Good Omens--Conference Presentation

deadline for submissions: 
October 31, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Mandy Taylor/Southwest Popular/American Culture Association
contact email: 

This is a one-time special area for the 2020 Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (SWPACA) Conference. 

Conference is in Albquerque, New Mexico, February 19-22, 2020. 

The Area Chair for Good Omens welcomes and considers any and all proposals related to the book, the series, or both. Proposals are especially encouraged on the following topics:

  • Examining the adaptation from book to series. What’s inferred from the text but not explicit (eg, the use of Queen), what is highlighted, what is excluded.
  • Performance studies; eg, influence of previous roles or Michael Sheen’s (Aziraphale) contention that fanfic informed his interactions with Crowley (David Tennant); casting choices
  • Platform: Do streaming platforms offer greater opportunities? Would it have been released on broadcast or cable?
  • ”Ineffable Husbands”: Queer readings of Crowley/Aziraphale
  • Gender presentation: eg, Pollution, God, Crowley as Nanny, etc.
  • Names/naming: how and why names matter (book or series) (eg, Dog, Adam, Crawley to Crowley, Sister Loquacious)
  • The theology of Good Omens: interpretation, satirization, prophets/prophecy, angels/demons
  • Reception, including the ill-fated petition to Netflix
  • Collaboration (Gaiman/Pratchett; Crowley/Aziraphale, BBC/Amazon)
  • Portrayals of Britishness: Crowley/Aziraphale, the Them, etc as “quintessential” or stereotypical; Easter eggs (eg, Who references, Python-esque opening titles
  • The power of imagination as seen in the book/series
  • Power dynamics in the book/series: e.g. heaven vs. hell, adults vs. kids, humans vs. supernatural beings, etc.
  • Fandom: differences/intersections/contentions between book and series fans
  • Implications of shifting the time in the book from the early 90s to contemporary times
  • Series as tribute to Pratchett (per interviews with Gaiman)
  • Rise in apocalyptic texts: How does Good Omens speak to our current times/fascination with/need for apocalyptic texts? What does it offer?
  • Literary influences on Good Omens
  • Cinematic/filmic influences on the small-screen adaptation

For proposal submissions, visit https://southwestpca.org and select the Conference drop-down menu. Proposals should be submitted directly to the Conference system. Submit any questions to Mandy Taylor at mjhtaylor@gmail.com