Pippi to Ripley 2015 Program

preliminary program

 Pippi to Ripley: Gender and Sexualities in Fantasy, Science Fiction, Comics and Children's Literature

Pippi to Ripley/ITHACON40 Schedule 2015

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Thursday,  April 30

9:00 kick-off event: Showing of Barbarella at  Cinemapolis.  Introduction by Ithaca Times film critic Bryan VanCampen. ($7 adults/$5 students)

Friday, May 1

Note: Conference participants will be joined by local teachers, librarians and students for the Friday program.  Anyone who wishes to receive Continuing Education credit for attending this event will need to register with TSTBOCES; Enroll through My Learning Plan at www.tstboces.org  

8:00-9:00 (Macdonald Lounge) Registration

9:00-9:15 (Clark Lounge) Opening remarks         

9:30 -10:30 Session 1

(Clark Lounge) Fan Fiction in the Class Room?

Using Transformative Works to Develop Critical Thinking Skills and Enhance Literacy

(Klingenstein Lounge) Issues of Gender and Agency in YA Paranormal Romance

Meghanne Flynn, University of Cambridge.  “The Power of Death in Young Adult Supernatural Romance”

Christine Havens-Hafer, Ithaca College.  “Like a Boss: The Evolution and Empowerment of the Female Protagonist in YA Mystery and Fantasy”

 Alyssa Higham, Mansfield University. “Paranormalcy: Readers Love the (Extra) ordinary”

10:45-11:45 Session 2

(Friends 110 Computer Lab)  How to Create a Book Review Blog

John Jacobson “Heroes and Heartbreakers” and Gretchen Hohmeyer “My Life is A Notebook”

(Klingenstein Lounge) Race and Ethnicity in Comics, Television, and Science Fiction: New Forms of Female Power

Shawndra Holderby, Mansfield University “Watson and May Save the Day: Asian women and The continued Use of Stereotypes in the Science Fiction Genre”

Nia Nunn Makepeace and Angelique Hudson , Ithaca College “Exploring Black Femininity Through Existing and Created Comic Book Characters”

Leah Gates, American University. “Kamala to Malala: Young Women’s Leadership Narratives in Speculative Fiction as Counternarrative Remedy for the Political Ambition Gap”

11:45-12:45 Lunch Break

1:00-2:00 Session 3

(Klingenstein Lounge) Panel on Contemporary YA Transgender Literature

Bruce Henderson, Ithaca College, Professor of  Communications

Luca Maurer, Director LGBT Center, Ithaca College

John Jacobson, Editor Spencer Hill Press

(Friends 110 Computer Lab) Creating Online Comics

Web comic creator and graphic artist, and web designer Camilo Nascimento talks about recent developments in web comics, and shows participants the “the engine behind the image.”

2:15- 3:15 Session 4

(Clark Lounge) Teaching Graphic Novels

Ithaca College Journalism Professor Todd Schack shares insights into the role of graphic novels in contemporary classrooms

(Klingenstein Lounge) To Panem and Beyond: Predecessors and Successors to The Hunger Games

Hannah Grover, Mansfield University. “Badass Warriors to Domestic Housewives”

Tara K. Parmiter , New York University . “Eco-Feminist Warriors in Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games

Mary Lindroth, Caldwell University. “Katniss Everdeen and the Contested Meaning of Female Empowerment”

3:30- 4:45 Plenary Event

(Klingenstein Lounge) The Regendered Reading Room led by DeLessin George-Warren

Regendered Reading Room (RRR) is a collaborative art project that invites guest artists to reimagine public domain books by changing gendered nouns and pronouns. The RRR Workshop will consist of three parts. The first half is a presentation on the background of the project, an introduction to the artists and the works created to date, and a critical analysis of the possibilities and limitations of queer remix discourse. The second section will be an interactive exploration of excerpts from regendered texts. The audience will be invited into groups to critically discuss regendered excerpts provided at the beginning of the lecture. Finally, the audience will reunite into a whole group discussion about findings, debates, and revelations discovered during the small group discussions.

7:00-9:00 Panel on Women Making Comics Klingenstein Lounge

Laura Lee Gulledge   artist, author, and playwright from Virginia. Her debut Young Adult graphic novel Page by Paige (Abrams Books) was nominated for both the Eisner and Harvey Awards, including Most Promising New Talent; Will & Whit made YALSA’s Top Ten Books for Teens and Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books 2014.

Maegan Cook, Manga Artist:The World Next Door; A Plus B

Emily Swan Artist for “Reckless Geometry” in the Steel City Anthology. Cover art and illustrations for “Puddle Jumpers.” She is also the co-creator/artist of “Swan Burger” and “Adventures in Crapville.”

Danielle (Ielle) Palmer Worked on webcomics Awesome Storm Justice 41 and  Rival Angels, and creator/artist of  Wayward 1906 and The Cruelest Month


Saturday, May 2

10am-5pm  (Emerson Suites) ITHACON40

Youth Programs for ages 6-18 (see /kkittredge/ya_events/)

9:30am-11:45 Comic Drawing, Creative Writing, Pathfinder RPG Adventure, decorate a cape/design a superhero. The Game Space 

11:45-12:45(Friends 2017) Pizza

1:00-2:00 (Textor 102) Bruce Coville Keynote

2:00-4:30 Japanese Sword, Belly Dancing, Star Wars Costuming, Steampunk crafts, Make a Monster Limb, Zombie Ball Room, The Game Space 

5:15 (Textor 102) World Premier: Lightening-Fast Super-Silly Zombie Monster Superhero Video

8:00am-9:00 (Lobby Emerson Suites) Registration

9:00-9:15 (Textor 102) Opening Remarks/ Slam Poem/ Fairy Godmother Invocation

9:30-10:30 Session 1

ITHACON Lecture/Discussion (Ithaca Falls Room, Campus Center)

Lisa Dupree presents on "The MCU Fandom's Civil War: How Agent Carter and Spider-Man Reveal National Identity Politics."  no registration needed. 

 (Textor 101) Classic Science Fiction Revisited

Marleen Barr, CUNY “ What Podkayne Says About Humans of Earth, or Stranger in a Strange Reading Practice Land”

Teri Doerkson, Mansfield University. “Do Girls Belong in Our Worlds: From Heinlein’s Podkayne to McCaffrey’s Menolly”

Thomas Morrissey, Plattsburgh State University. “Is it too late for Heroines?: Confronting Dystopia in Panshin’s Rite of Passage and Collins’ Hunger Games Trilogy”

(Textor 102)  New Twists on Old Fairytales

Michelle Mione, Caldwell University. “From competition to companionship: The Transformation of the Villainess in Maleficent

Brandon Earley, Mansfield University. “Spare the Child: Redeeming the Female Villain in Maleficent

Christa M. Burgin, St. Lawrence University. “Disrupting the Fairytale Binary: New Forms of Feminism in “Snow White” Variants”

(Textor 103) Kick-Ass Women on TV

Chloe West Barker-Benfield, Independent Scholar. “’Son of a Baccchea,’ Daughter of Carmilla: Neo-Victorian Vampires in Xena, Warrior Princess

Stephanie Mix, Independent Scholar. “Gender, Choice and the Slayer: Buffy’s Body and Control in Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Sarah Ford, Hobart and William Smith Colleges. “Pink is the New Black: The Role of Female Villains and the Breaking of Gender Norms in Genre Media”

10:45-11:45 Session 2

ITHACON Panel on Cosplay (Ithaca Falls Room, Campus Center)

(Textor 101) Gender in Classic Comics

Michael Dittman, Butler Community College. “Letterhacks and the Mighty Marching Society: What Letter Columns Can tell Us About the Changing Role of Women in Comics”

C. Rachel Katz , Independent Scholar. “The Checkered Woman: Harley Quinn’s Villainy and Victimhood”

Danielle S. Carr, City College of New York. “Gender Bending and Gender Building From Wonder Woman to the New Non-Traditional Superheroines”

(Textor 102) Recent Trends in YA Steampunk, Paranormal Romance, and High Fantasy

Kazia Berkley-Cramer, Simmons College. “Of Monsters and Men: The Gendering of Scientific Ethics in YA Steampunk”

Gretchen Hohmeyer, Ithaca College. “#NowTrending: How Throne of Glass Proves Bad YA Trends Can Make Good Literature”

Eva M. Thury, Drexel University. “Twilight and Vampire Academy: Vampires as Heroes for Young Adult Readers”

Textor 103 From the Golden Age of Television to Today

Vibiana Bowman Cvetkovic, Rutgers. “Princesses and Pixies: Women Hosts of Children’s Fantasy Shows in the Golden Age of Television”

Jacqueline York, Independent Scholar. “Impossible?: How Clara and Missy complicate the Question of Gender in Dr. Who”

Zara Wilkinson, Rutgers University Camden. “Project Leda: The Gender Politics of BBC America’s Orphan Black.”

11:45-12:45 Lunch Break

1:00-2:00 (Textor 102) Keynote: Bruce Coville

  Bruce Coville has published over 100 books, which have appeared in over a dozen countries around the world and sold more than sixteen million copies. Among his most popular titles are MY TEACHER IS AN ALIEN, INTO THE LAND OF THE UNICORNS, and THE MONSTER'S RING.

2:15-3:15 Session 3

ITHACON Workshop on Fan Fiction (Ithaca Falls Room, Campus Center)

 Carolyn Haas talks about "How to Succeed in Fan Fiction (Without Really Trying)"

(Textor 101) Female Comic Book Characters for All Ages

Julie Still, Rutgers University, Camden. “Fantomette: France’s Most Famous (Only?) Girl Superhero”

Riley Marie Thomas, Mansfield University. “Aiming in the Right direction: The Women of CW’s Arrow

Haviva Avirom, Independent Scholar. “Lumberjanes: Comics for Hardcore Lady-types”

(Textor 102) Pushing the Genre Boundaries

Miranda Peery, Mansfield University. “A Woman of a Certain Age: The Portrayal of Mature Femininity in Stephen King’s Lisey’s Story and A Good Marriage

Douglas Anderson, Caldwell University. “Reading, Writing and Women’s ‘Supapawa!’ in Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being.”

Laura-Jane Devanny, De Montfort University (UK). “Women as Both commodity and consumer in Margaret Atwood’s The Year of the Flood

(Textor 103) New Media: Women in Podcasts and Webcomics

Rachel Dick, Ithaca College.  “A Goddess for a New Century: A New Persephone in ‘A Hundred Days of Night’”

Trinidad Linares, Independent Scholar. “Wading in Geek Culture Wearing Mom Jeans: Clara in  ‘The Guild’

Erica Kauffman, Ithaca College.  “River Rocks and Old Women: ‘Welcome to Night Vale’’s Subversion and Destruction of Gender”

3:30-4:30 Session 4

All Ages. Drop in: Belly Dance with Zajal (Klingenstein Lounge, Campus Center)

no registration needed

ITHACON Panel "How I Broke In"  (Ithaca Falls Room, Campus Center)

 Comic book authors and artists talk about how they got into the business of making comics.

(Textor 101) Margaret Atwood and More

Anna Lawrence, Simmons College “The Queered Outsider: Heteronormativity and Power dynamics in Dystopian Literature”

Meagan Proctor Kavouras, “Fashioning the Future, Fashioning Ourselves: Reading Science Fiction through the Lens of Fashion Studies”

(Textor 102) Gender and Magic in Fantasy Literature

Taylor Donahue, Mansfield University. “Title 9 ¾: Gender, Creibility, and Quidditch”

Rachel Roupp, Mansfield University. “The Lion, the Witch and the Patriarchy: Gender Roles in Lewis’ Narnia”

Emily Turgeon, Ithaca College. ​“You're A Wizard Terry: Magic and Gender on the Disc.”

Textor 103 Gender in Video Games

Alesssa Valentin, Rutgers University, New Brunswick. “Pixels in Distress: The Affective Economy of Video Games”

Mikhail A Valentin, Hunter College. “’PEACE’ AND’QUIET’: Destructive Plasticity and Gender in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain


6:00-11:00 Tori Cup Fantasy and Science Fiction Knowledge Competition

($10 registration for each team; categories: family, middle school, high school, open)

For more information and to register go to http://toricup.webs.com/




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