Bryce J Renninger's Blog
Rutgers a Safe Space?
October 1st, 2010 / 11:42 am
This letter was finished and sent to the Daily Targum a bit too late to be considered for any issue before Monday, so here it is now.  In reading, watching, and listening to the reactions to the tragedy of Tyler Clementi's suicide by many in the university community, I was surprised to see how many people were resistant to or ignorant to the idea of safe spaces.  A letter
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Bryce J Renninger
Instructor
Doctoral Student
Journalism and Media Studies
Contact Info
Email:
bjrennin@rutgers.edu
Academic Adviser:
Deepa Kumar & Christina Dunbar-Hester
Bio

Bryce J. Renninger is a Ph.D. candidate in the Media Studies program at Rutgers University's School of Communication & Information.  He teaches courses that explore media technologies through history, production, and theory. 

He is currently working on his dissertation, Resisting Marriage-as-Ideal Online: Non-Normative Sexual Politics and the Internet, which explores various ways information and communication technologies are manipulated, produced, consumed, and used in ways that de-emphasize or question the dominance of sexual and romantic normativities.

He has also written extensively about independent and world cinema, serving as an editor for the film website indieWIRE.  He is also a film programmer who has worked on NewFest: New York's LGBT Film Festival (2008-11), and the series Films for the Occupation (December 2011) and Dirty Looks: On Location (July 2012).  In Spring 2013, he co-curated the art and technology exhibit Trans Technology with Christina Dunbar-Hester at Rutgers' Douglass Library.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Instructor, Rutgers University Digital Communication, Information & Media minor (Spring 2014-)

Assistant Instructor, Rutgers University Digital Communication, Information & Media minor (Spring 2012-Fall 2013)

Part-Time Lecturer, NYU Poly Humanities & Social Sciences (Fall 2011)

Part-Time Lecturer, Rutgers University Digital Communication, Information & Media minor (Spring 2011-Fall 2011)

Part-Time Lecturer, Rutgers University Journalism & Media Studies (Fall 2010)

Adjunct Instructor, Hudson County Community College (Spring 2010-Fall 2010)

Courses Taught: Digital Communication, Information & Media Capstone; Media Studies I: History of Media Technologies; Self and Society in Virtual Contexts; Strategic Presentation Methods in Digital Media; Development of Mass Media; Intro to College Composition

GED Instruction, The Door (Spring 2008)

Sexualities, Genders, Bodies, Syracuse University. (Teaching Assistant, Fall 2006)

Honors Freshman Forum, Syracuse University.  (Junior Assistant, Fall 2005)

Education
PhD, Media Studies, Rutgers (in progress)
MA, Cinema Studies, New York University
BA, Television/Radio/Film, English & Textual Studies, Religion & Society, Syracuse University
Research

gender/sex/sexuality & the media; science & technology studies; digital culture; contemporary literature, documentary and independent film; global popular culture studies; media for social change.

Publications and Presentations

SCHOLARLY PUBLICATIONS

"Can An Algorithm Be Wrong: A Response to Gillespie." In Little Grid, 2012.

Entries for Audiences:  Reception and Injection Models, Cyberdating, and Henry Jenkins. In theSAGE Encyclopedia in Gender & Media, 2012.

Documenting the Queer Indian:  The Question of Queer Identification in Khush and Happy Hookers. Chapter in LGBT Transnational Identity and the Media, edited by Christopher Pullen, 2012.

Book Review: The Queer Politics of Television, Samuel A. Chambers.  In Spectator, special issue edited by Julia Himberg, Fall 2011.

"And Tango Makes Three," Banned Books Week, and the Nature/Nurture Discourse. In Media Res. 30 September 2010.

Book Review: Grace Hopper and the Invention of the Information Age, Kurt W. Beyer. In Science & Public Policy, in print.

SELECTED JOURNALISTIC PUBLICATIONS

FUTURES | New York's Latest Exhibition Space, reRun.  indieWIRE.  10 September 2010.

At Outfest 2010, In with the Old & In with the New.  indieWIRE 19 July 2010.

FUTURES | "Wo Ai Ni (I Love You), Mommy" Director Stephanie Wang-BrealindieWIRE.  16 July 2010.

FUTURES | New Left Media's Chase Whiteside & Erick StollindieWIRE.  25 June 2010.

Orphan Films: Mining Lost Movies in NYC. indieWIRE. 12 April 2010.

Wiseman Series Filling a Year at MoMA. indieWIRE. 5 Feb 2010.

Controversial Doc “Catfish” Divides Sundance. indieWIRE. 31 Jan 2010.

“Bruno”: Blaming It All on Twitter. indieWIRE. 14 Jul 2009.

Truth in Docs. indieWIRE 7 July 2009.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Considering Users' Located Accountabilities in Sexual-Social Media:  Grindr and Use Incongruence. American Association of Anthropology, San Francisco, November 2012.

Considering Users' Located Accountabilities in Sexual-Social Media:  Grindr and Use Incongruence. Society for the Social Studies of Science, Copenhagen, October 2012.

The Allure of the Bonobo: ‘Human Nature’ from Darwin to Sex at Dawn and Frans de Waal. Taking Animals Apart Conference, Madison, June 2012.

The ‘Against Equality’ Media Environment. Union for Democratic Communication Conference, Tallahassee, May 2012.

Creating a Sexual Identity in a Networked Environment: The Case Study of Asexuality.org. Genders, Bodies & Technology, Roanoke, April 2012.

Seeing Who They Want You to See: OKCupid & the Visual. Society for the Social Studies of Science. Cleveland, November 2011.

Maggie Gallagher and "The Good Wife"/Wives: The Subjugated Citizen in Pro-Marriage Media. - Society for Cinema and Media Studies. New Orleans, March 2011.

Documenting the Queer Indian: The Question of Queer Identification in Khush and Happy Hookers. - UPenn South Asian Cinema Conference, Philadelphia, April 2010.

Ellen Degeneres and the Problem with Being a “Political” Lesbian Celebrity – Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Los Angeles, March 2010.

Ellen Degeneres and the Problem with Being a “Political” Lesbian Celebrity – NYU Cinema Studies Graduate Student Conference, New York, February 2009.

Waiting for the Kiss:  Visualizing Lesbian Desire in Fire and The World Unseen – South Asian Literary Association, San Francisco, December 2008.

You-Tube and Nation-State Censorship:  Theorizing the Phenomenon – Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association, Niagara Falls, October 2008.

The Enigmatic Miss Lulu Bett – Marist College Women & Society Conference, Poughkeepsie, October 2008.

Fatherhood and the Project of Queer Indian Cinema:  The “Genre’s” Formative Years – NYU Cinema Studies Graduate Student Conference, New York, February 2008.

“But You’re Indian”:  Queer (Sub)Texts, Suspecting Mothers, and the Question of Diaspora in Bend It Like Beckham and Kal Ho Naa Ho – Thesis Presentation, Syracuse, May 2007.