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Paper: “Now I’m the One That’s Cool”: Defining/Historicizing Geek Feminism
Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference
March 25, 2016
Seattle, WA

Talk: This Bridge Called My Vacuum: Creating Space for Housewives in Second Wave Feminism
The Woman’s Century Club
March 20, 2015
Seattle, WA

Panel Discussion: Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Fan Phenomena
GeekGirlCon
Sunday, October 20, 2013, 10am
Seattle, WA

Few could have predicted the enduring affection inspired by Joss Whedon’s television series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. With its origins in a script Whedon wrote for a 1992 feature film of the same name, the series far outpaced its source material. Fan Phenomena: Buffy the Vampire Slayer explores how this continued devotion is internalized, celebrated, and critiqued. Learn how the show permeates our cultural consciousness through new narrative, academia, language, and political activism.

Panel Discussion: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: How Feminism Has Changed Pop Culture
GeekGirlCon
Sunday, October 20, 2013, 4pm
Seattle, WA

Popular culture has a huge effect on our identities, our beliefs about gender, race, and class, and our sense of possibility. Women’s movements and popular culture together have also affected each other, and this panel will explore the idea that feminism has permeated popular culture in a variety of ways, from rhetoric to authorship. Does the “postfeminist era” pop culture marketed to us reflect the idea that feminism has achieved its goals and served its purpose?

Paper: “‘Now I’m the One That’s Cool’: The Power of Geek Feminism”
National Women’s Studies Association Conference
November 7-10, 2013
Cincinnati, OH

This paper explores how the emergence of geek feminist culture is creating new spaces for social change. The representations of women in films, television, video games, comics, fiction, and other media have a significant impact on how all people think about and practice gender. While many women have vocalized their frustration and anger with hypersexual and heteronormative depictions of femininity, as well as the marginalization of female producers within various media fields, this criticism has increased significantly in recent years. However, women have also been able to expand their activities beyond protest and creative counter-readings into more creative spaces in which they produce their own texts and media through the expansion of fan cultures through new media practices made possible through Web 2.0.

Panel Discussion: Feminist Geek Culture
Viking-Con 2013
May 11, 2013

Presenters: Jennifer K. Stuller (Ink-Stained Amazon, GeekGirlCon), Amy Peloff, Ph.D (Comparative History of Ideas Program, UW), Jessica Obirst (Jo Jo Stiletto Events)

While there has been a consistently vocal criticism of sexism (often, but not always, in tandem with critiques of racism and heterosexism), the fairly recent embrace of geek culture in more mainstream circles and the growing empowerment of fan cultures through new media practices have combined to create new spaces for feminist intervention. This panel will include three presenters representing various engagements with feminist geek culture and will highlight both the history and significance of that culture, as well as the creation of new geek feminist spaces that simultaneously provide support for new visions and practices and challenge repressive paradigms.

SIFF 2013 Festival Forum: Sheroes in Media: From Guerrilla Girls to Women in Film
Saturday, May 25
3:00-4:30pm (Film Center Theater)
Moderator:
 Amy Peloff, Ph.D.
Panelists: Susie J. Lee, Jennifer K. Stuller, B. J. Bullert, Ph.D., and Karen Whitehead
Handout: Current Data on Women in Media

How are women, both real and fictional, represented in American culture? How do advocates of media literacy, as well as media makers themselves, subvert these messages or offer alternatives for empowerment through their own sheroic work?

Sheroes exist. They can be found in the stories of comics, novels, film, television, and video games. They can also be found in real life – in mothers and sisters, community leaders, and media makers. Looking at the influence of the Guerilla Girls on the art world how can filmmakers use cinematic narrative to destroy stereotypes and diversify cinema? How have local artists impacted the role of women in film? Who influences and controls the messages we receive about strong women — and how are they internalized by consumers? Bring your friends and family to offer your perspective on how to democratize the creative process in a way that offers women, girls, men and boys innovative tools for cinematic storytelling that promotes strength, love and dissent.

Guest Lecture in GWSS 251 Introduction to Gender and Popular Culture
“Dolly Parton’s Folk Feminism: Subverting the Backlash”
Friday, May 31, 2013

9:30-10:20
Smith 211

Talk: “Adaptation”
MetaMovies Film Festival by the Seattle International Film Festival
January 21, 2013

Panel: “Women in Space and Time”
Opening of the Icons of Science Fiction Exhibit at EMP Museum
June 8, 2012
Panelists: Rachelle Abellar, Lindsay Belle Chambers, and Erica McGillivray.

Panel: “Harlots & Heroines: Images of Women in Media and Pop Culture”
Think and Drink by Humanities Washington
May 9, 2012
Panelists: Jennifer K. Stuller and Marcie Sillman

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