Students, Professor Present Pop Culture Research at Conference

HIGH POINT, N.C., May 7, 2014 – Two High Point University students from the Women’s and Gender Studies program recently participated in a “Cyberfeminism” panel and presented their original research at the Popular Culture/American Culture Association’s National Conference held this year in Chicago.

Sam Kizer and Erin House, both minoring in Women’s and Gender Studies, worked together this semester with Dr. Jenn Brandt, director of the WGS program, to conduct undergraduate research on social media and feminist activism. The group presented the following works at the conference:

  • “Riot Grrrls in the Cyber Age: How the Riot Grrrl Movement Has Transitioned From the Streets to the Internet,” presented by House;
  • “Queer Cyberactivism and its Influence on North Carolina’s Amendment One,” presented by Kizer; and
  • “Cyberfeminism, the Internet, and Consciousness Raising in the Third (Fourth?) Wave,” presented by Brandt.

According to Brandt, she and her students relate their research and experience back to the classroom at HPU in her course “Feminist Theory and Praxis,” which critically examines influential and emerging works of feminist theory.

“Sam and Erin have been assisting with my research all semester as I work on a chapter for the textbook ‘Feminist Theory and Popular Culture,’” says Brandt. “I am excited to have had the opportunity to present our research and to mentor each of them as they have explored their own research interests in feminist activism in relation to social media.”

Kizer, who also presented on the graduate level at PCA Conference last year, graduated from HPU in May. Upon graduation, he will pursue a Master of Arts in gender and women’s studies at Minnesota State University, Mankato, where he was awarded a graduate assistantship position based on his pop culture research.

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