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Shawnee State University Students Presented Research at 90th Annual North Central Sociological Association

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April 29

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Jacklyn Hockenberry and Tiffany Walters presented at the 90th annual NCSA conference.

Shawnee State University students Jacklyn Hockenberry and Tiffany Walters presented their research at the 90th annual North Central Sociological Association (NCSA) conference in Cleveland, Ohio, on April 10th and 11th.

Hockenberry and Walter’s research focused on the NCSA’s theme of the improvement of human flourishing. Walters’ research, “The Blurred Line of Gender at Anime Conventions and their Perception in the Appalachian Region,” explored the flexible function of gender observed in costume-wearers at anime conventions and the impact this tradition has on Appalachian society.

“I attempted to illustrate how socially constructed division within genders are blurred at conventions and met with acceptance by those in attendance,” Walters said.

In Hockenberry’s presentation, “What’s in a Name? Exploring the Process of Renaming a Street after Martin Luther King, Jr.,” she analyzed the politics often involved in the naming process of landmarks and evaluated the impact on society as well as community.

“My research explored how the location of a dedicated street is decided and how concerns about white privilege and racial segregation may influence the decision,” Hockenberry said.

Hockenberry and Walters’ trip was sponsored by SSU, Alpha Kappa Delta and the International Honors Society for Sociology.

For more information about the NCSA conference, sociological research at SSU, or how to become involved with attending/funding similar university trips, contact Dr. Sean Dunne by phone at (740) 351-3095, or by email at sdunne@shawnee.edu.

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