The 5th Annual CLST & GSWS GSO Symposium - Program

Thursday, February 10, 2022  

Undergraduate Showcase

10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Kelly M. O’Donnell, chair    
  • Maria Tsangarakis, Temple University, “The Trap of Inclusion: Viola Davis, the #MeToo Movement, and the Mechanics of Resilient Feminist Narratives”  
  • Maja Lynn, University of Pittsburgh, “Claims to Memory: Repatriation Debates Surrounding Herero ‘Scientific’ Skulls”
  • Mykenzie L. Connally, Chatham University, “Breaking the Bond: The Trauma Experienced by Incarcerated Mothers and Their Children Postpartum”


Centering Marginalized Voices

1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Miranda Tagliari Rodrigues Nuñes Sousa, chair
  • Kinny Torre & Alyx Dickson, University of North Texas, “Tattooing Futurity: A Queer Decolonial Reflection”
  • Anilenia Hernandez, Point Park University, “Exploring Embodied Resistance to Respectability Politics in Academic Spaces”
  • Kathleen Burch, Duquesne University, “Gendered Norms in Prison Community Engagement

Friday, February 11, 2022

Digital Discourses and Politics

10:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
Christine Choi, chair
  • Reed Van Schenck, University of Pittsburgh, “Remaking the World Mimetically: Interrogating White Nationalist Digital Subjectivity Through the Circulation of ‘Wagecuck’ Meme” 
  • Aisha Powell, Howard University, “The Divides Meet: An Analysis of the Generational and Digital Divide and its Implications on African Americans”
  • Tristan D. Johnson, Saint Louis University, “Social media for Re-Education: How Indigenous TikTok Users are Reclaiming the Story of #Pocahontas”
  • Mikayla Brown, Temple University, “Issues on WhiteHouse.Gov”


Everyday Life, Health, and Trauma

1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Hannah Strong, chair
  • Claire Kreider, Duquesne University, “’The Subsistence of the People’ Climate-Induced Food Insecurity in Pre-Revolutionary France”
  • Kelly M. O’Donnell, University of Pittsburgh, “The Manosphere, #MeToo, and the Rhetoric of False Rape Scripts”
  • Mehri Yavari, Texas A&M University, “Saving the Girls’ Face: Hymenoplasty and the Rhetoric of Virginity in Iran”
  • Mikayla Brown, Temple University, “African American Institutional Visual Representation”