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Disciplining Our Disciplines

If anyone follows my posts (does that happen?), you’ll know I took a class last year called “Feminism and Colorblindness in the Disciplines.” Colorblind ideology is today’s insidious form of racism that paradoxically proliferates White supremacy while celebrating its so-called institutional eradication, effectively denying structural forms of racism while conceding strawmen like the KKK as exceptions to the new multicultural order. It was one of the best seminars I’ve taken in grad school and really got me thinking about what it means to be part of a discipline, how our… Read more Disciplining Our Disciplines

Not a Standard Community: My HASTAC V Experience

I’m grateful for the timely and thorough coverage of the other HASTAC Scholars and affiliates who have offered an invaluable resource for posterity and for those unable to attend HASTAC V, and it is because of their work that I am able to write a more personal account of the time I had at the conference. This, I feel, is an important perspective given the conference’s theme and our recent work building a #transformDH movement. And honestly, though I’ve been part of the Scholars program for several years now and… Read more Not a Standard Community: My HASTAC V Experience

UCLA’s Queer Studies Conference Brings Together Theory, Performance

(This has been reblogged from the UC Humanities Forum.) I just got back from UCLA’s Queer Studies Conference this weekend, which was as exhilarating and educational as I would have hoped from my first time. The theme of this year’s conference was fashion, queerly constructed, and many of the academic presenters took the opportunity to exploit the performative and experimental aspects of fashion to forge a conference experience unlike many others I’ve attended. While the conference program reveals some clear playfulness in paper titles and panels, it doesn’t really communicate… Read more UCLA’s Queer Studies Conference Brings Together Theory, Performance

Ignite! at Comic Con

Some colleagues and I had the pleasure of presenting at the 2011 San Diego Comic Con, as part of the academic Comic Arts Conference that is associated with the Con. I can’t tell you what a pleasure it was to be able to get my cosplay AND academic geek on at the same time!! Our panel was on graphic representations of Otherness. Here’s the description: Authors such as Scott McCloud and W. J. T. Mitchell have argued for the ways in which graphic narratives manipulate ideas through both image and… Read more Ignite! at Comic Con

Declaration of Independence from Video Game Studies

Last night I posted my Pledge of Allegiance to Video Game Studies, part of a graduate seminar I’m taking on Feminism and Colorblindness in the Disciplines. Here is the counterpart to the assignment: a Declaration of Independence. Once I thought through some of the things that the discipline asks of me as a scholar, I needed to break down the aspects of that methodology that might produce problematic readings and to declare my independence from those tactics. I’m really digging the notion of strategic disloyalty that this class encourages us… Read more Declaration of Independence from Video Game Studies

Pledge of Allegiance to Video Game Studies

I’m taking a class called “Feminism and Colorblindness in the Disciplines,” which is part of a series of seminars across the country organized by, among others, Kimberlé Crenshaw, that investigates ideologies of colorblindness and ways to do effective intersectional work in the disciplines. This class has really forced me to think about what it means to be a part of a discipline in any meaningful way. Part of the course requirements is to write a short Pledge of Allegiance to and Declaration of Independence from your discipline. The idea is… Read more Pledge of Allegiance to Video Game Studies

Brief Comments on PCA/ACA 2011

Just made it back from the mind-boggling and overwhelming National PCA/ACA 2011 conference in San Antonio, where I was privileged to present some continuations of the thoughts on Bayonetta that I began to develop here on the HASTAC Scholars blog as part of the “Re(de)fining Sexuality in Games” panel. My fellow panelists and I mostly took gaming culture to task for being strongholds of gender normativity and policing, although I admit that much of my frustration is still angled at game studies scholars themselves. One thing that really hobbled my… Read more Brief Comments on PCA/ACA 2011

Castrating the Straight Male Gaze on Bayonetta (or at least making room for other ones!)

First, a disclaimer: I’m nearly a year late to the party on Bayonetta. There are several reasons for this, and almost all of them boil down to grad school. I rediscovered the game recently while doing research for my prospectus, stumbling into Chris Dahlen’s blog about Bayonetta’s sexuality as a weapon. I usually don’t dig oversexed vixens for my female characters, but something about Dahlen’s piece piqued my curiosity. Black Friday sales made it a good time to purchase the title. My obsession took me through the game in three… Read more Castrating the Straight Male Gaze on Bayonetta (or at least making room for other ones!)