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2016 Collected Stories and Twice Told Tales Conference

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Collected Stories and Twice Told Tales is the annual conference of GWU's American Studies Department. Each year the event brings members of our community together, including graduate and undergraduate students as well as faculty and affiliated departments, in the spirit of intellectual exchange and collaboration. This student conference highlights the work of both graduate and undergraduate students and includes paper presentations as well as interactive discussions. The conference kicks off at 8:30am with breakfast and coffee, breaks for lunch from 12-1, and ends at 5:00pm. A conference reception for participants and audience members will follow (details to be determined).

Guests may RSVP for the here. Non-GW affiliate guests will need to bring an ID to show at the front desk of Gelman Library.

Complete conference schedule:

8:30 am: Breakfast

9:00 am: Opening Remarks       

9:15 – 10:15 am: Race and Class in American Culture

  • Ariel Amaru, From Legal to Social Authorities: Black Women’s Reporting of Domestic Violence
  • Danielle Dettling, Government Intervention vs. Community Response: A Portrait of Anacostia
  • Eric Darnell, BOUND 2 Intersectionality: Kanye West's Middle Class Subversion of Gangster Rap
  • Polly Gregory, Welcome to The O.C. [Class Inequality], Bitch: America’s Class Identity Problem as Seen in The O.C.

COMMENT: Suleiman Osman, GWU, Associate Professor of American Studies

10:30 am – 12:00pm: Embedded Identities and the Politics of Visibility

  • Erik Hollis, On The Black Atlantic: Symptomatic Exclusions, Queer Aporias, and the Impossibility of Black Diaspora
  • Jason Michalek, Engaging with Tragedy: Social Media as a Dialogic Frame
  • Amber Flinton, Gender Performativity in Social Media Food Images

COMMENT: Calvin Warren, GWU, Assistant Professor of American Studies

12:00 – 2:00 pm: Lunch available in Gelman Library Room 609. Eat at your own convenience.

12:15 – 1:00 pm: Critical Karaoke

  • Catherine Moran, Steve Grand, “Stay”
  • Josh Solomon, J Coke, “Can I Holla at Ya”
  • Michelle Cohn, One Direction, “What Makes You Beautiful”
  • Tipher Fisher, Phish, live concert footage
  • Simone Jackenthal, Amy Winehouse, “Stronger Than Me”

COMMENT: Gayle Wald, GWU, Professor of English and American Studies

1:15 – 2:45 pm: Discursive Disquietings: Filmic Disruptions of Institutional Prerogative

  • Ian Funk, So It Doesn’t Matter, Does It:’ Queering Film Noir and Cold War Masculinity in Otto Preminger’s Advise and Consent
  • Emily Holland, Don’t Cry For Men: The Female Gaze and Female Power Structures in Fassbinder’s The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant
  • Tyler Christensen, Disrobing Mormonism: ‘The Real Creation of New Possibilities of Pleasure

COMMENT: Robert McRuer, GWU, Professor of English

3:00 – 4:30 pm: The Nature of the Body and Transcendence

  • Amanda Figueroa, The Body, Betraying: Misty Copeland and Racial Difference in Ballet 
  • Andrew Johnson, Read My Lips: Potentiality in Gran Fury’s Same-Sex Kiss Graphics
  • Michael Horka, The Cyborg and the Goddess: Palimpsest Politics in Le Guin’s Always Coming Home

COMMENT: Nicole Ivy, Center for the Future of Museums and GWU Visiting Scholar

Event Date and Time: 
Friday, March 4, 2016 - 8:30am to 5:00pm
Event Location: 
Gelman Library, Room 702
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