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Principal Organizer: Dr. Samantha Langsdale, Lecturer in Philosophy & Religion, University of North Texas

Dr. Langsdale's research interests include feminist philosophy, contemporary critical theory, visual culture, embodiment, religions, and women in popular culture. Her most recent article, "Disney Classics and 'Poisonous Pedagogy': The Fairytale Roots of Frozen (2013)" will appear in the journal Animation Practice, Process and Production in July 2016. In addition to teaching and research, she is also the Editor of an independent feminist publication called GEEKED Magazine which features content exploring comics, culture, and gender. She earned her PhD from SOAS, University of London in 2014.

Conference Committee:

Clarissa Pulley, PhD Candidate in Philosophy & Religion, University of North Texas

Clarissa Pulley studies environmental philosophy and religion in India, particularly Jainism. She received her B.A. in Philosophy with a minor in Religious Studies from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee. Her current research focuses on the prescribed diet and dietary practices of the Jain tradition, and she uses an ecofeminist approach to explore the particular diet and dietary practices of Jain women. She intends to use this research to explore how political relations between Jains and other religious communities in India are affected by their respective diets and dietary practices.

Dr. Jacqueline Vickery, Assistant Professor in Media Arts, University of North Texas

Dr. Jacqueline Ryan Vickery earned a Ph.D. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 2012. She conducts qualitative research on young people's digital media practices as they intersect with equity, identity, privacy, and literacy. Methodologically she draws from ethnography, feminist media theory, and discourse analysis. Dr. Vickery teaches courses on digital media, youth media, and social activism and is the co-founder and a co-advisor for the Digital Media Studies certificate at UNT. Her first book "Digital Expectations: A generation at risk and why we're worried about the wrong things" (working title) will be published in March 2017 (The MIT Press). 

Dr. Agatha Beins, Assistant Professor in Multicultural and Women's Studies, Texas Women's University

Agatha Beins received her PhD in women’s and gender studies from Rutgers University and an MFA in poetry from Eastern Washington University and currently teaches in the Department of Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies at Texas Woman’s University. Her book manuscript "Liberation in Print: Feminist Periodicals and Social Movement Identity" analyzes feminist newsletters and newspapers published in the 1970s and their role in the women’s liberation movement. In addition to print culture and alternative media, her interests include art and activism, feminist pedagogies, the institutionalization of the field of women’s studies, and food studies. She also serves as editor for the online, open-access journal Films for the Feminist Classroom

Raina Joines, Senior Lecturer in the Department of English, University of North Texas

Raina Joines has an MFA from the University of Florida and teaches poetry workshop, literature, and composition at the University of North Texas, where she is the faculty advisor for the North Texas Review.  She is the recipient of fellowships from Blue Mountain Center, the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences, and the Lillian E. Smith Center.  She received a First Honorable Mention for her poetry from the Dana Awards in 2015, and her work is out or forthcoming in Measure, St. Katharine Review, and Grist: The Journal for Writers. 

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