FemPop September 25

Mainstream Queer Representations: from Pinkwashing to Queer-coding and Queer-baiting

Traci Abbott is an assistant professor in the English and Media Studies Department at Bentley University (Waltham, MA, USA). Her research interests include representations of gender and sexual identity in literature and popular culture, with recent work focusing on a book proposal currently titled, The Presumption of Progress: The History of Transgender Representation in American Television and Film Genres. Other research interests include LGBTQ pedagogy and expository writing.

Lynne Joyrich is Professor of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University where she teaches courses in film and television studies, gender and sexuality studies, and cultural and critical theory. She is co-editor of the journal Camera Obscura and the author of Re-viewing Reception: Television, Gender, and Postmodern Culture. Her pieces on film, television, convergent media, feminist theory, and queer theory have appeared in numerous journals, and such books as Inventing Film Studies; Logics of Television; Mad Men, Mad World; Modernity and Mass Culture; New Media/Old Media; Pedagogy: The Question of Impersonation; Postmodern After-Images; Private Screenings; and Queer TV.

Erin Bell received her Ph.D. from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Her work has been published in Short Fiction in Theory and Practice, The Explicator, and Lilith: A Feminist History Journal among others and she has a contribution in a recently-published collection of essays about the BBC America program Orphan Black as well as in volume focused on Breaking Bad, for which she also served as co-editor.  Bell is an Assistant Professor and the Program Director of English for the on-ground campuses of Baker College in Michigan. Her research interests include short fiction, women’s writing, and popular culture.

Women as Popular Culture Creators

Cathryn J. Merla-Watson holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Literatures and Cultural Studies; and Co-Director of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Texas-Río Grande Valley. Her research interests include Latinx studies, Latinx speculative aesthetics, queer theory, performance studies; Chicana and Latina feminisms, and social justice. She has published articles in Aztlán and MELUS, and chapters in The Un/Making of Latina/o Citizenship; Culture, Politics, and Aesthetics (2014); Research Justice: Methodologies for Social Change (2015); and Latina Outsiders: Remaking Latina Identity (2019).

Maria Murphy holds a Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of Pennsylvania and is the Associate Director at the Alice Paul Center. Her work examines the relationship between music technologies and body politics through multimedia performance art, American experimentalism, and aesthetic activism in the 20th and 21st centuries. She has taught in various programs topics such as gender & globalization, queer cinema, music & politics, cyborgs & sound technologies, and Western art music. She is working on her monograph Bio-Pop: Laurie Anderson, Technobodies, and Aesthetic Activism. Maria is also interested in developing creative spaces for hands-on research.

Angelica Macklin is an independent filmmaker and archivista (=activist archivist).  Her research focuses on feminist digital film production, processes, practices, and methods, as sites of power, resistance, pedagogy, and creative development. She is assistant director of multimedia communications at Cultivate Learning at the University of Washington, where she and her team produce local, national, and international professional development resources for the fields of early learning and expanded learning opportunities. Angelica is co-director, cinematographer, and editor of Masizakhe: Building Each Other (2007), a film that highlights cultural activists in the Nelson Mandela Metro of the Eastern Cape of South Africa.