Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 5:00pm - Saturday, April 26, 2008 - 4:00pm
UC Santa Barbara

Console-ing Passions PosterConsole-ing Passions was founded in 1989 by a group of feminist media scholars and artists to create a space to present work and foster scholarship in issues of television, culture, and identity, with an emphasis on gender and sexuality. Since then, a series of conferences has brought together work from a wide scope of interests to encourage television research in the spheres of race, gender, and identity. More than 200 scholars from around the world are expected to attend this year’s conference at UC Santa Barbara. Hosts for the conference are UC Santa Barbara’s Department of Film and Media Studies and the Carsey-Wolf Center.

Thursday, April 24

Viral Media and the Politics of Media for Social Change

5:00-6:30 p.m., Corwin Pavilion
This panel will investigate uses of the Internet as a tool for digital resistance and its role in the upcoming presidential elections.


Anna Everett, UC Santa Barbara (Chair)
Jane Shattuc, Emerson College
Rita Raley, UC Santa Barbara
Megan Boler, Univ. of Toronto

Friday, April 25

Workshop: Sex Work in Industry and Academe

3:00-4:30 p.m. Corwin Pavilion

This panel discussion features women who make pornography in conversation with women who study pornography. The panel will address questions such as why it is important to study porn, whether women in porn see themselves as feminists, can mainstream porn be transformed to offer a wider range of non-stereotyped gender-racial sexual representations, and how can academic researchers do a better job of understanding porn and the women involved.


Constance Penley, Professor of Film and Media Studies, and Co-Director, Carsey-Wolf Center


Mireille Miller-Young, Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies, UC Santa Barbara
Celine Parreñas Shimizu, Associate Professor of Asian-American Studies, UC Santa Barbara
Tristan Taormino, author, columnist, editor, sex educator, adult film producer
Sinnamon Love, Afrogeek web mistress, performer, producer, agent, writer, porn diva

UC Santa Barbara Alumni Discuss Careers in the Entertainment Industry

5:00-6:50, Girvetz 1004
A panel of UC Santa Barbara alumni will discuss their career paths in the entertainment industry and provide tips for students and audience members on how to succeed in these competitive fields.

The panel is offered as part of Film and Media Studies 54: Hollywood: Anatomy of an Industry.


Sage Parker-Lang Actor/Lecturer
Perry Lang, Actor/Writer/Director.

Panel Members

Steve Elzer, Senior Vice President, Media Relations, Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group
Georgia Packard, President, Camera Operator’s Union
Jamie Painter Young, National Editor-in-Chief, Back Stage
Mark Panik, Editor, CBS Promotions
Jeremy Platt, Talent Manager

Saturday, April 26

Working on Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

10:30-12:00, Corwin Pavilion
Producers and writers from the television show will be on hand to discuss the processes and challenges involved in creating a weekly network television drama.

Panel Members

Toni Graphia, Co-Executive Producer/Writer
John Enbom, Supervising Producer/Writer
Ashley Miller, Co-Producer/Writer
Ian Goldberg, Staff Writer
Denise The, Staff Writer

The State of the Industry

2:00-4:00, Corwin Pavilion
Entertainment industry leaders will discuss emerging trends that are transforming the television industry, including new programming forms, the impact of new technologies, and the future of the medium.


Constance Penley, Professor of Film and Media Studies, and Co-Director, Carsey-Wolf Center

Panel Members

Dana Walden, Chair of Twentieth Century Fox Television
Toni Graphia, TV Writer/Producer for The Sarah Connor Chronicles
Anne Flett-Giordano, TV Writer/Producer of Desperate Housewives and Frasier
Toby Miller, Professor of Media and Cultural Studies, University of California Riverside

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University Sponsors

Dartmouth College
Tulane University
De Montfort University
University of Arizona
New York University
University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign
Northwestern University
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

University of California-Santa Barbara Sponsors

Chancellor Henry Yang
Executive Vice Chancellor Gene Lucas
Executive Dean David Marshall
Associate Vice Chancellor Maria Herrera-Sobek
Interdisciplinary Humanities Center
Center for Black Studies Research
Center for Information Technology and Society
Comparative Literature Program
Department of English
Department of German, Slavic, and Semitic Studies
Department of Sociology
Department of Women’s Studies

Presented by The University of California, Santa Barbara Department of Film and Media Studies and the Carsey-Wolf Center.