2020 Conference Draft Program

THE CONFERENCE HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THE RESTRICTIONS IN PLACE TO CONTAIN THE SPREAD OF COVID-19.

WE ARE KEEPING THE DRAFT PROGRAM ONLINE TO ASSIST THOSE WHO MAY BE SEEKING TRAVEL REIMBURSEMENTS AND NEED TO VALIDATE THEIR PLANNED INVOLVEMENT

 

THURSDAY MAY 7th

REGISTRATION DESK 9:00am-5:00pm
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SESSION 1 Thursday 9:30am-11:00am
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1A MARKETING HEALTH, SELLING PLEASURE
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Chair: TBA

Maxim Bonin Université du Québec à Montréal
Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop Lab: Mediatization and The Politics of Anxiety

Ryan J. Phillips Ryerson University
Trailer Park Boys and the Promotional Cultures of Cannabis in Canada: Audiences, Influencers, and Imminent Commodities

Pénélope Chandonnet Concordia University
“Let It Go,” the Frozen-mania is Here to Stay: The Making of the Frozen Franchise

1B INTERNET AND SOCIETY
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Chair: TBA

Ya’el Z. Frankel University of British Columbia
Mind the Gap: Affect and Body in the Postmodern Moment of VRChat

Stephen Monteiro Concordia University
The Play of Faces: Social Media Apps and the Gamification of Facial Recognition Systems

Marissa Tomchak Arizona State University
The Generational Impact of the Internet and Technology
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COFFEE BREAK 11:00am-11:15am
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SESSION 2 Thursday 11:15am-12:45am
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2A PERSPECTIVES ON FEMINISM: MEDIA HISTORIES, SOCIAL REALITIES
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Kim Hong Nguyen University of Waterloo
Mean Girl Feminism and the Beauty Myth: (En)Lightened Feminists and Catty Post-Feminists

Megan Johnson Brock University
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun(damental) Rights: How Media Framing Turned Abortion Into a Partisan Issue

Nicole Boucher Arizona State University
The Effects of Legally Blonde on Women Entering the Legal Profession

2B CULTURAL HISTORIES OF COMICS
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Natalja Chestopalova York and Ryerson University
Graphic Archives and the Metamorphosis of Cultural Histories Through Non-Fictional Storytelling

Dominik Grace Brescia University College
Aardvarkian Emancipation

2C PERFORMING POP MUSIC
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J Mark Percival Queen Margaret University
Authenticity, Genre and Place: Belle and Sebastian’s Syrian Child Refugee Benefit Concert

Michael Williams University of Brighton
The Radical Populist Pitch of U2’s ‘360°’ Tour

Audrey Mendez Arizona State University
K-pop– needs to send title
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LUNCH 12:45pm-1:45pm
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SESSION 3 Thursday 1:45pm-3:15pm
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3A NEW PERSPECTIVES ON CONTEMPORARY DYSTOPIAN FICTION
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Tom Ue Dalhousie University
Memory, Nostalgia, and Imagined Places in Ready Player One

Muniyra Douglas University of Toronto
Political Distraction through Popular Culture: Analyzing the Fallacy of the OASIS in Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One

Allison Munday Ryerson University
Christianity, Colonialism, and Counter-Culture in Samuel Delany’s “We, in Some Strange Power’s Employ, Move on a Rigorous Line”

3B POP MUSIC CULTURES
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Amina Ally York University
Olivia Trono Ryerson University
Dolly Parton’s (Dis)Unifying Politics

Maren Hancock Ryerson University
Setting the Record “Straight”: “Talentless Lesbian Feminist DJs” Challenge Sexism in Toronto’s DJ Scene

Victoria Sands Ryerson University
“American Glory Faded Before Me”: Taylor Swift, Political Girlhood, and Postfeminist Pop Culture

3C GAMING SYSTEMS
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Annie Harrison Concordia University
Welcoming Destruction: Dark Play as Hospitality in the Videogame Five Nights at Freddie’s

Don Moore University of Guelph
Megan Hutchison University of Guelph
A Far Cry from Within the Commons: Ubisoft, Video Gaming, and the New Politics of Mass Media Publics

Michael Thorn Ryerson University
The Politics of Queer Horror Fans Reclaiming Freddy’s Revenge
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COFFEE BREAK Thursday 3:15-3:30pm
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SESSION 4 Thursday 3:30pm-5:00pm
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4A FANFICTION, IDENTITY, AND COMMUNITY
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Erika Chung Ryerson University
Navigating and Negotiating Politics in the Harry Potter Fandom

Catherine Duchastel de Montrouge York University
Crip Kin-making on AO3: Tagging Practices and the Politics of Disability Representation in Fanfiction Spaces

Effie Sapuridis University of Western Ontario
Pureblood for a Day: Fetishization of Wealth and the Subversion of Heteronormative Romance Tropes in Harry Potter Fanfiction

4B POLITICAL MUSICOLOGIES
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Adam Behr Newcastle University
In and Out of Tune: The Musical Aspects and Dynamics of Political Campaigns

Julian Muia Ryerson University Canadian Contention: The Fifty-Year Debate Over Popular Music Legislation

Alan Stanbridge University of Toronto
From Singing Cowboys to Kitchen Appliances: The Long Strange Trip of ‘You Are My Sunshine’

4C POP CULTURE PEDAGOGIES
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Benjamin Bishop Ball State University
Nat 20: Tabletop RPGs in ESL Classrooms

Kaela Jubas University of Calgary
Eric Ofori-Atta University of Calgary
Sherri Ross University of Calgary
Maintaining Space for Theory and Politics in Professional Education: Popular Culture as Curricular Resource

Roger Saul University of New Brunswick
Two Paths to the Future: On Emerging Political and Popular Cultures of Surveillance in Canadian Schools

CONFERENCE OPENING RECEPTION- location TBA

Thursday 7pm-10pm

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FRIDAY MAY 8th

REGISTRATION DESK 9:00am-5:00pm
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CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST 8:30am-9:30am
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SESSION 5 Friday 9:30am-11:00am
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5A CONSUMPTION AND CONSUMERISM
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Emily Craig Roger Williams University
Food, Consumption, and Freeway

Alexandre Desbiens-Brassard University of Western Ontario
You Are What You Eat: Capitalism, Cannibalism and Monstrous Consumerism

Calla Evans Ryerson University
Eating the (Fat) Other: Commodification of Fat Identity and Fat Politics

5B LOOKING AT/WITH ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
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Mohsina Shafqat Ali York University
The Dead and the Dying in Mao II and Blade Runner 2049

Natalie Garceau
If You Cut Us We Do Not Bleed: Androids as the Other

Diana Moreno Ojeda University of Waterloo
Artificial Intelligence in Science Fiction: Emotion and Rationality

5C MUSIC AND ACTIVISM
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Brigitte Bogar York University
Musicality and Politics in Works by Donna-Michelle St. Bernard (DM)

Ogaga Okuyade Niger Delta University
Contesting the Change, Singing to Power: Nigerian Popular Music as Alternative Journalism

Owen Coggins Brunel University London
Exclusivity and Extremism in Black Metal’s Ambiguous Ideologies
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COFFEE BREAK 11:00am-11:15am
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SESSION 6 Friday 11:15am-12:45pm
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6A LIVING/PERFORMING GENDER/SEXUAL IDENTITIES
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Russ Martin Brock University
The Politics of Drag in Toronto: As Drag’s Gone Mainstream, Has the Art Form Lost its Political Edge?

Jami McFarland University of Western Ontario
The Trans Elder, Whiteness, and Longevity in Tales of the City and Transparent

Van Slothouber University of Western Ontario
The Politics of Caitlyn Jenner’s Rumoured De/retransition

6B AESTHETICS OF SPORTS CULTURES
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Chair: TBA

Anna F. Peppard Brock University
“What About Scarfs?”: Marketing NBA Style in the Player Empowerment Era

Danica Vidotto University of Toronto
Francesco Collura York and Ryerson University
Laurel Walzak Ryerson University
From Playing to Posting: An Investigation of Megan Rapione’s Identities on Instagram

Shahbaz Khayambashi York University
Hyperreal Athletics: Performing Reality and Realizing Performance in Professional Wrestling

6C POLITICAL REALITIES, MEDIATED RESPONSES
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Izabela Potapowicz Indiana University
The Effects of Regime Change on Televised European Literary Shows

Justin Shaw Université Sainte-Anne
Cocking Guns and Dropping F-Bombs: “War Porn” in Novelizations and Memoirs of the War on Terror

Ran Zhou University of Southern California
Voting, Participatory Culture and Civic Imagination of Plebiscitary TV in Postsocialist China: From Supergirl to Produce Camp 2019
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LUNCH BREAK 12:45pm-1:45pm
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SESSION 5 Friday 1:45pm-3:15pm
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7A SCREEN POLITICS/SCREENING POLITICS
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Chair: TBA

Jeff Donison York University
Watching Opinions Fly: Visually Examining This Hour Has Seven Days’ Political Vox Pop Segments as Nationally Representative

May Friedman Ryerson University
Jen Rinaldi Ontario Tech University
“I’m only who I want to be when I’m in relation to you”: Popularity and Politics in the World of The Politician

Mason Wales York University
The Turner Diaries and the Death of the Dual State in US Post-Apocalyptic Fiction

7B QUEER(ING) REPRESENTATIONS
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Chair: TBA

Lucia Cardelli New York University
“Here’s my resignation, I’ll serve it in drag”: Queer Gaze, Stage Gays, and the Politics of Emonationalism

Kyler Chittick Queen’s University
Edelman Comes to Quahog: Deleuze, Family Guy, and the Queer Politics of Non-Reproductive Futurism

Nicholas P. Greco Providence University College
“The antithesis of inner and outer: abolished”: Roland Barthes and the Politics of the Closet

Kate Wise University of British Columbia
“Call Me By Your Name and I’ll Call You By Mine”: Redefining Relationships On-Screen for the 20-Gayteen Era

7C FROM SEASONAL SOCIALITY TO THE SPECTRE OF ASEASONALITY: REPRESENTATIONS, POLICIES, AND RESPONSES TO THE SEASONS
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Chair: TBA

Tonya Davidson Carleton University
The Perils and Promise of the Summer Cottage

Tara Milbrandt Univeristy of Alberta
Imagining a Winter City: Seasonality, Public Culture and Solidarity in the Cold

Ondine Park MacEwan University
Aseasonality as “The New Normal”: Loss of Seasons as Aspiration and Catastrophe
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COFFEE BREAK 3:15pm-3:30pm
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SESSION 8 Friday 3:30pm-5:00pm
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8A THE CREATION OF A POSTCOLONIAL WORLD IN POST-INDEPENDENCE SENEGAL
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Dana Vanderburgh Indiana University
Masking and Unmasking Colonial Narratives of Violence: An Analysis of Ousmane Sembène’s Film, La Noire De

Vincent Bouchard Indiana University
The Decolonization of Collective Imaginaries in West African Cinemas

Elena Razlogova Concordia University
Senegalese Cinema, Its American Public, and Popular Internationalism in the 1970s

Edoardo Cagnan Sorbonne and McGill University
The Griot’s discursive issue in postcolonial Africa: from literature to cinema.

8B UNEARTHING HORRIFIC HISTORIES
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Chair: TBA

John Clegg University of British Columbia
(Un)dead Forms: The Adaptive Enterprise and (Corpo)Reality in Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Guy Maddin’s Dracula: Pages from a Virgin’s Diary

Stephanie Lu University of British Columbia
“A Teeming Horde of Shapes”: Meditations on Legal Personhood in H. P. Lovecraft’s The Shadow Over Innsmouth

Scott Henderson Trent University
“Germany’s Dark Past: The Mind Game Film as Historic Revisionism”.

8C POLITICS OF SCREEN CULTURES AND AESTHETICS
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Chair: TBA

May Chew Concordia University
Flow, Friction, and “Soft TV”

Lynn Kozak McGill University
The Good Fight: Politics, Poetics, and Platforms

Troy Michael Bordun Concordia University
Art, Porn, and Shlock: Fifty Shades of Grey and the Perplexed Film Critic

Alejandro Rodríguez Purdue University
Precarity in Popular Culture: La Casa de Papel and the Role of the Organic Intellectual
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CONFERENCE DINNER– location TBA

Friday 6:30pm-8:00pm
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SATURDAY MAY 9th

REGISTRATION DESK: 9:00am-12:00pm
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CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST 8:30am-9:30am
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SESSION 9 Saturday 9:30am-11:00am
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9A FANDOM COMMUNITIES AND PRACTICES
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Sarah Olutola McMaster University
What Do Fandom and Politics Have in Common? Oh Yeah: Fascism

Sean Steele York University
Laughing in the Eye of a Hurricane: Discordianism, Satire, and the Lost Art of Culture Jamming

Alex Custodio Concordia University
The Cultural Politics of Game Boy Modding

Curtis Anderson Arizona State University
Masculinity, Loudness, and the Electric Motorcycle

9B RE-REPRESENTATIONS IN FILM AND CULTURE
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Shana McGuire Saint Mary’s University
Reversing, Reinforcing, or Reinterpreting Stereotypes? The Ambivalence of Contemporary French Film Comedy

Jean Sébastien Collège de Maisonneuve
Native Takes in Popular Culture Representations of Indigenous Cultural Sovereignty

Darrell Varga Nova Scotia College of Art and Design
New Indigenous Cinema and the Politics of Genre

9C SUPERHEROES VS (AS?) SUPERVILLAINS
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Jean-Michel Berthiaume Université du Québec à Montréal
X-Militantism: Mutants as a Metaphor for Modern Problematics

Brett A.B. Robinson Brock University
HBO’s Watchmen: Superheroes and Social Commentary

Arun Jacob University of Toronto
The Governing Joke: Interrogating Arthur Fleck’s Populism in the Emerging Asocial Society

Sean Steele York University
Laughing in the Eye of a Hurricane: Discordianism, Satire, and the Lost Art of Culture Jamming
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COFFEE BREAK 11:00am-11:15am
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SESSION 10 Saturday 11:15am-12:45pm
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10A SPORTS AND REPRESENTATION
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Brigid Savage Ryerson University
White Televisual Gaze: Negotiations and Resistance to Racist Stereotypes of Black Players in the NBA

Jean-Charles St-Louis Université de Montréal
Bachir Sirois-Moumni Université de Montréal
A “Leading Soccer Nation”? Alphonso Davies and Patrice Bernier as Footsoldiers of Diversity

Brittany Szczyglowski Ryerson University
“Bigger Than Football”: Sustaining Visibility and Controlling the Narrative Surrounding the NFL Kneeling Protests

10B PERSPECTIVES ON FEMINISM: STRATEGIES OF RESISTANCE
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Olivia Wertz West Virginia University
How a Hashtag Empowered Storytelling and Healing: Examining the Folklore of the #MeToo Movement

Lisa Macklem University of Western Ontario
We Aren’t Going to Take This Lying Down: Women Stand Up with The Handmaid’s Tale

Gabriella Colombo Machado University of Montreal
Non-compliant Readers: The Politics of Bitch Planet

Lindsay Rodgers Queen’s University
Feminism is Fun(ny): Assuming Positions of Power on the Stand-up Stage

10C SPACE, PLACE, AND IDENTITY
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Kin-Wai Chu University of Leuven
The Politics of Comics and Architectures in Hong Kong

Anouk Bélanger Université du Québec à Montréal
Martin Lussier Université du Québec à Montréal
Michelle Stewart Université du Québec à Montréal
“Off Montréal”: Local Cultural Scenes and the Symbolic Capital of the City

Crystal Vo Arizona State University
Iconography of Bubble Tea as an Asian-American Cultural Identity
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LUNCH BREAK 12:45pm-1:15pm
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CONFERENCE KEYNOTE 1:15pm-2:15pm TBA
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COFFEE BREAK 2:15pm-2:30pm
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SESSION 11 Saturday 2:30pm-4:00pm
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11A POLITICS AND AESTHETICS OF DIGITAL CULTURE
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Scott DeJong Concordia University
“Ok Boomer”: Digital Memes’ Impact on Understandings of Age, Generation, and Ideology

Sarah Christina Ganzon Concordia University
Marc Lajeunesse Concordia University
Courtney Blamey Concordia University
Throw Some Thirst to Your Witcher: Geralt in a Tub, The Witcher and the Visual Economy of Thirst Memes

Dani Prince University of Western Ontario
#MeToo and the Witching Hour: Contemporary Feminist Discourse on the Representation of Witchcraft in The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

11B EFFECTIVE/AFFECTIVE SPIRITUALITIES
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J. Christian Bertone Brock University
Who [Do] You Say I Am: Affective Labour and Social Activism in Hillsong Church

Jimmy Zhao University of Toronto
Atheism in Contemporary Popular American Film

Quinn Valencourt Concordia University
Understanding Unhappiness in the “Happiness Industry”: From Davies to Deleuze on the Neoliberal Subject

11C HIP-HOP AND DANCE CULTURES
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Myrtle D. Millares University of Toronto
On the Borders of Hip-Hop Culture

Édouard Germain Université du Québec à Montréal
Espace public et hip-hop: naissance d’un nouvel espace public dans les rues du South Bronx

Deanne Kearney York University
Dancing past the “Step Clap”: Back-up Dancers in the Performance of Popular Music
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COFFEE BREAK 4:00pm-4:15pm
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CONFERENCE WRAP-UP AND AGM 4:15pm-5:00pm
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