Krista is a first-year PhD student in the Department of English and is the recipient of the First Nations Graduate Memorial Scholarship. Her MA research addresses monstrous children and the “Save the Child” discourse in contemporary American culture. Her PhD dissertation seeks to build on her previous research by addressing representations of gothic toys and what these objects say about children, childhood, and the family unit in America. Specifically, she will address “American Indian” ghost stories and the cultural and historical circumstances surrounding them. She will be presenting at her first conferences this summer. In addition to tutoring and teaching, she works as a professional mermaid, professional photographer, and she also teaches and competes at pole dancing.
Cheryl Hann is a NSGS, Killam and Vanier CGS-funded scholar studying the impact of 1980s and 1990s Hollywood family films on concepts of futurity, home, identity and belonging in America. Hann’s work has been published in INCITE: Journal for Experimental Media, and presented at several conferences including ACCUTE, SNARC and DAGSE. Hann has also been welcomed as a keynote speaker at the Atlantic conference for Women in Film and Television (WIFT). In addition to her academic pursuits at Dalhousie, Cheryl works as a freelance writer and stand-up comedian.