TV Is Good for the Soul: Defining Humanity on the WB and CW Networks (PCA/ACA Conference, April 16-19, 2014, Chicago)
Vampires with "humanity switches." Witches and monster hunters who go "Dark Side." Creatures who lose, and then regain, their souls. Aliens "passing" as humans. Over the years, the WB and CW networks have used science fiction and fantasy genres to explore the question, "What makes us human?" while simultaneously worrying over its inverse, "What can make us lose our humanity?"
We are soliciting papers for a panel at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference (April 16-19, 2014 in Chicago) that examine the central theme of humanity in the WB or CW networks' supernatural programs (e.g. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Roswell, Charmed, Smallville, Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, Beauty and the Beast, The Secret Circle).