Talks and Presentations

Invited Lectures

“Queer Geek Politics: Social Justice, Media Fandom, and Transformative Cultural Production.” Communications Media and Culture Research Seminar, University of Stirling. May 11, 2017.

“Queer Geek Methodologies: Social Justice Fandom as a Transformative Digital Humanities.” Digital Studies Program and Department of American Culture, University of Michigan. March 30 2017.

“Queer Longings in Straight Futures: Notes Toward a Prehistory of Lesbian Speculation.” Sally Miller Gearhart Lecture in Lesbian Studies. University of Oregon. 1 December 2016.

“All That You Change: Shaping a Transformative Digital Humanities.” Shaping Change: Remembering Octavia E. Butler Through Archives, Art, and Worldmaking Conference. La Jolla, CA, June 3-5 2016.

“Queer Speculative Imaginaries and the History of the Future.” Sexual Dissidence Now: A One Day Symposium. University of Sussex, UK. 20 May 2016.

“Choose Not to Warn: Trigger Warnings and the Production of Knowledge in Feminist Fandom.” Center for the Advanced Study of Communities and Information speaker series, University of Maryland College Park. May 10 2016.

“Queer Speculative Imaginaries and the History of the Future.” Invited speaker for Dennis Turner Memorial Lecture (DeRoy Lecture Series). Wayne State University, December 11, 2015.

Keynote Speaker / Guest of Honor at Science Fiction Research Association Annual Conference 2015: The Science Fiction We Don’t (Usually) See. SUNY Stony Brook, June 25-27, 2015.

“From Transformative Works to #transformDH: Digital Humanities as (Critical) Fandom.” Invited speaker in the Digital Dialogues series, Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities. October 21, 2014.

Invited speaker at Agents of Change: 40th Anniversary Celebration for the Center for the Study of Women in Society at the University of Oregon, Eugene. November 9, 2013.

“Living in the Future: Speculative Fiction and Queer Time.” Keynote address at Imagined Alternatives: A Graduate Symposium on Speculative Fictions. English Department, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. October 18-19, 2013.

“How to Remix the Future: Queer Fandom and the Reconfiguration of Media Time.” Graduate student keynote at Queer Studies and the Future: Midwestern Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 24-25 February, 2012.

“Life After Television: Fan Video Remix and the Reconfiguration of Media Time.” Backward Glances: Media, Perversion, Historiography. Symposium at Northwestern University. 11-12 November, 2011.

“Remixing Pop Culture: Subverting Gender and Sexuality with Remix Videos.” Public event with Julie Levin Russo and Jonathan McIntosh, organized by Anita Sarkeesian ( at California State University, Northridge. March 25 2010.


Invited Workshops and Panel Discussions

Invited panelist for “Queer Digital Humanities.” Race, Memory and the Digital Humanities. Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, College of William and Mary, October 26, 2017.

Graduate student workshop, Digital Studies Program and Department of American Culture, University of Michigan. 31 March 2017.

Invited panelist for “Alternative Futures: Ethical Imagination, Social Justice, and Visionary Fictions.” Radical Engagements: Speculative Fictions and Social Justice, the Sixth Annual CALS Spring Symposium. Pennsylvania State University. 20 March 2017.

Invited panel organizer: “Speculative Gender and The Left Hand of Darkness.” Tiptree Symposium on Ursula K. Le Guin, University of Oregon. December 2 2016.

Invited panelist for “Binary Codes: Gender in Cyberspace.” Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Washington DC. May 1 2016.

Invited panelist for “Digital Amphibians: Parallel Lives and Media Publics.” Composing Disability Conference, George Washington University, April 8 2016.

Invited panelist for “Trigger Warnings: Should You, Could You, Would You?” Panel organized by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Teaching and Learning Transformation Center, University of Maryland College Park, March 30 2016.

Invited panelist for “Women and Gender Studies in Practice: Past Presents and Speculating Futures” at Interventions: University of Maryland College Park Women’s Studies Graduate Student conference. October 24, 2016.

Invited panelist for “Remix Culture and Copyright.” National Library Week event at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. April 13, 2013.

“How Not to Bore and/or Alienate Your Audience: a Workshop on Presentation Design.”
Invited by Graduate and Professional Student Senate, USC. April 13, 2012.


Selected Conference Presentations

Panelist and roundtable organizer, “Fabulations From Below: Feminist, Queer, and Decolonial Speculative Worldings.” Modern Language Association, Philadelphia, PA, January 6-9, 2017.

Chair and panel organizer, “Rewriting Queer and Racialized Monstrous Bodies in Speculative Fiction.” Modern Language Association, Philadelphia, PA, January 6-9, 2017.

Panelist and roundtable organizer, “Home Is A Place We Have Never Been: Decolonial, Feminist, and Queer Speculative Imaginaries.” American Studies Association Annual Conference. Denver, CO, November 17-20, 2016.

“Transforming Cultures and Technologies: Digital World Making as Feminist Pedagogy.” National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference. Montréal, November 10-13, 2016.

Panelist, “Fairly Using and Reusing: Remixing Copyright in the Feminist Classroom.” Console-ing Passions, Notre Dame University, June 17-19, 2016.

“Choose Not To Warn: Affect and Pedagogy Across Fannish and Academic Feminist Networks” National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference, Milwaukee, WI, November 12-15, 2015.

Chair and respondent, “Digital Death Worlds: Mediating Necropolitics.” American Studies Association Annual Conference. Toronto, October 8-11, 2015.

Panelist and panel co-organizer, “Vidding as Media Literacy.” VividCon, Chicago, IL, August 8-10, 2015.

“Queer Love and Media Justice: Critical Fandom as Speculative Feminist Praxis.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference. Montréal, March 25-29, 2015.

Panelist and roundtable organizer, “#feelingthrills in the Digital Undercommons: Tumblr’s Intimate Publics.” American Studies Association Annual Conference. Los Angeles, CA, November 7-10, 2014.

“Queer Cinema Remixed Straight? Vidding, Aesthetics, and Born in Flames.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference. Seattle, WA. March 19-23, 2014.

“Living in the Future: Science Fiction’s Queer Cultural Politics.” Modern Language Association Annual Convention. Chicago, IL. January 9-12, 2014

“Women and Children First? Feminist Eugenics, Imperial Futures, and the Reproduction of Racial Utopias.” American Studies Association Annual Conference. Washington, DC, November 21-24, 2013.

“Women and Children First? Feminist Eugenics, Imperial Futures, and the Ambiguity of Utopia.” Critical Ethnic Studies Association. September 19-21, 2013, University of Illinois-Chicago.

“Building an Academic Community for the Digital Age.” Video contribution to panel at HASTAC 2013: The Storm of Progress. Toronto, April 25-28, 2013.

“Media Love or Media Justice? Toward a Genealogy of Critical Fandom” on panel “Race and Gender Politics in Science Fiction Media Cultures.” Science Fiction Media: the 2013 Eaton/SFRA Conference. Riverside, CA, April 11-13 2013.

Panelist and roundtable organizer. “Speculative Turns in Culture and Critique: A Collaborative Exploration.” Modern Language Association Convention. Boston, MA. January 3-6, 2013.

Panelist and workshop organizer. “Marginal Digital Knowledges: A Workshop on Technology, Transformation, and Resistance.” American Studies Association Annual Meeting. San Juan, Puerto Rico. November 10-15, 2012.

Seminar participant. “On Speculation: Fiction, Finance, and Futurity.” Cultural Studies Association. University of California, San Diego. March 28-April 1, 2012.

Panelist and roundtable organizer. “Transformative Mediations: Queer and Ethnic Studies and the Politics of the Digital.” American Studies Association Annual Meeting. Baltimore, MD. October 21-23, 2011.

“Borrowed Time: Critical Fandom and Queer Temporality through a Cylon Digital Remix Machine.” LA Queer Studies Conference 2011. UCLA. 14-15 October, 2011.

“The History of No Future: Reproductive Deviance and the Politics of Futurelessness in Katharine Burdekin’s Swastika Night.” No Future Conference. University of Durham, England. 25-27 March, 2011.

“The Future Stops Here: Alfonso Cuarón’s Children of Men and the Limits of Liberal Possibility.” Eaton Conference on Global Science Fiction. University of California, Riverside. 11-12 February, 2011.

“Vidding as Activist Critique” at panel “From Wikipedia to Vidding.” Digital Media and Learning Conference 2010. University of California, San Diego. February 19-20, 2010.

“An Archive of One’s Own: Ephemera, Legitimacy, and Subcultural Memory Online.” PCA/ACA National Conference 2009. New Orleans. 8 April, 2009.

“Doing Boys Like They’re Girls, and Other (Trans)Gendered Subjects: the Queer Subcultural Politics of ‘Genderfuck’ Fan Fiction.” LA Queer Studies Conference 2008. UCLA. 10-11 October, 2008.

“Televisual Transformation and its Discontents: Slash Fan Fiction, ‘Queer Female Space,’ and Race.” Console-ing Passions, UC Santa Barbara, 24-26 April, 2008.

“Queer World Building in Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower.” Representing Self and Other: Gender in the Fantastic. 28th International Conference of the Fantastic in the Arts. Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 14-18 March 2007.

“Queering Dhalgren: Space, Time and the Incoherent City.” Samuel R. Delany: a Critical Symposium. State University of New York at Buffalo. 23 March 2006.


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