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Gender Studies Symposium

35th Annual Gender Studies Symposium
March 9-11, 2016
  

Wednesday, March 9

11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Gregg Pavilion
Future Tense: Our Robots, Ourselves
Moderator: Damian Miller, L&C assistant director of research and assessment, Graduate School of Education & Counseling
Yu-Fang Cho, associate professor of English and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies, Miami University, “Playing with ‘Pliable Life’: Robotic Futures of America’s Asia”
Wyatt Heidenfelder, Reed College ’15, “Artificial Gender: Embodiment and Identity in Virtual Spaces” This presenter has withdrawn.
Grace Haley, Reed College ’17, “Are females human?: The Gendering of Artificial Intelligence in Military Technology and Contemporary Science Fiction”

11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Stamm
Child’s Play
Moderator: Hannah Fritz, L&C ’16
Jeanie Whitten-Andrews, multicultural and service learning coordinator, Warner Pacific College, “’Stop it!’: Understanding Notions of Consent Through Child’s Play”
Erica Herro, director of learning and instruction, Stevenson School, and Molly Bozzo, L&C ’93 and head of school at Stevenson School, “A Good Man is Hard to Raise!”
Maisha Foster-O’Neal, L&C ’11, Portland State University graduate student in education, teacher at Escuela Viva preschool, “I’ve Got the Power: Transforming Preschoolers’ Superhero Play into Social Justice Education”

1:45-3:15 p.m., Stamm
Costumes, Identities, and Imaginary Worlds
Moderator: Diana Leonard, L&C assistant professor of psychology
Amber Schumann and Kelsey Silva Kirkland, Concordia University graduate students, “Furry Fetishes and Sense of Self” This presentation has been withdrawn.
Samara Hayley Steele, writer, game designer, and storyteller, “Gender Playability in LARP: The Roles of Performativity and Interpolation”
Kassi Spittle, Washington State University-Vancouver ’16, “Gender-Bending in Cosplay: Analysis of Marvel Characters and their Cosplay Counterparts”
Tangren Alexander, professor emerita of philosophy, Southern Oregon University, “Lesbian Life in a Dollhouse” 

1:30-3:00 p.m., Gregg Pavilion
Power Play
Moderator: Andrea Hibbard, L&C assistant professor with term of English
Miriam Gonzales, Portland State University ’16, “’Helping the Other Two Stay Upright’: Discerning Power Through Forms of Play in Toni Morrison’s Beloved
Celine Sannes­ Pond, Willamette University ’16, “The Feminist Avenger with the Dragon Tattoo: The Power of Violence Against Men in Stieg Larsson’s Novels”
Elizabeth Mjelde, co-chair of program in art history, De Anza College, “The Roots of Gendered Imagery in Early British Sri Lanka”
Molly Robinson Kelly, L&C associate professor of French, “Feminine Place and Feminine Power in Disney’s Princess Movies”

3:30-5:00 p.m., Council Chamber
Roundtable: Queer Times at Gresham High: On Revolutionary Self-Care
Moderator: Alethea Work, Gresham High School English teacher
Gresham High School students Leslie Altamirano, Mariah Bussard, Gia Dacayanan, Yasmin Flores, Marcela Menera, Bailey Milner, Victoria Moreno, Quinn Plucar, Julieta Ramirez-Solis, Hayley Schlueter, Leigh Wills

3:30-5:00 p.m., Gregg Pavilion
Empowering Narratives
Moderator: Sarah Warren, L&C assistant professor of sociology
Roberta Hunte, assistant professor of Black studies and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies, Portland State University, “’I want you to do something with this’: Performance as a Vehicle to Engage Research and Advocacy”
Kate Wackett, L&C ’17, “Trajectories of Nicaraguan Feminism: Reflections on Female Testimonies from the Nicaraguan Women’s Movement and the Sandinista Revolution”
Katherine Quaid, L&C ’14, program associate at MRG Foundation, “Why We Play Basketball: The Importance of Sport in the Native American Community” 

7:00 pm, Templeton Campus Center, Council Chamber
*Keynote Presentation
Do All Lives Matter on Saturday Night?: Race, Gender, and College Parties
David J. Leonard, professor and chair in the Department of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies, Washington State University, Pullman

Introduced by Hannah Daniels, L&C ’16 and symposium co-chair

Presentation Abstract:  Racial slurs; homophobic graffiti; microaggressions; taunts, jokes, and jeers; sexist Halloween costumes; and race-themed parties.  Such realities are not descriptions of colleges and universities from the past, but the world lived by students of color, LGBTQ students, and women at colleges across the nation.  Despite claims that “all lives matter” and commonplace rhetoric about diversity, “minoritized” students face an increasingly hostile learning environment.  This talk looks at the costs and consequences of this dehumanizing culture and what they reveal about racism, sexism, and homophobia on today’s college campuses.  Dr. Leonard will examine how parties and everyday culture are not just innocuous fun but are obstacles to an empowering and transformative college experience, and he will reflect on what we can do to transform our campus cultures one moment at a time.  

 

Thursday, March 10

9:30-11:00 a.m., Stamm
Leisure and Mobility
Moderator: Karen Gross, L&C associate professor of English
E.J. Carter, L&C special collections and archives librarian, “King, Queen, Knave: Gender, Gambling, and Social Mobility”
Krystle Perkins, L&C College Advising Center, “Playful Medieval Notaries and Their Carnival Musings on Life”
Emma Hoch-Schneider, L&C ’16, “Rose Hip and With It: Botany as a Popular Hobby Among Women in the Early Twentieth Century”

9:30-11:00 a.m., Council Chamber
Playing Against the Grain: Queer Gaming Narratives
Moderator: Hanna White, L&C ’14, visual resources intern at L&C Watzek Library
Edmond Y. Chang, visiting assistant professor of women’s and gender studies, University of Oregon, “Queerness Cannot Be Designed: Video Games and the Trouble with Protocol”
Luke Moy, Willamette University ’18, “‘If There’s One Thing Everyone on Cybertron Seems to be Missing, it’s a Little Compassion’: Sex and Gender as Anomaly and Commonality in Transformers and its Fandom”
Sara Bahmanyar, Reed College ’15, “‘Queering’ the Narrative: Gender Dynamics in Online Fandom”

11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Stamm
Spaces of Expression
Moderator: Therese Augst, L&C associate professor of German studies
Hannah Daniels, L&C ’16 and symposium co-chair, “Mark Making and Reclaiming Space Through Street Art and Graffiti”
Vasiliki Ioannou, Reed College ’17, “Female-Fronted: Gender, Race, and Transcendence in Portland’s Hardcore Scene”
Felisha Ledesma, co-founder of S1, Women’s Beat League, and Pushboard Events Weekly, “Empathic Leadership: Representation and Punk Ethics in Community Building”

11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Council Chamber
Gender and Sexuality at Play in Buddhism
Moderator: Jessica Starling, L&C assistant professor of religious studies
Molly Wyman, L&C ’16, “Moving Beyond the Feminist Perspective in the Buddhist Women’s Ordination Movement”
Jae-Min Lee, L&C ’16, “Enlightened Women: A Canonical Paradox”
Carly Houk, L&C ’17, “Complicating Notions of Gender in Thai Buddhism”
Katie Taylor, L&C ’16, “Buddhist Constructions of Gender and Sexuality”

1:30-3:00 p.m., Council Chamber
How We Learn About Sex and Gender
Moderator: Jenny Bornstein, L&C Watzek Library interlibrary loan specialist
Mariah Brooks, Hannah Fritz, and Anna Soloniuk, “A-Z Letters of Gender Identities, Expressions, and Sexualities”
Clare Upton, L&C ’16, “Finding Pleasure in Sex Education”
Katie Steen, Whitman College ’16, “Performativity and Pornography: Possibilities for Feminist Porn Futures”

1:30-3:00 p.m., Gregg Pavilion
Workshop: Intimacy Between Strangers: A ‘G’-Rated Interactive Playshop on Sexuality and Gender
Hilary Martin Himan, L&C Chamberlin Social Justice and Faith in Action coordinator, and Phil Porter, co-founder of InterPlay/Body Wisdom
In this interactive workshop, participants will engage with questions of gender and sexuality through the act of playing. Unlike other euphemistic understandings of “adult play,” this “G”-rated play for adults involves powerful fun tools for exploring intimacy, sensuality, and sexual identity.

1:30-3:00 p.m., Stamm
Healing and Restoration
Moderator: Melissa Osmond, L&C associate director for health promotion
Audrey Zunkel-DeCoursey, L&C alum, manager of criminal justice program for Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, “Gender in Play(s) in Prison”
Lu Sullivan, L&C ’16, “Survival Sex Rehabilitation: A Proposed Pilot Program on the Lewis & Clark Graduate Campus of Education and Counseling”
Jenn Burleton, executive director, TransActive Gender Center, “Healthy Families in Transition”

3:30-5:00 p.m., Stamm
Brews, Beans, and Blunts: The Gender Politics of Leisure in Portland
Moderator: Reiko Hillyer, L&C assistant professor of history
Sarah Pederson, owner of Saraveza Bottle Shop, “Not #UpForWhatever Anymore: Being a Female Warrior in the Craft Beer Revolution”
Rachel Grozanick, writer, “The Masculinization of Coffee: Why the Industry Used Gender to Gain Legitimacy”
Simone Fischer, cannabis advocate, contributing editor for Ladybud Magazine, “Women on Weed: Gender, Intimacy, and Everything in Between”


7:00 pm, Templeton Campus Center, Council Chamber
*Keynote Presentation

Gaming’s Cruel Optimism: Racism, Sexism, and the Problem with Meritocratic Media
Lisa Nakamura, Gwendolyn Calvert Baker Collegiate Professor of American Cultures, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Introduced by Em Schuler, L&C ’16 and symposium co-chair

Presentation Abstract: Video game culture is a difficult space for conversations about racism and sexism as recent conflicts over #gamergate have shown. Women and players of color must negotiate intense and sometimes painful attachments to a dream of equality and respect earned through “good play” both within and without games.  This paper will analyze social justice strategies for addressing racism and sexism within gaming culture. 

 Seating in the Council Chamber will be limited to the first 208 people who arrive.  Please plan accordingly.

 

Friday, March 11 

9:30-11:00 a.m., Stamm
Technologies of Self(ies)
Moderator: Megan Pugh, L&C visiting assistant professor of humanities
Brendan Gill, media arts teacher at Catlin Gabel School, and Laura Hudson, senior editor at Offworld, “My First Profile Pic: Teen Gender Identity in Social Media and Online Gaming”
Kathryn Loucks, Reed College ’17, “An Investigation of Gender Representation, Production, and Identification in the Age of Digital Consumption”
Anya Hall, L&C ’16 and symposium co-chair, “Why Did I Swipe Right?: An Examination of Gender Identity and Expression Through Tinder”

9:30-11:00 a.m., Gregg Pavilion
Playing with Genres of Academic Research: Exploring Gender Performance through Personal Narrative, Essay, and Song
Moderator: Daena J. Goldsmith, L&C professor of rhetoric and media studies
Nick Pimentel, L&C ’15, “Two Wardrobes: Effort and Laziness in the Binary”
Abbey Griscom, L&C ’17, “‘That’s Not Very Ladylike’: A Personal Reflection on the Practice of Ladylikeness”
Shade Samuelson, L&C ’17, “‘Not Queer Enough’: My Feminine Gender Performance Throughout Various Communities of Practice”
Morgan Jarvis, L&C, “Alternative Education and Gender Play”

11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Council Chamber 
Roundtable: Masculinity and Femininity in Intercollegiate Athletics
Moderator: Kayleigh McCauley, L&C coordinator of student-athlete academic support 
L&C student-athletes Joe Iliscupidez ’16, Ryan LaVigne ’18, Frances Swanson ’17, and Jonathan Torres ’18

11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Gregg Pavilion
Politics and Performance
Moderator: Rebecca Pyatkevich, L&C visiting assistant professor of Russian
Ethan Allred, L&C ’12, program coordinator, Chamber Music Northwest, “Surrealist Humor and the Obligation of Reproduction in Francis Poulenc’s Les mamelles de Tirésias
Iris Shanks, L&C ’16, “Aaron Copland’s ‘Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson’”
Isabelle DeMarte, L&C associate professor of French, “At Play in Olympe de Gouges’s L’Esclavage des noirs: Race, Gender, and Enlightenment?” 

1:15 p.m.-3:15 p.m., Albany 220
Workshop: Student Research Projects
Collaborative, cross-campus dialogue about ongoing undergraduate student research projects related to gender and sexuality.  Participants will provide constructive feedback, share ideas about theoretical approaches and methodologies, and discuss ways to refine and strengthen their projects.  Short papers will be made available ahead of time for participants to review before attending the session.  Advance registration required.

1:50-3:00 p.m., Stamm
Playing with History: Enacting Greenwich Village, 1913
L&C first-year students from Professor Jane Hunter’s Exploration & Discovery course: Veronica Baker, Mia Convery, Ocean Eale, Jack Levin, Natalie Rich, and Virginia Swenson

1:30-3:00 p.m., Council Chamber
Revealing Power in Discourse: Workplace Advice, Olympic Hockey Coverage, #YesAllWomen, and Tampon Ads
Moderator: Daena J. Goldsmith, L&C professor of rhetoric and media studies
Anna Soloniuk, L&C ’16, “The Privilege of ‘Leaning In’: Considering Socio-Economic Limitations in Recent Mass Media Literature”
Katharina Putzke, L&C ’16, “Defining Femininity in a Hyper-Masculine Environment: A Study of Media Coverage of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Women’s Hockey Tournament”
Meghan Zea, L&C ’16, “#YesAllWomen, #YesAllMen, and the Future of Feminist Activism” 
Emily Dorrel, L&C ’16, “Print Ads, Power, and the Period: A Multimodal Discourse Analysis of Menstrual Product Advertisements” 

3:30-5:00 p.m., Stamm
Gender, Sexuality, and Outdoor Recreation
Moderator: Cathy Busha, L&C associate dean of students for student engagement
Hannah Swernoff, L&C ’16,  “A Woman’s Place… is in the Outdoors”
Kira McGieson, L&C ’12, founder of OUT There Adventures, “Nature is Queer: How the Outdoors Creates the Ultimate Safe(r) space for Queer Youth”
Sierra Renz, L&C ’17, bike shop employee, cycling advocate, racing enthusiast, “No, I Want a Man’s Bicycle: The Mechanical Designs of Sexism in Cycling”

3:30-5:00 p.m., Gregg Pavilion
Intersections of Race, Gender, and Ability
Moderator: Dani Shapiro, L&C ’15
Sarah Williams, Willamette University ’16, “Ableism, Interrupted: Deconstructing the Intersections of Race, Gender, Class, and Ability in Representations of Women with Mental Illness”
Denise Parry, University of Puget Sound ’16, “Gender is a Neurotypical Construction: An Examination of Autistic Transgender Experience”
Marisa Santarella, L&C ’16, “An Agent of Control: The Treadmill as a Regulator and Creator of the Ideal Body” 

7:00 pm, Templeton Campus Center, Council Chamber
*Keynote Presentation 

Finding the Funny in Being Queer
D’Lo, queer/transgender Tamil-Sri Lankan-American writer, actor, and comedian

Introduced by Alexa Jakusovszky, L&C ’16 and symposium co-chair

Presentation Abstract: In this presentation, D’Lo will share stories of being a queer boy/stud/transgender person who grew up Sri Lankan American, trying to make it all work peacefully while radically and bizarrely challenging mind frames in choosing to exist unapologetically.  D’Lo will explore these topics from his perspective as a child of immigrant parents being raised in hip-hop culture while trying to negotiate how identifying as “queer” intersected with a passion to create political art.

Seating in the Council Chamber will be limited to the first 208 people who arrive.  Please plan accordingly.