2019 Visual Culture Symposium

Conference Program - April 12, 2019

All panels will take place in the Wayne State University Student Center, Room 020

Film screening, roundtable discussion, and keynote address will take place in the Community Arts Center


9:00a – 10:15a: Panel #1 - Gendered Logic/s: Narrative Bodies

Mar Juan Tortosa (Cranbrook) – “’The Human Body as an Object in Art Process”

Sarah Chapman (Wayne State University) – “A Man’s Brain and a Woman’s Heart: Portrayals of Women in Bram Stoker’s Dracula

William M. Crouch (Independent Scholar) – “The Visual Language of Feminism in Wonder Woman (2017) and Captain Marvel (2019)” 

Matt Linton (Wayne State University) - Moderator


10:30a – 11:45a: Panel #2 - Visual Remakings: Imag(in)ing Interventions

Chelsea Markuson (Michigan State University) – “Embodied Performance: Healing the Emotional Dead” 

Liz Deegan (Michigan State University) - “Black Identity and Memory in the Digital Landscape: Reimagining through Sondra Perry’s Typhoon Coming On

Tori Rego (Northern Michigan University) - “’Permanent Collection:’ An Image/Text Presentation”

Holly Wielechowski (Wayne State University) - Moderator  


12:00p - 1:15p: Panel #3 – Feminism/s in Crisis: Sex, Selfies, and Social Movements

Geneva Kachman (Detroit-based artist) - “In Defense of the Pussyhat: A Response to Charges of Vulgarity, Racism, and Transphobia”

Claire Foster (University of Toronto) - “The Feminist Snap/shot: in Crisis and on Instagram”

Ella Tucan (Wayne State University) – “Working Girls: Imag(in)ing Female Agency in Klute and Cam

Elizabeth Drake (Wayne State University) - Moderator  


1:30p - 2:30p: Lunch


A Question of Silence (dir. Marleen Gorris / 1982)

renée c. hoogland - Professor, English

Alina Cherry - Associate Professor, CMLLC

Lauren Kalman - Associate Professor, Art & Art History & Detroit-based visual artist

Shelby Cadwell - PhD Candidate, Film & Media Studies

Lara Sfire - Detroit-based director/producer & member of Final Girls


5:30p - 6:30: Keynote Speaker