2015 Cultural Studies Research Conference

Saturday, May 30, 2015
9am-5 pm

University of Washington Bothell
North Creek Events Center

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Program Schedule

8:30 am
Coffee and Gathering

9:00 am
Welcome and Introduction

Welcome: Amoshaun Toft
Introduction: S.Charusheela

9:15 am
Session 1: Representing

Expanding outside of the frame using a Cultural Studies lens
Moderator: Ben Gardner

Lacey Grove 
Defaulting on Representation: Native American Cultural Identity in the Space of the Museum 
Portfolio Advisor: Amoshaun Toft
Capstone Advisor: Jed Murr

Concetta Leggio
Representations of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder in Prime-Time Crime Television
Portfolio Advisor: S. Charusheela
Capstone Advisor: Lauren Berliner
Second Reader: Ron Krabill

Joyce K. Mwangi
The Green Card as a Global Relationship: Understanding Representation, Meaning and Experience from a Cultural Studies Commodity Chain Approach
Portfolio Advisor: Bruce Kochis
Capstone Advisor: Benjamin Gardner

Julie K. Hurst
Self(ie) Exploration: Identity and Representation in Study Abroad
Portfolio Advisor: Ben Gardner
Capstone Advisor: Ron Krabill

11:00 am
Session 2: Imagining

Reimagining our communities by rooting our work in just relationships, collective solidarity, and critical dialogue
Moderator: Christian Anderson

Nafasi B. Ferrell
Towards a Vision of Intergenerational Pedagogy through Hip-Hop and Poetry
Portfolio Advisor: Sarah Dowling
Capstone Advisor: Janelle Silva

Mollie Wolf
Holes in Hegemony: Reimagining Social Movements through a Politics of Care
Portfolio Advisor: Miriam Bartha
Capstone Advisor: Dan Berger

Dominique Garcia
What Brings You in Today? The Embodiment of Structural Marginalization in Patients
Portfolio Advisor: Johanna Crane
Capstone Advisor: Julie Shayne

Alexandra Holien
Our House: The Soul of Seattle’s Central District
Portfolio Advisor: Ron Krabill
Capstone Advisor: Christian Anderson

12:15 pm
Breakout Session


12:45 pm


1:30 pm
Session 3: Challenging

Negotiating lived experiences within and against master narratives
Moderator: Kari Lerum

Stephanie D. Driessel and Mahala K Lettvin
Fall on Your Knees: Sex Worker Outreach Groups and the Rights versus Rescue Discourse
Portfolio Advisor (Stephanie Driessel): Dan Berger
Portfolio Advisor (Mahala K. Lettvin): Yolanda Padilla
Joint Capstone Advisor: Kari Lerum

Ryan Blanco
Interstate Diaries: Searching for Freedom, Authenticity, and Self along the American Highway
Portfolio Advisor: Ron Krabill
Capstone Advisor: Eric Stewart

Chrysta Storm
Personal Reflections on being a Gatekeeper: Deconstructing the Mandated Reporter and Challenging Narratives of “Bad” Parents in  Social Services
Portfolio Advisor: Kari Lerum
Capstone Advisor: Eric Stewart

3:00 pm
Session 4: Disrupting

Using art, environmental justice, theatre, and gaming to disrupt dominant cultural narratives in pursuit of parity and equity
Moderator: Rebecca Aanerud

Lisa Mackie
Humanizing the Public Education System through the Reprioritization of Arts Learning
Portfolio Advisor: Rebecca Aanerud
Capstone Advisor: Amy Lambert

Heather M. Kosaka
New discourses in the Alberta Oil Sands
Portfolio Advisor: Christian Anderson
Capstone Advisor: Amoshaun Toft

Janelle L. Davis
“Trickster Remembers:” Negotiating Morality and Identity in Tabletop Gaming through Trickster Mythology
Portfolio Advisor: Julie Shayne
Capstone Advisor: Johanna Crane

Suzanne M. Cohen
Feed Your Mind: Expanding Perspectives with Nontraditional Casting and Post-play Discussions
Portfolio Advisor: Miriam Bartha
Capstone Advisor: Rebecca Aanerud
Second Reader: Crispin Thurlow

4:30 pm
Breakout Session


5:00 pm
Reception & Faculty Toast

Faculty Toast: Ron Krabill

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