2022 Schedule

September 30 & October 1, 2022

All conference events to take place at the Graduate Student Commons, located in Seabury Hall at 2122 Sheridan Road, Room 140, Evanston, IL 60201

September 30, Day 1

Doors open at 8:15, breakfast available

9:00-10:15am Panel 1: Simulating Presence

Barbora Dalia Hatalova (University of Southern California), “Screen Dating: Media Landscapes, Moving Images, and Romantic Relationships”

Golden M. Owens (Northwestern University), “‘It’s Like Having You There in Person’: Labor-Saving Technologies in U.S. Homes and Lived Spaces”

Paul Kim (University of California, Santa Barbara), “Recommending Race: Asian TikTok and the Saturation of Signification”

Faculty Moderator: Dr. Nathan Rossi

10:30-12:00pm Panel 2: Memorial Irruptions

Elizabeth Winter (Northwestern University), “Losing Track of Time: On Narrative and Formal Temporal Rupture in Dee Rees’s Pariah

Stephen Woo (Brown University), “The Impossible Object of Memoria (2021)”

Viki Conner (University of Illinois-Chicago), “Fever Dreams and the Future of Nostalgia: Liminal Performances and Affective Meaning-Making on TikTok”

Devin Glenn (University of Southern California), “The Saturated Psyche: WandaVision and Trauma”

Faculty Moderator: Dr. Nicholas Davis

12:00-1:00pm Lunch

1:15-2:30pm Panel 3: Feeling Extra

Kylie Walters (Northwestern University), “Saturation, depletion: Aesthetics and the withheld in The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

Nicolas Rueda-Sabater (University of Chicago), “Affective Overflows of the Dam-Building Melodrama”

Shania Perera (Concordia University), “Portrayals of Women, Wealth and Excess in the Selected Films of Sofia Coppola”

Faculty Moderator: Dr. Patrick Fiorilli

2:45-4:00pm Panel 4: Bodies of/and Water

Anne Dellinger (Georgetown University), “‘This is the story of a river’: Seeing Ecologically through Pare Lorentz’s The River

Tinghao Zhou (University of California, Santa Barbara), “‘A Slow Motion Picture’: A Thought Experiment on Saturated Screens and Benthic Mediation”

Wesley Cornwell (Harvard University), “Blue; or, the queer geography of human limits”

Faculty Moderator: Dr. Jacob Smith

4:15-5:15pm Keynote: Dr. Anna Kornbluh (University of Illinois Chicago)

Happy Hour immediately following keynote

October 1, Day 2

Doors open at 8:15am, breakfast available

 9:00-10:15am Panel 5: Reimaging Activism

Eleanor Rosemary Gratz (University of North Carolina at Wilmington), “Sneakers on Linoleum and Lighting Burns the Sky: Authorship, Ethnography, and Radical Cinema in RaMell Ross’ Hale County This Morning, This Evening

Phoebe Marshall (University of Pittsburgh), “(No) More! Michèle Ray’s Camera Relays and Rejects the Derridean Worst in Loin du Việt-Nam

Syeda Momina Masood (University of Pittsburgh), “The Cut-Piece as Excess: Exhibition and Spectatorship in Post-Zia Pakistan”

Faculty Moderator: Dr. Michael Turcios 

10:30-12:00pm Panel 6: Text, Paratext, Intertext

Brian Leahy (Northwestern University), “Les Levine’s Breaking News: Photography, Press Releases, and Art Media in the 1970s”

Diana Funez (Northwestern University), “Sign, Seal, and Deliverance: Intertitles as Paratext in D.W. Griffith’s 1915 Birth of a Nation and 1916 Intolerance

Robin Calleja (Georgetown University), “Saturated in Myth: The Silence of the Lambs’ Buffalo Bill & Anti-Transgender Legislations Across the United States”

Stefanie Chae (Georgetown University), “Media Saturation and the U.S. Military: The Military’s Politically Propagandist Performance”

Faculty Moderator: Dr. Kalisha Cornett

12:00-1:00pm: Lunch

1:15-2:30pm Panel 7: (All-)Consuming Identities

Basil Dababneh (University of Chicago), “Silly Saturation: Queerying the Intensities of Blackness in The Eric André Show”

Yilun (Elon) Li (Columbia University), “Eating as Medi(t)ation: Mukbang ASMR, Sensory Gluttony, and Extraction of Sonic-Haptic Unconscious”

Allison McClain Merrill (Independent scholar), “Nostalgia Saturation: Observing the Overwhelming Disney Channel Effect in Millennial Viewers”

Faculty Moderator: Dr. Lynn Spigel

2:45-4:00pm Panel 8: Media Purgatories

Eduardo Bello (Northwestern University), “The Backrooms: non-places and digital horror narratives”

Cooper Long (University of Chicago), “‘You Are Not Going to Leave this Room:’ Control-Room Metaphors in ‘Golden Age’ Television Drama”

Allison Farrell (University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee), “Into the Virtual Labyrinth: Exploring the Winchester Mystery House as a Digital Ghost”

Faculty Moderator: Dr. Jeffrey Sconce

4:15-5:15pm Keynote: Dr. Cáel Keegan (Concordia University)

Happy Hour immediately following keynote