2019 Annual Ray Browne Conference

The Popular Culture Scholars Association at BGSU is excited to announce the 6th Annual Ray Browne Conference:

Formulas in Flux:
Conventions and Adaptability in Popular Culture

Jerome Library Pallister Conference Room
February 15-16, 2019
Bowling Green State University

Conference Schedule

Time Scheduled Activity
12:30PM-1:30PM Registration/Welcome Table
1:45PM-2:45PM Panel 1: Popular Culture and Conventions

Rin Baatz- Ignore the Men Behind the Dress: A Man's Idea of the 'Perfect Woman'

Joanna Line- Football as Prop: The Trivialization of Female Athleticism on the Covers of The Cleveland Clash Romance Novels

Alexander Lester- Reflections on the American Dream in ABC's American Housewife

3:00PM-4:15PM Panel 1: Popular Culture and the Form

Blue Profitt - I'm telling you, there is something off about that girl:’ The Female Sociopath in Insatiable

Rachel Ramlawi- “I Used to Think Boys Had it Hard,” Male Privilege in The Simpsons

Marley Stuever-Williford- 'Diversity Tomorrow’: Michael Scott, Panopticism, and Macroaggressions in The Office

Micaela Torre- 'Not Like Us’: Freakish Spectatorship in A Series of Unfortunate Events

4:30PM-5:45PM Panel 1: Popular Culture and Person

Leigh Pinkelman- Leigh Pinkelman, Survivor: The Experiences of Public Disclosure Through Art

Rafsanul Hoque- Muslim Identity Expression on Social Media After Migrating to the United States

Jules Patalita- Auteur Theory in Video Games: A Study of Hideo Kojima and Thatgamecompany

Devin Elliott- Hideo Kojima and his Directorial Message in Video Games

6:30PM Film Screening - Gish Theatre

Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival

Presented by Culture Club; Introduced by Britt Rhuart

Time Scheduled Activity
10:00AM-6:30PM Registration/Welcome Table
10:30AM-11:45AM Concurrent Panel Sessions
Pallister Conference Room

Panel 1: Popular Culture as Interrogation

David Aldrich- Postmodern Pastiche and Social Critique in Ghost Ghirls

Will Daniels- Not Your Gay Best Friend: Titus and Gender Performance in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Jessica Eylem- When Hyper-Masculinity Goes Too Far: A Critique of the Character Jack in A.P. Bio

Alexis Isaac- Barney Stinson and the Negative Exemplar: A Defense of How I Met Your Mother

Jerome Library
Room 142

Panel 2: Meaning and Popular Culture

Robin Hershkowitz- Faces v Heels: Reexamining the Sense of Real in The Bachelor Franchise

Emily Edwards- Searching for a Room of One’s Own: Rethinking the Iranian Diaspora in Persepolis, Shahs of Sunset and A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Stevie Scheurich- Real Love: Objectum Sexuals and their Reality Television Campaign for Recognition and Acceptance

BPCL Reading Room

Panel 3:  Limits and Popular Culture

Adam Wagner- Daring You to Desire: Queer Cinematic Representation and the Limits of Problematic Pleasure in Luca Guadagnino's Call Me By Your Name

Jo Wilson- Analyzing Perceived Spatial Safety and Ability for Outness Among BGSU Queer Students

Ericka Findley- Programming Femininity: Ascribing Gender to That Which Has None

Hannah Abramson- Trespassers and Gatekeepers: Examining Symbolic Capital and Orthodoxy in Nerd Culture


Please join us in the Pallister Room for lunch!

Gluten free and vegetarian options available.

12:30PM-2:00PM Keynote Speaker Dr. Sue Matheson, Adaptable Cannibals: Reflections on the Possibilities, Negotiations, and Limits of Popular Culture Formulas and Conventions
2:15PM-3:30PM Concurrent Panel Sessions
Pallister Conference Room

Panel 1: Popular Culture and Practice

Heather Sloane- The Power to Disrupt Stereotypes: Collaborative Youth Participatory Action Research

Jerome Library
Room 142

Panel 2: Popular Culture as Dialogue

Alyssa Fisher- Shifting Digital Dialogues in YouTube Relationships

Sherrel McLafferty- Instant Metaphor: How Zeitgeist Can Allow Immediate Comprehension of Communication

Emily Edwards- Digital Diasporas: Refugees Navigating Identity and Integration in Former East Germany

Chris McVetta- The Office Politics: That's What HE Said (The Rise and Fall of Politically Incorrect Television Comedy During the Golden Age of Social Media)

3:45PM-5:00PM Concurrent Panel Sessions
Pallister Conference Room

Panel 1: Popular Culture as Tool

Sourav Chatterjee- The Antifragile Superhero: Pop Culture Theory and the Bengali Comics of the 1960s

Tristan Leighton- Liminality in the Mosh: Heavy Metal, Alienated consumption, and the Ritual Process

Britt Rhuart- It's Chaos. Be Kind

Leda Hayes- Simply Nailogical; A Reading

Jerome Library
Room 142

Panel 2: Re Encountering Policy

Heather Sloane- Building Enthusiasm for Policy Practice: Social Work Experiences of Policy in Internship

5:15PM-6:30PM Concurrent Panel Sessions
Pallister Conference Room

Panel 1:Place/Time and Popular Culture

Ann L. von Mehren- Historical Influences on the 1960s-1970s Sitcom Hogan's Heroes

Heather Stephenson- Nuclear Anxiety and Alternative Masculinities in 1950s Film, as supported by Kiss Me Deadly (1955)

Morgan Durfee- The "Real" Britain: Brexit, Britishness, and Reality Television

Tyler Wertsch- We [Still] Don’t Talk about ‘Nam’: Mnemonic Salience, Capital, and Narrative in American Military Video Games

Jerome Library
Room 142

Panel 2: Popular Culture as Reproduction

Jordan Blank- Cyborg 009: A Study of Stereotypical Diversity and the Evolution of Political Correctness

Anna DeGalan- Sounds of Superman: An Evolutionary Study of DC Comic's Superman Soundtracks

Blessy McWan- Everyone Belongs in the Kitchen: Analysis of Household Chores in Big Boss

Bernadette Bowen- Found-Footage Horror Representations: The Taking of Deborah Logan (2014)

1st Floor Large Group Room

Panel 3: Power and Popular Culture

Heather Sloane- Ending High School Social Separation

To our guests with disabilities:
Please indicate if you need special services, assistance or appropriate modifications to fully participate in this event by contacting Accessibility Services, access@bgsu.edu, 419-372-8495. Please notify us prior to the event.

Please contact raybrowneconf@bgsu.edu with any questions.