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Wednesday, April 22nd
8:00 AM

Check-In and Breakfast

Pallister Conference Room- Jerome Library

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

9:00 AM

Carry Me Over the Threshold: Using Popular Romance Novels in Women’s and Gender Studies Classes to Teach Disciplinary Threshold Concepts

Jessica Van Slooten, University of Wisconsin Green Bay

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Finding a Family: The Genre World of #RomanceClass

Jodi McAlister, Deakin University, Australia
Claire Parnell, University of Melbourne
Andrea Anne Trinidad, Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

The Need for Romance Reader Studies

Mary Lynne Nielsen
Keira Soleore

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

10:15 AM

Black Romance as Liberation: Beverly Jenkins' Historical Romance as Black Feminist Praxis and Historical Pedagogy

Nicole M. Jackson, Bowling Green State University

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

That '90s Kind of Love: Pinnacle Books and the birth of the African American romance novel

Jamee Nicole Pritchard, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

“To Be Able to Love Is Freedom”: African American Historical Romance as Neo-Slave Narrative

Qiana Whitted, University of South Carolina - Columbia

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

11:30 AM

Tours of the Browne Popular Culture Library

Browne Popular Culture Library

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

12:30 PM


Pallister Conference Room- Jerome Library

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

1:30 PM

Keynote- Alyssa Cole

Pallister Conference Room- Jerome Library

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

3:00 PM

Fan Letters to Betty Cavanna: How Canonical Young Adult Literature Emerged from the Cold War Condemnation of Romance

Amanda Allen

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

From Pulp Tragedy to the Romance HEA: The evolution of gay pulp fiction and queer romance at Avon.

Sarah Slocum

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Roar and Crash: Romance Novels of the Jazz Age and Depression Era

Jessica A. Kahan

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

4:15 PM

Rare Books and Ripped Bodices: Teaching Romance as Book History

Rebecca Baumann, Indiana University - Bloomington

4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

Romance and the Rare Book Trade

Rebecca Romney

4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

5:30 PM

Mocktail Party

Browne Popular Culture Library

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM