The following offers a complete schedule of panels and events. Conference folders and badges will be distributed on Sunday evening at dinner. Conferees will receive a request for short introductory biographies and information about dietary restrictions and accessibility by Friday, May 24th, 2019
Sunday Evening, June 9, 2019, 6:30-8:30 pm: Conference Dinner at Django , 1420 Locust Street, (515) 288-0268, http://www.djangodesmoines.com/
Conference packets, welcome, and introductions.
Monday, June 10th, Cartwright Hall Atrium, Drake University (Campus maps will be distributed with registration packets on Sunday evening)
8:30-9:00 am: Breakfast and coffee for all conference registrants.
9:00-10:30 am: Panel I: Reading Celebrity: Text and Representation
Salvatore Fallica (New York University): “Norman Mailer and Celebrity Culture; or, ‘stepping into the war of the enormous present’”
Bruce Peabody (Fairleigh Dickinson University) and John Schiemann (Fairleigh Dickinson University): “Arête and Celebrity Across the American Centuries: From Franklin to the ‘Most Interesting Man’”
Amanda Konkle (Georgia Southern University—Armstrong): “Celebrated and Imagined Criminals in Cornelius Eady’s Brutal Imagination”.
10:45 am-12:15 pm: Panel II: Jurisprudential Celebrity
Hadar Aviram (University of California, Hastings, College of Law): “Three Narratives of the Manson Family Murders”
Hadar Aviram (University of California Hastings College of Law): “Three Narratives of the Manson Family Murders”
Chad Oldfather (Marquette University School of Law): “David Souter and Supreme Court Celebrity”
Michael Nelson (The Pennsylvania State University), Rachel Paine Caufield (Drake University), and Alex Freeman (Drake University): “Courting Celebrity”
12:30-1:30 pm: Lunch for all conference registrants
1:45-3:15 pm: Keynote Address and Q&A
Nikol Alexander-Floyd (Rutgers University): “From Protest to Politics to Celebrity?: Black cultural pathology melodrama from Cosby to Obama”
3:30-5:00 pm: Panel III: Media and Celebrity
Anna Lee Swan (University of Washington): “Social Influencers and the Embodied Self-Brand: Representation of the Recovering Body in YouTube Lifestyle Vlogs”
Joshua Morrison (University of Minnesota—Twin Cities): “Reality Television as Reorienting Force in Celebrity and the Extra/Ordinary”
Judith Roof (Rice University): “‘Oh, you little bitch troll from hell!’: Joanna Lumley, the ‘Sweetie Dahling’”
5:00-7:30 pm: Break for dinner (on your own).
7:30-9:30 pm: Turner Jazz Center, Drake University: Dessert reception and live Jazz
Tuesday, June 11, Carwright Hall Atrium, Drake University
8:30-9:00 am: Breakfast for all conference registrants
9:00 am-Noon: Panel IV: Signs of our Times: Celebrity and the Politics of the Moment
Jo Ann Oravec (University of Wisconsin—Whitewater): “Celebrity, Disability, and Social Media: Critical Perspectives on Confessional Discourse and Community Advocacy.”
Renée Cramer (Drake University): “Vulnerable/Powerful: Serena, Beyoncé, and Reproductive Justice”
Craig N. Owens (Drake University): “Leading Indicators: Celebrity Formations and Political Prediction”
Oline Eaton (University of Memphis): “‘I REALLY DON’T CARE, DO YOU?’: The (Heroic?) ‘Mysteriousness’ of Melania Trump”
Samantha Majic (John Jay College of Criminal Justice—CUNY): “Celebrities’ Anti-Trafficking Activism: Illuminating the Invisible, Exercising Power?”
Lori Cox Han (Chapman University) and Brian Calfano (University of Cincinnati): “Johnny Carson’s Comedic Timing: Television Host Effects on Political Approval”