Conference Program


The University of California, Merced

World Cultures Graduate Students


The Center for Humanities at

Present the Second Annual World Cultures Graduate Student Conference


Art and Visual Culture in History, Literature, and Society

April 18, 2014

1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

COB 113


April 19, 2014

8:00 am to 5:00 pm

SSM 104


Our Keynote Speaker is Associate Professor Rachel N. Klein from the University of California at San Diego, who will be giving the Keynote Address at 6:30pm, downtown at the Merced Theatre in conjunction with the Merced Art Hop.  Her presentation is titled

 “The Metropolitan Museum on Trial: Cypriot Antiquities and the Transformation of Culture in the Late Nineteenth Century United States”

Friday, April 18th

COB 113

1:00         Welcome (Patrick Wilkinson)

1:10         Lauren Phillips

                  Mapping the Underworld: Innovations in Cave Mapping at Las Cuevas Using GIS.

1:30         Erin Ray

                  Offerings to the Underworld: Bloodletting Iconography of the Maya.

1:50         Nick Bourgeois

                  The Visual Saliency of Cave Formations.


2:10                                             Break


2:20         Pedro Carvajal

                  Lasers in the Jungle: Ground Truthing Settlements around Las Cuevas.

2:40         Marieka Arksey

                  Redefining the Boundaries of Ancient Maya Cave Rituals

3:00         Paula Di Giuseppantonio.

                  Experiencing Ancient Artifacts.

3:20         Discussant Holley Moyes

3:50         Closing



Saturday, April 19th

SSM 104

8:00         Welcome (Patrick Wilkinson)

8:05         Opening addresses by Susan Amussen and Ruth Mostern

8:15         Gloria G. Duran

                  Antes Y Despues De La  Spanish Revolution: De La Tabacalera Al Sol.

8:35         Alicia Ramos Jordan

                  Miriam Bornstein: La Lengua Materna Como Revolución Literaria Y Política.

8:55         Roselia Ekhause

                  Revisión de la tradición orientalista presente en la pintura de los siglos XIX y XX en la novela Femmes d´Argel dans leur appartement.

9:15         Mabel Bowser

                  Videos Indígenas Para Afirmar Identidad Y Cruzar Fronteras.

9:35         Discussant Virginia Adán-Lifante  


9:55                                             Break


10:10       Jasmine Armstrong

                  The Endless Re-Imaging and Imagining of Rosie the Riveter: AVisual Text’s Fetishized Afterlife.

10:30       Ed Lanfranco

                  Manhua: A visual Analysis of Chinese Propaganda Humor During the late 1950’s.

10:50       Trevor Jackson

                  Transformations of Life into Art: Hegel’s Aesthetics and the Horizons of Possibility

11:10       Beth Hernandez-Jason

                  El Paso & Andalucia: John Rechy’s Hispanic Literary Heritage

11:30       Discussant   


11:50                                           Lunch


1:00         Amrit Deol

                  “Iconoclastically break your fag perceptions:” Performances of Alternative Masculinities in Desi Hip Hop.

1:20         Neama Alamri

                  Killing Brown Men in Zero Dark Thirty: Remembering the death of Osama bin Laden and Imagining a Feminist United States.

1:40         Patrick Wilkinson

                  The Fiction of Haitian Vodou.

2:00         Rhea Riegel

                  Robin Goodfellow and Moll Cutpurse: Trickster Figures in Early Modern English Literature.

2:20         Discussant Professor Torres-Rouf


2:40                                             Break


2:55         Doris Perez

                  Saving Place: Social Memory and the Fresno Fulton Mall.

3:15         Karen Deeming

                  Cyber Babies: Adoption in the Age of Technology

3:35         Shannon Acevedo

                  Novel Cultures; Or, Nature and Culture Within Our Texts: And Exploration of Material Culture, environment, and Structure in Three American Novels of Survival and Solitude

3:55         Catherine Portillo-Silva

4:15         Discussant


4:35         Closing


6:30         Keynote Address

                Merced Theatre

                Professor Rachel N. Klein

The Metropolitan Museum on Trial: Cypriot Antiquities and the Transformation of Culture in the Late Nineteenth Century United States”