Southwest Conference On Popular Culture

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  • 16 Feb 2016 at 7:18 pm #8162

    Candy Minx

    Hi, I posted a few pics from this past weeks conference in Albuquerque.

    I’ve had some troubles with posting from my phone so I didn’t post too much yet…bt we just got back this afternoon and I’ll see what other photos I have.

    The conference was incredible…I heard so many great presentations…I will try to write about stuff tomorrow….

    Also will post names with the pics at my blog

    17 Feb 2016 at 1:29 pm #8163

    Candy Minx

    I just posted a pic of Stagg and Lee Driver. What a great visit!

    19 Feb 2016 at 7:39 am #8172

    Candy Minx

    I’ve been a bit too busy to write about the McCarthy panels at the Southwest Conference for Popular Culture.

    “If it’s not popular it’s not culture”

    I saw so many amazing presentations…I can’t even think of one dud. A couple presentations were a little heavy on quotes and re-quoting criticism in newspapers….but otherwise most of the papers were incredibly original and fresh….and going into areas that were spiritual and deep and ethical….which I really enjoyed.

    I went mostly to the panels on film, as is probably no surprise to anyone here. I am predictable heh heh.

    And the film panels were really incredible. A lot of feminist approaches and concerns. I saw one panel which was three presentations presented by Masters students in Native American studies. These three women give me hope for the future.

    All three of their presentations were concerned with adaptations. One presenter compared the novels of LONGMIRE to the tv show adaptations, emphasizing the writers and sources of Native American stories to the cast and crew being predominantly white. Also a question…why does Lou Diamond Phillips have sequences where he speaks “Tonto-speak”? What is the purpose or point? Is it buying into a stereotype, or mocking a stereotype or just opening the door for questioning?

    Another presentation was on the adaptation of THE YELLOW WALLPAPER by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. The presentation dealt with a short story being adapted for the screen into a straight up horror movie.

    And the third presentation in this panel was about the movie THE DEAD LANDS. The language, subtitles of Maori actors and cast was explored, the history of the story and director and the Maori Martial Arts and layered spiritual lessons in the film were discussed.

    this was a fantastic panel.

    More to follow on other presentations…

    26 Feb 2016 at 12:19 pm #8189

    Candy Minx

    Ah, I found my notes…and the women who presented in the panel I mentioned above were…

    Yellow Wallpaper, with Jennifer Stern

    Maori Oral Tradition, Hero Quests, Audience and Adaptation in “The Dead Lands” with Michelle Nicole-Boyer

    and The Pedagological Inquiries of Henry Standing Bear with Kari Ouiballo.

    I atteneded a panel concerned with the Classical representations in popular culture and the speakers were:

    Classical Mythological Motifs on J.R.R. Tolkien with Sandra Hart.

    Nick Toches, Monty Python and The Genre of Self-Deconstructing Christian Pseudoepigrapha with Benjamin Haller.

    these two presentations were also really great. I especially enjoyed the one on Nick Tosches…made me very inspired to re-visit both the Monthy Python and Tosches!

    26 Feb 2016 at 12:31 pm #8190

    Candy Minx

    One morning I listened to one that caught my eye, and one of a woman I had met on the first day and promised I would sit in on her panel. This was a very classic academic approach to the topic by all four presenters….which made it stand out a bit from the other panels. However their classical approach to academic presentation was on a great topic and was well served by a more conservative approach…and I think many Cormac fans would have appreciated their presentations.

    The panel included…

    Cultural Hero-Systems in “Shane,” “Gran Torino,” and “American Sniper”
    with Glenda Pritchett

    “Life Takers and Heart Breakers”: The Citizen Soldier and Moral Injury in Clint Eastwood’s War Films
    In Heartbreak Ridge (1986), Gunnery Sergeant Tom Highway (Clint Eastwood) swears to turn…with Kathleen Brown
    Brett Westbrook

    “American Sniper” and the Critics: A Note on the Art of Interpretation
    American Sniper’s (2014) Cultural Hero-Systems in “Shane,” “Gran Torino,” and “American Sniper”

    These were very thoughtful presentations and inspired a lot of questions and discussion.

    One thing that came to my mind the second presentation on moral injury showed a clip of the beginning of the movie and the end of the movie as the movie begins and ends with a funeral in GRAN TORINO. In the opening funeral the casket is closed…and at the end the casket is open. I asked the presenters if they thought there was any significance to the difference. Kathleen thought it was for proving and showing that Walt is actually dead at the end. An open coffin shows the audience he has died.

    I am not so convinced it was just for showing us he was dead. The movie could have achieved that with both coffins open at the beginning and at the end.

    so I wondered why Eastwood would choose to do this. One thought I had was that perhaps the idea that we see a photo of his wife on her casket….maybe because cancer is a more violent death than violence?

    I don’t know…

    26 Feb 2016 at 4:21 pm #8191


    Tosches’ “Hell Fire” was one of the assigned books in a History of Rock and Roll course I took at the University of Iowa in 1983. I still have that book. Thanks for posting about the conference!

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