Communicating Diversity 2016

 Friday, April 1

Pre-Conference Workshop on Poetic Transcription with Dr. Durham

4:00-6:00 PM, MSC 2401

Saturday, April 2

9:00-10:30: Session A Panels

Panel A1

MSC 2500

Online Environments as a Double Edged Sword for Marginalized Groups

 

Ryan Rigda, Texas A&M University, “Creating Equality through Quidditch: A Rhetorical Analysis of Quidditch Blogs”

** Second Place, Graduate Student Paper Competition **

Aya Yadlin Segal, Texas A&M University, “Negotiating National Identity on Social Media”

Forrest Rule, Texas A&M University, “Mithridatization and Sensibilization: The Propagandistic Effects of Recirculating Content on Social Media”

Ruth Tsuria, Texas A&M University, “‘A Place For Me’ – Gay and Religious Groups Online”

Katharine Hodgdon, Texas A&M University, “A Social Cause Divided: Analyzing Intra-Movement Conflict in Online Spaces”

Lauren Matthews, Texas A&M University, “Building or Dismantling Networked Individualism? How Social Justice Apps Contribute to Social Good”

Chair: Dr. Srividya Ramasubramanian, Texas A&M University

 

 

Panel A2

MSC 2501

Questioning the Media Industry

Andrea Batarse, Texas A&M University, “Syrian Refugees, Media Ownership, and State Policy”

Stacey M. Rieck, Andrea D. Haugen, Phia S. Salter, Sean D. Chalk, and Tarrah Hubbell, Texas A&M University, “She’s (Not) What I Expected: The Role of Media Descriptions of Victims in Predicting Victim Evaluations”

Ana Ramirez, Texas A&M University International, “The Global Success of Yo Soy Betty, La Fea”

Danielle Hernandez, Texas A&M University and Rochelle Hernandez, Texas A&M University, “The Many Faces of Terrorism: Boko Haram’s Rise and Fall in the Global Community”

Silke Jasso, Texas A&M University International, “Women in Media”

 Angie Galal, University of Texas San Antonio, “Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) as a Serious Public Health Challenge in Egypt”

 Chair: Dr. Lucy Miller, Texas A&M University

 

10:45-12:15: Session B Panels

 

Panel B1

MSC 2500

Framing and Re-Framing Diversity Issues

 

Richard L Talbert, Geneva College and Diana L. Nogay, University of North Texas, “Motivated Consubstantiality: Ethical Use of Identification and Interpretation for a Proposed Turn from the Hyper-Racial to the Post-Racial”

Suzanna Tolboom, University of North Texas, “Remembering the Confederacy in Denton, Texas”

Rachel Reon, Baylor University, “John R. Lewis and the Rhetoricity of Place” ** Second Place, Undergraduate Student Paper Competition **

Estefania Lopez-Salinas, University of Texas San Antonio, “Questioning the Messenger: Understanding the Political Implications of Univision’s Coverage of Immigration News on Its Social Media Platforms”

Victoria D. Mancha, Texas A&M University International, “Feminist Reponses to Gendered Stereotypes in Promotional Culture: A Critical Assessment of Second and Third Wave Consumer Activism”

Leana Lares, Texas A&M University, “Bill Clinton and Rhetorics of Presidential Redemption”

Chair: Grace Brannon, Texas A&M University

 

Panel B2

MSC 2501

Critical Race Studies

 

Courtney Starnes, Texas A&M University, “The Politics of Black Masculinity and the Legacy of Bill Cosby”

Laura Lynn Peck, University of North Texas, “‘Even if Master’s Listenin’, I got the World’s Attention’: Racial Paradox in To Pimp a Butterfly”

Langsteen Obioha, Texas A&M University, “Kwaito’s Imitation of Hip Hop Culture as a Creation of Trans-National Black Alliance”

** First Place, Undergraduate Student Paper Competition **

Tania Hajali, University of the Incarnate Word, “Afro-Phobia: The Roots of Hair Politics in the Media”

Madison Krall, University of Colorado-Denver, “Fat Talk at the Intersections: Reclaiming Marginalized Rhetorics of Body Talk”

 Chair: Alexandra Schurr Sousa, Texas A&M University

 

 

12:15-1:30: Lunch and Keynote

MSC 2400

Communication that Matters

Dr. Aisha Durham, University of South Florida

Communication explores how we make sense of the world and our place in it by using a shared language, which has the power to bridge or break communities. Adopting an intersectional and interdisciplinary approach to study media and difference, Durham describes how diversity is represented, performed, and regulated. Rather than addressing diversity as a cultural commodity, Durham advances diversity as a politically-informed form of cultural literacy needed to meaningfully engage with our researcher/ed communities.

 

 

 

 

 

1:30-3:00: Session C Panels

Panel C1

MSC 2500

The Politics of Representation

Victoria Stiegel, Texas A&M University, “The Star-Spangled Man: Performative Masculinity and Subtextual Queerness in Marvel Studios’ Captain America Films”

** First Place, Graduate Student Paper Competition **

Alison Kim, Texas A&M University, “An Analysis of Fashion Magazines and the Disturbance of Women’s Health”

Carrie Murawski, Texas A&M University, “Queering Men of Color: A Critical Analysis of Raj from The Big Bang Theory

Matthew Ray, Texas A&M University, “Finding Fault in LGBT, LGBTQ, LGBTQQIAAP, and All Other Such Signifiers”

Ana Ramirez, Texas A&M International University, and Melissa Santilliana, Texas A&M International, “Perceptions of the Border Region Due to Media Consumption: A Survey Analysis”

Chair: Ryan Rigda, Texas A&M University

 

 

Panel C2

MSC 2501

Negotiating Diverse Identities within American Systems

 Noelle Phelps, Texas A&M University, “Poverty’s Role in the Cycle of Incarceration”

Art Villarreal, University of Texas San Antonio, “Quality of Care in the Veterans Health Care System”

Grace Bannon, Texas A&M University, “Rural Health Disparities: The Effects of Familial Norms on Perceptions of eHealth”

Stephanie Fimbres, Texas A&M University International, “Work-Life Balance among Transnational Workers”

Travis Cox, Texas A&M University, “When ‘All’ Isn’t ‘All’: Exploring the Limits of #alllivesmatter”

Whitten Sawyer, Texas A&M University, “Religious Subculture of Homeschooling”

Chair: Ruth Tsuria, Texas A&M University

 

3:15-4:45: Session D Panel

Panel D

MSC 2501

Responding to Racism on College Campuses

**Aggie Agora Spotlight Panel**

 

Discussants:

Caitlin Miles, Texas A&M University, “The Free Speech Fetish: The (Re)production of Power and Racism”

Adam Key, Texas A&M University, “Protecting the Right to Dissent: How Silencing Racists Threatens All Speech”

Alex Schuur Sousa, Texas A&M University, “Racism on College Campuses: Implications for Crisis Communication”

Andrea Terry, Texas A&M University, “Dueling Definitions: Understanding Racism through Dialogues about Diversity”

Michael Buse, Texas A&M University, “Difficult Discussions: Using Community Based Conversations to Confront Insensitivity”

Vanessa Liles, Texas A&M University, “I Know You Can Say it But Why Do You Want to Say it?”

Moderator: Dr. Matt May, Texas A&M University

Chair: Carrie Murawski, Texas A&M University

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Communicating Diversity 2016 was funded by an IIDEA grant from the College of Liberal Arts, Texas A&M University.

 

Conference Co-Directors:
Dr. Tasha Dubriwny & Sara Rowe

 

Thank you to the Department of Communication’s Climate and Inclusion Committee!

9:00-10:30: Session A Panels

 

Panel A1

MSC 2500

Online Environments as a Double Edged Sword for Marginalized Groups

 

Ryan Rigda, Texas A&M University, “Creating Equality through Quidditch: A Rhetorical Analysis of Quidditch Blogs”

** Second Place, Graduate Student Paper Competition **

 

Aya Yadlin Segal, Texas A&M University, “Negotiating National Identity on Social Media”

 

Forrest Rule, Texas A&M University, “Mithridatization and Sensibilization: The Propagandistic Effects of Recirculating Content on Social Media”

 

Ruth Tsuria, Texas A&M University, “‘A Place For Me’ – Gay and Religious Groups Online”

 

Katharine Hodgdon, Texas A&M University, “A Social Cause Divided: Analyzing Intra-Movement Conflict in Online Spaces”

 

Lauren Matthews, Texas A&M University, “Building or Dismantling Networked Individualism? How Social Justice Apps Contribute to Social Good”

 

Chair: Dr. Srividya Ramasubramanian, Texas A&M University

 

 

Panel A2

MSC 2501

Questioning the Media Industry

 

Andrea Batarse, Texas A&M University, “Syrian Refugees, Media Ownership, and State Policy”

 

Stacey M. Rieck, Andrea D. Haugen, Phia S. Salter, Sean D. Chalk, and Tarrah Hubbell, Texas A&M University, “She’s (Not) What I Expected: The Role of Media Descriptions of Victims in Predicting Victim Evaluations”

 

Ana Ramirez, Texas A&M University International, “The Global Success of Yo Soy Betty, La Fea”

 

Danielle Hernandez, Texas A&M University and Rochelle Hernandez, Texas A&M University, “The Many Faces of Terrorism: Boko Haram’s Rise and Fall in the Global Community”

 

Silke Jasso, Texas A&M University International, “Women in Media”

 

 

Angie Galal, University of Texas San Antonio, “Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) as a Serious Public Health Challenge in Egypt”

 

Chair: Dr. Lucy Miller, Texas A&M University

10:45-12:15: Session B Panels

 

Panel B1

MSC 2500

Framing and Re-Framing Diversity Issues

 

Richard L Talbert, Geneva College and Diana L. Nogay, University of North Texas, “Motivated Consubstantiality: Ethical Use of Identification and Interpretation for a Proposed Turn from the Hyper-Racial to the Post-Racial”

 

Suzanna Tolboom, University of North Texas, “Remembering the Confederacy in Denton, Texas”

 

Rachel Reon, Baylor University, “John R. Lewis and the Rhetoricity of Place”

** Second Place, Undergraduate Student Paper Competition **

 

Estefania Lopez-Salinas, University of Texas San Antonio, “Questioning the Messenger: Understanding the Political Implications of Univision’s Coverage of Immigration News on Its Social Media Platforms”

 

Victoria D. Mancha, Texas A&M University International, “Feminist Reponses to Gendered Stereotypes in Promotional Culture: A Critical Assessment of Second and Third Wave Consumer Activism”

 

Leana Lares, Texas A&M University, “Bill Clinton and Rhetorics of Presidential Redemption”

 

 

Chair: Grace Brannon, Texas A&M University

 

 

Panel B2

MSC 2501

Critical Race Studies

 

Courtney Starnes, Texas A&M University, “The Politics of Black Masculinity and the Legacy of Bill Cosby”

 

Laura Lynn Peck, University of North Texas, “‘Even if Master’s Listenin’, I got the World’s Attention’: Racial Paradox in To Pimp a Butterfly”

 

Langsteen Obioha, Texas A&M University, “Kwaito’s Imitation of Hip Hop Culture as a Creation of Trans-National Black Alliance”

** First Place, Undergraduate Student Paper Competition **

 

Tania Hajali, University of the Incarnate Word, “Afro-Phobia: The Roots of Hair Politics in the Media”

Madison Krall, University of Colorado-Denver, “Fat Talk at the Intersections: Reclaiming Marginalized Rhetorics of Body Talk”

 

 

Chair: Alexandra Schurr Sousa, Texas A&M University

 

 

 

 

12:15-1:30: Lunch and Keynote

MSC 2400

 

 

 

Communication that Matters

Dr. Aisha Durham, University of South Florida

 

Communication explores how we make sense of the world and our place in it by using a shared language, which has the power to bridge or break communities. Adopting an intersectional and interdisciplinary approach to study media and difference, Durham describes how diversity is represented, performed, and regulated. Rather than addressing diversity as a cultural commodity, Durham advances diversity as a politically-informed form of cultural literacy needed to meaningfully engage with our researcher/ed communities.

 

 

Aisha Durham is a cultural studies scholar. Her research about Black popular culture explores the relationship between media representations and everyday life. She examines how controlling images or power-laden stereotypes are produced by media makers and interpreted by media audiences to make sense of blackness in the “post” era.

Durham uses auto/ethnography, performance writing, and intersectional approaches honed in Black feminist cultural criticism to analyze representations of Black womanhood in hip hop media. This scholarship contributes to an interdisciplinary field called hip hop feminism.

 

Recent work on Black womanhood is featured in her new book, Home with Hip Hop Feminism: Performances in Communication and Culture. This book extends earlier discussions about hip hop culture, media representations, and the body in her co-edited volumes, Home Girls Make Some!: Hip Hop Feminism Anthology and Globalizing Cultural Studies: Ethnographic Interventions in Theory, Method & Policy.

 

Durham’s cultural criticism has been featured in popular news media and sites, such as The New YorkerHaaretz, Crunk Feminist Collective, NewBlackMan, and Ms.magazine.

 


 

1:30-3:00: Session C Panels

 

Panel C1

MSC 2500

The Politics of Representation

 

 

Victoria Stiegel, Texas A&M University, “The Star-Spangled Man: Performative Masculinity and Subtextual Queerness in Marvel Studios’ Captain America Films”

** First Place, Graduate Student Paper Competition **

 

Alison Kim, Texas A&M University, “An Analysis of Fashion Magazines and the Disturbance of Women’s Health”

 

Carrie Murawski, Texas A&M University, “Queering Men of Color: A Critical Analysis of Raj from The Big Bang Theory

 

Matthew Ray, Texas A&M University, “Finding Fault in LGBT, LGBTQ, LGBTQQIAAP, and All Other Such Signifiers”

 

Ana Ramirez, Texas A&M International University, and Melissa Santilliana, Texas A&M International, “Perceptions of the Border Region Due to Media Consumption: A Survey Analysis”

 

 

Chair: Ryan Rigda, Texas A&M University

 

 

Panel C2

MSC 2501

Negotiating Diverse Identities within American Systems

 

Noelle Phelps, Texas A&M University, “Poverty’s Role in the Cycle of Incarceration”

 

Art Villarreal, University of Texas San Antonio, “Quality of Care in the Veterans Health Care System”

 

Grace Bannon, Texas A&M University, “Rural Health Disparities: The Effects of Familial Norms on Perceptions of eHealth”

 

Stephanie Fimbres, Texas A&M University International, “Work-Life Balance among Transnational Workers”

 

Travis Cox, Texas A&M University, “When ‘All’ Isn’t ‘All’: Exploring the Limits of #alllivesmatter”

 

Whitten Sawyer, Texas A&M University, “Religious Subculture of Homeschooling”

 

 

Chair: Ruth Tsuria, Texas A&M University

3:15-4:45: Session D Panel

 

Panel D

MSC 2501

Responding to Racism on College Campuses

**Aggie Agora Spotlight Panel**

 

Discussants:

Caitlin Miles, Texas A&M University, “The Free Speech Fetish: The (Re)production of Power and Racism”

 

Adam Key, Texas A&M University, “Protecting the Right to Dissent: How Silencing Racists Threatens All Speech”

 

Alex Schuur Sousa, Texas A&M University, “Racism on College Campuses: Implications for Crisis Communication”

 

Andrea Terry, Texas A&M University, “Dueling Definitions: Understanding Racism through Dialogues about Diversity”

 

Michael Buse, Texas A&M University, “Difficult Discussions: Using Community Based Conversations to Confront Insensitivity”

 

Vanessa Liles, Texas A&M University, “I Know You Can Say it But Why Do You Want to Say it?”

 

Moderator: Dr. Matt May, Texas A&M University

 

Chair: Carrie Murawski, Texas A&M University

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Communicating Diversity 2016 was funded by an IIDEA grant from the College of Liberal Arts, Texas A&M University.

 

Conference Co-Directors:
Dr. Tasha Dubriwny & Sara Rowe

 

Thank you to the Department of Communication’s Climate and Inclusion Committee!

 

 

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