Slayage: The Journal of the Whedon Studies Association and the Whedon Studies Association is soliciting proposals for the fifth Slayage Conference: The Slayage Conference on the Whedonverses, sponsored by the University of British Columbia. This conference is dedicated to the imaginative universe(s) of Joss Whedon—the Jossverse(s) or Whedonverse(s)— and will be held on the campus of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, on July 12-15, 2012. UBC’s Dr. Sharon Sutherland, Sarah Swan, and Hélène Frohard-Dourlent will be local arrangements chairs. Keynote Speakers: Jonathan GRay, Tamy Burnett and Cynthea Masson. Featured Speakers: Hélène Frohard-Dourlent, and Ananya Mukherjea.
Additionally, WSA shares these recent book publications with you, as many continue to engage in Whedon-related scholarship:
- Cult Telefantasy Series: A Critical Analysis of The Prisoner, Twin Peaks, The X-Files, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Lost, Heroes, Doctor Who, and Star Trek, Sue Short (June 2011)–see particularly Ch. 4 "Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Beauty and the ‘Big Bad’"
- Supernatural Youth: The Rise of the Teen Hero in Popular Culture and Literature, Jes Battis (Editor)–including some WSAers (September 2011)
- Power and Control in the Television Worlds of Joss Whedon, Sherry Ginn (January 2012)
- The Philosophy of Joss Whedon, Dean A. Kowalski and S Evan Krieder (Editors)–including some WSAers (January 2012)
- The Aesthetics of Violence in Contemporary Media, Gwyn Symonds (in paperback as of January 2012)–see particularly Ch. 5, "’Solving Problems with Sharp Objects’: Female Empowerment, Sex, and Violence in Buffy, the Vampire Slayer."
Many other WSAers have published on topics not necessarily related to Whedon and company’s works. Keep track of everyone’s successes on the Whedon Studies Association Facebook page.