The Slayage Conference on the Whedonverses (SCW5) (July 12-15, 2012; accepting until December 1, 2011)
Slayage: The Journal of the Whedon Studies Association (slayageonline.com) and the Whedon Studies Association solicit your proposal for the fifth Slayage Conference: The Slayage Conference on the Whedonverses, sponsored by the University of British Columbia. This conference dedicated to the imaginative universe(s) of Joss Whedon—the Jossverse(s) or Whedonverse(s)—will be held on the campus of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, July 12-15, 2012. UBC's Dr. Sharon Sutherland, Sarah Swan, and Hélène Frohard-Dourlent will be local arrangements chairs.
We welcome a proposal of 200-300 words (or an abstract of a completed paper) on any aspect of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Serenity, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, Dollhouse, his comics (e.g. Fray, Astonishing X-Men, Runaways, Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight), or any element of the work of Whedon and his collaborators. We invite presentations from the perspective of any discipline: literature, history, communications, film and television studies, women's studies, religion, linguistics, music, cultural studies, and others. Discussions of the text, the social context, the audience, the producers, the production, and more are all appropriate. Go to Slayage to see a list of possible topics. All proposals/abstracts should demonstrate familiarity with already-published scholarship in the field, which includes dozens of books and ten years of Slayage.
Papers are limited to a maximum reading time of 20 minutes. Please fill out the Word form to be found at http://slayageonline.com (at the top of the home page) and send as an email attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions by undergraduates and graduate students are welcome; however, undergraduate students should provide the name, email, and phone number of a faculty member willing to consult with them (the faculty member does not need to attend). If you wish to propose a prearranged, complete session of multiple presenters, fill out (and send as an email attachment to the above address) the form to be found at Slayage.
Proposals must be submitted by December 1, 2011.