113th Annual Conference - Portland, Oregon
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

Television Studies

Session Chair: 
Kristin Brunnemer, Pierce College
Session 8: Saturday 1:45-3:15pm
McKenzie (PMCC)
Topic Area: 


  1. Daniel Ante-Contreras, MiraCosta College
    This paper reads the television series Bates Motel as a disability narrative as a way of theorizing the intersection of sentimentality and youth violence. Thinking in terms of the larger system of sympathetic violent characters currently on television, I contend that Bates Motel’s use of a “broken” son and mother offers a radical critique of the concept of proper citizenship.
  2. Cynthia Zavala, Washington State University
    Until recently, few American children’s animated series feature explicitly identifiable as queer characters. Steven Universe, however, carves a queer storyworld that its young, focalized protagonist embraces. This new series offers an alternative queer narrative that challenges normative views through spectacles of embodiment and relationships that speaks to the increasing awareness of transgender and non-binary experiences. 
  3. Lorna Hutchison, Metropolitan State University of Denver, First Year Success
    Popular food shows demonstrate the potential for a break from tradition and socially-conditioned roles in favor of a more equitable, sustainable, and collective healthiness for the status of women.
Session Cancelled: