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Symposium, 'Pleasure, Danger and The Long History of (Social) Media'

Friday, April 21, 2023 | 10:00 AM

Goldberg Formal Lounge
6475 Forsyth, St. Louis, Missouri 63130

Join the Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies for an exciting symposium where researchers across disciplines will come together to share ideas and works in progress on the topic of media’s limits and possibilities, from girlhood and fan communities to joy, death and resistance online. 

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10:00 am - Presentations

Join us for presentations on the effects of social media in pre-teen and teen girls from the psychological perspective. Learn more about what is broadly known about girls' social media use, recent findings from scholars here at Wash U, and plans for upcoming projects. After, please join our speakers, three leading experts in the topic of social media on mental health, for breakfast and an open conversation about the benefits and risks associated with social media in today's young girls.

RSVP: https://wgss.wustl.edu/rsvp-girlhood-age-social-media

“Girlhood in The Age of Social Media”  

Alison Tuck, MA

Renee Thompson (Associate Professor, Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences Washington University in St. Louis)

“Discussing Social Media and Mental Health in Preteen Girls"

Laura Hennefield (PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Division)

Alison Tuck, MA

Renee Thompson (Associate Professor, Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis)


1:00 pm - Panel: “The Pleasures and Pains of Sustaining Fan Communities – From Early Film to TikTok”

Diana Anselmo (Assistant Professor in Critical Studies, California State University, Long Beach) - “The Love and the Wound: Female Film Fandom Then and Now”

Rukmini Pande (Associate Professor in Literary and Communication Studies, O.P Jindal Global University, India) – “'A sense of beleaguered exceptionalism': Tracking Media Fandom’s Confrontations with Race/ism” 

Nicholas Sammond (Professor of Cinema and Media Studies, University of Toronto) - “'Yes, That’s Exactly It, That’s Me!': Letters, Queer and Women’s Comix and the Making of Community”

RSVP: https://wgss.wustl.edu/rsvp-pleasures-and-pains-sustaining-fan-communities


3:00 pm - Concluding Roundtable: “Black Joy, Black Death, Black Love: Making Sense of Pleasure and Danger Online”

A Conversation with Dr. Brooklyne Gipson (Assistant Professor, Department of Communication at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), Kishonna Gray-Denson (AssociateProfessor, Writing, Rhetoric, Digital Studies and African/African-American Studies, University of Kentucky); and Raven Maragh-Lloyd (Assistant Professor, Department of African and African American Studies, Washington University in St. Louis)

RSVP: https://wgss.wustl.edu/rsvp-concluding-roundtable

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