Conference Program




Aniko Imre

Anikó Imre will deliver the 2016 conference’s keynote address, which will focus on how issues of globalization are affecting feminist media studies.

Dr. Imre is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Division of Cinema and Media Studies in the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts where she specializes in film and media theory, global television, national and transnational media, and European media. She is the author of Identity Games: Globalization and the Transformation of Post-Communist Media Cultures (MIT Press, 2009); editor ofEast European Cinemas, published in the AFI Film Readers series (Routledge, 2005), and the Blackwell Companion to East European Cinemas (2012); and co-editor ofPopular Television in Eastern Europe During and Since Socialism (2015), an entry in the Routledge series Advances in Internationalizing Media Studies, and Transnational Feminism in Film and Media, part of Palgrave’s Comparative Feminist Studies series (2007). Dr. Imre is also co-editor of the Palgrave book series Global Cinemas, and the recipient of the University of Chicago Press’s inaugural Catharine Stimpson Award for Outstanding Feminist Scholarship (2007). Recent articles include “Postcolonial Media Studies in Postsocialist Europe” in boundary 2 (2014), “Love to Hate: National Intimacy and Racial Intimacy on Reality TV in the New Europe” in Television and New Media(2012), and “National History and Cross-National Television Edutainment” in Journal of Popular Film and Television (2012).


The plenary session of the 2016 conference will build upon several of Console-ing Passions key strengths: interdisciplinarity, support for developing scholars, and a keen eye for important but often overlooked corners of our media culture.  We will bring together scholars from a range of perspectives to reflect on the ways in which their scholarship, their cultural and political investments, and their understanding of their field have evolved as they have developed from student scholars into teaching faculty, mentors, activists, and public intellectuals.  Rather than offer career retrospectives, we hope this plenary will spark a lively public conversation about the ongoing cultural, professional, and intellectual transformations we all face as media critics and creators.

 Plenary speakers:
Aymar Jean Christian, Northwestern University
Jessalynn Keller, University of East Anglia
Jorie Lagerwey, University College Dublin
Quinn Miller, University of Oregon
Kristen Warner, University of Alabama


The conference will have several pre-constituted roundtables that focus either on scholarly topics in the field or matters of professional interest.  Each forum’s convener has proposed a question to which each roundtable participant has responded in a short paper.  Conference attendees are encouraged to read and reflect on these papers before attending the forums.  Roundtable participants’ remarks at the conference will be brief in order to create substantive discussion with attendees.

Click on the titles below to read the questions and responses.

B1. What’s in a Platform? Tumblr’s Feminist and Queer Spaces as New Sites of Scholarly Inquiry

D1. Teaching while Female: Embodied Pedagogy from Feminist Perspectives

F1. Back to Black: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Contemporary Media Industries

H1. #CyberMisogyny: Combating Gendered Hate Online

J1. Fairly Using and Reusing: Remixing Copyright in the Digital Classroom

K1. Shifting Goal-“Posts”? Teaching Gender and Sexuality