Cornell University

Queens of Academe: Beauty Pageantry, Body Politics, and Campus Life

Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 4:30pm to 6:00pm

A.D. White House, Guerlac Room Ithaca, NY

Based on fieldwork and interviews with campus queens and university sponsors on both predominantly white and historically black campuses, Tice analyzes how campus pageant contests help to illuminate the shifting iterations of class, race, religion, sexuality, and gender embodied in campus rituals and student life and move us beyond a binary between objectification and empowerment.

Karen W. Tice is chair of the Department of Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Kentucky and an Associate Professor of Educational Policy Studies. Her most recent book is Queens of Academe: Beauty Pageantry, Student Bodies, and Campus Life (Oxford, 2012). She has also published on popular culture and education, Reality TV makeover shows, beauty economies and religion, class, race, and the gendered body as well as gender and activism.

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Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


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Hope Mandeville

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Karen Tice

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Gender and Women's Studies and Educational Policy Studies, University of Kentucky

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