College of Staten Island (CUNY) Cinema and Media Studies Graduate Student Conference, Trans-(media)


College of Staten Island (CUNY) Cinema and Media Studies Graduate Student Conference



Thursday, June 6, 2013

9:30 – 10:00: Registration


10:00 – 11:40: Opening Remarks by Chair Ying Zhu

First Session: Trans-Forming Feminine Characterization in Narrative Media


  • Sony Kamal (College of Staten Island) “See but Don’t Talk: Ironical Double Standards of Women in Bangladeshi Films”
  • Mahmudur Rahman (West Virginia State University) “Four Representative Female Characters in Mainstream Bangladeshi Stag Films”
  • Ximena Aliaguilla (College of Staten Island) “Serial Dramas, ‘The New Golden Age of Television,’ and Universal Heroine Identification: A Case Study of Showtime’s Homeland
  • Moderator: Prof. Bilge Yesil


11:45 – 1:00: Keynote: “Empty Orchestra” by Dr. Karen Tongson, University of Southern California


1:00 – 2:00: Lunch


2:00 – 3:20­: Morphing Escapism in a Transmedia Age


  • Nettie Brock (Eastern Kentucky University/University of Missouri) “The Stage as Liminal Space: An Exploration of Glee and Smash”
  • Michael Fischetti (College of Staten Island) “Merchandising: Where All The Money Comes From”
  • Moderator: Prof. Tara Mateik


3:30 – 4:50­: Social and Political Control in Transmediated Texts


  • Laura Hadden (Hunter College) “All Together Now: Documentary Storytelling & Data Journalism”
  • Ruijao Dong (New York University) “From Theatre to Life: The Rationality and Irrationality in Social Directors”
  • Nichole Latimer (New York University) “Marketed Corpses: The Urban Politics of Rural Hate Crime Documentaries”
  • Moderator: Prof. Christopher Anderson


4:50 – 5:10: Coffee Break


5:10 – 6:30: Music, Media and Transmedia Influence


  • Spencer DeBenedictis (College of Staten Island)  “Torn and Frayed: Jagger/Richards, Robert Frank and Rollin Binzer at the The Crossroads of Transmedia in The Rolling Stones’ America”
  • Frank Bridges (SC&I, Rutgers University) “The Dream of the 1890s Is Alive in Sheet Music: How Beck’s Song Reader Release Replicates a New Dilemma in Transmedia”
  • Josef Luciano (College of Staten Island) “Louder than Bombs: Sound as a Means of Silent Control”
  • Moderator: Prof. Valerie Tevere


6:40: Dinner, Park Cafe


Friday, June 7, 2013


9:30 – 10:50: Pedagogical and Social Consequences in International Media


  • Chelsea Pierce (New York University) “Dramas of Nationhood: An Analysis of Egyptian Media’s Production and Reception”
  • Richard Minaya (University of Michigan) “A Trans-mediated Education: The Pedagogical Use of Film, Television, and Radio in Cuba”
  • Alexandra Halligey (New York University) “Trans-airwaves: The Role of Radio in Contemporary Southern African Storytelling”
  • Moderator: Prof. Jillian Baez


10:50 – 11:10: Coffee Break


11:10 – 12:30: The Extension of Filmic Genres Through a Transmedia Lens


  • Nadia Kader (College of Staten Island) “Black Dynamite as Pastiche”
  • Laura Mee (De Montfort University) “Transformation, Transmutation, Translation: The Problem of The Thing
  • Sarah Kelley (University of Bristol) “Licence to Trans-Genre: An Analysis of the Ways in Which Licence To Kill (1989) Adopts Narrative Properties of the Western Genre.”
  • Moderator: Prof. Racquel Gates


12:30 – 1:30: Lunch


1:40 – 3:00: The Role of Transmedia in Social Communities

  • Kazi Priyanka Silmi (Ohio University) “Transmedia Storytelling in Communication for Social Change: The Case of Hollaback and Half the Sky Movement”
  • Jason Chen Qian (City University of Hong Kong) “Driving Your Characters MAD”
  • Laura Christiansen (College of Staten Island) “‘What’s Wrong With My Computer?’: Shit Girls Say and Transmedia”
  • Moderator: Prof. Michael Mandiberg


3:00 – 3:20: Coffee Break


3:20 – 4:40: Trans-National Exchanges of National Identity in Media


  • Tara Coleman (Rutgers University) “A Lyricism of Loss: Mediating Displaced Identities in Wong Kar-wai’s In the Mood for Love”
  • Marc Newman (Columbia/UC Santa Cruz) “The National Allegory: Post-WWII Japanese Art and its Western Retelling”
  • Martha Diaz (College of Staten Island) “Colombian Television: Changing Markets and the Emergence of the Trans National (Tele) Novela”
  • Moderation: Prof. Sherry Millner


4:45 to 6:40: Screening: Here and There Produced by George Lekovic, College of Staten Island 2004

6:45: Dinner, Park Cafe


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