Twentieth Annual WGST Conference

Identities and Self-Fashioning
January 29-31
Jan. 29
Student Union Building Georgian Room

Retrospectives and assessments
10:30-11:50 a.m.
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 p.m.
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”

Trans arts 1
3-4:20 p.m.
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”
Jan. 30
Student Union Building Georgian Room      

Gender and colonization
9:30-10:20 a.m.
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”

International Asian women
10:30-11:20 a.m. 
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”
Self-fashioning African-American women
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Taylor Bequette, “The First ‘Lady’: Gender & Race Performance in Michelle Obama’s Speech”
Jazmine Newsome, “Olivia Pope Handles It All”

Trans arts 2
1:30-2:20 p.m.
Anna Selle, “Queer Gender Construction and Surrealist Photographer Claude Cahun”
Ryan Webb, “'Transamerica': Translating the Transformation of Transsexuality”

Bodies and space                                                                                                   
2:30-3:20 p.m.
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'”

Technologies of gender
3:30-4:20 p.m.
Alyssa Johnson, “Empowered by Anonymity: Sexual Identity and Anonymous Mobile Applications”
McKenzie Parker, “Gender Representation in BDSM Sex Toy Marketing”

Film and discussion
4:30-5:30 p.m.
“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.
Jan. 31
Student Union Building Georgian Room    

Gender and sexuality in the law and on campus    
10:30-11:20 a.m.
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”

Composing a self 1
11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m.
Kristin Greif, “Memoir as Self Identification through Mental Illness”
Nick Wallner, “Who Am I?”

Composing a self 2
1:15-2:15 p.m.
Jen Hinkle, “Backwards and in Heels: A Musical Exploration of Self Image Creation”

2:30-3:20 p.m.
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 and Julia Judlin
The WGST Conference is sponsored by the Women’s and Gender Studies Committee.


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