WrestlePosium I

April 4, 2020

8:00 am – 4:00 pm CDT

Registration Open Now!


Opening Sessions: 8:00-8:55 am

8-8:15: Presidential Address from CarrieLynn D. Reinhard (Dominican University, creinhard@dom.edu)

8:15-8:55: Roundtable Discussion with PWSA Executive Committee


Academic Presentations: 9:00 am-1:55 pm

9:00-9:20: Brainstorming Roundtable: Publication Ideas

9:25-9:45: Ben Abelson, “The Poetry in Piledrivers?: Pro-wrestling as art”

9:50-10:10: Hunter Reedy, “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Billy: The LGBTQ+ community’s evolution in the scope of professional wrestling”

10:15-10:35: Ryan Cox,  “The Work, The Shoot, The Worked Shoot: Wrestling, documentary, and the production of the real”

10:40-11:00: J. Rocky Colavito, “Mantaurs, Luchasaurs, and War Pigs: A monster cultural reading of wrestling’s ‘monster’ heels”

11:05-11:25: Tunisha Singleton, “Digital Fandomonium: How pro wrestling set the tone for success”

11:30-11:50: Conor Heffernan, “When Kayfabe Goes Wrong: Big Daddy and various truths in British wrestling”

11:55-12:15: Barry Regan, “‘The Man’ Always Wins: Using feminist standpoint theory to deconstruct Becky Lynch’s recent domination of Charlotte Flair

12:20-12:40: Franny Howes, “Wrestling Zine Culture and Material Fandom

12:45-1:05: CarrieLynn D. Reinhard, “When the Rebel Heart Met the Blackheart: Slash in professional wrestling”

The video of her presentation can be seen here.

1:10-1:30: David Beard & John Heppen, “Three Wrestling Lenses on the 2016 Election: Rhetorical, geographical, and theatrical interpretations of Trump’s success”

1:35-1:55: Christopher J. Olson, “‘A Life of Its Own’: Co-constructing multiuse places into spaces of professional wrestling”


Keynote Presentations: 2:00-4:00 pm

2:00-2:55: Professional Keynote: Terrance “The SpiderBaby” Griep

3:00-4:00: Academic Keynote: Eero Laine