Isom Student Gender Conference

2014 Isom Student Gender Conference PosterThe annual Isom Student Gender Conference is held in late February or March. The conference includes presentations by graduate and undergraduate students as well as a featured keynote speaker. Conference dates and speakers are posted in December for the next year’s conference.

14th annual Isom Student Gender Conference “Insider/Outsider”, March 27-28, 2014.

The Conference will be in the Overby Center Conference Room on the Second Floor of Farley Hall (end closest to Lamar Hall).

Keynote Address by Laura Lippman “When Harriet the Spy Grew Up: Feminism and the Second Golden Age of American Crime Fiction.” 

About the Author

Laura Lippman is the author of six New York Times bestselling novels in an oeuvre that includes the award-winning Tess Monaghan series, a collection of critically acclaimed stand-alone novels, and an anthology of award-winning short stories.

Laura began her career as a journalist; she was a reporter for twenty years, including twelve at The Baltimore Sun. She began writing novels while working fulltime, publishing seven Tess Monaghan books before leaving daily journalism in 2001. Her Tess books, eleven in all, have won virtually every major mystery prize including the Edgar, Anthony, Agatha, Nero Wolfe, Shamus, Gumshoe, Barry, Quill, and Macavity awards.

Laura has also received wide critical acclaim for her stand-alone novels, three of which were New York Times bestsellers—What the Dead Know, Life Sentences, and I’d Know You Anywhere. Her novel Every Secret Thing, optioned by Academy Award-winning actor Frances McDormand, is now in post-production.


Thursday, March 27th

9:30-10:30 Let’s Get Physical: Investigating Gender and Health
Chair: Theresa Starkey, Ph.D, Assistant Director for the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies

  • Sheryl Chatfiled (Health Behavior), “Switching channels from  “Lifetime”to “Spike TV”: A female researcher explores men’s exercise behaviors”
  • Mahima Manchanda (History), “Masculinity, Domesticity and Physical Education:  Reconstructing Gender and Religious Identity in Sikh Kanya Mahavidyalaya, Ferozepur”
  • Abigail Miller (Exercise Science), “Who’s in charge of the field: a small meta-analysis on the role of gender in the sports management world”

10:30-11:00 Break

11:00-12:00 Diasporic Masculinities: Black Male Identities in Slavery and Freedom
Chair: Shennette Garrett-Scott, History and African American Studies

  • Latisha Baker, “Differences and Drapetomania”
  • Franklin Hood, “The Life and Journey of Bill ‘The Black Terror’ Richmond and Tom ‘Black Ajax’ Molineaux”
  • Porchsia Norman (English), “The Man with Many Faces: Identity in the Life of Olaudah Equiano”

12:00-12:30 Break

12:30-1:30     Refracted Histories: Recovering Identities
Chair: Amy E. Gibson, Ph.D, Head of Instruction, Information Literacy Librarian & Professor

  • Maxwell Gray (English, Rhodes College), “A ‘fly-net’ and Femininity in the Old English Judith”
  • Sarah Sloan (English/Art History), “Etruscan Gendered Grave Goods”

1:30-1:45   Break

2:00-3:30   Veils, Masks and Peepholes: Fictional Exploration into Outliers
Chair: Megan Abbott, Ph.D, John Grisham Writer in Residence

  • Mary Marge Locker, “Spoils”
  • Rob Hanson, “Nora Noir: A Vignette Regarding Alcoholism, Neuroses, and Wood Glue”
  • Jacqulyn Ladnier, “Sons”
  • Tiffani Nye (English/Philosophy), “Ruby Jean”

3:30-3:45     Break

3:45-4:45     Fighting for Justice Inside and Outside Politics  
Chair: Heather Ondercin, Ph.D, Assistant Professor of Political Science

  • Kevin Cozart (Journalism/IMC), “Winning the Message War Gold: LGBTQ Activists, American Corporations, and the Sochi Olympics”
  • Colleen Lofton, “Voting for Women: How Views Toward Women Influence Voting Behavior
  • Lexi Willcoxon (History), “The Civil Rights Movement and Women”

Friday, March 28th

9:30-10:15   Three Centuries of Wicked Men vs Virtuous Women
Chair & Respondent: Erin Drew, Ph.D, Assistant Professor of English

  • Taylor Pierce (English),  “The Innocence of a Woman vs The Wickedness of a Man: Pamela vs Fifty Shades of Grey”
  • Sadie Sherrill (English),  “The Love of a Good Woman: Gender Roles in Pamela and Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy”

10:15-10:30  Break

10:30-11:30 “Superhero vs Supervillan: Balancing on the Gendered Tightrope”
Chair: Kirsten Dellinger, Ph.D. Department Chair and Associate Professor of Sociology

  • Kristen Horton (Sociology). “The Bride Who Threw Thor’s Hammer: Doing Masculinity Through the Heathen Body”
  • Anna Smith (Sociology, Mississippi State University), Super-men and Masculinity : Comic Book Representations of the Sexual Assault of Male Heroes”
  • Troy Wellington Smith (English), “A Kieirkgaardian Reading of Gender Nonconformity in McCullers’ The Member of the Wedding”

11:30-11:45 Break

11:45-1:00   “What makes a Woman?”: The Cultural Production of Gender
Chair:  Melissa Hall, Assistant  Director of The Southern Foodways Alliance

  • Laura Elizabeth Bruster (Sociology), “Hijab as a Cultural Product”
  • Shawna Felkins (Southern Studies), “A Culture of Thin Beauty: Negative Impacts of Creation and Reproduction of Corporal Capital in American Mass Media”
  • Whitney Greer (English) “Determining Women’s Placement Inside or Outside of Societally Determined Behavioral Norms via Propagation of the Purity Myth”
  • Kaitlyn Vogt (Southern Studies), “That’s Right Nice of You” Church Potlucks, Southern Hospitality, and Southern Womanhood

1:00-1:15     Break

1:15- 2:30    “What are THEY doing?”: Cultural Sites of Surveillance
Chair: Susan R. Grayzel, Ph.D, Director of the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies and Professor of History

  • Matthew Fernandez (English/African Studies), “Audre Lorde’s Poetic Lesbianism”
  • Charles McCrory, “Sketching” fiction
  • Sarah Rutland (Sociology, Mississippi State),“Effects of Heteronormativity and Inattentional Blindness on Reactions Towards Same-Sex Public Displays of Affection”
  • Finn Udall (English),  “An Unwavering Band of Light” fiction

2:30-2:40     Break

2:40-3:50     The Unwelcome Mat
Chair: Tom Franklin, Associate Professor of Fiction Writing

  • Liam Baranauskas (M.F.A.), “The Scientific Arts”
  • Jimmy Cajoleas (M.F.A.), “Friend of Snakes”
  • McKay McFadden (M.F.A.),  “In the Hammam”
  • E.M. Tran (M.F.A.), “Thin Bodies”

4:00            Keynote Address by Laura Lippman “When Harriet the Spy Grew Up: Feminism and the Second Golden Age of American Crime Fiction.” 
Overby Center Auditorium