The Draft Program for The Slayage Conference on the Whedonverses 4 is now online. I’m scheduled to present on Friday June 4th in the 10:45-12:15 session on the “Whedonverses and Other ‘Verses I” panel. I’m also thrilled to be included in the Closing Session, called “Buffy Bookers” along academic all-stars: David Lavery, Rhonda Wilcox, Dale Koontz, Stacey Abbott, Lorna Jowett, Matthew Pateman, Tanya Cochran, J. Michael Richardson and J. Douglas Rabb, Nikki Stafford, Steve Halfyard, Cynthia Burkhead, Beth Rambo, and Erin Waggoner.
A description of my presentation:
The Ink-Stained Amazon Presents: A Brief History of the Best, Worst, Known, and Not So Known Pop Culture Influences on the Whedonverse
“Are we geek-bonding?” – Buffy Summers, BtVS: Season Eight
Join writer, critic, scholar, pop culture historian, and author of Ink-Stained Amazons and Cinematic Warriors (I.B. Tauris), Jennifer K. Stuller, as she provides an introduction to comic books, cult television, and B-movies that have inspired and influenced the Whedonverse.
Watch as cheerleaders wield weapons!
Fall in love with mutant teenagers and their mad computer skills!
Swoon over (pre-Twilight) sexy vampires! (And just try to avoid their thrall!)
Learn about the eye-patchy commandos, space pilots, and sublimely ridiculous British intellectual sketch comedians, who found their way into character development, narrative, and dialogue in the ‘verses!
As Nancy Holder has written, “No work of popular culture is a spheroid unto itself.” Ms. Stuller’s “101” will move beyond the pop culture references that populate the Whedonverse – as useful, even fun, as they are – to address the meatier issue of how influence shapes our work. In doing so, she’ll generate a deeper appreciation for these mythologies we study and enjoy, as well as expose her audience to properties they may have yet to investigate and experience.
Jennifer K. Stuller is a regular contributor to national publications & organizations, a book author, has been invited to speak at conferences in the United States and Australia, and provided expert opinion and interviews for radio, documentaries, newspapers and blogs. She co-facilitated a credited course at the University of Washington using the television program Buffy the Vampire Slayer to explore issues of human nature, and is a Charter Associate member of the Whedon Studies Association. She can be reached through her website: www.ink-stainedamazon.com.