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RIT College of Liberal Arts
William A. Kern Professorship in Communications

Kern Conference on Visual Communication

April 24-26, 2014

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6th Kern Conference on Visual Communication
Communicating Identity/Consuming Difference

April 24-26, 2014


Thursday April 24 Strathallan Hotel, Rochester


Registration opens


Opening Remarks

2:10 – 3:30

Opening Session – Speakers
Abject Bodies, Abrasive Critiques: The Affirmative Skin of Global Civil Society
Radhika Parameswaran, Indiana University
Delusion or Deception: The Post Racial Aesthetic in Marketing Communication
Kevin Thomas, University of Texas, Austin
Feasting on Ratchet: The Policing of Nene Leakes and the Quest for Black Respectability
Robin Means Coleman, University of Michigan

3:30 – 3:45


3:45 – 5:00

Corporate Connections
Visual Rhetoric as a Means of Ideological Containment: The Case of Oil Spills
Ashlee Humphreys, Northwestern University
Craig Thompson, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Player’s Cigarette Brand Marketing and Communication of a Hero Identity
Timothy Dewhirst, University of Guelph, Canada
The Birth of a Barbie® Race
Dinah Holtzman, Rochester Institute of Technology

5:00 – 5:45

Journalism, Media, and Identity
Mike Johansson, Rochester Institute of Technology, moderator
Jennifer Poggi, Rochester Institute of Technology
Andrea Hickerson, Rochester Institute of Technology

6:30 Dinner on your own.
Suggestions for dinner plans include the nearby Village Gate Square, which includes several restaurants. Reservations for a large group will be made for Selena’s Mexican Restaurant. We will plan to meet at hotel lobby at 6:45 to walk over.

Friday April 25 Strathallan Hotel

Registration continues

8:45 – 9:00


9:00 – 10:45

Visualizing the Servicescape: Photos from the Holyland Experience
David Crockett, University of South Carolina
Image Echoes: The Portrayal of Disability in Fiction and the Popular Press
Tracy Worrell, Rochester Institute of Technology
Framing Native Art at Hopi House, Grand Canyon
Alexander Brier Marr, University of Rochester

10:45 – 11:15


11:15 – 12:15

Native and Indigenous Issues
Interfacing with Global Cultures: Visual Rhetoric and the Indigenous Cultural Tourist in Digital Environments
Keon Pettiway, North Carolina State University
Mitsitam Native Foods Cafe: A Case Study in Cultural Authenticity through Co-design
Mindy Magyar, Rochester Institute of Technology

12:15 – 1:15


1:15 – 2:15

Visualizing Muslim Identity: Representations of Hijab on Tumblr
Ammina Kothari, Rochester Institute of Technology
The Self Reimagined: Identity, Social Media and the Politics of the Specular Image
Derek Conrad Murray, University of California, Santa Cruz

2:15 – 3:15

Track I History and Theory
On the Spectral History of (the Consumer of "Identity" in) Artistic Practice
Berndt Clavier, Malmö University, Sweden
Portals and the Public: Sculpture, Difference, and Institutional Identity in Medieval Étampes
Sarah Thompson, Rochester Institute of Technology
Mania Multiplies with Fury
Lisa Hermsen, Rochester Institute of Technology

2:15 – 3:15

Track II Branding and Advertising
Packing the Image: Cycles of Consumption and Identity in Advertising Photography
Susan McWhinney, Rochester Institute of Technology
A Critical Discourse Analysis of the Female Image in the Advertising Industries in Shanghai and Hong Kong
Francesca Olivotti, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
National Identity as Seen through the Lens of Brand Advertising: An Investigation in an Emerging Market
Avinash Mulky, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore

3:15 – 3:30


3:30 – 5:00

Visit to George Eastman House, 900 East Avenue
We will walk down East Avenue to visit the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, which will be showing two relevant exhibitions: Another America: A Testimonial to the Amish, photographs by Robert Weingarten and Worlds Apart: Hasidic Communities in Israel from Pavel Wolberg. Jamie Allen, Assistant Curator, Department of Photography at George Eastman House will give us a guided talk about the exhibitions. Museum and grounds admission is included in conference registration. For more information:


Conference Dinner – 9th Floor City View Room, Strathallan Hotel
(please register separately for this event for catering purposes)

Saturday April 26 Strathallan Hotel

9:00 – 10:30

Track I Contested Identity and Media
Narrative Function of Deaf Characters in Film
Miriam Lerner, Rochester Institute of Technology
Residential Schools: The Concept of Assimilation and The Means of Cultural Cultivation and Cultural Eradication
Cynthia Ann Sanders, National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Crystal Julia Peloquin, Rochester Institute of Technology
"A Picture which Speaks to his Understanding:" Buying the American Arts and Crafts Movement
Rachael Beyer, University of Delaware

9:00 – 10:30

Track II Media, Sexuality, and Villains
Katarzyna Lenart and the Ethos of Women’s Bodies Politic
Anthony Arrigo, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
Searching for Color in Black & White: Epistemic Closure, the RIT Archives, and the Colonial Roots of White Invisibility
Andrew James, Rochester Institute of Technology
Identity/Difference, and the Role of Social Media in Contemporary Norway: the Case of the Norwegian Terrorist, Anders Behring Breivik
Clarence Burton Sheffield, Jr., Rochester Institute of Technology

10:30 – 10:45


10:45 – 11:15

A Feminism of a Generation—Examining Multi-Platform Consumption of ‘GIRLS’
Katherine Sredl, University of Notre Dame

11:15 – 12:45

Identity and Representation
Interdisciplinary Looks at Representation and Identity
Janet Borgerson, Rochester Institute of Technology
Jonathan Schroeder, Rochester Institute of Technology
"I Walked Outside and Walloped a Stump." Learning to Talk Like a (Woods)Man: Artistic Intervention into White Collar Fantasy
Rebekah Modrak, University of Michigan
The Persona Monologues: Constructing and Communicating Consumer Identity through Visual Representation
Sarah Wilner, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada


Concluding Remarks, Discussion of Publishing Opportunities