Realizing Resistance Schedule

Thursday, May 2

Time Info Location
6-8 p.m.

Star Wars Pub Quiz

Denton County Brewing Company

Friday, May 3

Time Info Location
9:00 – 9:15 a.m. Welcome & Housekeeping Willis Library 250H
9:15 – 10:30 a.m. Panel 1:
“Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid.”
– Han Solo
Willis Library 250H
“Ackmena’s Revenge: The Star Wars Holiday Special and Depictions of Women in the Star Wars Universe”

Claire Sewell (Rice University)

“Race, Orientalism and Imperialism in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and the Sequel Trilogy”

Mohammed Shakibnia (Oregon State University)

Title TBD

Garrett Castleberry & Scott McMurray (Mid-American Christian University)

10:30 – 10:45 a.m. Break Willis Library 250C
10:45 a.m. – Noon Panel 2:
“If you live long enough, you see the same eyes in different people.”
– Maz Kanata
Willis Library 250H
Race and Resistance: Representation in Past and Present Star Wars Universes

Kaiya Schroeder (Auraria Library)

A rogue by any other name: Han, Finn, and the Reluctant Resistance

John Edward Martin (University of North Texas)

“Beings of light are we”: Losing personal history and queering resistance

Keith Maggie Brown (University of North Texas)

Noon – 1:00 p.m. Lunch Willis Library 250H
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Leia Organa Make a Star Wars Coloring Book?

Claire Sewell (Rice University)

Willis Library 250H
2:00 – 2:55 p.m. Panel 3:
“I’ve never had the luxury of political opinions.”
– Jyn Erso
Willis Library 250H
“Using the Force of Representation: The New Hope Against the Rise of White Nationalism”

Casey Walker (University of Texas at Austin)

Resisting America First: General Hux, President Trump, and Melodramatic Demagoguery

Derek Sweet (Luther College)

2:55 – 3:10 p.m. Break Willis Library 250C
3:10 – 4:00 p.m. Panel 4:
“Don’t call me a mindless philosopher, you overweight glob of grease!”
– C-3PO
Willis Library 250H
“Walking in the Galaxy: Walter Benjamin’s Flâneur and Perspectives of Resistance”

Jared Opoien (University of North Texas)

“Becoming Vader: Exploring a Schitzoanalytic Ethics for Luke Skywalker, Cyborg Super-Antihero”

Shaun Treat (University of North Texas)

“‘Never Underestimate a Droid:’ The Life, Agency, and Rights of Mechanical Beings in the Star Wars Universe and Our Own”

Derrick Harris (University of North Texas)

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Special Plenary Session

Fake Geek Girls

Suzanne Scott (University of Texas at Austin)

Willis Library 250H

Saturday, May 4

Time Info Location
9:00=9:15 a.m. Good Morning and Housekeeping Willis Library 250H
9:15-10:15 a.m. Panel 5: “Yub Nub!” – The Ewoks Willis Library 250H
“A Force of Fur and Feather: Animetaphoric Rebellion in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Daniel Yezbick (University of North Texas)

“Forced Creatures: Zooesis in Star Wars Rebels and The Last Jedi

Spencer D. C. Keralis (University of Texas at Dallas)

10:15-10:45 Break Willis Library 250C
10:45 a.m. – 11:45 Panel 6: “You are being rescued. Please do not resist.” – K-2SO Willis Library 250H
“We have everything we need”: The Anti-Imperial March”

Christina Knopf (SUNY Cortland)

“‘Between us, I’m not with the Resistance, okay?”
Continuity, Contingency, and Precarity in Star Wars: The Card GameNick Bestor (University of Texas at Austin)
11:45-12:45 Lunch Willis Library 250H
12:45 – 1:45 p.m. The Rebel Underground: A Zine Making Workshop

Spencer Keralis (University of Texas at Dallas)

Willis Library 250H
1:45-2:45 p.m. Panel 7: “The belonging you seek is not behind you … it is ahead.” – Maz Kanata Willis Library 250H
“Darth Pinochet: The Reception of ‘A New Hope’ in Chile During the Military Dictatorship (1973-1990)”

Sam Cannon (Louisiana State University Shreveport)

“‘We’re not marauders, we’re allies’: an Intersectional History of US Feminism & Star Wars”

Sam Langsdale (University of North Texas)

2:45-3:00 p.m. Break Willis Library 250C
3:00-4:15 p.m. Panel 8: “I am one with the Force and the Force is with me.” – Chirrut Imwe Willis Library 250H
“‘Rebellions are built on hope’: Women and Star Wars”

Bridgitte Barclay (Aurora University)

“‘Enemies, but complicated enemies’ – Rey and Kylo Ren’s Relationship”

Matthew Hoffman (Independent)

“Decentering Star Wars: Populism and the Denial of Popular Culture”

Andrew Smith (University of North Texas)

4:20 – 5:30 p.m. Keynote Address

“The Power of Fǎn 反: Reversal, Rebellion, and Return in the Star Wars Saga”

Jeffrey L. Richey (Berea College)

Willis Library 250H