Presentations

KEYNOTES

"Life and Death, Technology and Self: Suicidal Individuals' Search for Meaning Online." Fall residency, Goddard Graduate Institute, Goddard College. Plainfield, VT. 14 Aug. 2017.

PANELS ORGANIZED & CHAIRED

"Suicide and Pop Culture I & II." Fall Conference, Northeast Popular/American Culture Association, University of Massachusetts Amherst. 27-28 Oct. 2017.

"Utopian and Dystopian Architecture." 47th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association. Hartford, CT. 17-20 Mar. 2016.

"Death, Mediation, and Imagination," with W. Pringle. 46th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association. Toronto, ON. 30 Apr. - 3 May 2015.

CONFERENCE PAPERS

"Discourses of Tensions and Contradictions: A Cultural Analysis of an Online Self-Harm Forum." 104th Annual Convention, National Communication Association, Health Communication Division. Salt Lake City, UT. 8-11 Nov. 2018.

"Parent Suicide Survivors and Online Memorials: Possibilities for the Articulation of Disenfranchised Grief." 104th Annual Convention, National Communication Association, Human Communication & Technology Division. Salt Lake City, UT. 8-11 Nov. 2018.

"The Suicidal Self in Cyberspace: Cultural Discourse Analysis as a Window to Emancipation from Suicidality." 104th Annual Convention, National Communication Association, Language & Social Interaction Division. Salt Lake City, UT. 8-11 Nov. 2018. 

"Audience Reception of 'Real Live' Suicide on BestGore.com." Fall Conference, Northeast Popular/American Culture Association, University of Massachusetts Amherst. 27-28 Oct. 2017.

"Suicidal Individuals' Co-Construction of Meaning Online: A Cultural Analysis of SuicideForum.com." New Horizons in the Ethnography of Communication Conference. College of Mount Saint Vincent, Riverdale, NY. 6-8 June 2017.

"Audience Reception of Shock Content Online, and Shock Site Users as an Imagined Community: The Case of BestGore.com." 102nd Annual Convention, National Communication Association, Mass Communication Division. Philadelphia, PA. 10-13 Nov. 2016. (One of four Top Student Papers)

 

"Internet-Assisted Suicide in Japan, 1998-2013." 102nd Annual Convention, National Communication Association, Japan-US Communication Association. Philadelphia, PA. 10-13 Nov. 2016.

 

"Dystopian Narratives of Computer Mediated Communication and Suicidality in Jan Komasa's @SuicideRoom." Fall Conference, Northeast Popular/American Culture Association. Keene State College, Keene, NH. 21-22 Oct. 2016.

 

"The Enclosure in Dystopian Fiction and Film." 47th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association. Hartford, CT. 17-20 Mar. 2016.

 

"Overcoming Depression, Anxiety, and Paranoia: Towards a Polysemous Understanding of Mental Illness." 47th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association. Hartford, CT. 17-20 Mar. 2016. Roundtable.

 

"Embodying Fantastical Identities in Carnivalesque Communities Online: A Virtual Ethnography of Second Life," with G. Kepes and M. Valdebenito. Fall Conference, Northeast Popular/American Culture Association. Colby-Sawyer College, New London, NH. 30-31 Oct. 2015. 

 

"The Travesti in Brazilian Fiction and Film." Fall Conference, Northeast Popular/American Culture Association. Colby-Sawyer College, New London, NH. 30-31 Oct. 2015.

 

"The Death of Aaron Swartz and the Discursive Construction of a Martyr." Bridging Gaps Conference: Where is the Persona in Celebrity and Journalism, Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies. New York, NY. 2-3 Sept. 2015.

 

"Authenticity, Artificiality, and the Vanishing Point in Gus Van Sant's Last Days: Towards a Filmic Language of Suicide." 46th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association. Toronto, ON. 30 Apr. - 3 May 2015.

 

"Intuition, Ingenuity, and Gay Identity: The Life and Death of Alan Turing." Creativity & Madness Conference, American Institute of Medical Education. Bethesda, MD. 6-9 Nov. 2014.

 

"Beauty as a Dissident Force: The Death of Reinaldo Arenas." Creativity & Madness Conference, American Institute of Medical Education. Bethesda, MD. 17-20 Oct. 2013.

 

"Suicide and Creativity, Self and Other." Psychology & the Other Conference, Lesley University. Cambridge, MA. 4-6 Oct. 2013. Poster.

 

"A Dry Place to Call Their Home: The Death of Kurt Cobain." Creativity & Madness Conference, American institute of Medical Education. Santa Fe, NM. 16-19 Feb. 2012. 

 

"You Will Rescue Objects from Oblivion: The Death of Iris Chang." Creativity & Madness Conference, American Institute of Medical Education. Santa Fe, NM. 2-6 Aug. 2010.

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