Power and Resistance

Preliminary Schedule

Thursday April 25, 2019 Taubman Museum of Art

“Empath Mourning the Colonial Loop”

Tacie Jones, with performance by Rachel Rugh

“Electric Woman”

Jennifer Webbart


“Diana, Hunter of Bus Drivers,”

Choreography by Rachel Rugh, with movement invention by the dancers


Preview of “Three Hysterical Women”

Nicole Dietze


Talk back


Friday April 26, 2019 Hotel Roanoke

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.                        Concurrent Sessions                          

PANEL (Monroe)

The Epistemological Afterlives of Eugenics and Feminist/Queer/Crip Knowledge Futures

  • Taking a ‘New View’: The Role of Disability and Ability Studies in Future Critiques of Female Genital Cosmetic Surgery,  Jessica Neasbitt

  • Eugenics, Reproductive Justice, and the Contemporary Politics of U.S. Slavery,  Amanda Reyes

  • Eugenic Facts/Speculative Fictions: Foreclosing on Feminist/Queer/Crip Futures in California Public Law, Jess Whatcott

Moderator: TBD

PANEL (Wilson)

Gender-based Violence

  • ICT-Facilitated Violence Against Women in Elections: Unveiling Global Patterns and Trends, Gabrielle Bardall

  • #metoo and Survivor Narratives: Interrogating Technologies of Power and Resistance, Kathleen T. Lowenstein and Emily S. Cutler

  • Skill Requirements, Returns to Skills, and Gender Wage Gap, Suqin Ge and Yu Zhou

  • Regulated Bodies: the Rhetoric of Gender in the US Military, Kate Natishan

  • Violent desires: a feminist discourse analysis of the online world of ‘incels, Siqi Cheng

Moderator: (Ke Hu)

PANEL  (Mill Mountain)

Neoliberal Power/Biopolitics

  • E-Democracy and Feminist Digital Activism in Post-Socialist Eastern Europe, Helis Sikk

  • Bulletproof Neoliberals: Rethinking Accelerationism and the Biohacker Within the Logic of Intensity, Caroline Alphin

  • Pharmaceutically, digitally, and medically mediated queer bodies, Andy Eicher

  • Domesticated by Energy: Fuel Transitions and Political Domination, Cara Daggett

Moderator: TBD

PANEL (Madison)

Re-Inventing HIV/AIDS Technologies: Networks, Institutions, Resistance, and Survival

  • #AIDSMemorial: Memory Resistance and the Disruptive Animacy of AIDS Archiving on Instagram, Marika Cifor

  • #Survival: The HIV Story Project and Digital Queer Politics of Disclosing and Coping, Jan Huebenthal

  • Dating Data: ‘Gay Hookup Apps’ and the Consumer-Criminal Grid of HIV/AIDS, Jih-Fei Cheng

  • Leading a statewide movement using Social Media, Deirdre Johnson

  • The Nexus of Public and Global Health - Use of Social Network Strategies in PrEP and HIV Prevention, Treatment and Care Outreach, Cedric Pulliam

Moderator: TBD

Panel (Buck Mountain)

Playing with Our Selves: Examining Life Through Virtual Media, Part I

  • Could Sex in VR be Exploitative? What is the potential for queering virtual bodies? Outbrief from Nov 1st workshop at SJSU on the future of sex in an increasingly virtual world, Bryce Westlake

  • Ludic Networks - New Forms of Communication & Play. Graduate student panel presenting emergent innovations in virtual media research

  • Extended Selves: Implications of VR and AR on how we understand ourselves and each other, Damien Williams

Moderator: TBD

WORKSHOP (Harrison-Tyler)

Healing as Resistance

  • Claire Constantikes

10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.                        Concurrent Sessions                          

PANEL (Monroe)


  • Sentient Saviors: Bots n’ Bombs for Women’s Rights, Yazan Zahzah

  • Heavenly Bodies: Why Cyborgs Were Always About Disability and Mental Health, Damien Patrick Williams

  • Haraway x Wearables: Cyborgs vs. Electronic Marionettes, Rua Williams

  • The Problem of the Sexy Cyborg: Transhumanism, Gender, and Morphological Freedom, Joshua Earle

Moderator: (Martina Svyantek)

PANEL (Wilson)


  • Race and the Limits of Childhood Transgender Medicine, Joshua Franklin

  • The Trans/Alien Manifesto: Future Love(s), Sexual Technologies, and My Efforts to Re-Member Your Embrace, Krizia Puig

  • “I'm transmasculine, why do I feel like a woman in disguise?”: A multimedia autoethnography on the role of trans identity in ethnographic field work, Adam S. Masters

  • Transgender journeys of Dao Mau religious mediums and their popularity in the Internet, Binh Thi Thuy Tran

Moderator: TBD

PANEL (Mill Mountain)

Citizenship (Queer?)  

  • Queer Orientalisms in Digital Media along the Rim of the Indian Ocean, Rahul K Gairola

  • Precarious Citizenship: Kendrick Lamar and the Instability of Black Male Belonging, Laine McGinty

  • Stripping for the State and Other Queer Acts: Technologies, Surveillance, and Questions of Objectivity, Layla Zbinden

  • Reinventing the National ‘Savior’ and the Vintage ‘Whore’ through Cyber Space: Tale of Two Competing Political Bodies and the Security of Thai Nation-State, Sukrittaya Jukping

Moderator: TBD

PANEL (Madison)

Pulling Out or Staying Put?: The Gendered Politics of TechnoLogically-Mediated (S)Exit

  • Devils’ Playthings: Gendered Containment, Control, and Home Console Play in a Technological Retail Space, Brandon Rogers

  • What is Old is New: Mobile Ovulation Tracking Apps and the “Pull Out Method,” Melissa Stone

  • Connected Isolation: The “Circle of 6” Mobile Application and Intimate Partner Violence, Megan Fletcher

  • Moving in the Face of the Apocalypse: Mobility and Doomsday Preppers, Tyler DeAtley

Moderator: TBD

WORKSHOP (Harrison-Tyler)

Surveillance Survey: Opening the Open Record

  • Courtney F. Chenette


  • “did you know,” Lynn Kim

  • Instituent R.C. 2903.1, Michael Kopp

1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.                        Concurrent Sessions                          

PANEL (Monroe)


  • Virtual Resistance: Issues of Representation in Contemporary VR, Mihaela Mihailova

  • The Agency of the Dildo in an Anti-Gun Protest, Lotta Kähkönen

  • Acid Feminism: Psychedelic Dimensions of Gender Performativity, Emma Stamm

  • Navigating Hmong Feminism, Douachee Vang

Moderator: TBD

PANEL  (Wilson)


  • #Craftivism and the Potentials for Feminist Craft as Activism, Talitha Rose

  • #effyourbeautystandards: Resistance and Co-optation in the Body Positive Movement , Rayanne Streeter

  • #botALLY: Chatbots as a vanguard of resistance, Daniel Estrada

  • Twitter as Digital Counterstory-Telling, Johnathan Flowers

Moderator: TBD

PANEL (Mill Mountain)

Body Narratives  

  • Disability, Experience, and Technological Imagination: First Stage Findings from Narrative Research, Ashley Shew, Hanna Herdegen, Stephanie Arnold, and Adri Ridings

  • Risky Bodies: Vaccination and the Biopolitics of Vaccination Status, Tarryn Abrahams

  • Resisting Normalcy and Rendering Monsters: a Multimodal Reflection on Anthropocene Expression After Death and Decency, Lissa Holloway-Attaway

  • Conscious Embodiment: Aesthetic Cultivation as Resistance to Global Capitalism, Madison Tepper

Moderator: TBD


Three Hysterical Women: Embodying Resistance Through Theatre

  • Sisrahtac 1, Nicole Dietze

  • Being B.A.D., Brittney S. Harris

  • Brainwashed: Hair, A Ritual, Devair Jeffries

WORKSHOP (Harrison-Tyler)

Human-Computer Love

  • Lark Alder

3:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.                        Concurrent Sessions                          

PANEL (Monroe)


  • Exploring Politics Embedded in Hardware and Workshops: Lessons from the Hands-on and Embodied Pedagogies of Feminist Hactivist Groups, Ellen K Foster

  • Power Tools: Empowerment, Innovation, and the Corporate Use of Feminist Values, Matthew Wisnioski

  • Ray Kurzweil narrating the path to transcendence: (Re)Constructing masculinity in Transcend: Nine Steps to Living Well Forever In Transcend: Nine Steps to Living Well Forever, Julian Menninger and Fredrik Eklund

  • Women in STEM: The Role of Role Models, Siddharth Hari, Sudipta Sarangi, and Marcos Agurto

Moderator: TBD

PANEL (Wilson)


  • Agriculture, Technology, Resources in Antiquity, and Modern Gender Inequality, Chandan Kumar Jha and Sudipta Sarangi

  • Remaking the Genealogy of In Vitro Meat: Searching for Gender, Race and Imperialism in ‘As-yet Undefined Ontological Object,’ Ke Hu

  • Three Square Meals a Day: Biopolitics and the (Re)Production of (Dis)Order, Linea Cutter

  • Where’s the beef? Masculinity, gender and violence in food advertising, Anne Patrick

Moderator: TBD

PANEL (Mill Mountain)

Pop Culture (Sci-Fi and Digital Representation)  

  • A Textual Analysis of Missing Gendered Emojis, S.E. Hackney and S.L. Nelson

  • The Three Laws of Colonization: Robotic Bodies in Science Fiction, Philip Ray

  • Resistance is Futile: Female Mentorship in Star Trek: Voyager, Leigh McKagen

  • Imagining Feminist Futures on the Small Screen? Inclusion and Care in VR Worlds, Marisa Brandt (and Lisa Messeri)

Moderator: (Sara Wenger)

WORKSHOP (Buck Mountain)

"I can't be there, but I want to be”

  • Martina Svyantek


Lean Back: LIVE

  • Lisa M. Corrigan

  • Laura Weiderhaft


Captivating Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code

Saturday April 27, 2019

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.                        Concurrent Sessions                          

Panel (Monroe)

Geography and mobility

  • Feminist Architecture: critiquing the historico-scientific practices of cartography and geography, Shelby E. Ward

  • The Aesthetics/ Anesthetics of the Virtual Prison and the Making of Virtual Prisoners: A Poetic Engagement with a Virtual Reality Marketplace, Ariel Ludwig

  • Technoableism and Transmobility, Ashley Shew

  • Atmospheric Thinking: The Political Technologies of Breath, Breathing, and Atmosphere, Jack R Leff

Moderator: TBD

Panel (Wilson)

Figuring Black Motherhood and Colonial Technologies of Reproduction

  • Refusal and the Future: Toni Morrison’s Beloved as a Foundational Black Feminist Science Studies Text, Sandra Harvey

  • (Un)Making Generations: the Technologics of Gender in Gayl Jones’ Corregidora and the 1871 Free Womb Law, Tala Khanmalek

  • Hierarchical Medicalization, Reproductive Rights, Sterilization, and the Production of a Fugitive Rights-Bearer, Ugo Felicia Edu

Moderator: (Ruha Benjamin)

Panel (Mill Mountain)


  • Against Medical Lock-Down of the Post-colonial Japan’s Borders: Community-Based Health Disparity Studies as Zainichi Korean Decolonizing Methodology, Tomomi Kinukawa

  • Toward a Phenomenology of Pharmakotherapy, Caitlin Leach

  • Biomedical Logics of Life and Death and Their Gendered Implications, Lindsey Breitwieser

  • Resisting normative metamorphosis: “living with” and “thinking with” human-microbial care relations, Rebecca Howes-Mischel and Megan Tracy

Moderator: TBD

Film (Madison)

The Myth of Self Care for Students of Color at Predominantly White Institutions

  • Andrea N. Baldwin

Workshop (Harrison-Tyler)

A T-Shirt Looks at Gender and the Global Garment Industry

  • Laura M Carpenter

10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.                        Concurrent Sessions    

Panel (Monroe)

Social Media

  • Redefining What it Means to be #YourAverageMuslim Woman: Muslim Female Digital Activists on Social Media, Inaash Islam

  • My Home is Not Your Home: Digital Community Building and Branding in Gender Segregated Higher Education, Megan Nanney

  • Technologies of Flirting; Violence, Control and Struggle, Iris Farrou

  • A post-classical narratological approach to hashtag feminism: The Shared Stories of #Metoo in Sweden, Fredrik Eklund

Moderator: TBD

Panel (Wilson)


  • Centering reproductive justice praxis in the University classroom through the feminist science shop, Sara Giordano and Maya Cruz

  • Hidden Curriculum in Medical Education on LGBTQ Health, Jessica Herling

  • Excessive Practices, Excessive Bodies: Teaching the Anus and Anal Pleasure in Sexuality Education, Leah Marion Roberts

  • Representing Gender in Cyber Civics Curricula, Heather Greenhalgh-Spencer

Moderator: TBD

Panel (Mill Mountain)


  • Intimacy Through/With Technology: An Evaluation of Care for Despondency, Shaun Respess

  • Profane Vision: Facial Imaging Software, Visibility Politics, and Queer Identity, Rose Hartfield Wilson

  • Factors in the Overprescription of Antidepressants in Women, Roan Parrish

  • Through the Looking Glass: The Pregnant Body Under the Microscope of Epigenetics, Teresa Hoard-Jackson

Moderator: TBD

Panel (Madison)

Transnational Cartographies of the Techno/Body: Digital, Affective, and Reproductive Resistance

  • Assistive Technologies “In Kind”: Affect, Biocertification, and Disability, Anastasia Todd

  • #transban and #WontBeErased: How Conservative Politicians Use Affect to Wield Transgender Rights as a Political Tool, Mel Lesch

  • “You might never have that kind of child yourself”: Eugenics, Governmentality, and Ambivalent Resistance in Contemporary China, Ruwen Chang

                    Moderator: TBD

Experimental Film (Harrison-Tyler)

Empath Mourning the Colonial Loop

  • Tacie Jones

  • Rachel Rugh

Visual Presentation (Harrison-Tyler)

From Sonogram to Selfie: Image, Identity, and the Persistent Social Lens

  • Leandra Preston

12:00 – 1:00 – LUNCH


Solidarity Not Charity: Mutual Aid for Mobilization and Queer and Trans Survival  

3:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.                        Concurrent Sessions    

Panel (Monroe)

Pop Culture (not sci-fi)

  • Fake News and Reality TV: How Media and Surveillance Technologies in The Hunger Games, The Handmaid’s Tale, and 1984 Stopped Being Fiction in 2016, KJ Surkan

  • Fighting neurotypical fragility and building a critically resistant Imaginary: Autistic People are Us, Bonnie Zare

  • Embodiment in Fandom: Media Fan Art as Performative Critique of Eric Kripke’s Supernatural, Hannah Mayfield

  • "Now I could be the former fatty who turned into a brain. Or an athlete. Or a princess.": Weight loss and gender in Netflix's Insatiable, Lyla Byers

Moderator: TBD

Panel  (Wilson)

Sports and Bodies

  • Rock that Body: Economies of Risk in Rock Climbing, Sadie Giles

  • Power & Resistance: Testosterone, Gender & Athletes’ Bodies, Cora M. Olson

  • Anxieties about Race, Sexuality, and Motherhood in Serena Williams’ “SuperMomSuit,” Lorin Shellenberger

Moderator: TBD

Panel (Mill Mountain)


  • Anonymous Sperm: The Role of Technology, Secrecy, and the State in Shaping Donor-Conceived Families, Shannon N. Conley

  • The Egg Freezing Revolution? Gender, Education, and Reproductive Waithood in America, Marcia C. Inhorn

  • Reproductive TRANSactions for the Future: Performing normativity at the egg donor clinic, Sav Schlauderaff

  • Anatomy of an Egg Freezing Infomercial: Where “Our Fertility, Ourselves” Meets “Fertility (A)ware” Party, Rajani Bhatia

Moderator: TBD

Panel (Madison)

Sex Work

  • Domestic (artificial) intelligence: Female (dis)embodiment and the reproduction of gendered household labor, Jamie Steele

  • Rethinking the Uncanny Valley: Feelings of Eeriness, Diversity/Mutation, and Performativity, Kuan-Hung Lo

  • Posthuman Anxiety in the Sex Industry: The Strange Case of Aura Dolls, Sara Wenger

  • Beauvoir in the Boudoir: A Feminist Approach to the Risks of Bedding Sex Robots, Whitney Hayes

Moderator: TBD

Panel (Buck Mountain)

Playing with Our Selves: Examining Life Through Virtual Media, Part II

  • Gender, Games and Space: A videogame training study

  • Lights, Circuits, Sensors & Sewing: A qualitative study of gender and wearable technology making, Jen Jenson

  • Virtual Reality in Washington State Public Libraries: Perceptions and experiences of learning, social engagement & the value of VR, Negin Dahya & W E King

  • Privacy and Security in Virtual Worlds: Ethical and social challenges for conducting behavioural research online, John Murray

Moderator: TBD


Ongoing installation

(Re)creating the posture portraits: Artistic and technological (re)productions of the gendered (re)presentations of bodies at institutions of higher education: Past, present and future

  • Andrea Baldwin

  • James Lee

  • Heidi Henderson

  • Emily Green

  • Rishma Mendhekar

Ongoing performance

Feminist Apocalypse Solutions

  • Lindsay Garcia

  • Helis Sikk

Ongoing installation

Busted Perceptions: A Visual and Verbal Dialogue about the Power Dynamics Behind the Identities We Embody

  • Laura Lane