Arts, Dining & Entertainment

CSJ presents fourth annual Pop Culture Conference

April 10 and 11 — RUTLAND — College of St. Joseph will hold its fourth annual Popular Culture Conference, “Serials, Sequels, and Remakes: Refashioning Popular Culture,” on April 10 and 11 on the CSJ campus at 71 Clement Road in Rutland.

Presenters will cover topics ranging from film genre and history to analysis of the apocalyptic narrative and much more. These scholars will come from near and far, including professors from St. Lawrence University, SUNY Canton, and College of St. Joseph.

“Thanks to Japanese monster movies, James Bond novels, comic books, album cover art, and how sequels are constructed, CSJ Popular Culture Conference is able to present its most diverse set of panels yet,”said Jonas Prida, Associate Vice President for Curriculum and Program Development and Chair of the Arts & Sciences Division.

The conference kicks off at 4:30 p.m. April 10. Panel discussions take place in Tuttle Hall on April 11 from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m.Registration is $25. Walk-in registration is available through the morning of April 11.

“This years theme is ‘Serials, Sequels, and Remakes,’” Prida said. “With the popularity of shows such as ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘The Walking Dead,’ we knew that we needed a conference that looked directly at how and why narratives get repeated and replayed as much as they do.”

This year’s presentations include:

Alex Gladwin, Independent Scholar: Smoke and Mirrors: Metafiction in Graphic Novels

October Surprise, Rogue Sociology: Abduction, Seduction, and [RE:]production: Sexualized Power Exchange in Golden Age Comics and Beyond.

Sean O’Brien, SUNY Canton: Ian Fleming’s James Bond and the Stubborn Denial of Post-Imperial Britain.

Dan Look, St. Lawrence University: Stylomery and the Seldon Crisis: Using Stylometry to Categorize Novels in Asimov’s Foundation Universe.

David Balfour, College of St. Joseph: Ghastly Atrocities, Gratuitous Cruelty, and Surrealists Gone Wild!: The Remarkable Criminal Career of Fantomas, the Lord of Terror.

Max Ward, Middlebury College: May the Gods Save Us! Film Genre, History, and Politics in Daiei’s Daimajin series (1966).

Marc Brock-Cancellieri, Harford Community College: “So Say We All:” Using Three Incarnations of Battlestar Gallatica to Assess Critical Thinking Skills in the Composition Classroom.

Quasar Surprise, The Evergreen State College: Analysis of the Repetitive Apocalyptic Narrative in Science Fiction Film Through an Environmental Rhetoric Perspective.

Seth Nixon, SUNY Canton: Stormbringer: Capturing the Soul of Extra Dimensional Representation.

Marshall Highet, College of St. Joseph: Double Take: Constructing a Fictional Sequel

Marc Ricciardi, St. Joseph’s College: The Marvelous Adventures of Milton Carter Zion.

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