Dr. Wood was awarded a $25,000 Visiting Research Fellowship at Arizona State University's Institute for Humanities Research for spring 2016. While at the IHR, Dr. Wood was working on her monograph Queering the Apocalypse: Survival Politics, Zombies, and Popular Culture.
Queering the Apocalypse: Survival Politics, Zombies, and Popular Culture examines how apocalyptic settings and themes in transnational zombie films, graphic novels, television shows, and video games conceive of futurity and survival in queer terms. I analyze how visions of zombie apocalypse manifest in these pop culture narratives, while exploring their attendant survival politics, which often require rejecting normative behaviors, codes, and ideologies in order to survive. I also focus specifically on how apocalyptic zombie narratives explore transnational fears about sexual and reproductive agency, racialized and gendered Others, disease pandemic, and scientific and technological advancements against the backdrop of decomposing social, national, and global landscapes. On a broader theoretical level, this project interrogates how "queerness" and temporality play a critical role in imagining the apocalypse as well as conceptualizing survival in zombie narratives when neither a utopian future nor a nostalgic return to the past is viable.
Recent Invited Talks
University of British Columbia Invited Talk: "Mapping Commercial and Cultural Flows: Overlap and Intersection in Japanese Boys’ Love and Western M/M Romance" at 3:00pm on March 29, 2016
Texas Tech "Sexism and Cinema" Series--Screening and Invited Talk on George Romero's Day of the Dead on April 6, 2016.