The Works of Joss Whedon, SWPACA (11/1/2016; 2/15-18/2017)

deadline for submissions: 
November 1, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
Susan Fanetti/California State University, Sacramento
contact email: 

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Area chairs of the Southwest Popular / American Culture Association ( invite paper or panel proposals on any topic related to the works of Joss Whedon.


Join us for the 38th Annual Southwest Popular / American Culture Association Conference, February 15-18, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Proposal submission deadline: November 1, 2016.

Any and all topics will be considered.  Insights into Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly are always welcome, but Whedon’s body of work continues to expand, and we encourage proposals on:


  • Whedon’s work in the Marvel ‘verse, including Astonishing X-Men, The Avengers, and Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • The Whedonverse comics, from Fray on
  • Much Ado about Nothing
  • The Cabin in the Woods
  • Dollhouse

Submit 250-word paper or 500 word panel proposals to the 2016 SWPACA Presenter Database at Choose the area “Science Fiction & Fantasy – The Works of Joss Whedon.”


Graduate students who present papers in the Area are eligible to apply for the Richard Tuerk “Out of This World” Paper Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy.  See

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With an average of 70+ presenters annually, The Science Fiction and Fantasy Area of the Southwest Popular Culture and American Culture Association is one of the most dynamic and well attended areas at the conference. Numerous book and article publications have originated from our panels.

The Area was founded in 1995 by Prof. Richard Tuerk of the Texas A&M University-Commerce (formerly East Texas State University) and author of Oz in Perspective (McFarland, 2007). The Area is currently chaired by Rikk Mulligan of Longwood University, author of “Zombie Apocalypse: Plague and the End of the World in Popular Culture” (End of Days, McFarland 2009); Tamy Burnett of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, co-editor of The Literary Angel (McFarland, 2010); Brian Cowlishaw of Northeastern State University, author of "No Future Shock Here: The Jetsons, Happy Tech, and the Patriarchy" (The Galaxy is Rated G, McFarland: 2011); Erin Giannini, independent scholar, who has presented and published work on series such as Dollhouse, Supernatural, and Mystery Science Theater 3000; and Susan Fanetti, Whedonist and Associate Professor at California State University Sacramento.