Friday, May 23, 2008

Oceanic Popular Culture Association
2008 Conference Schedule

Friday-- May 23, 2008

8:30-9:00 A.M. Continental Breakfast/Registration

9:00-10:30 A.M.

Panel 1A: Workshop Session on Dialogics of American Literature

Moderator: Amy Nishimura, University of Hawai’i, West O’ahu

Aimee Ilac, University of Hawai’i, West O’ahu

Kristopher Dung, University of Hawai’i, West O’ahu

10:45-12:15 P.M.

Panel 2A: Asian Popular Culture

Moderator: Jayson Chun, University of Hawai’i, West O’ahu

Roy Huff, University of Hawai’i, West O’ahu
Perceptions of the Hawaiian Nissei in 1937

Christine Cynn, Columbia University
“The Prostitute, the Gambler and the Sodomite: Chinese Laborers as Unproductive Labor in the Early Exclusion Era United States”

Chitta Unni, Chaminade University of Honolulu
“The Cinematic Look of Chinese Women”
Comments by My Liu Rui Hong

Panel 2B: Film Studies

Moderator: David Arnold, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point

Alan Lindsay, New Hampshire Technical Institute
“Teaching and its Dissed Contents: Reflections on Hollywood’s Cult of the Teacher”

Camilla Fojas, DePaul University
“Hollywood in the Shadow of 1898”

Megan Lloyd, King’s College
“Shakespeare or Schlokspeare?: Marketing the Bard in the 21st Century”

David W. Norton, Rio Hondo College
“Becoming a Princess: Culture, Gender and Latina/o Sexuality in Quinceanera

Lunch (On Your Own)—12:45-2:30 P.M.

2:30-4:00 P.M.

Panel 3A: Food and Popular Culture

Moderator: Larissa Schumann, Brigham Young University, Hawai’i

Monique Mironesco, University of Hawai‘i, West O‘ahu
“Food, Intersectionality and Location”

Mark Hanson, University of Hawai‘i, West O‘ahu
“Binge and Purge: An Explanation of the American Drug Intolerance that Emerged after Three Mass Epidemics”

Panel 3B: Transitions in Science Fiction

Moderator: Jill Dahlman, University of Hawai’i at Manoa

Heather Rolufs, University of Northern British Columbia
“The Representations of Manichaeism Delirium in the New Battlestar Galactica

Jill Dahlman, University of Hawai’i at Manoa
Star Trek and Intertextuality:  Literature Meets SF on the Television Set”

John Trowbridge, Assistant Editor, Journal of Chinese Philosophy
"First Contact with the 'Children of Tama': Narrative and Analytic' Styles of Rationality' in Star Trek and Comparative Philosophy"

James Trowbridge, Mid-Pacific Institute
"A Fifth Grader's Perspective on Sci Fi TV"

4:00-5:30 P.M.
OPCA 2008 Reception
Saturday-- May 24, 2008

7:30 A.M. Continental Breakfast

8:00-9:30 A.M.

Panel 4A: Senior Culture: Activity and Retirement Among Seniors

Moderator: Frederick J. Augustyn, Jr., Library of Congress

Timothy J. Schoepke, Enoch Pratt Library
“ Changing Ideas of Aging in the United States During the 21st Century”

Edith Thomas, Independent Scholar
“ Minority Senior Singers”

Hiromi Ochi, Hitotsubashi University
“The Transformation of the Meaning of Retirement in Japan in Terms of Neo Liberalist Discourse”

Frederick J. Augustyn, Jr., Library of Congress
"Reflection on the Return of Seasoned Politicians--Case Studies of Adenauer, Churchill, De Gaulle, and Peron"

Panel 4B: Nineteenth Century “Pop” Cultures

Moderator: Beth Ptalis, University of California, Riverside

Beth Ptalis, University of California, Riverside
“Not ‘one of the Populace’: Burnett’s Sara Crewe”

Jenni Keys, University of California, Riverside
“Crisis in Empire: White Women, Brown Men, and the Imperial Gothic in Fin de Siècle Zenana Fictions”

Ana Savic, University of California, Riverside
“The Dark Side of the Self: Dracula and the Balkan Crisis

9:45-11:15 A.M.

Panel 5A: Children’s Literature

Moderator: Craig Svonkin, Metropolitan State College of Denver

Stephen Hancock, Brigham Young University, Hawai’i
Sum Patronus: The Psychology of the Fatherless in The Prisoner of Azkaban”

Monique Storie, University of Guam
“That’s SO Chamorro: Chamorro Teachers’ Responses to Contemporary Realistic Children’s Literature Set in Guam”

Gabrielle Halko, West Chester University, Pennsylvania
“The Enemy’s Shifting Face: Reflections of History and Patriotism in Contemporary Young Adult Literature”

Panel 5B: Philosophy and Film

Moderator: James Sage, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

James Sage, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
“Evolution and Creationism in Popular Culture”

William T. Irwin, King’s College
“‘Truth Matters’ in The Golden Compass”

Paul Booth, Manchester Metropolitan University
“Dance of the Dead: Allegory in 28 Days Later

David Isaacs, California Baptist University
“There Be Whales Here”: Sacred Spaces in Niki Caro’s Whale Rider

11:30-2:00 P.M.

 Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl
Don't Call Us Cannibal: Two Generations of Pacific Family Writing

Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl is a well-known Honolulu playwright and author. She holds a master’s degree in drama and theatre from the University of Hawai`i. Her many plays have been performed in Hawai`i and the continental United States and have toured to Britain, Asia, and the Pacific. An anthology of her work, Hawai`i Nei: Island Plays, is available from the University of Hawai`i Press. Ms. Kneubuhl’s mystery novel Murder Casts a Shadow, will be published in the fall of 2008 by the University of Hawaii Press. She is currently the writer and co-producer for the television series Biography Hawaii. In 1994, she was the recipient of the prestigious Hawai`i Award for Literature and in 2006 received the Eliot Cades Award for Literature.


2:00-3:30 P.M.

Panel 6A: Creative and Critical Voice in Popular Music

Moderator: Fumiko Takasugi, Honolulu Community College  

Andrew Burt, University of Wisconsin, Steven’s Point
"An Original Aesthetic: Tracing Lester Bangs' Influence on Music Criticism" 

Megim Parks, California State University, San Bernardino
"Raspberry Swirl: Feminine Voice/Style/Linguistics in the Lyrics of Tori Amos" 

Meric Sobutay, Halic University, Istanbul
"A Poetic Journey in Music: Tracing the Tracks of Sufism in Turkish Rap”

Panel 6B: Marking Time: Tattooing in Literature and Popular Culture

Moderator: Stanley Orr, University of Hawai’i, West O’ahu

James Goodwin, University of California, Los Angeles
“A Few American Tattoos:  Literary Variations”

Mandy Treagus, University of Adelaide
“The Tattoo, the Contemporary Pacific and Academic Approaches”

Heidi Owens, Luzerne Community College
"Tattooing and Cultural Identity"

3:45-5:15 P.M.

Panel 7A: The Coen Brothers’ Revisionary Cinema 

Moderator: Stanley Orr, University of Hawai’i, West O’ahu

David L. G. Arnold, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
“Ladies, Killing, and the Ethics of the Remake”: The Coen Brothers do The Ladykillers”

Stanley Orr, University of Hawai‘i, West O‘ahu
Confidence Men in Blood Simple and The Man Who Wasn’t There

Matthew Snyder, University of California, Riverside
“Not a Whore, Not a Nun: Fargo's Frances McDormand with a Gun”

Panel 7B: Epistemologies of Place

Moderator: Anna Marie Christiansen, Brigham Young University, Hawai’i

Cara Chang, University of Hawaii, Manoa
“Orality and Literacy at Kukaniloko”

Patrice M. Wilson, Hawai’i Pacific University
“Land and Relationships in Oceanic Literature”

Shanda Adams, San Jose State University/Bethany University
“Characteristics of Murayama's Characters of All I Asking for is My Body: How America's Birth Order Affects Japanese Filial Piety”

Philip Heldrich, University of Washington, Tacoma
“The Challenges of Public Poetry: The Fate of William Stafford’s Methow River Signs”

Sunday May 25, 2008

7:30 A.M. Continental Breakfast

8:00-9:30 A.M.

Panel 8A: The Asian Atlantic: Parallax Visions of American Modernity

Moderator: Jinah Kim, Northwestern University

Nitasha Sharma, Northwestern University
“Hapas and Douglas: Asian/White and Indian/Black Multiracial Identities in Hawai'i and Trinidad”

Neel Ahuja, University of California, San Diego
“AW Hitt’s Death Worlds: India, Hawai’i, and the Leprosy Portrait in Tropical Medical Photography”

Jinah Kim, Northwestern University
Atlantic Visions of the American “Lake” from Moby Dick to Pirates of the Caribbean

Panel 8B: Film, Television, and Popular Culture

Moderator: Cheryl Edelson, Chaminade University of Honolulu

James J. Lu, California Baptist University
“From Walkman and MTV to iPod and YouTube: Allan Bloom’s Concerns Twenty Years Ago and Now”       

Berniece L. Bruinius, California Baptist University
“New Interpretations from Springfield and Homer Simpson:  Television, Old Books, and Today’s Readers”

Cynthia J. Miller, Emerson College
“‘Lights Out!’  Cameras On!:  Horror Comes to Television”

Clara Pallejá-López, The University of Auckland
“Exploring the Shadows: Spanish Writers of Horror”

9:45-11:15 A.M.

Panel 9A: Popular Cultures and Subcultures

Moderator: Cheryl Edelson, Chaminade University of Honolulu

Maureen Salsitz, Claremont Graduate University
“Aura and Commodification in the Hard Rock Café”

Timothy Luther, California Baptist University
“The Pirates of the Caribbean: International Relations and Foreign Policy”

Jeffrey Schultz, Luzerne Community College
“Tragic End: Death of the HMAS Sydney”

Panel 9B: Poetry, Poetics, and Popular Culture

Moderator: Richard Hishmeh, Palomar College

Sarah Antinora, California State University of San Bernardino
“Issues of Ecopoetics: The Appropriation of the Nature Conservation Movement for Hawaiian Sovereignty”

Tim Adams, University of Hawai’i, West O’ahu
“Myth and Archetype in Elizabeth Bishop’s ‘The Fish’”

Cassandra Batdorf, University of Hawai’i, West O’ahu
Pursued's Noir Poetics Reverse Western Creeds”

11:30-12:45 P.M.

Panel 10A: Exotica/Exoticisms

Moderator: Jason Spangler, Riverside City College

Elodie Nowinski, Sciences Po Paris, Centre d’Histoire / Columbia University
“Exotic song and exotic trends in France: the case of the French singer Antoine and trend settings in popular culture”

Gavin Furukawa, University of Hawai‘i, Manoa
“I can talk like one local: Uses of Local Language and Culture in Hughes's Surfing Detective Series”

Craig Svonkin, Metropolitan State College of Denver
“A Jewish Boyhood in the Simu-Southland Shadow of the Tikis”

Panel 10B: Religion and Popular Culture

Moderator: Regina Pfeiffer, Chaminade University of Honolulu

Dustyn Lai-Ragasa, Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology
“Anti-Catholicism in 19th Century Hawai’i”

Steve Derne, SUNY, Geneseo
The Bhagavad Gita and Popular-Culture Conceptions of Well Being in India”

Dmitrii Sidorov, California State University, Long Beach
“Russian Orthodoxy-Inspired Geopolitics of the Pacific”

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