College of St. Joseph Presents 4th Annual Popular Culture Conference

Rutland’s College of St. Joseph Presents 4th Annual Popular Culture Conference, which will take place next week, on April 10th and 11th. This year’s theme is titled ‘Serials, Sequels, and Remakes: Refashioning Popular Culture’.

Presenters will cover topics ranging from film genre and history to analysis of the apocalyptic narrative and much more. These scholars will come from near and far, including professors from St. Lawrence University, SUNY Canton, and College of St. Joseph.

“Thanks to Japanese monster movies, James Bond novels, comic books, album cover art, and how sequels are constructed, CSJ Popular Culture Conference is able to present its most diverse set of panels yet,”said Jonas Prida, Associate Vice President for Curriculum and Program Development and Chair of the Arts & Sciences Division.

The conference kicks off at 4:30 p.m. April 10. Panel discussions take place in Tuttle Hall on April 11 from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration is $25. Walk-in registration is available through the morning of April 11.

“This years theme is Serials, Sequels, and Remakes,” Prida said. “With the popularity of shows such as “Game of Thrones” and “The Walking Dead,” we knew that we needed a conference that looked directly at how and why narratives get repeated and replayed as much as they do.”

You can find more information at the conference’s website.

Here’s the schedule:

April 10, 2015


  • Registration begins in Tuttle Hall


  • Meet and greet dinner in Roncalli Hall with panelists, hosted by Dr. Jonas Prida and Dr. David Balfour


  • The Testament of Doctor Mabuse (1962) in Tuttle Hall Theater

April 11, 2015

7:45-8:10 a.m.

  • Coffee and light breakfast in Tuttle Hall. All sessions are in Tuttle Hall.

8:15-10:10: Session 1

  • Alex Gladwin, Independent Scholar: Smoke and Mirrors: Metafiction in Graphic Narratives
    October Surprise, Rogue Sociology: Abduction, Seduction, and [RE:]production: Sexualized Power Exchange in Golden Age Comics and Beyond.
  • Sean O’Brien, SUNY Canton: Ian Fleming’s James Bond and the Stubborn Denial of Post-Imperial Britain
  • Dan Look, St. Lawrence University: Stylomery and the Seldon Crisis: Using Stylometry to Categorize Novels in Asimov’s Foundation Universe

10:20-12:20: Session 2

  • David Balfour, College of St Joseph: Ghastly Atrocities, Gratuitous Cruelty, and Surrealists Gone Wild!: The Remarkable Criminal Career of Fantômas, the Lord of Terror
  • Max Ward, Middlebury College: May the Gods Save Us! Film Genre, History, and Politics in Daiei’s Daimajin series (1966)
  • Mark Brock-Cancellieri, Harford Community College: So Say We All”: Using Three Incarnations of Battlestar Galactica to Assess Critical Thinking Skills in the Composition Classroom
  • Quasar Surprise, The Evergreen State College: Analysis of the repetitive apocalyptic narrative in science fiction film through an environmental rhetoric perspective.


  • Roncalli Hall [registrants only]

2:00-4:00 Session 3

  • Seth Nixon: SUNY Canton: Stormbringer: Capturing the Soul of Extra Dimensional Representation
  • Laura Brown, SUNY Potsdam: Drewing it to the Limit: Cover Art in Nancy Drew?
  • Marshall Highet, College of St. Joseph: Double Take: Constructing a Fictional Sequel
  • Marc Ricciardi, St. Joseph’s College: The Marvelous Adventures of Milton Carter of Zion