2012 Conference Schedule

2012 Plenary Addresses

  • Dr. Winifred Brownell, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences
  • “Corpus Callosum: Connectivity, Animation, Preservation” by Professor Valerie Karno, University of Rhode Island (English)
  • Introduction by Sarah Kruse, PhD Candidate

Valerie Karno is Associate Professor of English at the University of Rhode Island. She received her PhD from the University of Southern California and her JD from Hastings Law School. Professor Karno’s work crosses a multiplicity of fields including Critical Race theory, feminist legal theory and visual culture. She has published works on female serial killers, Native American treaties, daytime television court dramas, and anti-discrimination laws (to name just a few) and has been the recipient of several publishing and teaching awards.

Valerie Karno’s most recent publication, “Law and Literature as Cultural and Aesthetic Products: Studying Interdisciplinary Texts in Tandem,” appeared in the MLA Teaching Law and Literature Volume (2011). Her plenary address, entitled “Corpus Callosum: Connectivity, Animation, Preservation,” will consider “connection” in contemporary digital and disciplinary environments.

You can visit Professo Karno’s faculty page here.

Panel Session I

A. Paradigms of Space: Photography, Images & Representations
Room 304, Moderator: Nilofar Syed

  • Architectural Design Methodology: Liminality, Marija Marić, University of Novi Sad, Serbia (New Art Media)
  • “The Profound Madness of Photography”: Trauma Theory and Roland Barthes’s Camera Lucida, Rachel Boccio, University of Rhode Island (English)
  • Race to the Abyss: Subverting Anthropocentric Fantasies of Space Exploration in Lina Persson’s “Colonizing Futures,” Micah Sizemore, University of Connecticut (Art History)

B. Anxieties and Innovations in Fisheries Management
Room 305, Moderator: Sarah Kruse

  • The Regional Advisory Councils’ Current Capacities and Unforeseen Benefits, Kristen Ounanian, University of Rhode Island (Marine Affairs)
  • Creating an Incentive-Based Invasive Asian Carp Market Structure in the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers to Maximize Expected Social Welfare of the Great Lakes Region, Karl Walls, University of Rhode Island (Marine Affairs)
  • The Effect of Fisheries Management on Information Sharing Networks and Social Capital, Gabe Dunham, University of Rhode Island (Marine Affairs)
  • Management Implications of Fishing Up, Down, or Through the Marine Food Web, Catherine Foley, University of Rhode Island (Marine Affairs)

C. Drawing & Diverting Attention: The Search for Socioeconomic & Gender Equality
Room 306, Moderator: Katelyn Burton

  • A New Approach to Anti-Rape Education: The Need For Innovation in a World of Anxieties, Victoria Dickman-Burnett, Ohio University (English)
  • The Fetshiziation of the Heavily Tattooed Female Body Through Today’s Social Media, Anni Irish, Simmons College (Gender & Cultural Studies)
  • Science: Truth or Stereotype?, Barbara Farnworth, University of Rhode Island (English)

D. Creating a Sustainable Future: Innovations in Transportation and Habitation
Room 309, Moderator: Kim Evelyn

  • Sustainable Transportation for a Sustainable Planet, Jonathan Drew, University of Rhode Island (Communication Studies)
  • Innovations in Affordable Housing Planning, Anxiety in the Suburbs, Jennifer Girouard, Brandeis University (Sociology)
  • An Overview of the Ammonia Economy, Eric Morgan, University of Massachusetts (Mechanical Engineering)

E. Creative Writings: Finding Mindfulness Amidst War, Gender Violence & Technological Progress
Room 311, Moderator: Jaime Remillard

  • Waking the Dragon, Johanna Evans, Lehigh University (English)
  • Lucy, Molly Goldblatt, Binghamton University (English Literature)
  • Sidelined by Technology: Humans Reduced to the Attention Span of Fleas, Teresa Sagwitz, West Chester University (English-Creative Writing)
  • Death Around the Corner: A Non-Fiction Narrative of Survival, Almedina Alicusic, Gannon University (English Literature)

F. “Do You Understand the Words That Are Coming Out of My Mouth?”: Troubles and Innovations in Translation
Room 313, Moderator: Allana Allik

  • Henry James’s Straight Talking Style, Matthew Krumholtz, Princeton University (English Literature)
  • Translation: An Ineffective Vehicle for Cross-Linguistic Communication, Marisa O’Gara, University of Rhode Island (Honors, English & French)
  • Revising the Past: Boccaccio and the Latin Revision of Andrea Acciaiuoli, Eva Jones, University of Rhode Island (English)

Panel Session II

A. Composing and Existing in Cyberspace: Webcomics, MMORPGs, Digital Poetry and Looping
Room 304, Moderator: Kim Evelyn

  • Digital Dickensians: How Writers Are Adapting the Tradition of Serial Publishing in New Media, Gabriel Romaguera, University of Rhode Island(English)
  • Developing Social Identities in Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games, Jessica Robinson,University of Rhode Island (Communication Studies)
  • Digital Poetry and its Convergence into New Media, Amy Pajewski, Millersville University of Pennsylvania (English)
  • Failure and Repetition in New Media Art, Robert Byron, BrownUniversity (Music)

B. The Body Politic: Adorning, Occupying, Displacing
Room 305, Moderator: Beazley Kanost

  • Occupation and Epic Theater, Jordan Miller, Salve Regina University (Humanities)
  • Clothing or Decoration: Exploring the Penis Sheath of Papua New Guinea, Catherine Murphy, University of Rhode Island(Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design)
  • Weaving Uzbek Identity: Disembodied Traditions, Mary Elizabeth Corrigan, University of Rhode Island(Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design)

C. Concerning Gender Identity: Digital and Consumer Communities
Room 306, Moderator: Eva Jones

  • The Educative Value of Virtual Communities: A Look at gleeforum.com, Tiffany Woodall, Millersville University of Pennsylvania (English Education)
  • Apparel Impulse Behavior Among Gay Men, Arnab Majumdar, University ofRhode Island(Textiles, Fashion Merchandising & Design)
  • “Hey guys, this is my voice one month on T”: Gender-Variant Digital Communities and the LBGTQ, Gregory Bagnall, University of Rhode Island (English)

D. Unstable Authorities: God’s Words, Our Words, and the Truth
Room 309, Moderator: Jennifer Lee

  • Progression of Values: From Anthropocentric to Homocentric, Thomas Tajo, Delhi School of Economics, India (Sociology)
  • Power Issues in Homi Bhabha’s “Signs Taken for Wonders,” Nilofar Syed, University of Rhode Island (English)
  • Rhetoric, Spirituality, and Scholasticism: Rethinking Anselm of Canterbury’s Ontological Proof for the Existence of God, Gavin Hurley, University of Rhode Island(Writing & Rhetoric)
  • The Word of God and the Anxiety of Reading: Innovations in Biblical Criticism in the Early Nineteenth Century, Jason Peters, University of Rhode Island(Writing & Rhetoric)

E. Across the Chasm: Using Diverse Disciplines to Bridge the Space that Technology Creates
Room 311, Moderator: Professor Maria Chiancola, Salve Regina University

  • White Teeth: Beauty in the Digital Age, Emily Banis, Salve Regina University (Humanities)
  • Player Piano: Paul Proteus as a Hollow Man, Donna Tocco-Greenaway,SalveReginaUniversity(Humanities)
  • Avoiding the Blonde Bombshell: How a Sociological Application of the Nash Equilibrium Could Mitigate the Demands of Ellul’s Technique, Stephen Jackson, Salve ReginaUniversity(Humanities)

F. Mechanisms of Identity: Cyborgs, Science, and the Human Condition
Room 313, Moderator: Rachel May

  • Feminism in a Postmodern Age: Silence, Speech and the Cyborg, Michele Meek, University of Rhode Island (English)
  • Fear and Science in the Works of Poe and Hawthorne, Bremen Vance, University of Northern Colorado (English)
  • Error, Error, Does Not Compute: Identity Performance in the Age of Cylon Replication, Brad Rittenhouse, University of Miami (English)

Panel Session III

A. Navigating the Gaps: Technology in the Classroom
Room 304, Moderator: Wendy Grosskopf

  • TXTSPK: The Debate for a New Grammatical Language, Steven Lausier, University ofVermont (English)
  • Examining Agency: Strengthening Classroom Forum Practice through Further Study of Public Forum Practice, J.C. Lee, University of Rhode Island (Writing & Rhetoric)
  • Do u h8 Writing?: The Positive Use of ‘Chat’ in Students’ Academic Discourse, Barbara Hoffmann, University ofMiami (English)

B. Innovative Studies: Sexting, Tanning, Neurons and the Archaeopteryx, Oh My!
Room 305, Moderator: Rachel Boccio

  • The Impact of Peer Group Communication on Tanning Behavior, Elizabeth Benoit, University ofRhode Island(Communication Studies)
  • Neuron Emulation, Instrumentation, and Communication for a Neuroscience Instrument, Gabriel Ausfresser, University of Rhode Island(Electrical, Computer, and Biomedical Engineering)
  • New Evidence on the Colour and Nature of the Isolated Archaeopteryx Feather, Ryan Carney, Brown University (Ecology & Evolutionary Biology)

C. Elementary Changes and Hopes: Connecting Writers/Speakers with Audiences
Room 306, Moderator: Gavin Hurley

  • IBM’s Watson, Critical Thinking and the Freshman Writer, Robert Leivers, Florida Atlantic University (English)
  • Forming the CNF Writer/Reader Contract: A Risk Worth Taking, Breawna Power Eaton, Antioch University Los Angeles (Creative Writing)
  • Firing the Canon: Rethinking the Conventions of Electronic Communication, Katelyn Burton,University of Rhode Island(Writing & Rhetoric)
  • A Simulated President: Multimodality, Consumerism, and the Rhetoric of Hope, Joseph Oliveto, State University of New York—New Paltz (English)

D. Information Overload: Interpreting Work, Body, and World with Digital Aid
Room 309, Moderator: Gabriel Romaguera

  • Techniques of Resistance: Imagining Revolutionary Possibilities in the Digital Commons, Kurt Cavender, Brandeis University (English)
  • Tickers and Twitters: Sports Media, the Millennial Novel, and the Distracted Audience, Jason Shrontz, University of Rhode Island(English)
  • The Smartphone as a Platform for Acquiring and Processing Physiological Data, Gary Comtois, University of Rhode Island (Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering)

E. Postmodern Innovations: Reproduction and Reimagining Literatures
Room 311, Moderator: Michele Meek

  • Another Stupid Friggin’ Play?: Anxiety as Antidote in Christina Reid’s Joyriders, Devin Donovan, Lehigh University (English Literature)
  • Literary Merit During the Diffusion of Innovation, Tom Choinski, Salve Regina University(Humanities)
  • Ghosts, Castles and Fantastic Spectacles: 18th-and early 19th-Century Women’s Gothic Theatre in London, Sandra Perot, University of Massachusetts—Amherst(History)

F. Developing Student Literacies: Motivating Students to Read in the Electronic Age
Room 313, Workshop Leader: Nancy Benson, University ofRhode Island (Writing & Rhetoric)

Workshop Description: Frustrated by students not reading course materials the way you had hoped they would? Irritated by all the texting that goes on in class? Feel like games and Facebook interfere with students’ academic progress?  Getting students to complete academic reading assignments can be trying given all the distractions posed by the electronic age. Whether we want to address it or not, many college students need support with college-level reading.  This workshop provides practical insights into how underdeveloped readers struggle with texts and offers ideas and a forum for addressing issues such as the following: What is literacy?  How can I get students to read?  What role do I play in my students’ reading comprehension?

Faculty Panel

“Creating Innovative Grad School Applications and Tackling Academic Job Market Anxieties”

  • Professor Ian Reyes (Communication Studies)
  • Professor Caroline Gottschalk Druschke (Writing & Rhetoric)
  • Professor Linda Welters (Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design)
  • Professor Naomi Mandel (English)
  • Professor Seth Macinko (Marine Affairs)
  • Professor Jody Lisberger (Women’s Studies)

Keynote Address

  • “Pwning the Environmental Crisis: Video Games and Ecological Anxiety” by Professor Colin Milburn, University of California, Davis
  • Introduction by Gabriel Romaguera, PhD Candidate

Colin Milburn is Associate Professor of English at University of California, Davis. He is also affiliated with the Program in Science & Technology Studies and is Director of the UC Davis Humanities Innovation Lab. He is author of Nanovision: Engineering the Future (Duke UP, 2008), co-editor of Quantum Engagements: Social Reflections of Nanoscience and Emerging Technologies (2011), and is currently at work on a new book about the convergence of video games and the molecular sciences, entitled Mondo Nano: Fun and Games in the World of Digital Matter. Professor Milburn’s work explores the cross sections of science, technology, and literature. His interests are science fiction, gothic horror, the history of biology, the history of physics, video games, the digital humanities, and posthumanism. On March 31st at the URI Graduate Conference, Professor Milburn will ponder the “innovations” and “anxieties” of video gaming and environmental risk issues in his talk entitled “Pwning the Environmental Crisis: Video Games and Ecological Anxiety.”

You may visit Professor Milburn’s faculty page here.

Closing Reception

  • Musical Performances by graduate students Kevin Koehler (violin) and Morgan Santos (cello), University of Rhode Island Music Department

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