Society for Cinema and Media Studies Undergraduate Conference

First Annual

Society for Cinema and Media Studies
Undergraduate Conference at the University of Notre Dame

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April 12-13, 2013

Browning Cinema, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

A conference featuring undergraduates from across North America presenting their scholarly work on cinema and media.

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CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
 

Friday, April 12

10:00 - 11:30 am:  INTERTEXT AND TRANSMEDIA

Chair: Jim Collins, University of Notre Dame

Matt Rossoni, University of Western Ontario, “Expanded Cinema and Modern-day Showmanship”

Blake Avery, University of Notre Dame, “Life Beyond the Screen: Cinema, Technology, and Transmedia Culture”

Benjamin Kim, University of Notre Dame, “Crowdsourcing Satire: How the Colbert Report Utilized New Media to Fuel a Satirical Political Action Committee During the 2012 Presidential Election”

Daniel Kwartler, Colgate College, “Seeing Sounds: The Visualization of Sound in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

 

11:45 am -1:00 pm:  RETHINKING THE MUSICAL

Chair: Erika Doss, University of Notre Dame

Spencer Koobatian, University of California, Santa Cruz, “The Hollywood Musical: Movement between Temporal Experiences”

Grayson Nowak, University of Notre Dame, “More than a Musical Mission from God: Themes of Unification in The Blues Brothers as Fleshed Out by Bollywood Masala Cinema”

Erin Nunoda, Western University, “The Hole: Diasporic Cinema and the Ontology of  Absence”

 

2:00 - 3:15 pm:  AUTHORSHIP I: DIRECTORIAL AESTHETICS

Chair: Christine Becker, University of Notre Dame

Eden Lewis, Washington University in St. Louis, “The Sound of Eternal Silence: The Immersive Sound Design of Terrence Malick”

Alex Like, University of Texas at Austin, “Transparency, Reflections, and Glass in Zabriskie Point

Christopher Mullen, Muhlenberg College, “The Moving Men and Women in the Moving World of La Ronde

 

3:30 - 4:45 pm:  AUTHORSHIP II: BEYOND THE DIRECTOR

Chair: Ted Barron, University of Notre Dame

Joseph Pomp, Columbia College, “Faith Hubley: Animator, Ecofeminist, Communist?”

Megan Benedict, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, “Gael García Bernal: Political Activist and International Star”

Michael Perreault, Colby College, “Affect and Authorship: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the [Sign]”

 

Saturday, April 13

9:00 - 10:15 am:  SOCIAL NORMS AND BOUNDARIES

Chair: Christine Becker, University of Notre Dame

James Rettig, The College of New Jersey, “Noir and the Traditional Family Structure”

Amanda Presmyk, Southern Methodist University, “The Easy Way Out”

Ben Tyne, Trent University, “The Need to Represent the Unrepresentable”

 

10:30 - 11:45 am:  QUEER VISUALITY

Chair: Pam Wojcik, University of Notre Dame

Vilma Castaneda, Grinnell College, “Reclaiming the Spectacle of Fright and Freaks in Freak Orlando

Eddie W. Danecki III, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, “Gregg Araki: Questioning Heteronormativity & The Nuclear Family”

Claire Fleckenstein, Grinnell College, “Yoü and Who? : Feminine Masquerade and Embodiment of Queer Theory in Lady Gaga’s ‘Yoü and I’”

 

12:00 - 1:15 pm:  NATIONAL PERSPECTIVES

Chair: Anne García-Romero, University of Notre Dame

Nicolas Trace Cabot, University of Oregon, “Flowers in Our Hearts: North Korean Nationalism & The Flower Girl

Jason Douglass, Yale University, “ A Case Study of Mighty Atom: What Does Anime Look and Smell Like?”

Maddie LaKind, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, “Once: Redefining Irish Film Identity and the Classical Hollywood Musical”

 

2:15 - 3:30 pm:  ANALYZING RACE

Chair: Theresa Geller, Grinnell College

Lauren Winston, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, “The Typecasting and Portrayal of Black Actors and Actresses in Hallelujah and Cabin in the Sky as a means for White America to Understand Our Racial Dichotomy”

Felicity Flesher, Carleton College, “The End of Separate Cinemas: Race in 1949 American Film”

Brian Buckley, Grinnell College, “Crime TV: Television Genres & the New Jim Crow”

Jessica Good, Whitman College, “We are all SO Raven: Race as a Disney Commodity”

 

3:45 - 5:15 pm:  TELEVISION TODAY

Chair: Darlene Hampton, University of Notre Dame

Maggie Steinhauer,  East Carolina University, "‘Bowties are Cool:’ Fandom in the Mainstream”

Brianna Neblung, University of Notre Dame, “Game of Thrones: A Look At How HBO Is Improving Their Channel”

Allison Nettnin, Allegheny College, “I'm Very Rich, Bitch!: Re-Dispensing Reality TV Celebrity”

Taylor Womack, University of Texas at Austin, “Honey Boo Boo and The American Dream: Reality Television’s Impact on Consumption”