Area of Whedon Studies - 2016 Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference

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Call for Papers
October 6, 2016 to October 9, 2016
Illinois, United States
Subject Fields: 
Communication, Cultural History / Studies, Film and Film History, Literature, Women's & Gender History / Studies
We welcome proposals on any aspect of Whedon’s television and web texts (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, Dollhouse, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.); his films (Serenity, The Cabin in the Woods, Marvel’s The Avengers, Much Ado About Nothing, In Your Eyes, The Avengers: Age of Ultron); his comics (e.g. Fray; Astonishing X-Men; Runaways; Sugarshock!; Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight, Nine, and Ten; Angel: After the Fall; Angel & Faith Season Nine and Ten; Serenity: Those Left Behind; Serenity: Better Days; The Shepherd’s Tale ); or any element of the work of Whedon and his collaborators. Additionally, a proposal may address paratexts, fandoms, or Whedon’s extracurricular—political and activist—activities, such as his involvement with Equality Now. 
In conjunction with the EuroSlayage Conference on the Whedonverses, we also welcome proposals about Whedon’s work in relation to notions of Britishness, heritage, globalization, language, as well as its transnational and international reception. 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. A proposal/abstract should demonstrate familiarity with already-published scholarship in the field, which includes dozens of books, hundreds of articles, and over a dozen years of the blind peer-reviewed journal Slayage

Please upload 250 word abstract or panel proposal on any aspect of Whedon Studies to the Whedon Studies Area:

Proposals must be submitted by April 30, 2016

Conference Location: Hilton Rosemont/Chicago O’Hare Address: 5550 N. River Rd., Rosemont, IL 60018, Phone: (847) 678-4488.

Any questions? Please email Katherine Whaley at

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