on television, audio, video, new media, and feminism
Console-ing Passions International Conference 2006
May 25-27, 2006

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
School of Continuing Education Conference Center
161 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53203

Elana Levine & Carol Stabile
Department of Journalism & Mass Communication
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Questions about the conference? Email cptv@uwm.edu.

Milwaukee Information
Greater Milwaukee Convention and Visitors’ Bureau

Console-ing Passions International Conference 2006
May 25-27, 2006


Mass media have long had a fascination with disasters of all kinds, from the early days of print media to contemporary television. Given the rapid succession of natural and terrorist-led disasters over the past five years, from the attacks of September 11th to the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina, this seems a particularly vital time in which to analyze the media’s handling of such events.  Because the media’s involvement in these calamitous conditions often generates “disastrous” consequences of its own, this plenary seeks to examine the multiple meanings of “Media Disasters.”

The plenary session will bring together speakers who address the cultural role mediated disasters play in a digital age, attending to the impact of new media technologies as well as more traditional electronic media. Plenary speakers will also address how both non-fictional and fictional accounts of disasters delineate the visibility – or invisibility – of issues of gender, race, class, age, and national identity. The plenary panel will thus reflect on the media’s role in representing disasters and the implications, whether disastrous or not, of mediating these events.


"Crisis and Catastrophe ‘Live’: A Historicized Survey"

Mark Williams is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Film and Television Studies at Dartmouth College. He has published in a variety of journals and anthologies, including New Media: Theories and Practices of Digitextuality; Collecting Visible Evidence; Television, History, and American Culture; and Living Color: Race, Feminism, and Television. His book Remote Possibilities: A History of Early Television in Los Angeles, will be published by Duke University Press. With Adrian Randolph, he co-edits a University Press of New England book series on visual culture, entitled Interfaces. In conjunction with the Dartmouth College Library, he is initiating an e-journal to be called The Journal of e-Media Studies.

“Gendered Agencies and the Temporality of (Media) Disasters”

Kumkum Sangari is William F. Vilas Research Professor of English, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has published extensively on literature, critical theory, religious conversion, medieval oral and devotional tradition, popular 19th century tracts, nationalist figures such as M.K.Gandhi and Annie Besant, and on contemporary gender issues such as personal law, domestic labour, the beauty industry, widow immolation and communal violence. She is the author of Politics of the Possible: Essays on Gender, History, Narrratives, Colonial English; and coeditor of Women and Culture, Recasting Women: Essays in Colonial History and From Myths to Markets: Essays on Gender.

"‘On Your Side’: Hurricane Katrina and Local TV News"

Joy Van Fuqua is an Associate Professor of television and popular culture in the Department of Communication at Tulane University. Her research examines cultural constructions of health in television. Her book, Healthy TV: Television and Medical Media, is under contract with Duke University Press.

"Technostruggles: Mediating Katrina and the Politics of Place"

Steven Classen is Associate Professor and Graduate Advisor in the Department of Communication Studies at California State University, Los Angeles.  His book Watching Jim Crow: The Struggles Over Mississippi Television, 1955-1969 (Duke UP), won the 2004 Donald McGannon Award for Social and Ethical Relevance in Communication Policy Research. His other publications include essays in Critical Studies in Mass Communication and Television & New Media, as well as television and popular culture anthologies. Watching Dora the Explorer with his 4-year-old daughter is one of his most recent cultural endeavors.

Jackie Cook, Senior Lecturer in Media and Communications at the University of South Australia

Console-ing Passions International Conference 2006
May 25-27, 2006


Thursday, 12:15 PM – 2:00 PM
The Body In/Of Feminist Television Criticism
Chair: Karen Boyle (University of Glasgow)

  • Karen Boyle (University of Glasgow), “Beyond Shopping and Slaying: Defining Feminist Television Criticism”
  • Elke Weissmann (University of Glasgow), “The Victims of Crime in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”
  • Karen Lury (University of Glasgow), “‘For Crying Out Loud’: The Child in Tears”

Desire, Memory, and Television
Chair:  Allen Larson (Pennsylvania State University, New Kensington)

  • Cristy Turner (University of California, Davis), “Theorizing Guilty Pleasures:  The Disavowed Joys of Television”
  • Jonathan Cohn (UCLA),”The Effect of Bumbling Bags of Ball Bearings on Utopian Desire in Domestic Science Fiction”
  • Amy Shore (SUNY-Oswego), “It’s not History, It’s HBO:  Iron-Jawed Angels and the Revisioned History of Suffrage for the Postfeminist Audience”
  • Sharon Sharp (UCLA), “Engendering Nostalgia:  Television, Gender, and the Politics of Remembering"

Neo-liberalism and Reality TV
Chair: Laurie Ouellette (City University of New York, Queens College)

  • John McMurria (DePaul University), “Good Samaritan TV:  Neo-liberalism and the Making of a Reality TV Genre”
  • Brenda Weber (Indiana University), “Makeover Nation:  Producing the Neo-Liberal Citizen on Reality TV”
  • Mark Poster (University of California, Irvine), “Swan’s Way: Care for the Self in the Hyperreal”
  • Laurie Ouellette (City University of New York, Queens College), “Technologies of Convergence, Technologies of the Self”
Digital Technologies and Queer Identity
Chair:  Michele White (Tulane University)
  • Ben Aslinger (University of Wisconsin, Madison), “Digital Queers:  Logo’s Constructions of Community”
  • Hollis Griffin (Northwestern University), “ ‘Help!  My TiVo Thinks I’m Gay!’  Gendered Anxiety and Television’s Authorial Technologies”
  • Michele White (Tulane University), “ebay Boys will be Lesbians:  Queering Male Buyers of ‘Lesbian Interest’ Vintage Photography Listings”
  • Nicholas Grider (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee), “Queering the Android:  Gender Play in the Films and Videos of Chris Cunningham”
Codes of Innocence:  Gendered Tales of Crime and Resistance
Chair:  Carrie A. Rentschler (McGill University)
  • Gretchen Soderlund (University of Illinois, Chicago), “From Sentimentalism to Skepticism:  The Decline of the White Slavery Panic”
  • Carrie A. Rentschler (McGill University), “‘Portraits of Life’ and the Grammar of Victims’ Rights”
  • Elizabeth Springate (McGill University), “Networks of Resistance”
  • Respondent:  Jennifer Wood (Pennsylvania State University, New Kensington)

Thursday, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Race, Ethnicity and 1950s TV
Chair:  Rachel Buff (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee)

  • Caren Deming (University of Arizona), “How Does the Jewess Stand?  Displacing Molly Goldberg’s Broad  Beam
  • Spencer Downing (University of Central Florida), “Moms vs. Kids:  Audiences, Gender, and the Story of Ding Dong School, 1952-1956
  • Sarah Nilsen (University of Vermont), “All-American Girl?  Annette Funicello and Ethnicity in the Mickey Mouse Club

Technologies of and on Television
Chair:  Mary Beth Haralovich (University of Arizona)

  • Megan Mullen (University of Wisconsin, Parkside), “Meadville Master Antenna:  The Non-Prototype for Local Cable Programming”
  • Martin Roberts (The New School), “24:  Macrotelevision and Mobile Media”
  • Selmin Kara (Wayne State University), “The Tele-Visual Body Dismembered”

Cold Warriors on TV
Chair:  Michael Kackman (University of Texas at Austin)

  • Andaluna Borcila (Michigan State University), “Watching the Fall of Communism: Romanian Bodies on U.S. Television”
  • Cynthia Fuchs (George Mason University), “‘Speak English, man.  I’m assimilated.’:  Race, Gender, and Strategy in Terror TV”
  • David Uskovich (University of Texas at Austin), “Narrative Strategies in the Representation of the Reagan Funeral”
Media and DIY Culture
Chair:  Lisa Nakamura (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
  • Heidi Brush (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee) and Jack Z. Bratich (Rutgers University), “Tacti[c]le Media and Craft-work:  DIY, Fabriculture, and Autonomism”
  • Jackie Cook (University of South Australia), “Cleaning up Big Time: Everyday Culture, Domestic Authority and Tele-valorisation”
  • Melody Hoffman (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee), “Sex with Her Hands:  Female-produced Internet Pornography and DIY Culture”

Gender, Sports, and Violence, Part 1
Chair:   Heather Hendershot (City University of New York, Queen’s College)

  • Thomas C. Johnson (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities) and Emanuelle Wessels (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities), “Heroes, Freaks, and Divas:  The Performance of Hegemonic Masculinity in World Wrestling Entertainment’s Monday Night Raw
  • Ariel Schudson (UCLA), “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun:  Professional Wrestling and the Female Spectator”
  • Jason Kosovski (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), “Men Behaving Badly:  Male Violence on Reality Television”
Thursday, 4:15 PM – 6:00 PM
Plenary:  Media Disasters
Chair:  Jackie Cook (University of South Australia)
  • Steve Classen (California State University, Los Angeles)
  • Joy Fuqua (Tulane University)
  • Kumkum Sangari (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee)
  • Mark Williams (Dartmouth College)
Friday, 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Gender, Sports, and Violence, Part 2
Chair:  Jonathan Sterne (McGill University)
  • Thomas C. Johnson (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities), “The Embodiment of a Real Man:  Monday Night Football’s Take on Manhood”
  • Michelle Ilene Passo (Southern Methodist University), “Negotiating Games:  Women, Sports, and Television”
  • Sarah Projansky (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), “Sporting Girls”
Engendering Audiences
Chair:  Jing Zhang (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee)
  • Jason Loviglio (University of Maryland, Baltimore County), “Public and Private Sound Effects: The Cultural Work of NPR”
  • Jessica L. Ghilani (University of Pittsburgh), “Sloganeering as Though Your Life Depended on it:  U.S. Military Recruitment Advertising During All-Volunteer Military War Efforts”
  • Sarah Rasmusson (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), “Media-ting Mean Girls:  What ‘Mean Girls’ Media Mean to Young Women”
Funny Women:  Gender, Humor, and Television
Chair: Mary Desjardins (Dartmouth College)
  • Becca Cragin (Bowling Green State University), “Roseanne:  Queering the Family/Sitcom”
  • Mary Dalton (Wake Forest University) and Laura R. Linder (Marist College), “Cybill:  When the Personal Becomes Political and the Result is Irresistible”
  • Heather Osborne-Thompson (UCLA), “Bad Behavior:  Oxygen Media and Women’s Humor”
Television And/As Popular Culture
Chair:  Barbara Ley (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee)
  • Erica Bochanty (UCLA), “Nip/Tuck’s Surgical Sounds:  Television, Popular Music, and the Politics of Placement”
  • Alexis Carreiro (University of Texas at Austin), “Flow, Sweeps, and Synergy”
  • Suzanne Leonard (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee), “Why is Wisteria Lane Reading Flaubert?  Emma Bovary as Icon”

Television:  Narrative and Form
Chair:  Ron Becker (Miami University)

  • James R. Thompson (Duke University), “Deadwood Whores:  Prostituting Narrative Strategy for the HBO Audience”
  • Michael Kackman (University of Texas at Austin), “Making the White House a Home:  Commander in Chief, Family Melodrama, and TV Authorship”
  • Michael Newman (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee), “Season/Arc:  Form and Function in Prime Time Serials”
Friday, 10:30 AM – 12:15 PM
Women in Space:  Women as Workers, Producers, Agents, and Images in “Old” & New Media

Chair:  Máire Messenger Davies (University of Ulster)
  • Sarah Edge (University of Ulster), “Post-feminism and the Peace Process: An Analysis of Government TV Public Service Advertising in Northern Ireland”
  • Máire Messenger Davies  (University of Ulster), “Women in the Television Industry: Interviews with Paramount Television Workers”
  • Gail Baylis (University of Ulster), “Photographs: Old/ New Media”
  • Helen Thornham (University of Ulster), “Bodies at Play: Negotiated Performances and Gameplay”
Critical Media Pedagogy:  A Forum on Practical Classroom Strategies
Chair: Allen Larson (Pennsylvania State University, New Kensington)
  • Carol Stabile (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee) “Diamonds, Blood, and Money: Teaching Media Criticism”
  • Aimee-Marie Dorsten (University of Pittsburgh),“Role-Playing Debates and Media Stereotyping: An Alternative Vehicle to Drive Discussion”
  • Allen Larson (Pennsylvania State University, New Kensington), “Teaching TV Guide: A Framework for Understanding Media Consolidation”
  • Zachary Furness (University of Pittsburgh) and Jessica L. Ghilani (University of Pittsburgh), “Teaching Alternative Media: The Theory and Practice of Challenging Corporate Capitalism in the Classroom”

Chair:  Alison Rostenkowski (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee)

  • Marc Tasman (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee), Who is Stealing My Signs? and Burning Bush
  • Parmesh Shahani (Massachusetts Institution of Technology), BeLonging
  • Roger Beebe (University of Florida), One Nation Under Tommy

Aesthetics & Economies of Internet Alternaporn
Chair: Rachel E. Dubrofsky (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)

  • Amy Hasinoff (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), “Temporary Whores: Erotic Victimization by Patriarcho-capitalism”
  • Jessica Wurster (McGill University), “‘Alternative’ Porn and the Aesthetics of the Pin Up”
  • Shoshana Magnet, (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) “Rethinking Feminist Sexualities Online: A Study of www.suicidegirls.com
  • Anna Feigenbaum (McGill University), “Toward a Pornography without Organs? Bodies and Economies of Desire in Internet Alternaporn”
  • Respondent: Rachel E. Dubrofsky (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
NBC in the Digital Age:  1985 to the present
Chair:  Kevin Sandler (University of Arizona)
  • Amanda Lotz (University of Michigan), “Must See TV: NBC’s Dominant Decades”
  • Christopher Anderson (Indiana University), “Creating the Twenty-First Century Television Network: NBC in the Age of Media Conglomerates”
  • Kevin Sandler (University of Arizona), “Life Without Friends: NBC's Programming Strategies in an Age of Media Clutter, Media Conglomeration, and TiVo”
  • Respondent:  Michele Hilmes (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
Friday, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Empowering Media?  Girls in Cyberspace, Reality TV, and TV Documentary
Chair:  Kathleen LeBesco (Marymount Manhattan College)
  • Julie Frechette (Worcester State College), “Lipstick, Shopping, Dieting and Sex?  Challenging Corporate Co-optation of ‘Girl Power’ Online”
  • Kathleen LeBesco (Marymount Manhattan College) “‘Buy Me’ Feminism:  Girls, Reality TV, Class, and Empowerment”
  • Susan Ericsson (Northwestern University), “HBO’s Provocative Programming:  A Look at White Female Teens in Middle School Confessions
“It’s All About Power”:  Life on the Hellmouth
Chair: Patrice Petro (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee)
  • Kelly Cole (Middlebury College), “‘The shadow that is companion to this whiteness’:  Buffy and White Girl Power”
  • Kristen Warner (University of Texas at Austin), “I am the Hellmouth Cu Cu Cachoo:  Joss Whedon’s Branding as a Technique of the Self in Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Heather Hendershot (City University of New York, Queen’s College), “The Final Girl and Feminist Media Studies”
Gender, Mobility, and 1960s TV
Chair:  Carole Donelan (Carleton College)
  • Christine Becker (University of Notre Dame), “Donna Reed Succeeds, Betty Hutton Hits Bottom:  Divergent Denouements on the Path from Film to TV”
  • Alison R. Hoffman (UCLA), “Doing the Hullabaloo:  Rhythms of Youth, Dance, Television and (Bodily) Trauma in 1965 America”
  • Mary E. Pagano (Northwestern University), “Mobility and the ‘Single Girl’:  Femininity and Feminism in Movin’ with Nancy, 1967”

Feminist Media Studies in an International Frame
Chair: Tim Havens (University of Iowa)

  • Mehdi Semati (Eastern Illinois University), “Feminism, Media, and Social Critique in Iran”
  • Katarzyna Chmielewska (Indiana University), “Sex, Lies, and Cellular Phones:  Negotiating Feminism in Polish Mediascape”
  • Aimee-Marie Dorsten (University of Pittsburgh), “Vietnam’s ‘Wired’ Women, An Endangered Species”
Queer TV
Chair:  Gilberto Blasini (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee)
  • Allen Larson (Pennsylvania State University, New Kensington), “No Obvious Gay Sensibility:  Nip/Tuck and the Cultural Politics of Queer TV”
  • Wendy Peters (University of Toronto/ Ontario Institute for Studies in Education), “Queer as Folk (U.S.):  Viewers Read for Gender, Race, and Class”
Friday, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Gender, Reality, and Leisure
Chair: Vicki Mayer (Tulane University)
  • Jiwon Ahn (Keene State College), “Clap for Isaac:  The Gay Style Guru and Female Viewer-Consumer”
  • Laura Portwood-Stacer (University of Southern California), “Queering the Trans Transformation:  Reality Television, TransGeneration, and Liberal Narratives of Self”
  • Max Dawson (Northwestern University), “Outsourcing TV:  Masculinity, Technology, and the New Productive Leisure”
Trauma and Police Drama
Chair:  Carrie A. Rentschler (McGill University)
  • Catherine Preston (University of Kansas), “Women’s Responses to the Sexualization of Death in Recent Television Series”
  • Pat Gill (University of Illinois,Urbana-Champaign), “Death Becomes Her; or A Woman’s Place is in the Morgue”
  • Diane Negra (University of East Anglia), “Trauma Time:  Reading Family, Community, and Criminality in Close to Home
Creativity and Constraint:  Fan Production in the New Media Age
Chair:  Allison McCracken (DePaul University)
  • Melanie Kohen (Brown University), “Queer Code: Re-envisioning the Erotics of Online Social Networks”
  • Kristina Busse (University of South Alabama), “Will the Real Ending Please Stand Up? Experimental Multimedia Narratives and Fan Fiction”
  • Louisa Stein (New York University), “Say it with Sims: Fan Creativity and New Media”
Television and Transnational Asia
Chairs:  Gabriella Lukacs (University of Pittsburgh) and Stephanie DeBoer (University of Southern California)
  • Stephanie DeBoer  (University of Southern California), “Mediating Memories of Displacement in a Transnational Arena: Technology, Presence and Japan/P.R.C. TV Co-productions”
  • Gabriella Lukacs (University of Pittsburgh),“Transnational Media Piracy and the ‘Perfect Marketplace’: eBay Distributors of Japanese Television Serials in the United States”
  • Jung Sun Park (California State University, Dominguez Hills), “Korean Waves: Transnational Flows of Korean Popular Culture in East/Southeast Asia and their Implications”
Playing Games
Chair:  Kathleen Ferraro (University of Pittsburgh)
  • Vered Pnueli (Brunel University), “From Desperate Housewives to Hip College Girls  Studying the Female Sims Avatars”
  • Shira Chess (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), “Coming Out to Play:  Heteroideologies and the Video Game Narrative”
  • P. Konrad Budziszewski (Indiana University), “ ‘Hot Coffee,’ Moral Backlash, and the Battle for America’s Youth:  Unpacking the Controversy over Grand Theft Auto:  San Andreas

Friday, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Conference Reception
Helen Zelazo Center
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Friday, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Screening of video art and documentary
Helen Zelazo Center
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Saturday, 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Race and Resistance
Chair: Anna Everett (University of California, Santa Barbara)

  • Devorah Heitner (Northwestern University), “Television as Community Development:  The Case of Inside Bedford Stuyvesant
  • Racquel J. Gates (Northwestern University), "Van Gogh in the Ghetto: Art, Masculinity, and Domesticity in Good Times”
  • TaKeshia Brooks (University of Michigan), “Jill Scott is Not a Nurse:  She Only Plays One in a Music Video”

Screening the Body
Chair:  Annie Melchior (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee)

  • Shoshana Magnet (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Butch/Femme Bathrooms
  • Ann Andalaro (Morehead State University), Dude Look Like a Lady:  Coming Out in Eastern Kentucky
  • Ellen Riordan (University of St. Thomas), Embodied Gender:  Women in Hockey

Gender and Reality Television
Chair: K.E. Supriya (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee)
  • Alice E. Marwick (New York University), “There’s a Beautiful Girl Under All of This:  Performing Hegemonic Femininity in Reality Television”
  • Katariina Kyrölä (University of Turku), “Any Body Can Change:  Viewing Reality TV Diet Shows”
  • Karen Backstein (Independent Scholar), “I Can’t Dance—Please Ask Me!:  Gender, Ethnicity, Race, and Having a Ball with Dancing with the Stars
The Contemporary U.S. Soap Opera, On-line and On-screen
Chair:  Elana Levine (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee)
  • Elizabeth Cardwell (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee), “Days in Iraq: Patriotism and an American Soap Opera”
  • Susan Santha Kerns (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee),“‘Paul and Emily Should Both be Run out of Town!!!’ Fan E-mail and As the World Turns
  • Elana Levine (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee), “Soaps On the Web:  U.S Broadcast Networks and Online Soap Opera Promotion”
Sexuality and Online Identities
Chair: Joy Fuqua (Tulane University)
  • Amy Barber (University of Wisconsin, Madison), “From George W. to Genderqueer Fagbois:  An Exploration of Identity Construction on Friendster”
  • Maureen Fitzpatrick (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee), “Queer Heteronormativity on the Internet”
  • Rhiannon Bury (University of Waterloo), “The Big ‘O’ and Grinding the Corn:  Navigating Lesbian Storylines on a Six Feet Under Message Board”
Saturday, 10:30 AM – 12:15 PM
The Bomb, The Boob Tube and the Beatles:  Postwar Invasions and the Male Image
Chair: Jill Dione (University of Pittsburgh)
  • Jill Dione (University of Pittsburgh), “Academia Seeps Out;  Suburbia Creeps In:  Utopia and Containment in Apartment for Peggy
  • Heather Fisher (University of Pittsburgh), “Brains not Brawn: Charles Van Doren and American Masculinity in 1950s Prime-Time Television Quiz Shows”
  • Christine J. Feldman (University of Pittsburgh), “Mop-top Masculinity:  The Satire, Subtext, and Sensibility of the ‘Beatles haircut’”
  • Respondent:  Jane Feuer (University of Pittsburgh)
Gendering Production Culture
Chair:  John T. Caldwell (UCLA)
  • Erin Hill (UCLA), “Women’s Work: Femininity in Film and Television Casting”
  • Denise Gass and Vicki Mayer (Tulane University), “Necessary Femininity: Reality Television Casting”
  • Miranda Banks (Pepperdine University/Otis Art Institute of Design), “Bodies of Work: Stunt Doubles and the Rituals of Erasure”
  • John T. Caldwell (UCLA) “Cautionary Tales and Coming of Age Narratives in the Production Culture”

Latina/o Playthings?  Dolls, Figurines, and Icons in Contemporary Media and Popular Culture
Chair:  Richard T. Rodriguez (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)

  • Jillan M. Báez (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign),“‘I’m Marisol…An American Girl’: The Politics of Representation in Girl Popular Culture”
  • Johanna Galarte (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), “Bucha Icons:  Playing with Chabela Vargas in BuchAztlán”
  • Maritza Quiñones-Rivera (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), “Memín Pinguín: The Irony of an Icon”
  • Angharad N. Valdivia (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign),  “Whose Body am I Playing With?  Girl Culture and Hybrid Dolls"
  • Respondent: Richard T. Rodriguez (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)

TV Around the Globe
Chair: Sandra Braman (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee)
  • Chiara Ferrari (UCLA), “The Sopranos in Italy or ‘Why Should We Care?  We Have the Real Mafia Here!’”
  • Sharon Shahaf (University of Texas at Austin), “Prime Time Zionism:  An Integrated Approach to the Study of the First Israeli Sitcom”
  • Tim Havens (University of Iowa), “Black Faces Abroad:  The International Circulation of African American Televison”
  • Derek Johnson (University of Wisconsin, Madison), “Broadcasting Systems, Quality, and Cultural Categorization:  Toward a Transnational Comprehension of Cult Television”
Reading Makeover Television:  Realities Remodeled
Chair:  Dana Heller (Old Dominion University)
  •  Jack Bratich (Rutgers University), “Reality Programming: Fairy Tales for Control Societies”
  • Marsha Cassidy (University of Illinois, Chicago), “The Television Makeover, 1950s-Style:  Glamour Girl, Misery, and Postwar Femininity”
  • Elizabeth Gailey (University of Tennesee, Chattanooga),“‘The ‘Real Me,’ Only Better’: Rituals of Surveillance, Sacrifice, and Transformation in Cosmetic Surgery Reality Television”
  • Gareth Palmer (University of Salford), “Extreme Makeover:  Home Edition – An American Fairytale”

Saturday, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Sex and Sensibility:  Interrogating Televisual Representations of the Single American Woman
Chair:  Bambi Haggins (University of Michigan)

  • Bambi Haggins (University of Michigan) and Catherine Squires (University of Michigan), “What A Girl Wants: Reading Pleasures and Internalizing Ideologies in Sex in the City and Girlfriends
  • Emily Chivers Yochim (University of Michigan),“SWF Seeks SWM: White Masculinity in Sex and the City”
  • Sarah B. Crymble (University of Michigan), “‘Are We Our Own Worst Enemy?’: Sex and the City and Gender Identity-Conflict
Gender, Crime, and the Law
Chair: Margaret Montgomerie (De Montfort University)
  • Jessica Prody (University of Minnesota), “Gendering Discourse:  Performances of Masculinities in Law & Order SVU
  • Mary Beth Haralovich (University of Arizona), “The Smug Face of the Law:  Gendered Representation of Constitutional Rights in TV Legal Drama"
  • Margaret Montgomerie (De Montfort University), “Disabled Detection?  Compensatory Discourse in Contemporary Crime Fictions”
TV Lesbians
Chair: Jane Feuer (University of Pittsburgh)
  • Lynn Comella (Indiana University), “‘You look like a man in a dress’:  Lesbian Visibility and Gender Nonconformity on America’s Next Top Model
  • Jennifer Moorman (UCLA), “‘Shades of Grey’:  Articulations of Bisexuality in The L Word
  • R. Gabriel Dor (Northwestern University), “Hot Sex, Cool Suits:  Fashioning the ‘Power Dyke’ in Showtime’s The L Word

AU H/C PWP:  Generic Expectations and the Construction of Fan Fiction
Chair:  Louisa Stein (New York University)
  • Deborah Kaplan (Independent Scholar), “Porn for Women: The Distinctions between Slash Fiction and Genre Romances”
  • Shannon White (University of Michigan), “Discipline at the Borders: Genre as Self-Regulation in Fan Fiction”
  • Abigail Derecho (Northwestern University), “The War on Smut: External and Internal Censorship of NC-17/Mature Fan Fiction”
Saturday, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Digitality and Identity
Chair:  Lisa Nakamura (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
  • Wendy Chun (Brown University), “Order From Order”
  • Megan Sapnar (University of Wisconsin, Madison), “The Web Can Speak, Hurray! Virtual Ventriloquism and the Online Marketing of Racial and Gendered Identities”
  • Lisa Nakamura (University of Wisconsin, Madison), “Taste Cultures in the Digital Nursery: Classed Aesthetics in Parenting Websites
Framing the Victim:  Narratives of Victimization on Reality TV
Chair:  Natasha Patterson (Simon Fraser University)
  • Natasha Patterson (Simon Fraser University), “‘Sisterhood Sins’:  Confronting Victimization in America’s Next Top Model
  • Beth Pentney (Simon Fraser University), “‘I’m Doing it for Me’:  From Victim to Vixen on Reality TV’s The Swan
  • Camilla Sears (Simon Fraser University), “‘Bad Girls on TV’:  Considering Misrepresentation of Female Victimization on COPS
Queer TV:  Television and Sexual Dissidence
Chair:  Glyn Davis (University of Bristol)
  • Gary Needham (Nottingham Trent University), “Da Kath and Kim Code: Queer Strategies in the Australian TV Comedy of Jane Turner, Gina Riley and Magda Szubanski”
  • Michele Aaron (University of Birmingham), “New Queer Cable? The L Word, the Small Screen and the Bigger Picture”
  • Glyn Davis (University of Bristol), “‘I’m Telling You Now’: Queerness and Sound in Six Feet Under

Feminism, Post-feminism, and Television Criticism
Chair:  Diane Negra (University of East Anglia)

  • Erin Hareng (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee), “‘You’re Hired!  You’re Fired!’ Winners, Losers, and Viewer’s Online Reactions to The Apprentice
  • Julia Hallam (University of Liverpool), “Independent Women:  Writing and Producing Drama in the UK in the ‘90s”
  • Melissa Williams (University of Minnesota), “From ‘Mascot’ to ‘Messed Up’:  Roseanne Barr and the Class Politics of 1990s Feminism”

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