116th Annual Conference - Bellingham, Washington
Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

Comparative Media II: Representational Discourses

Session Chair: 
David John Boyd, University of Glasgow (Scotland)
Session 9: Sunday 11:45 am – 1:15 pm
Miller Hall 239
Topic Area: 


  1. Keegan Medrano, San Francisco State University
    Brexit in Bed: Precarious Muslim Refugee Pornography and Sexual Xenophobia explores a popular pornography narrative and argues that the performance of veiled Muslim female-ness and white masculinity narrates an arbitration of the refugee/diasporic movements in Europe and the seemingly paradoxical desire to “liberate” and assert power over Muslim women as a response to the "invasion" of diasporic people. 
  2. Allyson Parks, Loyola Marymount University
    This paper argues that the shift in portrayals of Jesuits in popular culture from conspiratorial figures to men of action engaged in self-sacrificing missionary work (particularly in the films The Mission, Black Robe, and Silence) reflects their evolution in educational philosophy from an individualistic academic model to a more relational, “men for others” approach.
  3. Kiedra Taylor, San Diego State University
    Michelle Obama memes reveal architypes that extend stereotypical narratives. They revived narratives of Black womanhood and shifted her husband’s popularity with potential voters. One claimed that her stare could turn a man to stone, which associates the former First Lady’s image with Ovid’s mythic Medusa. The implied Medusa image regurgitates historical and widely held ideas about Black women and adds a monsterous image—the Medusa. These images are the basis of memes used as political propaganda for social media warfare before and throughout Obama’s term.
  4. Stefan Torralba, University of California - Riverside
    This paper considers the multimodality of poet Claudia Rankine’s 2014 text Citizen: An American Lyric. I deploy a new materialist framework to theorize the text’s depictions of anti-Black violences. I then use this framework to posit that the text’s multimodality allows for interventions into ongoing systems of anti-Blackness.
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