnson & Wales University

“Cosmos a la Carte: The Food Travel Show as World Literature,” Steven Herran, CUNY Graduate Center


Plenary Presentation:

“25 Years of Critical Pedagogy: The Media Education Foundation and Independent Film”


Sut Jhally

Professor of Communication, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Founder and Executive Director, Media Education Foundation



Communication “Hub,” 3rd floor, Integrative Learning Center




Session IV: Saturday, October 28, 8:45-10:15am


PANEL 22 – CC 803 – The Fantastic: New Approaches to the Fantastic

CHAIR: Nova Seals, Salve Regina University

The Princess Bride and Slavoj Žižek’s Fantasy of the Real,” Heather Flyte, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

“Madness and Mixed-Bloods: Racial Metaphors in Seanan McGuire’s October Daye Series,” Amie Doughty, SUNY Oneonta

“Heredity And The Hero: The Role of Heredity in Shaping Popular Heroes and Why It Matters,” Cheryl Hunter, University of Massachusetts Lowell

“The Women of Arthurian Legend in Game of Thrones,” Stacy Shirk, New York University


PANEL 23 – CC 805-09 – Television: Masculine Identities, Roles, and Personas


“TV’s ‘G-Men’: Tall, Dark, Handsome, and Brilliant,” Jacqueline Brown, Independent Scholar

“Uprooting Roots: Race in The Richard Pryor Special?,” Jacob Walters, Cornell University

“Greed and Goomahs: Toxic Masculinity in TV’s New Golden Age,” Alexandra Lucas, Independent Scholar


PANEL 24 – CC 811-15 – Global Cultures


“When Private Knitting Becomes Public Art,” Carmen McClish, St. Anselm College

“Dance and Literature: The Brazilian Immigrant,” Nora Vaz de Mello, Federal Center of Technological Education/CEFET-MG

“Supernatural Conflict in Nigerian Home Videos,” Halima AbdulSalam Sekula, Federal University Wukari, Nigeria

“Globalization, Bakhtin, and ‘Tiki Culture’ in the US,” Eric Silverman, Wheelock College


PANEL 25 – CC 903 – History and the Uses of the Past


“Indianapolis High School Football and Class-Based Violence, 1880-1910,” Kyle Steele, University of Wisconsin-Madison

“New England Women on Whaling Ships in the 19th Century,” Mallory Huard, Pennsylvania State University

“Indian Hill: Re-imagining America’s Beautiful Past,” Amy Lenoce, Naugatuck Valley Community College

“Architecture’s War on Terror: Gulf Futurism,” Joseph Donica, Bronx Community College


PANEL 26 – CC 904 – Suicidology I


“Pilate Dead in Songs of Solomon: Suicide, Natality, and the (Un)Thought of Blackness,” Adrian P-Flores, University of Arizona

“Don’t Die: Video Games and Suicide,” Dese’Rae Stage, Independent Scholar

“‘It Happens All the Time’: The Werther Effect of Eric Steel’s The Bridge,” Brennan Thomas, St. Francis University

“The Production and Consumption of Suicide in Raoul Heimrich’s Suicide and the Shock Site,” Mike Alvarez, University of Massachusetts Amherst


PANEL 27 – CC 905-09 – Music: Conflicts and Transitions


“‘I Think Al Qaeda Sent Them”: The Nickelback Hate Assemblage,” Ryan Tsapatsaris, University of Pennsylvania

“Actually Listening: Nickelback’s Musical Bona Fides,” Frank Rein, Independent Scholar

“Don’t Know Much About History: And We Don’t Care!,” John Dougan, Middle Tennessee State University

“Abuela Claudia Beats the Odds in In the Heights,” Geraldine Wagner, Johnson & Wales University


PANEL 28 – CC 911-15 – Teaching and Pop Culture: Pop Culture in the Classroom

CHAIR: Karen Honeycutt, Keene State College

“Gonzo Identity,” Christopher Ketcham, University of Houston Downtown

“Heroes and Superheroes: Pop Lit and Writing Studies,” Charlee Sterling, Goucher College

“Teaching Professional Ethics through Superhero Comic Books,” Chris McGunnigle, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

“Teaching Sociology Through TV: An Update,” Karen Honeycutt, Keene State College


Session V: Saturday, October 28, 10:30am-noon


PANEL 29 – CC 803 – The Fantastic: Re-Thinking the Monstrous

CHAIR: Heather Flyte, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

“‘If You’re So Hungry, Why Don’t You Get a Job?’: Patrick Bateman as Neoliberal Monster and Hero in American Psycho,” Caitlin Duffy, Stony Brook University

“Tackling the Femme: The Psycho-Biddy Genre,” James Patrick Carraghan, Kutztown University

“The Aesthetics of Abjection in Anna Dressed in Blood (2011),” Nova Seals, Salve Regina University

“The Brides of Dracula Tell All: Dracula as Romantic Protagonist in Recent Neo-Victorian Fiction,” Terry Riley, Bloomsburg University


PANEL 30 – CC 805-09 – Television: Female Embodiments

CHAIR: Andi McClanahan, East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania

“Nolite te carborundorum bastardes, Bitches: The Handmaid’s Tale,” Rebecca Carpenter, McDaniel College

“‘It Isn’t That I am a Purist’: A Case Study in Appropriation,” Megan Genovese, University of Pennsylvania

“Pregnancy and Motherhood in Little Women and Total Divas,” Marla Harris, Independent Scholar

“Supergirl and Lena Luthor: Constructing Personas,” Johanna Church, Johnson & Wales University


PANEL 31 – CC 811-15 – Sports: Race and Sports

CHAIR: Dennis Gildea, Springfield College

Depictions of Race in Early Sports Media,” Brian Sheehy, North Andover High School

Black Baseball in Louisville, Kentucky,” Joe Baumstarck, University of Louisville

Baseball in the Play and Film Fences,” Philip Wedge, University of Kansas


PANEL 32 – CC 903 – War, Peace, and Culture

CHAIR: Bruce Cohen, Worcester State University

“Disability and Gender Essentialism in Lady Chatterley’s Lover,” Victoria Parker, University of New Hampshire

“Prime Time Vet: The Vietnam Veteran on Television,” Shawn Driscoll, Independent Scholar

“America, Stereotypical Roles, and Asian Characters in M*A*S*H,” Ashley Stevens, Independent Scholar

“Comics and Their Continued Fascination with Nazis,” Charlotte Mears, Kingston University, London


PANEL 33 – CC 904 – Suicidology II

CHAIR: Mike Alvarez, University of Massachusetts Amherst

“Dreaming of ‘Life After Death’ When You’re ‘Ready to Die’: Notorious B.I.G. and the Sonic Construction of Black Afterlives,” Andrew Belton, UNC Chapel Hill

“The Failure of Reason in Georgian Suicides,” Aaron Botwick, CUNY Graduate Center/Lehman College

“When Masculinity Fell On Black Days: Media Representations of Male Celebrity Suicides 1994-Present,” Kathryn Rinehart, North Dakota State University


PANEL 34 – CC 905-09 – Music: Beyond Genre and Gender Limits


“Postgenre as Reparative Practice,” Amanda Scherbenske, Eugene Lang College – The New School

“Listen to the Racket: Lesbian Reggaeton Across the Americas,” Elena Igartubutu, University of Massachusetts Amherst

“Sexual Queerness and Moral Agency in R&B Culture,” Marlon Moore, US Naval Academy

“Women’s Rock Narratives,” Jacqueline Ellis, New Jersey City University


PANEL 35 – CC 911-15 – Teaching and Pop Culture: Pedagogic Strategies

CHAIR: Nicole A. Heller, Siena College

“Wanna Play? Creative Strategies for Teaching Pop Culture,” Lance Eaton, Brandeis University/North Shore Community College

“Challenges of Media Representation in the Media Classroom,” Erin Waggoner, University of Connecticut

“Compare and Contrast in Sakai Lessons,” Julie Ann DeCesare, Providence College

“Course Design in the Age of Trump,” Daniel Mulcare, Salem State University


NEPCA Annual Luncheon and Business Meeting

Marriott Center

11th Floor, Campus Center



Session VI: Saturday, October 28, 1:30-3pm


PANEL 36 – CC 803 – The Fantastic: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: 199 Years Old and Still Going Strong

CHAIR: Kristine Larsen, Central Connecticut State University

Frankenstein and the Real: A Psychoanalytic Look at Power and the Unconscious,” Emilie Lewis, Simmons College

“Coexistence of Gender Binaries: Bisexualism in Frankenstein,” Christopher Maye, California State University, Long Beach

“Modern Prometheus Bound,” Dennin Ellis, Independent Scholar

“Subaltern Comrades???: Blacks, Dalits and the Monster,” Gorvika Rao, Delhi University


PANEL 37 – CC 805-09 – Television: Politics and Social Order

CHAIR: Andi McClanahan, East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania

Beto Rockfeller and Television Censorship in Brazil, 1968-1969,” Thamyris Almeida, Brown University

“Persian-American Identity in Bravo TV’s Shahs of Sunset,” Lauren Silber, University of Massachusetts Amherst

“All in the Game: Foucault, Bourdieu, and The Wire,” Valerie Saturen, William Paterson University

“Instruments of Social Order in HBO’s Deadwood,” Nadum, Boston University


PANEL 38 – CC 811-15 – Sports: Global and Political Perspectives

CHAIR: Dennis Gildea, Springfield College

Athlete Activism: An Historical Review,” Linda K. Fuller, Worcester State University

A ‘Difficult’ History’s Derby: Poland-Russia at EURO 2012,” Martin Kozon, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

“Mulatto Soccer: Race and National Identity in Contemporary Brazil,” Tiago Maranhão, Vanderbilt University

‘Soldiering’ On: Thai Female Athletes and National Heroes,” Sukrittaya Jukping, Thammasat University, Bangkok


PANEL 39 – CC 903 – Comics/Graphic Novels: War Topics


“Retconning Magneto within Holocaust Memory Studies,” Joshua Roeder, Drew University

“Reporting for Duty: Census and Diversity in G.I. Joe Comics,” Wade Simpson, Bennington College

“‘This Crummy War’: War Comics and Vietnam, 1965-2016,” Stephen Connor, Nipissing University

“The Demythologizing of the Soldier,” William Price, Brandeis University


PANEL 40 – CC 904 – Ethnicity and Race: International Issues


“‘Gross and Racist’? Sam Harris and Liberal Islamophobia,” Yusef Hayes, North Shore Community College

“What’s in a Name: Riviere Niger, a Racial Epithet,” Robert MacGregor, William School of Business Administration

“Making Waves: The Culture-Nature Relationship in Disney’s Moana,” Colby Miyose, University of Massachusetts Amherst

“‘We Make the Terror’: Whiteness and (Sanctioned) Terrorism,” Paul Bachand, Binghamton University-SUNY


PANEL 41 – CC 905-09 – Music: Hardware, Techniques, and Strategies

CHAIR: Cory Matieyshen, Independent Scholar

“Rethinking Popular Music History Via the Electric Bass,” Brian Wright, Fairmont State University

“Homemade Audio Technologies as Explicitly Political Acts,” Ezra Teboul, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

“DJ Screw’s Mixtapes and the Poetics of Representing Houston,” Matthew Carter, CUNY Graduate Center

“A Song About Love and Guilt: The Videos of New Order,” Sarah Nichols, Tunxis Community College


PANEL 42 – CC 911-15 – Libraries, Archives, Collecting: Perspectives on Archiving and Accessing


“Science Journalism in the CRISPR Age,” Haleigh Williams, Independent Scholar

“The Armchair Rosarian or How to Grow Roses With Words,” Julia Tryon, Providence College

“Trauma in the Museum: A Case Study,” Cheryl Harned, University of Massachusetts Amherst


Session VII: Saturday, October 28, 3:15-4:45pm


PANEL 43 – CC 803 – The Fantastic: New England Horrors

CHAIR: Cheryl Hunter, University of Massachusetts Lowell

“Body Horror in Lovecraft Fiction and Film,” Shashtri Akela, University of Massachusetts Amherst

“The Dead Past in New England Vernacular Poetry,” N. C. Christopher Couch, University of Massachusetts Amherst

“The Alphabets of Caitlin R. Kiernan,” Meghan Crandall, Independent Scholar

“Tilting at Vampires,” Katie Gagnon, Independent Scholar


PANEL 44 – CC 805-09 – Television: Audiences, Their Practices, and Domestic Spaces


“Push Pin Projects (PPPs) in Television and Cinema,” Benjamin Miller, Queensborough Community College

“The Phenomenology: Experience of Binge-Watching TV Series,” Nikolina Yakimova, University of Groningen

“Role of the Internet in Modern Fandoms of Pre-Internet TV,” Laura Brown, Boston University

“Dexter at Home: Domesticated Monster / Ideal Father,” Stan Pelkey, Florida State University


PANEL 45 – CC 811-15 – Psychology and Pop Culture

CHAIR: Nicole A. Heller, Siena College

Gestalt Theory in the Face of the Popular Music,” Mahdi Kammoun, Higher Institute of Music, Sfax, Tunisia

Color Me Restless: Defying the Rhetoric of Adult Coloring,” Terri Toles-Patkin, Eastern Connecticut State University

Coping with the Grotesque: How Talking Dead Functions as Audience Trauma Therapy,” Emily Wilkins, Independent Scholar


PANEL 46 – CC 903 — Comics/Graphic Novels: Current Trends


“Wait Here While I Cover the Story: Flash and 2-Career Couples,” Charles Henebry, Boston University

“Reinscription of the Everyday in Lucy Knisley’s Relish,” Krista Harper, Western Michigan University

“‘A Great Museum of Memories’: Paco Roca’s La casa,” Sarah Harris, Bennington College

“Realism and Rhythm in Gemma Bovery,” Haniyeh Barahouie, University of Virginia


PANEL 47 – CC 904 – Ethnicity and Race: The Construction of Blackness

CHAIR: Cory Matieyshen, Independent Scholar

“White America’s Valuation of Black Culture over Black Lives,” Anthony Mathieu, Simmons College

“They Dared to Cross the Color Line,” William Foster, Naugatuck Valley Community College

“Fetishizing and Fragmenting Blackness in Get Out,” Caroline Bayne, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

“Monstrous Sexuality in Prime Time,” Kalima Young, Towson University


PANEL 48 – CC 905-09 – Music: Transformation and Reception


“Joseph Schillinger and the Reception of Walt Disney’s Fantasia,” Jacquelyn Sholes, Boston University

“Bach Transmogrified: Baroque Rock’s Cultural Accreditation,” Sara Gulgas, University of Pittsburgh

“All You Need is Love: The Beatles and the Summer of Love,” Terry Hamblin, SUNY Delhi


PANEL 49 – CC 911-15 – Libraries, Archives, Collecting: Discovering Media Literacy @Your Library

CHAIR: Yonty Friesem, Central Connecticut State University

“Critical Media Literacy @Your Library,” Allison Butler, University of Massachusetts Amherst

“Media Smart @Your Library,” Mary Moen, ‘University of Rhode Island

“Media Production @The School Library,” Brian Jennings, Narragansett Elementary School

“Filmmaking as Media Literacy @The Library,” Pam Steager, Providence Children’s Film Festival


NEPCA Executive Board Meeting


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