Daniel Ante-Contreras

Daniel Ante-ContrerasB.A. in English and Classical Studies, University of California, Riverside, 2010

M.A. in English, University of California, Riverside, 2013

Research Areas:

20th-Century American Lit. and Culture, Queer Studies/Theory, Video Game Studies

Research Interests:

I am primarily interested in postwar (or Cold War) narratives of identity and sexuality. My research traces the evolution of sexual identity as a concept during the 20th and 21st centuries, focusing on how moments of historical trauma (the Cold War and 9/11) and virtual and Internet technologies (video games, web 2.0, etc.) create and challenge our conceptions of sexuality. More recently, I have become increasingly interested in the cultural and literary history of the school shooter as a discursive construct. I want to look at how the school shooter has emerged as part of cultural imaginaries within film, novels, and video games. I also hope that this interest will develop into a larger project about our cultural fascination with queer killers.

Recent Activity:

Service –

Paneling Committee Chair, (Dis)junctions Conference, UCR, 2013.

Conference Presentations –

2013 – “Transing the Cold War: Let the Right One In and Queer Fears.” PAMLA, San Diego, CA, November 2013.

2013 – “Science Fiction Time, Fantasy Space: Queer Intersections of Genre in Video Games.” Eaton Science Fiction Conference, Riverside, CA, April 2013.

2013 – “The ‘Pan’-directions of One Direction: Digimodernism and the Pansexual Turn.” (dis)junctions, Riverside, CA, April 2013.

2012 – “Skyrimming: Queer Marriage in Video Games.” PAMLA, Seattle, WA, October 2012.

2012 – “‘What shall we use to fill the empty spaces?’: War Trauma and Queer Affect in the Evolution of Pink Floyd’s The Wall.” (dis)junctions, Riverside, CA, April 2012.

Panel Moderation –

2013 – “Rethinking/Retheorizing Video Games,” PAMLA, San Diego, CA, November 2013.

2013 – “Queering the Genre,” Eaton Science Fiction Conference, Riverside, CA, April 2013.

2013 – “Virtual Encounters: Video Games,” (dis)junctions, Riverside, CA, April 2013.