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Friday, April 26 — Ithaca College Campus Center

Time Session Panels and Workshops
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Breakfast  
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Session 1

Workshop: Graphic Novels that Enhance Diversity (GNAB) -- Clark Lounge

Discussion of the role graphic novels play in encouraging reading and promoting diversity, with a special emphasis on some great new titles dealing with racial diversity, lgbt representation, mental health and addiction issues, and the experiences of the differently abled.

Panel A: Gender across Genres -- Ithaca Falls Room -- Chair: Sloane Kazim

Olivia Grandin “Anarchy in the UK?:  Punk and Power Pop Reflecting the Outsider’s Response to Economic Distress”

Laken Kelly “Feminism is the National Football League”

Sarah Melesse "Botched: A More Honest Reality Television Show about Plastic Surgery"

Panel B: Tales of Strength and Terror -- Taughanock Falls Room -- Chair: Eliana Berger

 Jacqueline Quach “Alias: Ads, Fanfics, and DVDs”

Nicole Kubishta ““Enchanted and Terrified”: The Bending of “Bluebeard” in NBC’s Hannibal

Alyssa Rodriguez “Fillory Clinton: Margo Hanson’s Rise to High King of Fillory and the Role of Women in Politics”

10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Session 2

Workshop: Games For Fun and Learning -- Williams 203 -- Lauren Suna

From introducing kids to Computer Science Principles to exploring Refugee Camps, to experiencing life in developing countries, Games For Fun and Learning will go over how to increase student engagement and comprehension through the implementation of games for learning.

Panel A: Fantasy/Horror and Children’s Lit -- Clark Lounge -- Chair: Angelina Randazzo

Erica Otis. "The Goblin Conundrum: Repurposed Villains in Hilari Bell’s The Goblin Wood."

Meredith Malburne-Wade. “All About Eve: the Generative/Degenerative/Degenerate Female Zombie in Matheson's I Am Legend and M.R. Carey's The Girl With All the Gifts”

Stacy Graber. “It’s Just a Book, It Can’t Hurt You”: Weaponization of Children’s Literature and Writing Resistance in Jennifer Kent’s (2014), The Babadook”

Panel B: Transgressive Women on Big Screens and Small -- Taughanock Falls Room -- Chair: Charlotte Kane

Ashlynn Lee “Girls Bite Back”: The New Era of Women in Hollywood

Kristina Nemeth “Feminist Representation in Big Little Lies

Isabella Oliverio “Witches are Women: Witch Depiction within American Horror Story: Coven

11:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. Session 3

Workshop: Creating Programs and Spaces for Teens -- Clark Lounge -- Anna Lawrence, Regina DeMauro, Kate Bennett

Librarians working in a large city, small city and a rural library share their strategies and experiences in their work with teens.

Panel A: Gender in D&D and Resident Evil -- Taughanock Falls Room 

Matthew Bergeron "Paladins and RPGs: The Transformation of a Gendered Character Class"

Brandon Smith “Dungeons, Dragons, and Gender Trouble”

Claire Pitcairn “Accept Her Gift: Resident Evil VIIas Romantic Victorian Literature”

Panel B: TV Heroines Kicking Demon Butt -- Ithaca Falls Room -- Chair: Shawndra Holdersby

Kelly Auricchio  "Still Blonde, Still White, Still Straight: Feminism in Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina"

Jaimee Nadzan “I’m Buffy and You’re History”: Deconstructing the Patriarchy in Buffy the Vampire Slayer

12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Lunch  
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Session 4

Workshop: Transgender/LGBT Support: Books and Practices -- Clark Lounge -- Luca Maurer, John Jacobson, Regina DeMauro, August Miguez

LGBT inclusive practices, with an emphasis on representation and ways literature with transgender characters, content and authors reflect back to folks who are marginalized as well as providing a window into these experiences for folks with dominant identities.

Panel A: Reconsidering and Re-booting the 19th Century -- Ithaca Falls Room -- Chair: Alyssa Rodriguez

Abby Rogers "How Perspective Shapes Agency in Pride and Prejudice and The Lizzie Bennet Diaries"

Angelina Randazzo “Graphic Novel Adaptations: Who the heck reads these?”

Jules Talbot “Woman Is Not Truly One: Women in Adaptations of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” 

Panel B Books Expanding Representation Across Genres -- Taughanock Falls Room -- Chair: Dyani Taff

Kara Jorgensen “Queer Historical Romance and the Reclamation of Identity and Power”

Alayna Vander Veer “Intolerable Otherness and Hidden Bodies: Disability in Anne McCaffrey’s The Ship Who Sang

Douglas Anderson “Masked Crusaders Vs. “a Real Story”: Confronting the Refugee Crisis in Chris Cleave’s Little Bee

3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Session 5

Workshop: Setting Up and Using a Maker Space -- Ithaca Falls Room -- Cady Fontana, Sharona Ginsberg

Presenters will share academic and public library experiences of creating, staffing, and stocking a Makerspace. From top tools to daily logistics, gather tips and ideas to build your own community focused space.

Panel A: Queering Game Space -- Clark Lounge -- Chair: Andrea Yzaguirre

Slaone Kazim "Justice for the Missing Mother: Contextualizing Motherhood in Horizon Zero Dawn"

Anna Godek “Is There A Wrong Way to Play? Intended and Unintended Play in Video Games”

Lauren Suna “We all Live in a Pokéqueer World: Why Queer Representation in Pokémon Matters”

Panel B: Women in Comics -- Taughanock Falls Room -- Chair: Shawndra Holdersby

Chris Matusiak "We Stand on Guard": Heroic Canadian Women in Some Recent American Comics

Heather Freeman “Miss Monster...you shouldn’t eat people:” Familiarizing Terror in Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda’s Monstress

Logan Henry “You Still Think You’re the Only Monster?”: Tension in Marvel’s Representation of Black Widow

4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Workshops

These are designed to be stage-specific workshops where participants at specific points in their academic careers can get together to ask questions and exchange experiences.

Grad Student Panel -- Taughanock Falls Room: What it’s really like; what I would do differently  (Jaimee D. Nadzan; Gretchen Hohmeyer; Kerri Stuart, Alyssa Rodriguez, Sharona Ginsberg)

Teaching Panel -- Clark Lounge: Feminist Science Fiction, Afrofuturist Texts & Contemporary Undergraduates (Robyn Rosen, Alvin Henry)

Publishing on Pop Culture -- Ithaca Falls Room: (Katharine Kittredge, Andrew Thompson, Nivair Gabriel)

5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Reception Klingenstein Lounge -- For registered participants only. To register please click here.

Saturday, April 27 — Textor Hall and Friends Hall

Time Session Panels and Workshops
9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Breakfast Textor Hallway -- For registered participants only. To register please click here.
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Session 6

Presentation: Putting the “Her” in Black Panther (GNAB) -- Textor 102

Panel A: Considering Classic Children’s Texts -- Textor 103 -- Chair: Kelly Auricchio

Laura Wright “The Afterlives of Pippi Longstocking: Dispatches from the Girl World”

Peyton Young “#BlackMagic: People of Color and Marginalized Minorities in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter”

Carolyn Rennie “Fallen Heroes: How J.K. Rowling (Sort of) Taught Her Fans How to Cope with Her Own Fall”

Panel B: Comic Discomfort -- Textor 101 -- Chair: Alexis Becker

Eva Thury "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" Bites the Hand: Sophie Lennon and Phyllis Diller in Amazon's Golden-Globe Winning Comedy

Julia Guest “Lilly Singh: Youtube's Standup Superwoman”

Elizabeth Threadgill “From Steve Urkel to Raven Reyes: Race and Gender Representations of Nerds/Nerdom on Television”

10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Session 7

Performance: The Tradition of Nigerian Storytelling -- Friends 210 -- Aigbokhan Aloja Airewele

A discussion and demonstration of the oral narrative tradition of Nigeria.

Panel A: The Girl Fantastic -- Textor 102 -- Chair: Elissa Myers

Sophie L. Riemenschneider “The Fantastic Domestic: Lucy Knisley’s Serialized Autobiographical Femininity”

Kristi Fleetwood “Fantastic Girl Gangs: Female Friendship Adventure Stories and American Culture”

Elissa Myers “Staying with the Witches: The Transformative Power of Fantastic Women”

Panel B: Expanding Representation in Mainstream TV -- Textor 101 -- Chair: Shawndra Holdersby

Sabrina Sugano “"Sexuality, Status, and Sitcoms: Analyzing the Intersection of Queerness and Class in Shameless and The Fosters

Elizabeth Sharp ““Not for Me, Thanks: The Harmful Aspect of TV's Reluctance to Promote Asexual Women”

Chloe West  “Stand there and Bleed: Wynonna Earp’s Defamiliarization and Demonization of the American Western”

Panel C: 19th Century Pop Culture Feminism? -- Textor 103 -- Chair:  Julie Fromer

Eliana Berger “Whom Had Mr. Brownson Slandered?”: Literary Mitigation of Self-Advocacy in The Lowell Offering

Annie Batterman “Sanctioned Hypocrisy: What the Etiquette Books Had to Say”

Naomi Hanson “Exploiting a Pirate Legend: The twentieth-century manipulation of Granuaile O'Malley”

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Session 8

Textor 102 -- Nnedi Okorafor meets with students (open to students in middle school, high school, and college)

Panel A: Pushing the Boundaries of Animation -- Textor 101 -- Chair: Teri Doerksen

Ashae Forsythe “Good to be Bad: Disney Female Villains and their Projection of the Modern Women”

Andrew Older “Bojack Horsemanand Identity Formation: A Selective Reader-Response Theory”

Kaitlyn Dennehy “’They’ll Always Find A Way:’ Projections of Gender and Sexuality in Steven Universe

Panel B: African American and Latinx Representation -- Textor 103 -- Chair: Jim Stafford

Jasmine Scott "’That threw me all the way the fuck off:’ An Examination of Insecure's White Fan Base” 

Abigail Hailu “#BlackGirlsAre: Unpacking the Black Girl Magic Aesthetic with Womanism”  

Owen Barclay “Latinx Representation across Multi-media Platforms: Are George and Sophia That Funny?” 

Panel C: Gender in Horror -- Friends 210 -- Chair: Christine Kitano

Rachel Katz “’We work with what we have’: Identifying a crisis of femininity in genre film”

Suzanne Richardson “The Uncanny Bisexual Twin: Hyper Sexual Doppelgangers in The Black Swan and I Know Who Killed Me”

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Lunch For registered participants only. To register please click here.
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Keynote

Textor 102 -- Dr. Nnedi Okorafor is interviewed by Dr. Derek Adams

3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Session 9

Textor 102 -- Nnedi Okorafor Signing Session

Panel A: Female Warriors, Monsters and a Goddess -- Textor 101 -- Chair: Julie Fromer

Christiana Ares-Christian “’Black queer women…who are lethal’: Afrofuturism in World of Wakanda

Natasha Bissonauth “Chitra Ganesh’s Tales of Amnesia (2002): Re-imagining Goddess Iconography through Queer Form”

Elizabeth Johnston “That's Not Much of a Curse': Medusa, Rape Culture, and Revision”

Panel B: Expanding Expression Across Multiple Platforms -- Textor 103

Andy Yzaguirre “Bringing web comics to libraries: Introducing diversity in new ways”

Mary Lindroth “Kristina Wong’s Radical Cram School and Diana Oh’s {my lingerie project}: Sowing the Seeds of Change Through Performance”

 Celia Bostock-Holtzman “Feminist Aspects of Betty and Veronica”

Panel C: Queer TV -- Friends 210 -- Chair: Bruce Henderson

Magdalena Smith  "The Queer Art of Self-Destruction in the BBC’s Sherlock” 

Julian Kroll “Queer Eye, Straight Gaze”

Sappho Hocker “Oh No She Betta Don't: Issues With Drag Race and Its Fandom”

Panel D: Beyond Gendered Definitions of Beauty -- Friends 201 -- Chair: Kaitlyn Dennehy

Julia Hurlburt "I Didn't Make Him For You!: Rocky Horror, Frankenstein, and the Concept of the Perfect Man"

Samantha Lemza “Grace and Frankie: Rewriting the Existential Maps of ‘Women of a Certain Age’”

4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Session 10

Panel A: Afro Futurist and Indigenous Futurist Texts -- Textor 101 -- Chair: Jim Stafford

Alvin Henry “Nnedi Okorafor and Black Feminist Mythmaking”

Nivair Gabriel “Algae, Art, and Afrofuturism: Environmental Justice in Alaya Dawn Johnson’s The Summer Prince

Kerry Kraemer “Establishing a Future by Creating in the Present: Reading Resistance in the Literature of Indigenous Futurisms”

Panel B: YA Fantasy Challenging Gender -- Textor 103 -- Chair: Alayna Vander Veer

Julie Fromer “Flipping Twilight:  Reading Stephanie Meyer’s ‘Life and Death’”

August Miguez "Can We Do Better?: Transphobia in YA Fantasy and Sci-Fi”

Gretchen Hohmeyer "Kelandry of Mindelan: Working Class Hero"

Panel C: A Close Look at the Small Screen -- Friends 210 -- Chair: Teri Doerksen

Rachel Wolfe “Sex, Death, and Narrative Codes: The Role of the Virgin/Ingénue in Blending and Breaking Classical and Neoclassical Rules in HBO’s Game of Thrones

Charlotte Kane “Dana Scully of the X-Files as a New Type of Science Nerd”

Anna Kelly “Considering Star Trek’s Uhura”

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Katharine Kittredge at kkittredge@ithaca.edu. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.