Keynote Speakers

Abigail De Kosnik, UC Berkeley

“The ‘General Library,’ or, Media Piracy as Minority Access, Survival, and Relation”
The global phenomenon of media piracy, in which millions of fans participate daily and routinely, is usually investigated through the lenses of copyright infringement, financial impacts to media industries, and how Global South fans access Global North content. This lecture will focus on fans and pirates in the U.S. who are marginalized because of ethnicity, sexuality, gender, class, and/or disability, and how they regard media piracy as a practice of information and cultural access that enables their familial and community relations as well as their very survival. While scholars such as Lawrence Lessig have defended pirate and remix practices as useful for allowing presumptively white, middle-class youth to learn important technical and creative skills, other theorists, such as Kavita Philip, have claimed that piracy must be valued beyond its utilitarian value to already-technologically- and culturally-privileged users. Drawing on my interviews with a number of Black, brown, Asian, queer, poor, and disabled pirates, I argue the “paywalling” of media contributes to large-scale structures of poverty and deprivation. I show that, through piracy, U.S. minorities insist on their rights to participate on equal footing in cultural scenes and to derive the maximum personal and collective benefits from those scenes regardless of their social statuses.

Kristen J. Warner, University of Alabama

Ineloquent Truths about Representation From the Represented 

With this keynote I wish to explore both the textually mediated moments Black audiences locked ourselves into a sort of immutable visible representation as progress, with all the consequences that followed, as well as the moments where identificatory play and recognitions find their way despite and in spite of our good intentioned folly. Unpacking the truth concerning the potency of feeling represented is for Black audiences, and Black women audiences in particular, can maybe offer insights into developing more resonant kinds of visibility.


Death and Rebirth in Queer Fandoms (In Person)

Kristy Sun, Mallory Rising: Fannish Identification and Rereading Queer Potential in The Baby-Sitters Club

Megan Connor, Indiana University – Bloomington

From Sla/sh to #Ship: An Archive of Our Own and the Restructuring of Fan Networks

Katherine E. Morrissey, Arizona State University

Canceling Queerness: Historical Media and the Problem with Progress

Bridget Kies, Oakland University

Hierarchies of Queer Representation in The Untamed’s Transcultural Fandom

Laurel P. Rogers, University of Texas at Austin

The Politics of Instagram: Intersectional Feminist Analyses of Labor, Representations, and Tags (In Person)

#zerowaste: the feminised labour of sustainable influencers on Instagram

Rachel Wood, Keele University

“How I edit my Instagram images”: investigating skilled vision in the work of YouTube’s “girlbosses”

Ida Roivainen, University of Tampere

Don’t Use This Hashtag: Fat Acceptance Activism and Boundary-Work as Unofficial Content Moderation on Instagram

Melissa Zimdars, Merrimack College

Leopard Print is a Neutral: Disappearing White Bodies in Instagram’s Design World

Inna Arzumanova, University of San Francisco

TV Limited Series and Strategies of Reinvention (In Person)

“Burning the House Down: Limited Series and Rhetorical Strategies of the Reboot”

Molly A. Schneider, Columbia College Chicago

“American Horror Story as Repertory Company & Sarah Paulson as Company Star”

R. Colin Tait

“The Trouble with (non) Normal: Limits of Queerness Across American Horror Story’s Limited Formats”

Andrew J. Owens, University of Iowa

“Limited Reinventions: Dystopic Wellness and Nine Perfect Strangers”

Jennifer Lynn Jones, University of Tulsa

Mediated Embodiment: Exploring Spaces, Communities, and Representation (In Person)

“Empowering Dance and Dance-Artist Everywhere”: Dance Church and the Strategic Creativity of Exercise Platform Branding

Paxton Haven, University of Texas at Austin

Credibility Bookcases and “Bookiness”: The Gendering of Embodied Texts

Abigail Moreshead, University of Central Florida and Anastasia Salter, University of Central Florida

The Bloody Tampon and Other Menstrual Moments in Popularized Media

Amanda J. Campbell, Winthrop University

The Neuroconvergent Audience: Assimilating Disability Aids through ASMR and Body Media

Leah Steuer

Don’t Look Too Closely: Appropriation, Incorporation and Repatriation in Popular Media (Virtual)

Repurposing Inclusion: The Conscription of Black Women Protagonists in Contemporary Cop-Shows in Sustaining Police-Based Anti-Blackness

Christina Aushana, University of California San Diego

The Memes of Production: The Appropriation of User-Produced Media in Covid-Era Films and Television

Lauren S. Berliner, University of Washington Bothell

Visualizing Repatriation: Diasporic Appropriation and Appreciation in Beyoncé and Shatta Wale’s ‘Already’ Music Video

Caroline Collins, UC San Diego

Paddington Goes to Work Reconstructing the Empire

Susan Harewood, University of Washington Bothell

Politics of Gender/Politics of Nostalgia: Exploring TV and Film Reboots and Reinventions (Virtual)

Reality TV Reunion Seasons and Entrepreneurial Selves: Marketing MTV Nostalgia

Leigh H. Edwards, Florida State University

Reinventing Franchises: Gender Swapping and (In)Equity

Chelsea G. McCracken, SUNY Oneonta

Reinventing the Disney Princess

Robyn Muir, University of Surrey

Womb for Rent: The Politics of Surrogacy Storylines on Sitcom Reboots

Reut Odinak, Boston University

Reimagining the Present and Future through Queer Representations Across Media (Virtual)

Calibrating My Compass: The Quest for Lesbian Futurity

Sarah Cooper, Clemson University

Queer time, queer feeling and queer sex in The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018)

Samantha Colling, Manchester Metropolitan University

Reinventing Digital Materialism: Queer Art Towards Revolutionary Politics

Sam Hunter, University of California, Los Angeles

Rising From The Ashes: Queer Games as a Model for Reinventing Academia and Industry

Ryan Rose Aceae, University of California, Irvine and Kat Brewster, University of California, Irvine


Feminist and Queer Approaches to the Embodied Experience of Gaming (In Person)

“Sean? Am I a Monster?”: Examining Feminist and Queer Procedures and Mechanics as Calls to Action

Ashley P. Jones, Georgia Southwestern State University

Be gay, do code: Challenges for teaching game design and the need for queer code pedagogy

Daniel Cox, University of Central Florida and Kenton Taylor Howard, University of Central Florida

Post-Digital Gaymes: The Presence of Print in Queering Digital Play

Chloe A. Milligan, Pennsylvania State University – Berks

Trickle Down Streaming: Pressures Felt by Feminine and Women Live Streamers

Amanda Cullen, University of California, Irvine

Masculinity across Media: Examining Toxic Masculinity and (Failures of) Intersectionality (In Person)

“!pls deletethis”: How Discord bots perform and center white cismasculinity

PS Berge, University of Central Florida and Daniel G. Heslep, University of Alabama – Tuscaloosa

“Even stronger or just faker than last time?”: Men, authenticity, and toxic masculinity in YouTube’s fitness influencer community

Jessica Maddox, University of Alabama – Tuscaloosa

Out of the Backyard and Onto the Couch: Televised Treatments of Masculinity and Femininity in Barbeque Competition Programs

Diana Willis, University at Albany, State University of New York

Re-masculinizing Roman Reigns: Modern Professional Wrestling Audiences and Evolving Notions of Masculinity

Joshua R. Coonrod, Bellarmine University

Cradle to the Classroom: Media Scholars Raising Media Saturated Kids During the Pandemic (In Person)

Kelly Kessler, DePaul University

Sharon M. Ross, Columbia College Chicago

Avi Santo, Old Dominion University

Kyra Hunting, University of Kentucky

Jonathan Nichols-Pethick, DePauw University

Kathleen A. Paciga, Columbia College Chicago

Elizabeth Davis Berg, Columbia College Chicago

Perspectives on Navigating Academic Careers (In Person)

Erin A. Meyers, Oakland University

Courtney Brannon Donoghue, University of North Texas

Erika Johnson-Lewis, St. Petersburg College

Jennifer Lynn Jones, University of Tulsa

Juan Llamas-Rodriguez, University of Texas at Dallas

Brandy Monk-Payton, Fordham University

Karen Petruska, Gonzaga University

Let’s Get Physical: Fitness, Bodies, and the Politics of Reinvention (In Person)

Together We Go Far: Peloton’s Family Values’

Elizabeth Affuso, Pitzer College

Girl bosses who LTB (Lift, Tone, Burn): Pure Barre’s Fitness Feminism

Kate Fortmueller, University of Georgia

How to get Halle Berry’s abs: the appeal of the celebrity fitness app

Kristen Fuhs, Woodbury University

Working out and/as Working on Autoethnographic Methods in Fan Studies

Suzanne Scott, University of Texas at Austin

Fan Negotiations of Agency On and Through Social/Digital Media (Virtual)

Fan-Powered Digital Activism in the #FreeBritney Movement

Akhil R. Vaidya, University of Pennsylvania – Annenberg School for Communication

Recovering Racial and Queer Subtexts in Black Sails Fanfiction with Digital Methods

Suzanne Black, Independent Scholar

Remediating Heteroromance with K-pop: the Transnational Female Spectator in TWICE’s What Is Love?

Rongyi Lin, Northwestern University

Intersectionality and Gender in Contemporary Comedy (Virtual)

“Why Do Men Look So Mediocre, Yet Manage to Be So Confident?”: The Rise of Female Stand-up Comedian and Feminist Humor in Contemporary China

Liao Zhang, University of Nottingham

From Bodega Boys to Bodega Men: Coming-of-Age Rites and Black-Jewish Intersections in Contemporary Television

Jordan Z. Adler

Reimagining Sitcom’s Unruly Woman: WandaVision and Kevin Can F**k Himself

Lisa W. Kelly Dr, University of Glasgow

Gendered Play: Artist’s Talks (Virtual)

Cozy Masculinity

Chelsea L. Brtis, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Empower Through Play

Amy Schwinge, University of Central Florida

Lace Up Their Boots: An Interactive Wrestling Experience

Tate N. Oquendo, Full Sail Real World Education

i-PALettes: A Triple-Blind Peer-Reviewed Beauty Tutorial

Christine H. Tran, University of Toronto, Faculty of Information; Nelanthi Hewa, University of Toronto, Faculty of Information; and Elisha Lim, University of Toronto, Faculty of Information


Examining Feminist and Fan Communities on TikTok (In Person)

#SelfLoveChallenge: Remixing Feminisms in the Body Positivity Movement on TikTok

Laura Schumacher, University of Wisconsin-Madison

“I just came back from 7 months at hogwarts…”: #Shifttok and contemporary fan labour

Claire Whitley Ms, Flinders University and Katharine Perrotta Ms, Flinders University

Reinventing the Sea Shanty and Other Memetic Video as Collective Chorus

Tanya D. Zuk, Georgia State University

What Does it Mean? Berries and Cream!: Towards a Feminist Praxis in TikTok’s Memetic Cultures

Sarah Whitcomb Laiola, Coastal Carolina University

Deconstructing Comedic Power Structures Across Media (In Person)

“What Does Karen Chee Know?”: Examining the Limitations and Progressive Potential of Asian American Women’s Representation on Late Night with Seth Meyers

Madison Barnes-Nelson, Colorado State University – Fort Collins

Laughter is the Best Poison: Antagonistic Humor as the Handmaiden of Hate Speech

Pratiksha Menon, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Quarantine Comedy: Podcasts of the Pandemic

Kriszta Pozsonyi, Cornell University

The Racial Politics of Comedy in Shame TV

Sarah Hagelin, University of Colorado, Denver and Gillian Silverman, University of Colorado, Denver

Exploring Latinx Identity and Experience through Social Media and TV (In Person)

Race, Beauty, and Language: Exploring Latinx Panethnicity and Generational Differences through Social Media Entertainment

Arcelia Gutierrez, University of California, Irvine

Young Jane as Citizen-In-Transition: Analyzing Girlhood and Citizenship in Jane The Virgin

Litzy Galarza, University of Pittsburgh and Diana Leon-Boys, University of South Florida

Home in Vida and Gentefied: The Politics of Representation in Gente-fication Narratives

Carlos Jimenez, University of Denver and Alfredo Huante, University of California, Los Angeles

Universal Latinity

Erika Maribel Heredia, University of Central Florida

Black Women Across Media: Embodiment and Agency (In Person)

“Pynk” Aesthetics, Black Femininity, and Queer Afrofuturism in Janelle Monáe’s Dirty Computer

Aviva Dove- Viebahn, Arizona State University

Issa Rae’s Journey From “Awkward” to “Insecure”: Becoming As Indie As She Wanted To Be

Bambi L. Haggins, University of California, Irvine and Ella Turenne, University of California, Irvine

The Black Superwoman and Neoliberal ‘Justice’: De-Radicalizing Black Feminist Politics on the CBS Television Reboot of The Equalizer

Melissa Clairjeune, Florida State University

Feminist Media Cultures (In Person)

Black Girl Sanctuary: Tending to Black Girls’ Gardens of Living Creativity

Amoni Thompson-Jones, UC Santa Barbara

Candyman’s Haunting: The Violence of Gentrification, Criminalization and Policing

Kimberly Soriano, UC Santa Barbara

Title: #WorkLife: TikTok, Labor, and Digital Counterpublics

AP Pierce, UC Santa Barbara

“Woke-washing” and Millennial Nostalgic Rebooting

Anna Wald, UC Santa Barbara

Celebrity, Media Industries & Fandom: Reinventing Cultural & Political Meanings (Virtual)

The politics and limits of representation: Awkwafina and the star persona

Bertha Chin, Swinburne University of Technology, Sarawak and Agata Frymus, Monash University, Malaysia

“He got stopped for being black. Get woke, Scully.” Fan reactions to Brooklyn 99 as a result of #BlacksLiveMatter

Bethan Jones, Independent Researcher, UK

Spatial Poaching in the Wizarding Worlds: Reinventing and Reimagining Fan-Tourist Spaces

Rebecca Williams, University of South Wales, UK

Breaking the wheel? Globalisation and Access in Game of Thrones Transnational Fans’ Experience

Julie Escurignan, Roehampton University

Explorations of Selfhood in/through Games (Virtual)

“So be yourself and try to have a good time:” Reinventing the Gendered Urban Gamer in the “First Look at Nintendo Switch”

David Kocik, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

Dying and Reviving: Exploring Failure as Growth in Rogue-likes and Souls-likes

Rachelle AC Joplin, University of Houston – Main

Misogyny Killed the Infocom Star

Lyle Skains, Bournemouth University

Recovering Women’s Television Histories

Bringing up the picture: Women and technical work in early Australian television

Victoria Ball, De Montfort University

‘My God! This is male’: Women’s experiences of writing British television drama in the 1970s and 1980s

Jeannine Baker Dr, Macquarie University, Australia

Reinventing the television talk show on YouTube: The case of Phool Khile Hain (1972-93) and Tabassum Talkies (2016-present)

Ipsita Sahu, Jawaharlal Nehru University


Keynote: The ‘General Library,’ or, Access, Survival, and Relation for Black, Brown, Asian, Queer, Poor, and Disabled Pirates

Abigail De Kosnik, UC Berkeley


Studying and Speaking to Industries: A Game Studies Roundtable (In Person)

Amanda Cote, University of Oregon

Kishonna Gray, University of Kentucky

Christopher A. Paul, Seattle University

Kelly Bergstrom, York University

Alison Harvey, York University

Christine H. Tran, University of Toronto

Akil Fletcher, University of California, Irvine

Investigating Music, Celebrity, and Intersectional Identity (In Person)

“There is no such thing as a slut”: Creating and destroying the “good girl” in Taylor Swift’s musical persona

Adriane J. Brown, Augsburg University

De-racialization Through Queerness: Reggaeton Artists Under the Global Lens

Mia Lawrie, University of Washington – Seattle Campus

Who Took the Bomp? Licensing Kathleen Hanna

Alyxandra Vesey, University of Alabama – Tuscaloosa

Negotiations of Power in the Legacy of the #MeToo Movement (In Person)

Me Too Documentaries: How Prolific of a Predator Do You Have to be to Get One?

Vanessa Nyarko, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities

Reinventing the Sitcom for the Me Too Era: Disempowering the Patriarchy by Joking About It in HBO Max’s Hacks (2021-)

Stephanie R. Oliver, University of Texas at Dallas

Time’s Up: Celebrity Feminism After #MeToo

Caitlin Lawson, Emmanuel College – Boston

Representations of Aging in Contemporary Media (In Person)

‘And Just Like That’: Aging, Diversity, and Desire in the Sex and the City Reboot

Katherine Lehman, Albright College

“Jean Smart Never Went Away”: Prestige TV and the Reinvention of the Aging Female Star

Sara Bakerman

“With Gray Hair, I Actually Feel More Powerful”: Age, Embodiment, and the Semiotic Power of Celebrity

Brenda R. Weber, Indiana University – Bloomington

Reinventing the Hardbody: Deepfakes, De-aging, and the Plasticity of White Masculinity

Drew Ayers, Eastern Washington University

Analyzing Gender in Horror and True Crime Media (In Person)

Adapting to the Dark- Managing Fear Through True Crime

Jessica Hoover, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

Consumption horror: female re-presentation and the abstract disease in Hideo Nakata’s Ring

Lexi CMK Turner, Cornell University

From Devour to Abhor: True Crime Television Viewers and Nonviewers

Amanda R. Keeler, Marquette University

Negotiating Identity in Digital Spaces (Virtual)

‘HI SISTERS’: Beauty Boys and Postfeminism

Kylie Musolf, George Mason University

Consumer Citizens, Instagram Nations: Travel Influencers, Branding Strategies, and Gender in Representations of the “Global” Nation

Sarah Edwards, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Digital dating dangers: Examining dating and hook-up apps’ constructions of safety

Stefanie Duguay, Concordia University – Montreal and Ben Lapierre, Concordia University – Montreal

Watching shame: Viral videos and audience emotion

Melissa Click, Gonzaga University

Exploring Spectatorship, Neoliberalism, and Colonial Legacies in Romance Media (Virtual)

“If This Is to Work, We Must Appear Madly in Love”: Imperial Erasure and Bridgerton’s (Post)Racial Fantasy

Jacqueline E. Johnson, University of Southern California

Reinventing Romance: Women’s Spectatorship in Transition from Lifetime to Streaming

Cara N. Dickason, Northwestern University

Reinventing Romcom: Escaping Partners(hip) en Route to Emancipation from Neoliberal Subjectivity

Maria San Filippo, Emerson College

Portrait of a Lady on Fire: Haunted by Marriage

Brecken Hunter Wellborn, University of Texas at Dallas

The Female Teacher on TV: From Reification to Reinventions (Virtual)

“Education is the Sleeping Pill that Makes Dreams Happen”: Peggy Hill, Patriarchal Shill

Elizabeth Currin, University of South Carolina

Rita: ‘The Good Teacher’ Gets Real

Mary M. Dalton, Wake Forest University

He Doesn’t Belong Here: An Arendtian Consideration of Young Sheldon

Stephanie O’Brien, University of North Carolina at Asheville


TikTok as a Site of Identity Exploration (In Person)

“I Feel Attacked”: Cringe, Cool, and Collective Identity on TikTok

Margaret Rossman, Bellarmine University

Cheugy Millennials vs. Gen Z Drip Checks: Unpacking TikTok’s Generational Wars

Jacqueline R. Vickery, University of North Texas

Cripping Girlhood on TikTok

Anastasia Todd, University of Kentucky

Imitation publics, imitation pop: A feminist platform analysis of Olivia Rodrigo’s self-branding on TikTok

Jessica Sage Rauchberg, McMaster University

Mediated Sexuality: Challenging Norms and Claiming Agency (In Person)

Porn Literacy as Brand Culture

Rachael A. Liberman, University of Denver

The Good, the Bad and the Awkward: the affective politics of the awkward Hollywood sex scene

Daphne Gershon, University of Wisconsin-Madison

The Reinvention of Revenge/Porn

Caroline West Dr, National University of Ireland, Galway

What’s a Buddy for, Anyway?: Vitalism, Eroticism, and Activism in Arthur Bressan Jr.’s AIDS Melodrama Buddies

John P. Stadler, North Carolina State University

Historicizing Media Power Structures (In Person)

‘Unmade’ Television in Germaine Greer’s Archive

Anthea Taylor Dr, University of Sydney, Australia

A Nation of Girls Stuck in the Valley: The Transmedia Proliferation of the Valley Girl

Alice Leppert, Ursinus College

Behind Every “Great Man” Narrative: Linda Woolverton and the Disney Renaissance

Peter C. Kunze, Tulane University

Matchmaker: Emerging Technology and 1980s Narrative Television

Myrna Moretti, Northwestern University

Understanding Gender and Trauma in Media (In Person)

“She never called it rape”: Gender, power, and credibility in Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why

Sarah Erickson, Trinity University and Kailey Lopez, Texas A & M University – College Station

All work, low pay in a lockdown economy: How the pandemic reveals invisible gendered labor and how information technologies obscure it

Micky Lee, Suffolk University

Tracing Government and Media Discourses on Title IX and Sexual Violence: 2016-2020

Sarah Projansky, University of Utah

Investigating Affect and Access Across Media Objects (In Person)

Emotional Voices: Intimacy and Gendered Discourse in Podcast Production Culture

Andrew J. Bottomley, SUNY Oneonta

tenuous temporal attachments: music videos and queer imaginings

Katherine Elizabeth Hinders, University of Kansas

Feminist Materiality: Artist’s Talks (In Person)

Three-ness and the Power of the Afrophantasm

D’Arcee C. Neal, The Ohio State University

triptych pinwork // precision

Nikki Fragala Barnes, University of Central Florida

Ula Stöckl: German Feminist Filmmaker

Rachel Braaten, University of Central Florida

Sex, Consent and Intimacy in Contemporary Media Cultures (Virtual)

Is Consent a Retroactive Formation? Temporalising Consent in Contemporary Feminist Culture

Sarah Cefai, Goldsmiths University, UK

Intimacy Coordination: Staging Sex and Consent in UK Television Drama

Tanya Horeck, Anglia Ruskin University & Susan Berridge, University of Stirling, UK

Consenting to and Co-ordinating Intimacy in Normal People (2020)

Catherine Fowler, University of Otago

Silence Implies Consent: Giving Voice to Sexual Assault in I May Destroy You

Donna Peberdy, Solent University, Southampton UK

Approaches to Teaching Transgender Medias (Virtual)

Lauren Herold, Beloit College

Nicole Morse, Florida Atlantic University

Nick Davis, Northwestern University

Cael Keegan, Grand Valley State University

Dan Vena, Queen’s University

Nael Bhanji, Trent University

Laura Horak, Carleton University

Haley Hvdson, University of Southern California

Interrogating Platforms: Algorithms, Users, and Discriminatory Constructs (Virtual)

No Genre, Just Vibes: on #vibes & the “post-demographic ideology of algorithmic recommendation”

Robin M. James, UNC Charlotte

Refacing Gender in Digital Assistant Technologies

Miriam E. Sweeney, University of Alabama

Reinventing the “iPhone fingernail problem”: Feminist Assertions of Raised Arms and Fingernails

Michele White, Tulane University

The Mallrat Race: Digital Platforms, Discriminatory Design, & the New Mall

Lesley Willard, University of Texas at Austin 


Fan Spaces Navigate Contested and Marginalized Identities (In Person)

Bachelor Nation’s Online Discourses Around Issues of Diversity, Representation, and Identity

Kellie Veltri, University of Texas at Austin

Cosplay, Jiangnan Style: Chinese Costume Dramas’ Phallacy of Male Impersonator-cum-Swordswoman

Sheng-mei Ma, Michigan State University

Romance, Race, and Rhetoric: Online Fans and Media Companies Negotiate the Interracial Dynamics of Bridgerton and The Bachelor

Sharon M. Ross, Columbia College Chicago and Jennifer Sadler, Columbia College Chicago

Still Up On the Mountain: Chinese Celebrity Blacklisting and the Queer Digital Semiosphere

JSA Lowe, University of Houston – Main

Interrogating Legacies of Racism and Resistance in America through Media and Place (In Person)

And the Award Goes to…. BLACK LIVES MATTER: Manifestation of uplift and racial reckoning at the 2020 BET Awards

Lily Kunda, University of Texas at Austin

Intersectional Morphs: From Michael Jackson to the “New Face of America”

Tanine Allison, Emory University

Parallel Reckonings: Revisiting Racist Legacies in Comic Book Television Series and Atlanta Filming Locations

Ethan D. Tussey, Georgia State University

Si(gh)tation: Targeting Race in Advertisements after the George Floyd Protests

Kai T. Prins, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Hidden Feminist Histories of American Network Television (In Person)

Thinking Through The Hidden Histories of Feminist Television

Amanda A. Klein, East Carolina University and Suzanne Leonard, Simmons University

Disability Dates and Disasters: Romance, Stereotypes, and Special Episodes in 1980s and 1990s Television

Elizabeth Ellcessor, University of Virginia – Main Campus

Radical Ambiguity: Black Women and Embodiment in Sanford and Son

Adrien Sebro, The University of Texas, Austin

From Punky Brewster to Pepper Ann: Feminism in the Everyday in Children’s Sitcoms of the ‘80s and ‘90s.

Kyra Hunting, University of Kentucky Respondent: Jane Shattuc, Emerson College  

The Past and Present of Blogging as an Intersectional Feminist Space-maker (In Person)

“Like to Charge, Reblog to Cast”: ‘Digital Witchcraft’ as Affective Rhetorical Strategy for Feminist Protest

Andrea Jacoby, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Asian-Inspired: Postfeminism, postrace and politics in the Food Blogosphere

Tisha Dejmanee, University of Technology, Sydney

Beyond Becky: Early Feminist Blogging as Intersectional Praxis

Jessalynn Keller, University of Calgary

From Community Blogs to Queer Counter-spaces: The formation of blog-publics and Mondro’s tactical resistance in Bangladesh

Mohammed Mizanur Rashid, The University of Texas at Dallas

Interrogating Digital Media as a Site of Resistance and Problematic Constructions (In Person)

“Stick Around to Support the Channel”: Comparing Intimacy and Live-Streaming Across Platforms

Kelsey Cummings, Tulane University

Mommy Juice Memes: Disrupting Media Representations of Alcohol Use by Women during the Covid-19 Pandemic

Leandra Preston, University of Central Florida

Of Bells and Barkers: Historical antecedents to cell phone notifications and reimagining the future

Andy F. Wright, University of Texas at Austin

Playing against the System: Affective and Networked Reclamation of ‘Rater-Rani’ by Bangladeshi Feminist Networks in Facebook

Nusrat Zahan Chowdhury, The University of Texas at Dallas

Not Just a Game: Disenchanting, Blurring, and Breaking the Magic Circles (Virtual)

Disenchanting the Magic Circle

Jack Murray, University of Central Florida


Cameron Irby, University of Texas at Dallas

We Don’t Need no Stinking Magic Cricle: Reframing Huizinga’s play spirit as affective orientation through queer phenomenology

Atanur Andic, University of Texas at Dallas

Gender, Sexuality, and Television, Past and Presents (Virtual)

Alternative News and Views on the Canadian Cable Airwaves: Queer and Feminist Reimaginings of Television in the 1970s-1980s

Axelle Demus, York University

Therapy as Entertainment: Historically Tracing the Gendered Televisual of Reality Television Therapy

Krysten N. Stein, University of Illinois at Chicago

Women of Many Colors: Gender Roles and Feminist Utopias in El tiempo entre costuras and Como agua para chocolate

Ankit Raj, Government College Gharaunda, Karnal, India

“What’s Important Is Being in the Room” – Reinventing Queer History in Ryan Murphy‘s Hollywood

Sabrina Mittermeier

Deconstructing Media as Knowledge Creations (Virtual)

‘Hijab culture’: Branding of faith and sexuality in a capitalist society

Shafinur Nahar, Chittagong Independent University and Taniah Mahmuda Tinni, Premier University

Reinventing ‘Fieldwork’: The Screen as Site

Nithila Kanagasabai Ms., Tata Institute of Social Sciences

Visibility, Inclusion, and Exclusion in Work Experiences of Immigrant Women Journalists: Three Generations of Russian-Israeli Women Journalists

Einat Lachover, Sapir Academic College

Gaining and Retaining Research Library Access for Precarious Workers

Rebecca M. Gordon, Ryerson University


Keynote: Ineloquent Truths about Representation From the Represented

Kristen J. Warner, University of Alabama


Identity and Embodiment in Gaming Content of the Past and Present (In Person)

Privileging the Past: Problematic and Gendered Rhetoric in Retro Gaming Content

Ian R. Larson, University of California, Irvine

WARNING RISK OF SEIZURE: An Analysis of Cyberpunk 2077’s Accessibility Campaign and Practices

Matthew R. Stapleton, University of Central Florida and Lauren Rouse, University of Central Florida

“Hey, I’ve Seen This One!”: Replaying Gamer Identity on Twitch

Victoria Braegger, Purdue University

Navigating Intersectional Identities in Sports Media (In Person)

Free, Multilingual, and Employing Experts: DAZN’s YouTube Distribution of UEFA Women’s Champions League to Meet Women’s Soccer Fanbase Expectations

Charlotte E. Howell, Boston University

Athlete Activism in the WNBA through #SayHerName

Kendra Gilbertson, University of Central Florida

Naomi Osaka and the Athlete Mental Health Moment

Jennifer McClearen, University of Texas at Austin

Streaming TV, Streaming Identities (In Person)

To Be Continued? Sync, Self-Referentiality, and Looking for Alaska

Morgan Bimm, York University

Nepantla Meets Penumbra: Resistance to White Neoliberal Feminism in “What the Constitution Means to Me”

Lesley Stevenson, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Soleil Moon Frye Reprising: The Punky Power of 80s and 90s Nostalgia

Kristen Galvin, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

Exploring Agency in Representations of Girlhood (In Person)

Monstrous Girlhood to Empowered Adulthood: the Wednesday Addams metamorphosis

Lucy I. Baker, Griffith University – Australia and Amanda Howell, Griffith University – Australia

#WhatAnInventorLooksLike: Reinventing the Inventor Stereotype in the Disney+ Universe

Emily Brooks, Coastal Carolina University

From the Father to the Future Husband: Fairy Tale Retellings as “Faux Feminism”

Nichol Brown, Illinois State University

Don’t Panic! Representations of Girls and Social Media Addiction in Popular Culture

Rachael Sullivan, Saint Joseph’s University

Representations of Queerness and Femininity in Film and TV (In Person)

“Accelerating Acceptance”: Interrogating the Peabodys’ and GLAAD’s Post-1990s Queer Inclusivity Awards Initiatives

Benjamin Kruger-Robbins, Emory University

Us Weirdos Have to Stick Together: Queer Bodies in Disney’s The Owl House

Chera Kee, Wayne State University

The Undermined Legitimacy of Female American Presidents on Primetime Television

Emily Saidel, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor

Exploring Masculinity in Film and TV: Past and Present (Virtual)

Homonormativity and Masculinity: The Cinematic Imaginary of Mark Bingham

Travers Scott, Clemson University

Ted Lasso and the Politics of Ethical Manhood

David E. Magill, Longwood University

“It was dark and confusing … that’s it:” A Close Reading of Male Virginity Loss in The Wonder Years

Blue Profitt, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

Reinventing mental health discourses through feminist methods of care (Virtual)

Using Feminist Methods to Navigate the Ethics of Closed Social Media Spaces

Fredrika Thelandersson

Feminist Methods towards an Ethic of Self Care through Social Media

Katie McCollough

Using Feminist Social Media Research Methods to Inform Public Health Decisions: A Study of Mental Health Conversations on Instagram

Fanny Gravel-Patry


Reimagining Fan Experiences, Spaces, and Objects (In Person)

“It’s Like Having Matching Tattoos—On the Inside”: (Re-)imagining a Feminist One Tree Hill Set

Kristina Bruening, University of Texas at Austin

“We Converted You to Mickey!”: The Gendered Expectations of Couples’ Fandom in Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings

Andrew Zolides, Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH

G-Forcing the Issue: Intersectional Struggles in Online Theme Park and Coaster Fandoms

Myles McNutt, Old Dominion University

Examining Trans Experience across Media (In Person)

Non-Binary Binaries and Unreal MetaHumans

Eric Freedman, Columbia College Chicago

“It never gets easier for girls like us:” Transgender Representation and Romance in Contemporary Television

Melissa Monier, The University Of Michigan

“I’m just trying to be me”: Exploring the representation of transgender men in digital video games

Jackson McLaren, Temple University

Reality TV: Investigating Representations of Gender and Selfhood (In Person)

Televisual Rewilding: Alone and (Re)Imaginations of the Future

Katie Lambright, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities

Reinventing the Self: Self-Representation on Reality TV

Yael Levy, Tel Aviv University

“With Six Cameras Watching”: Respectability and the Precarious Labor of “The Real Housewives of Potomac”

Ryan David Briggs, University of Texas at Austin

Gender, Aesthetics and UFO Documentary as Genre

Stacy Wood, UCLA and Yvonne Eadon, UCLA

Ryan Murphy’s Queer America (In Person)

Co-Chairs: Brenda R. Weber, Indiana University – Bloomington and Lee Weeks 

The Politician and Twenty-First Century Queerness  

Julia Himberg, Arizona State University

Showrunning Activism: Embodying Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the Work of Ryan Murphy 

Sarah E.S. Sinwell, University of Utah

Fused Muse: Sarah Paulson as Ryan Murphy’s Partner in (American) Crime

Lauren Savit, Indiana University – Bloomington

Rescuing Paternity: Masculinity, The Child, and Queer Futurity in 9-1-1

Jennifer E. Maher, Indiana University – Bloomington

Gendered Bodies: Representation, Labor, and Capital (In Person)

Confined spaces,the revolutionary training, and redemption of the male, black body in Pavel Giroud’s film El Acompañante (2016)

Lauren Pena, University of Texas at Austin

“Get Ready With Me”: Makeup Tutorials and the Aesthetics of Self-Care

Marissa F. Spada, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Think Pink: Cosmetic Capital from Mary Kay to Glossier

Caroline Bayne, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities and Zosha Winegar-Schultz, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities

Are They Even Real or Do The Real Housewives Just Pretend? Examining Presentations of Body Work, Beauty and Authenticity on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (RHOBH)

Suri M. Pourmodheji, Indiana University – Bloomington

Interrogating Mediated Celebrity as a Site of Intersectionality (Virtual)

Changing the change?: The ‘menopausal turn’ and contemporary celebrity

Deborah Jermyn Dr, University of Roehampton

‘Megxit’ and that Oprah interview: Meghan Markle, (post)colonialism and ‘misogynoir’

Laura Clancy Dr, Lancaster University


Aidan Moir, University of Toronto Mississauga

Gendered and raced representation of Paralympic athletes

Laura Mora, Loughborough University; Emma Pullen, Loughborough University, UK; and Michael Silk

Women’s Embodied Experience as Subjects and Participants in Film and TV (Virtual)

Consumption as Agency: An Exploration of the Feminine Grotesque

Carina Stopenski, Carnegie Mellon University; Emma Johnson, Carnegie Mellon University; and Stephanie Ramser

The Way You Look is Impossible: Body Maintenance and Scheduling Discrimination in Film Production

Laura E. Felschow, SUNY Oneonta

Home is Where the Danger Lies: How Haunted Home Narratives Personify Violence Against Women

Dahlia Schweitzer, SUNY Fashion Institute of Technology

“It’s Not A Switch You Can Just Turn Off”: “Quality” Television, Feminism and Violence Against Women in Contemporary U.S Programming

Daisy Richards, Nottingham Trent University

Reconceptualizing race, sexual assault, and parenting through media (Virtual)

Re-Conceptualizing Racism and Redemption

Gabriel A. Cruz, PhD, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

How the COVID-19 pandemic reconceptualized parenting and play

Kristina Bell, PhD, High Point University

Reimagining how sexual harassment is perceived in Egypt with women’s amplified cyberactivism

Nahed Eltantawy, PhD., High Point University


Audiences: Imagined and Re-imagined (In Person)

Re-imaging the original text

Ayanni C. H. Cooper, University of Florida

Digital Advertising Systems and Queer Media Brands: Queer Audiences vs. Queer Audience-ing

Austin Morris, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Gay Korean American Reception of the Korean TV Drama Record of Youth

Grace Jung

Representing Queerness through Digital Tools and Media (In Person)

When Queerness and Religion Intersect in the Digital Space

Yayu Zheng, University of Southern California

Bisexuality, Coming Out, and the Politics of Queer in Casey McQuiston’s Red, White and Royal Blue

Rachel Marks, University of Central Florida

Bodily Transgression in Gothic TV (In Person)

Border Crossing and the Body Gothic in Queen of the South (2016-2021)

Lucia M. Palmer, Middle Georgia State University

The Racial/Body Gothic: Bodily Transformation, Passing, and Transgression in Lovecraft Country (2020)

Jacqueline Pinkowitz, Mercer University

Gothic Latex: BDSM Inversion and the Rubber Man

Alexx Apicella, UCLA

Creative Destruction and the Body in Hannibal

Jamie MacGregor, University of Glasgow

Welcome (Back) to the 80s: (Re)Viewing Intersectional 1980s Media Culture (In Person)

Latchkey TV: The Small Queer Wonders of 1980s Television Syndication

Taylor Cole Miller, University of Wisconsin – LaCrosse

Miami Vice and Transnational Feminized Distributive Labor in the 1980s

Eleanor Patterson, Auburn University

Where My Girls At?: Comfort and Black Golden Girls Fandom

Alfred L. Martin, Jr., University of Iowa

Fungible Femininity: Physical, Self-Determination, and Home Video

Elizabeth Nathanson, Muhlenberg College and Hollis Griffin, University of Michigan

Investigating Intersectional Identities and Women in Power in Television (In Person)

The Beleaguered Television Housewife: Sitcom Trope or Harmful Stereotype?

Nettie Brock, Morehead State University

“I took a dump on the glass ceiling”: Veep, (the Absence of) Competence and Populist Political Culture

Nathalie Weidhase, University of Surrey

Reinventing First Nations Feminist Thought through Television: Mohawk Girls and Settler Colonialism in Canada

Elizabeth Rule, American University

Talking To Your Children About Race: TBN’s Daytime Talk Show “Better Together” and Evangelical Womanhood

Kayti Lausch, Coe College

Interrogating Gender and Class in and through Film (Virtual)

Livestreaming the American Dream: LuLaRich (2021), Momtrepreneurs, and Neoliberal Technologies of the Nation

Michael M. Reinhard, University of California, Los Angeles

Expanded Spaces: Streaming Kelly Reichardt’s First Cow During the Pandemic

Alicia Byrnes, University of Melbourne

“1929, Still”: Race, Class and the “Gatsby Figure” in 2013 and Today

Anna Louise Wiegenstein, Oklahoma State University – Main Campus

“No fate but what we make for ourselves”: agency and the action heroine in the Terminator films

Christa van Raalte, Bournemouth University

Digital Media as an Activist Tool (Virtual)

Social Media as an Apparatus for Accelerating Iranian women Empowerment

Niloofar Hooman, McMaster University

@everyone’sinvited – #MeToo in British Schools: Young people’s changing understandings of sexual harassment at school and online

Jessica Ringrose Prof, University College London and Kaitlynn Mendes, Western University

Memory and Publicity in Ephemeral Social Media: A Case study of #NotAgainSU

Leah Corinne Jones, University of Central Florida

Platform Transing as Reinvention: Trans Latinx Micro-Celebrity Media Activism

Dani Bustillo, University of California, Irvine

Women of Color and Intersectional Identities Across Media (Virtual)

Making Space in the Age of Cathartic Art: Shut Up White Boy and the DragOn Ladies

Runchao Liu

Emotion Pictures: Affect, Return, and Futurity in The Sonic and Visual Life of Black Feminist Performance

Daelena Tinnin, University of Texas at Austin

Working the Cracks: Becoming a Multi-Hyphenate Boss

Lauren Wilks, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Indian Americans on TV: Mindy Kaling, Never Have I Ever and Emergent Discourses of ‘Diversity’ in US Media

Madhavi Mallapragada, University of Texas at Austin


Event: In Memory of Jane Feuer