Friday and Saturday Events?



All events take place in the Campus Center

8:30 am


Campus Center Lobby
9:00 am


Multipurpose Room
9:45 to 11:00 am


PANEL 1A: Buffy the Vampire Slayer

South ABC
Moderator: Laurie Bernstein, Rutgers University

  • “A regular kid and her cradle-robbing, creature-of-the-night boyfriend”: The Trouble with Normal in Buffy the Vampire Slayer
    Gregory L. Bagnall, University of Rhode Island
  • The Re-imagining of Fairy Tales in Buffy the Vampire Slayer
    Kerry Boyles, Rutgers University
  • “What’s In the Basket Little Girl?”: Reading Buffy as Little Red Riding Hood
    Kim Snowden, University of British Columbia
  • Drusilla, Kendra, & the Role of Agency in Vampire Literature
    William Patrick Wend, Burlington County College

PANEL 1B: Women in Comic Books

Executive Conference Room
Moderator: Vibiana Bowman Cvetkovic, Rutgers University

  • Drawn from Old Margins to New Centres: An Analysis of Feminist Comic Books
    Ali Versluis,, University of Western Ontario
  • The Absence of the Black Superwoman Model in the Comic Book Universe
    Danielle Carr, City College of New York
  • Feminine Mystique: Superman as Lois Lane’s Alter-Ego in the “Silver Age” of Comics
    Vibiana Bowman Cvetkovic, Rutgers University

PANEL 1C: Cyberpunk, Cyborgs and Atypical Female Bodies

West ABC
Moderator: Katharine Kittredge, Ithaca College

  • From “Manifesto” to Mainstream: The Evolution of “Cyborg” Gender Performance in Contemporary Science Fiction
    Caitlin Corrigan, Rutgers University
  • Embracing Body Difference: Female Superheroes with Atypical Bodies
    Lydia Fecteau, Richard Stockton College
  • Brands Make Me Sick: Deconstructing Globalization and the Female as Materialist Myth Through Cayce Pollard in William Gibson's Pattern Recognition
    M. Ryan Tsapatsaris, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Transforming Urban Space and Female Bodies in Nalo Hopkinson’s The Chaos
    Siobhan Carroll, University of Delaware
11:15 am to 12:30 pm


PANEL 2A: The Constructed Modern Woman

South ABC
Moderator: Eva Lupold, Rutgers University

  • The Evolution of Lois Lane: Tracing Her Journey from Sidekick to Independent Woman
    Sandra Eckard, East Stroudsburg University
  • Female Protagonists in Bluebeard: The Constructed Modern Female And Her Bloody Chamber
    Tiara DeGuzman, Rutgers University
  • Alternate, Not Arrested Development: Bryan Fuller’s Female Protagonists
    Trinidad Linares, Independent Scholar
  • Seizing the Wonder from the Women? Birds of Prey and the Patriarchal Hegemony
    Robert Repici, Arizona State University

PANEL 2B: Media, Gender, and the Devaluation of Women’s Culture

Executive Conference Room
Moderator: Dawn Walsh, Rutgers University

  • Using the Animator’s Tools to Dismantle the Master’s House: The Subversive Socialization Potential of Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time
    Alessandra Valentin, Rutgers University
  • The Female Identity According to Disney: Negative Messages within Childhood Classics
    Amanda Lutz, William Paterson University
  • Breaking Dawn in the Boys’ Club: Women’s Culture and the Everyday in the Twilight Franchise
    Caolan Madden, Rutgers University
  • The Men and the Girls: Fans, Feminism, and My Little Pony
    John Bailey, Rutgers University

PANEL 2C: Doctor Who

West ABC
Moderator: Nicole Lawrence, Rutgers University

  • Clara & Merry: Examining the Role of Companion & Child in Doctor Who
    Cyndi Maurer, Rutgers University
  • Heart, Strength, and Wit: The Companions of Russell T. Davies’ Doctor Who
    Elizabeth Welch, City College of New York
  • I Create Myself: Doctor Who and the Female Coming-of-Age
    TK Cvetkovic, Rutgers University
12:30 to 1:30 pm


1:30 to 2:45 pm


Mulipurpose Room

Feminist Science Fiction Scholar Marleen Barr
Hillary Orbits an Alternative Universe Earth: Interpreting the USA Network’s Political Animals as Science Fiction

3:00 to 4:15 pm


PANEL 3A: “Cripping the Comic”

South ABC
Moderator: Lydia Fecteau, Richard Stockton College

  • A panel discussion on the intersection of popular culture and mental, physical, and gender atypicalities.
    Diane Wiener, Syracuse University
    Lydia Fecteau, Richard Stockton College
    Rachael Zubal-Ruggieri, Syracuse University
    Ethan Lewis, Syracuse University

PANEL 3B: Science Fiction and Fantasy in the Real World

Executive Conference Room
Moderator: TK Cvetkovic, Rutgers University

  • Sci Fi, Fantasy, and Teaching Creativity as an Essential Skill for Social and Political Theorists
    Leah Gates, American University
  • Reading at an Angle: Science Fictional Reading and the Female Science Fiction Reader in Among Others
    Tili Sokolov, Harvard University
  • Hey, Presto! Women in Stage Magic
    Fred Siegel, Drexel University

PANEL 3C: Warrior Women and Women at War

  • Warrior Women of the 1980s
    Matthew Sorrento, Rutgers University
  • Women Warriors Break the Mould: Kara “Starbuck” Thrace versus the Gender Binary
    Haviva Avrom, Independent Scholar
  • Heroine as Huntress: Images of Female Archers in Comics, Fantasy and Science Fiction
    Katie Anderson, Rutgers University
  • Red Am I In Battle: Gender and the Female Coming-of-Age in Shining Knight
    Jared Axelrod, Independent Scholar
4:30 to 5:30 pm

FILM SCREENING: Wonder Woman: The Untold Story of American Superheroines

Mulipurpose Room


All events take place in the Campus Center

8:30 am


Campus Center Lobby
9:15 to 10:30 am


PANEL 4A: Bending Gender in Science Fiction and Fantasy

South ABC
Moderator: Sarah Stone, Rutgers University

  • The Masculinization of the Modern Romance Heroine in the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series
    Jennifer Jacobs, Radford University
  • The Voiceless Void?: Mother Earth and Evolution as Dancing with Death in Cuarón’s Gravity and Kubrick‚s 2001
    Christian Jimenez, Rutgers University
  • Founding Sister: Deconstructing Gender & the Wonder Woman Movie that Never Was
    Brett Stumphy, Harrisburg Area Community College

PANEL 4B: Young Adult Fantasy Literature

Executive Conference Room
Moderator: Katharine Kittredge, Ithaca College

  • Gaining the Power of Choice: Women, Agency, and Magic in Young Adult Fantasy
    Carrie Haase, Ithaca College
  • Witches and Daemons and Bears, Oh My!: Pullman’s Employment and Subversion of Fantasy Tropes in The Golden Compass
    Kathleen Comber, Ithaca College
  • The Struggle for (and Against) Achieving Womanhood: Female Agency in Fantasy for Younger Children
    Kelly Kane, Ithaca College
  • Flexing Gender and Ringing Down the Dead: Heroic Young Women in the Abhorsen Trilogy
    Taylor Greenwood, Ithaca College

PANEL 4C: Firefly

West ABC
Moderator: Nicole Lawrence, Rutgers University

  • The Average Female in the Futuristic World: Kaylee and Feminism in the Masculine Verse of Firefly
    Alejandra Ortega, Wake Forest University
  • Firefly’s “Heart of Gold”
    Gerard Breitenbeck, Rutgers University
  • “All of them wish you were in their bed: Inara's Sexuality in Joss Whedon's Firefly as a Tool of Empowerment”
    Patricia Schumacher, Leipzig University
10:45 am to Noon


PANEL 5A: The Female Body in Science Fiction and Horror

South ABC
Moderator: Gerard Breitenbeck, Rutgers University

  • Haunted Wombs: The Gynecological Gothic in American Horror Story: Murder House
    Faye Ringel, U.S. Coast Guard Academy
    Jenna Randall, Independent Scholar
  • Barbarella’s Sexual Liberties and Constraints: An Analysis of Visual Subjugation
    Jeorg Ellen Sauer, University of Kentucky
  • Reproductive Horror: Conception, Pregnancy, and Maternity in Horror
    Joey Ciurlino, Rutgers University
  • Engendering Equality: The Female Body in Science-Fiction Action Cinema
    Rachel Katz, Independent Scholar

PANEL 5B: Girl Rebooted

Executive Conference Room
Moderator: Vibiana Bowman Cvetkovic, Rutgers University

  • Female Malleability in Mitchison and Cadigan
    Don Riggs, Drexel University
  • The Evolution of Sarah Jane Smith in the Doctor Who Universe from Girl Friday to Warrior
    Sheila Sandapen, Drexel University
  • Uhura and Changing Politics of Race & Gender
    Vincent Williams, Drexel University
  • Surviving Stepford: Cybernetic-Fantastic and “Real” Women
    William Hamilton, Neumann University

PANEL 5C: Feminism and Postfemnism

West ABC
Moderator: Nicole Lawrence, Rutgers University

  • Misbehaving Women: Feminism in Joss Whedon’s Firefly
    Natasha Gatian, Rutgers University
  • Postfeminist Appropriation in Buffy the Vampire Slayer
    Shyla Foster, Cornell University
  • Fantasy Feminists: From Belle to Buffy, Raising the Stakes in Third-Wave’s Female Protagonists
    Riley Wilkins, Independent Scholar
  • ‘Little Geisha Dolls:’ Postfeminism in Joss Whedon’s Firefly
    Peregrine Macdonald, Rutgers University
Noon to 1:10 pm


1:15 to 2:30 pm


PANEL 6A: Japanese Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Comics

South ABC
Moderator: TK Cvetkovic, Rutgers University

  • Love is an Open Door: The Busted Monomyth and Japanese Heroines
    Eleanor J. Hogan, Gettysburg College
  • Pretty Warriors of Justice: A Magical Girl’s Guide to Saving the World
    Harley Emmons, Gettysburg College
  • International Relations and the Feminine in Japanese Comics and Cartoons
    Michael Oeckel, University of British Columbia

PANEL 6B: Queer(ing) Science Fiction and Fantasy

Executive Conference Room
Moderator: Dawn Walsh, Rutgers University

  • Bat Cowls and Red-Haired Wigs: Male Approximations of Lesbian Identity in Batwoman
    Tom Powers, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • The 21st Century Anonymous Epic: Subverting the Limitations of Televised Morality Through G.L. Dartt‟s Fan Fiction
    Pamela Morris, Independent Scholar
  • Katniss’s Survivalist Queer versus Capitol Dandyism in The Hunger Games
    Kathleen Esling, Independent Scholar
    Lisa Manter, Saint Mary's College of California
  • “There is No Hope for Any of Us”: Affect, Sideways Growth, and the (Queer) Child in The Walking Dead
    Stephen Bernardini, Rutgers University

PANEL 6C: Depictions of Female Characters

West ABC
Moderator: Katie Anderson, Rutgers University

  • Loving Pains: Why Being a Girl in Love is the Biggest Obstacle in YA Literature
    Celina Williams, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Changing Stereotypes of Women Through Science Fiction
    Jaimie Yakaboski, Rowan University
  • Whedon’s Women and the law: Buffy, Willow, May and Skye
    Gail D. Rosen, Drexel University
2:45 to 4:00 pm


PANEL 7A: Girls and Women at the End of the World

South ABC
Moderator: Cyndi Maurer, Rutgers University

  • The “Future Girl” at the End of the World
    Monica Swindle, University of Missouri - St. Louis
  • Selfish Girls: An analysis of selfishness as strength in the Divergent series and the Tiffany Aching books
    Alice Nuttal, Oxford Brookes University
  • The Eleusinian Mysteries of Octavia E. Butler: The Mother-Daughter Struggle in Parable of the Talents
    Jennifer Marie Brissett, Independent Scholar
  • “I do not see a girl, or even a woman, but some unearthly being”: Gender and Genre in Jane Austen and The Hunger Games
    Chris Koenig-Woodyard, University of Toronto

PANEL 7B: Witches and Wicked Women

Executive Conference Room
Moderator: Nicole Lawrence, Rutgers University

  • Something Wicked This Way Comes?: Power, Anger, and Negotiating the Witch in Contemporary Television
    Alissa Burger, SUNY Delhi
    Stephanie Mix, Independent Scholar
  • Rehabilitating the Child-Stealing Witch: Motherhood and Magic in ABC’s Once Upon a Time
    Linda Lee, University of Pennsylvania
  • Sex, Power, and the Occult: A Look at Morgan in STARZ’s Camelot
    Christina Francis, Bloomsburg University

PANEL 7C: Religion, Race, and Gender

West ABC
Moderator: Amanda Awanjo, Rutgers University

  • Islamic Superheroes?: The Rise of the Muslim Feminist in Comic Books
    Maryanne Rhett, Monmouth University
  • “I Am a Superhero Because I Have Superpowers. They Are Superheroes Because They Do Not:” Qahera and the Fight Against Street Sexual Harassment in Post-Mubarak Egypt
    Susana Galán, Rutgers University
  • Psychoanalytic Study of the Representation of Trauma in the Works of Zeina Abirached
    Joelle Hageboutros, Swarthmore College