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Women's Center
University of Idaho
Memorial Gym, Rm 109
NEW Phone: 208.885.2777
Fax: 208.885.6285

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Women's Center
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1064
Moscow, ID 83844-1064

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Detailed Concurrent Session Descriptions

The table below shows the times and room locations of the 16 different concurrent sessions. For details about each session, see the list of papers below the chart.
9 - 10:15 am 
Envisioning Indigenous Feminism
Girls, Girls, Girls: Depictions of White Neoliberal Feminities and Masculinities
Gender and Literature Characterizations of Comedy and Conflict 
10:30-11:45 am Women: Friends or Foes? Zombie State University The Presentation of Aging in Women
Gender Role Socialization of Girls

12 - 1:15 pm

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1:30 - 2:45 pm

The Changing Dynamic of Integrating Feminist Ideology into Social Services

Formative Revisions: Deconstructing and Retelling the Dominant Narrative

The Feminism of Family
Gender and Pop Culture
3 - 4:15 pm 
The Roots of Inequality: College and the Gender Wage Gap
Telling Our Stories Through Performance  Rewriting Disempowerments
Unpacking Feminism

CONCURRENT SESSION 1 - 9:00 - 10:15 a.m.

Envisioning Indigenous Feminism: Stories, Activism, Decolonization

Aurora Room

Jan Johnson, University of Idaho, Clinical Assistant Professor, English/American Indian Studies
Dara Wilson Heiple, University of Idaho, Student
Latona Ena, University of Idaho, Student

Whitney Chapman, University of Idaho, Student

The presentations by members of this panel explore concepts of Indigenous feminism in contrast to Western feminism, and suggest its importance for non-Natives. Salish writer Debra Magpie Earling’s novel Perma Red illustrates Indigenous feminism and activism, and is the catalyst for two Indigenous panel members’ creation of “Louise’s Lullaby: Does and Moonlight,” a poem/song in the service of decolonization.

Girls, Girls, Girls: Depictions of White Neoliberal Femininities and Masculinities

Crest Room

Mary Jo Klinker, Washington State University, Graduate Student
Michelle Dillon, University of Washington, Student
Pamela Thoma, Washington State University, Assistant Professor of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies

This panel will explore a variety of feminist perspectives on the HBO television comedy Girls. Topics to be examined include media portrayals of white female sexuality, masculinity, and gendered labor.  Attendees will be asked to participate in analysis of clips from the show.

Gender and Literature

Panorama Room

1. Rhiannon’s Radiance: The Equine Face of Feminism

Anna Banks, University of Idaho, Associate Professor, English Department
The face of feminism does not always take a human form. Rather, it can be seen in the inter-species relationships between human and nonhuman animals, and here, humans and horses. Further, this presentation argues that the emerging field of equine cultural studies is a branch of feminist studies.

2. Interpreting Isabella: Oppressive Birdcages in Measure for Measure

Ariane Merida Metz, Washington State University, Graduate Student
This presentation contributes to an on-going scholarly conversation concerning the interpretation of the character Isabella from Shakespeare’s play Measure for Measure. Using Marilyn Frye’s definition of oppression, this reading of the play uncovers an oppression narrative in order to better understand Isabella’s silence at the play’s conclusion.

3. Virginia Woolf’s écriture féminine mécanique in To the Lighthouse

Courtney King, Washington State University, Graduate Student
This study of To the Lighthouse will reveal how Virginia Woolf’s concern with mechanization, war, and her own bodily failures prevented her from becoming the poster girl for the French feminist theory of écriture féminine, leaving her to embody the écriture féminine mécanique: a mechanical women’s bodily writing.

4. Destabilizing Gendered Identities in Octavia Butler's Wild Seed

Madison Griffin, University of Idaho, Graduate Student
In Wild Seed, Octavia Butler manages to destabilize the gender-based identities of her main characters, Anyanwu and Doro. In so doing, Butler shows the need for a more nuanced definition of gender, moving away from the polarized conception of gender as male/female.

Characterizations of Comedy and Conflict

Horizon Room

1. Cartoon Images of Women in Hunting Magazines
Colleen Kulesza, University of Idaho, Graduate Student
Outdoor magazines have been using cartoons to entertain readers for years. Most of them revolve around an outdoor theme such as hunting, fishing, camping, or boating. This presentation will share the results of an analysis of how women have been portrayed in these cartoons since 1960.

2. You're Not Better Than Me: The Role of Humor in Female Socio-Cultural Criticism
Katie Lee Ellison, University of Idaho, Graduate Student
Megan Dodd, University of Idaho, Graduate Student

Danielle J. Deveau examines humor as a source of female empowerment. Presented are opposing views of humor as both empowering and disempowering within modern feminism. Focusing the discussion will be a close look at these elements in the monologue by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler at the 2013 Golden Globes.

3. Dealing with Backlash: Feminist Strategies Past and Present
Maggie Rehm, University of Idaho, Lecturer in Women's Studies
Although the recently-named “War on Women” makes it clear that the current era holds special challenges for feminist work, today’s activists are not the first to deal with vehement and virulent anti-feminist backlash. Learn about this chapter in activist history and work to devise techniques for dealing with current-day backlash.

CONCURRENT SESSION 2 - 10:30 - 11:45 a.m.

WORKSHOP - Women: Friends or Foes?

Aurora Room

Sharon Kaufman-Osborn, Whitman College Counseling Center, Counselor

This experiential workshop, typically presented to college women, explores the consequences of living, working, and playing closely together with other women; how they reinforce positive and negative gender stereotypes; and actions women can take to become allies for themselves and each other.

Zombie State University: Flesh to Factory

Crest Room

Meghan Levi, Washington State University, Graduate Student
Nicole Ferry, Washington State University, Graduate Student

Zombie State University: Flesh to Factory is a short film exploring the comically absurd nature of the neoliberal university.  After watching the film, we will discuss how higher education has reified neoliberalism and shaped individuals’ realities by promoting militaristic professionalism, individualism, competition, and consumerism, and how this is intimately tied to patriarchal systems of domination.

The Presentation of Aging in Women

Panorama Room

1. Not Your Momma’s Momma: Influences of Feminism on the Portrayal of Older Women in Media
Denice Goodrich Liley, Boise State University, Social Work Department, Associate Professor, LCSW
MaryFrances Casper, Boise State University, Department of Communications, Associate Professor

Twenty years ago, women "of a certain age" had the expectation that they could retire from media pressure. These expectations have changed under the media's relentless drive for endless youth. Older women have become more visible and less stereotypically "old" within the media. This examination of media representations of women over the age of 55 will address how true or realistic or harmful these representations have become.

2. Femininity Beyond Forty-Five in Fanciful Feet and Hands: The Doing of Gender in Nail Salons
Lizbett Benge, University of Washington, Tacoma, Graduate Student
This paper explores how women aged 45 and above enact their femininity by way of services purchased at nail salons. This study combines interviews and observations to gather women's attitudes and perceptions towards their fingernails and toenails as they relate to health, work, beauty, self-expression, feminism, and aging.

Gender Role Socialization of Girls

Horizon Room

1. Girls, Gender, and Power in Early Childhood Development
Benita Walker, Eastern Washington University, Student
How is sexuality impacted by gender and scripts of love? Using Peggy Orenstein’s book titled Schoolgirls, this paper will discuss the impact of gender identity development in connection to young girls suppression of their sexuality. The foundational articles emphasized deal with how gender is socially constructed at a young age.

2. A Little Princess: The Problematic Nature of Sensibility and Passivity in Children’s Literature
Katie Cooper, University of Idaho, Graduate Student
This presentation will argue that the 1905 children’s novel A Little Princess, along with its film adaptations, model passivity for young girls. There has been a startling lack of change in this area, given the continued popularity of this novel and its use today in middle school classrooms.

3. Lured in with Feminism, Tied up with Aprons: The Hunger Games’ Illusion of Choice for Women
Sarah Thaller, Washington State University, Graduate Student
This paper demonstrates that The Hunger Games uses the illusion of feminism to establish the need for traditional domesticity and compulsory heterosexuality. The result is a reaffirming of patriarchal values, a guide for contemporary readers on the roles they should play, and evidence that choice for women is an illusion.

CONCURRENT SESSION 3 - 1:30 - 2:45 p.m.

WORKSHOP: The Changing Dynamic of Integrating Feminist Ideology into Social Services

Aurora Room

Melissa Tribelhorn, Seattle University, Graduate Student
Darci Graves, Lewis-Clark State College, LMSW

This workshop will discuss the intersections of academic feminist theories and evaluate their applications for youth development model programming, focusing on the strategic implementation of systems theories and behavioral economics theories.

Formative Revisions: Deconstructing and Retelling the Dominant Narrative

Crest Room

Cara Stoddard, University of Idaho, Graduate Student
Johanna Heloise Abtahi, University of Idaho, Graduate Student
Chrystal Graham, University of Idaho, Graduate Student
Allyson Marisch, University of Idaho, Graduate Student

In this panel, four graduate students will present papers on female agency and authenticity located in silence and negation.  Using deconstructive and psychoanalytic sensibilities, this panel will spotlight the ways in which desire, the queer movement, and the female authorial voice are being rewired for the 21st century.

The Feminism of Family

Panorama Room

1. Gender Bias, Abortions and the Declining Sex Ratio in India
Bina Walker, Eastern Washington University, Graduate Student
This research focuses on the economic costs of the sex selection bias in favor of males in India and the identification of major factors that are influencing the current declining sex ratio. Some of these major factors include population, income, electricity, education levels, abortion rates, and whether or not a woman participates in household decisions. This research shows specific population trends and how, although there has been a steady increase for the overall general public, there has been a significant decline in the population of young females.

2. Redefining “Emotional Security” through a Queer Analysis of the play Real Women Have Curves
Lizeth Gutierrez, Washington State University, Graduate Student
In Josefina Lopez’s play, Real Women Have Curves, the sewing factory exposes the contradictions of capitalism, immigration and the heteronormative family by revealing the unstable production of emotional security that the Mexican heteronormative migrant family is socially expected to produce. In doing so, the play also offers an alternative redefinition of emotional security that relies on homosocial productions of kinship.

3. Psychological Impact of the "Dutiful Daughter Role” within the Mexican-American Community from a Feminist Perspective

Nancy Munoz, Eastern Washington University, Student
This session presents possible factors that contribute to some Mexican-American daughters experiencing or feeling obligated to try to preserve their “good daughter” roles, while also attempting to gain a higher education.

Gender and Pop Culture

Horizon Room

1. Attempting to Redefine Love Outside the Heteronormative Binary
Clover Thompson, Eastern Washington University, Student
Within the constructs of heteronormative discourses of love, every person who falls outside the binary is left with choices that are still created by the binary. This presentation examines how the binary restricts the construction of love between people, regardless of sexuality, to the predetermined scripts presented by heteronormative society.

2. “Wait, We Get to Watch Cartoons in Class?”: Queer Images in The Simpsons
Julia Keleher, University of Idaho, Coordinator, LGBTQA Office and Programs
This presentation features an interactive discussion on using popular TV shows, specifically The Simpsons, as a form of critical pedagogy when educating undergraduate students about examining and understanding gender identity and LGBTQ issues in the media.

3. Disrupting Power and Gaze: An Analysis of "No Matter What You Do"
Paige Joki, Whitman College, Student
Foucault’s panopticon takes on new meaning in the music video, “No Matter What You Do”, by Benny Banassi. It could be argued that Banassi's video shows a new power dynamic that has yet to be explored via the panopticon. This presentation examines gendered expectations within the video.

4. Angela Carter’s Critique of Heteronormativity in “Peter and the Wolf”
Stacy Wittstock, Washington State University, Graduate Student
This presentation will examine Angela Carter’s uses of Bakhtin’s grotesque realism and Lacan’s theories of subjectivity in the short story titled “Peter and the Wolf.” The author will analyze how these two models inform Carter’s conceptions of gender and gender identification within this text, and contribute to an overarching criticism of heteronormativity.

CONCURRENT SESSION 4 - 3:00 - 4:15 p.m.

WORKSHOP- The Roots of Inequality: College and the Gender Wage Gap

Aurora Room

Megan Dorwin, Lewis-Clark State College, Student
Media images of stereotypical collegiate behavior affect the interactions of females to females, females to males, and students to professors. These interactions build the basis for female status in the workforce, and ultimately, contribute to social acceptance of the gender wage gap in America today.

Telling Our Stories Through Performance

Crest Room

1.  Random Acts of Sisterhood: The Good the Bad and the Humorous
Jackie Sandmeyer, University of Idaho, Student
Maggie Dillon, University of Idaho, Student

Through spoken word and experiential storytelling, the sometimes not-so-feminist but often influential words of advice from women before us will be looked at both a humorous and skeptical lens. From the myths of abstinence and submission to the ferociously feminine, tales of sisterhood will be shared and explored through poetry.

2. Evolution of a Fat Queer Feminist Poet
Tiffany A. Christian, Washington State University, Graduate Student
This reading of original poetry serves as a journey of exploration for Tiffany A. Christian. At times forced, irreverent, bitter, and hopeful, these selections expose the complexity of being a fat queer feminist through a continually evolving life narrative.

Rewriting Disempowerments

Panorama Room

Alexandra Teague, University of Idaho, Assistant Professor of Poetry
Wendy Silva, Unversity of Idaho, Graduate Student
Sandi Day, University of Idaho, Graduate Student
Laura Pizzo, University of Idaho, Graduate Student
Cara Stoddard, University of Idaho, Graduate Student
Jamaica Ritcher, University of Idaho, Graduate Student

In this creative panel, six women writers from the UI MFA program will each read one of their own poems or lyric prose pieces and briefly discuss the role of this creative work in addressing personal or social histories of female disempowerment and trauma.

Unpacking Feminism

Horizon Room

1. The Battles of the Sexes: Exploring Gender Dynamics in Popular Culture
Amy Canfield, Lewis-Clark State College, Assistant Professor of History
Heather Van Mullem, Lewis-Clark State College, Associate Professor of Health and Kinesiology; Chair of the Division of Education
Louis Sylvester, Lewis-Clark State College, Assistant Professor of English

Using popular culture as a lens through which to examine society, this panel explores how sports, stand-up comedy, and music have reflected and helped shape gender dynamics and perceptions of women.  Presenters will examine how popular culture has created specific gender identities while simultaneously allowing these identities to be challenged.

2. Grrl-power: Examining links between “Mean Girls,” Popularized Girl Power and the Superwoman
Jessica L. Willis, Eastern Washington University, Women's and Gender Studies, Visiting Assistant Professor
What’s the difference between an angry girl, a powerful girl, and a superwomyn? This presentation links processes of growing up in an era of “girl power” to the project of becoming an adult “superwomyn.”  This interactive presentation will explore how popular cultural scripts and discourses of femininity interact with the actual experiences of girls/womyn.