Cultural Studies Grad Students Host Conference

Posted: September 25, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

“The Politics of Cultural Programming” is the title of a free conference offered at the Arlington Campus on Saturday, Sept. 29, that “will interrogate the politics of cultural programming in public spaces.”

Organized by the Student Organizing Committee of the Cultural Studies Program and sponsored by the Mason Student Funding Board, the program will be held in the Original Building, Room 329, from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Some of the cultural studies graduate student papers to be presented include

  • “Beyond the Femininity Card: Transgender Athletes in the Olympic Games”
  • “NASCAR Racing as Ritual Communication”
  • “Resurrecting Cultural Heritage Using Public Funds to Promote Tourism: A Case Study of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin D. Martin House Complex in Buffalo, N.Y.”
  • “Gifting in Black Rock City: Examining the Paradoxical Nature of the Gift at the Annual Burning Man Festival”
  • “After the Cold War? The International Spy Museum and the U.S. Security State”

In addition, a plenary session will feature

  • Sue Taylor, public anthropologist in residence, American University
  • Matthew Borlik, editor of the City Lights section of the Washington City Paper
  • Edgar Endress, assistant professor, Department of Art and Visual Technology, George Mason University
  • Alison Landsberg, associate professor, Department of History and Art History, George Mason University

For more information, see the program online or call 703-993-2851.

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