Episode 140: Pop Culture Conference Schedule

Edit: Updated schedule is here: https://midnightsnackserial.wordpress.com/2015/03/03/episode-149-new-schedule-for-pop-culture-conference/

Anything below this line has now been retconned out of the conference’s existence.

If you’ve been following me on social media you’ll know that I’ve been working on an academic pop culture conference for the better part of six months. A lot of the main ideas of what will be happening can be found in this interview I did  with the English Department at the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez Campus here. Since a lot of the information regarding the schedule might need to be altered between now and the end date, I figure this is an easily accessible place for presenters that I can edit if need be. Friday is still under construction for a lot of the smaller events and presentations. The key thing will be a roundtable discussion titled “Mythbusting and Mythbuilding: Popular Culture Across the Faculties”. We have professors from each of the four faculties speaking about how their teaching and research is affected by pop culture. This event will be held at the Anfiteatro Figueroa Chapel from 3:30pm-5:00pm. Saturday March 14 7:30am-8:30am Registration 8:30am-9:45am Session 1: Celis 008 (1A): Judging What’s Right and Wrong: Laws of Nature, Society, and the Supernatural

  • “I am the law.”: Disciplinary Careers, the Carceral System, and the Theatre of Punishment in Dredd by Pedro Rios
  • Mom +Dad =Family: Indoctrination through Animation. By Yalitza Santos
  • “The Laws of the Lawless: Unwritten Rules and Codes of Conduct in The Vampire Chronicles” by Camille Cortés

Celis 009 (1B): Both Sides of the Gutter: Redefining Eastern and Western Comics

  • “La cruda realidad del cómic underground español” by Pablo Dopico
  • Writing the East and the Cyborg in the Post-Apocalyptic World of Neon Genesis Evangelion by Victor Rodriguez
  • Redefining Cape Comics in Grant Morrison’s The Multiversity by Heriberto Albertorio
  • Copywriting Gender: rewriting of the shoujo genre through gender and its performativity in the animated series Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun. By Charlotte Colon

Celis 010 (1C): Playing with Words: Manipulation in the Media

  • The Challenges of Translating Film and TV. History, Techniques and New Trends. By Alvaro Garcia
  • Discursive representation of a sports icon: The case of LeBron James in ESPN web article comment sections by Edward Contreras
  • Ethnography of Video Games: Language Creation and Use in Console-Gaming Speech Communities by Michael Osmond

Ch 318 (1D): Rocking through the World: Power, Culture, and Identity in Global Music

  • “The way they do your life”: Tellability and subjectivation in Gil Scott-Heron by Teofilo Espada-Brignoni
  • Isla del Encanta: Alternative Rock and Re-Imagining Cultural Identity in Puerto Rico by Enrique Olivares
  • Bohemian Rhapsody: An Existential Rock Anthem by Loyda Pagán
  • I am a God: The Power to Put Power in Your Own Hands by Kelsins Santos

10:00am-11:15am Session 2 Celis 008 (2A):  Heroes’ Mythical Path: Growth, Journeys, and Reaction Tales

  • Mentors as Masters Manipulators in Popular Narratives by Jean Carlo Perez
  • 9/11, Gay Rights and Domestic Terrorism: Superheroes in the New Age by Valerie Cardona
  • Heroes’ Journeys to Overcome Evil within Themselves by Jennifer Mojica

Celis 009 (2B): Queering the Gaze: The Transformation of the Audiences’ Social Norms

  • Disidentifying with Gender Stereotypes: The Queer in Pop Culture Films by Lizbette Ocasio-Russe
  • From Orange to Drag and Finally being Transparent: Exploring Queer Representations in the Small Screen by Gabriel Acevedo
  • The Homosexual and Bisexual Body in Media by Keila Alemán

Celis 010 (2C): Who Has the Power? Play Things in Other Realities

  • Gaming between reality and fantasy, present and future by Bayram Gascot
  • The Meaningful nature of Meaninglessness: Nihilism and Weird Fiction in Popular Culture by Javier Cruz
  • Simmers Reincarnated: Translating the imaginary and virtual codes into an everyday artistic experience by Gerardo Morantes
  • And Justice For All: Law, Order, Discipline and Punishment in Injustice: Gods Among Us by Fernando Rodriguez

Chardon 318 (2D):  The Descent into Dystopic Paradises

  • Adam and Eve in the twenty-first century in the form of Ig Perrish and Merrin Williams by Raisha Medina
  • Denver, the Key Witness in Toni Morison’s Beloved by William Rodríguez
  • Fighting for Change in Hunger Games and Divergent by Catilia Romero

Chardon 319 (2E): “He Looked like the Marlboro Man”: Analyzing Elements of the Coen Bros Films

  • The Architecture of Characters: How the Coen Brothers Portrayed the Characters in No Country for Old Men by Hector Lopez
  • Neo-noir Desolation in Fargo by David Rodriguez

11:30 am-12:45 pm Session 3 Celis 008 (3A):  History of Puerto Rican Music: Matándolos con el “Boom Boom”

  • Reguetton’s Effects on Puerto Rican Society by Julio Vega and Marien Villanueva
  • El duelo en los temas musicales de los reggaetoneros: una mirada antropológica del duelo en las canciones de los amigos fallecidos by Carlos Enrique Lugo Lorenzo

Celis 009 (3B): Voyeuristic (Dis)Order: The Violence in Our Midst

  • (Re)Construction of the Final Girl in Slasher Films by Maritza Cardona
  • Violence and Memory in A Serbian Film (2011) by Johannys Torres
  • America, King of the Monsters: Godzilla as Representative of Postwar Japanese and American Relations by Daryl Sanchez

Celis 010 (3C):  Past Present and Future: Female Empowerment through Time and Space

  • A New Approach to Comedy: Mindy Kaling’s The Mindy Project by Monica Ocasio
  • Memory and Identity in Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse by Juan Soto
  • “Real Men Wear Kilts and Damsel’s Don’t Distress”: The contesting and reversal of gender roles in the Outlander television series by Ivette Lopez

Chardon 318 (3D): (De)Construction of Imagined Identities

  • Why bad boys fascinate us: John Constantine and Walter White as male character studies by Frances’Lee Gonzalez
  • Fangirling Over Fangirl: The Exploration of the Modern Female Fan Through Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl by Laura Montalvo
  • Turning Fantasy into Reality: The Magic of Fandom by Jo-Anne Hernandez

12:45-2:15pm Lunch on your own 2:15pm-3:45 pm Keynote Speech by Bruno Irizarry at the Anfiteatro Figueroa Chapel 3:45pm-5pm Session 4 Celis 008 (4A): Warriors, Agents, Sherrifs, and Detectives: The Hero’s Call Knows No Bounds

  • The Ringleader And The Phoenix: How Rick Grimes And Carol Peletier Of AMC’s The Walking Dead Redefine Leadership by Amparo Ortiz
  • From Bastard to Hero: Jon Snow and Tyrion Lannister’s Journey in A Song of Ice and Fire by Juan Davila
  • “Sociocultural Models of Disfigured and Disabled Peoples in James Bond Films” by Frances Zapata
  • A Study of the Mysterious Affairs at Rue Morgue by Juan Colon

Celis 009 (4B):  Cultural Curse: A Woman in Power

  • La Llorona Sells Out: Interpreting Multicultural Depictions of la Llorona by Stella Ramirez
  • A Clash of Queens: Gender Roles in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire by Edna Cruz

Celis 010 (4C): Black, White, Green, Blue: Race in the Reality and the Fantastic

  • More Powerful than you can possibly imagine-Using the Star Wars saga for meaningful life learning in a college writing class by Nancy Vicente
  • Contesting Racial Stereotypes in the Puerto Rican Classroom by Nexcy Richardson

Chardon 319 (4D): Brings to Mind: Mnemotic and Memetic Devices for Effective Writing

  • “ Arguing with an ‘Anaconda’: Using Popular Culture to Create Thesis Statements” Workshop conducted by Verna Johnson

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