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"And if he left off dreaming about you, where do you suppose you'd be? ... You'd be nowhere. Why, you're only a sort of thing in his dream! If that there King was to wake you'd go out -- bang! -- just like a candle!"

"Hush! You'll be waking him, I'm afraid, if you make so much noise."

"Well it's no use your talking about waking him when you're only one of the things in his dream. You know very well you're not real."

Monday, July 4, 2005

What to write about today?

Some academics have all the fun:

CFP: The Slayage Conference on the Whedonverse (SC2), Gordon College, Barnesville, Georgia, USA, May 26-28, 2006

Rhonda Wilcox and David Lavery, coeditors of Fighting the Forces: What’s at Stake in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Slayage: The Online International Journal of Buffy Studies (, solicit your proposal for the second Slayage Conference: The Slayage Conference on the Whedonverse (SC2), sponsored by Gordon College and Middle Tennessee State University. This conference dedicated to the imaginative universe of Joss Whedon—the Jossverse or Whedonverse—will be held on the campus of Gordon College in Barnesville, Georgia, May 26-28, 2006. Roz Kaveney will deliver a keynote lecture.

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 or the forthcoming movie Serenity, his comics (e.g. Fray), or any element of the work of Joss Whedon and collaborating creators such as writer Jane Espenson, composer Christophe Beck, production designer Carey Meyer, actor Alexis Denisof, or director of photography Michael Gershman. We invite presentations from the perspective of any discipline: literature, history, communications, film and television studies, women’s studies, philosophy, religion, linguistics, music, cultural studies, and others. We invite discussions of the text, the social context, the audience, the producers, the production, and more. For a lengthy but not exhaustive list of possible topics, see; consider also consulting the work-in-progress Encyclopedia of Buffy Studies, also at the Slayage journal. All proposals/abstracts should demonstrate familiarity with already-published scholarship in the field—in Fighting the Forces, in Reading the Vampire Slayer (both editions), in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Philosophy, in Slayer Slang, in Slayage, etc. Papers are limited to a maximum reading time of 20 minutes.

Send title, proposal/abstract of 200-300 words, and requests for AV (VCR/monitor, DVD player, overhead projector, and slide projector only) along with contact information: (1) name, (2) institutional affiliation (or notation that you are an independent scholar), (3) email address typed within the body of the message, (4) snail mail address, (5) telephone number. 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). Both the proposal/abstract and the contact information must be included in the body of an email message; also include both the proposal/abstract and contact information in a Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format attachment. (The attachment is optional; the inclusion of the proposal/abstract and contact information in the body of the email is required.) Please submit your proposals to (Please note that another person possesses the email address with the surname second. Please also note that this email is for conference business only.) If you wish to propose a prearranged, complete session of multiple presenters, make sure to include the contact information for all presenters. Proposals must be submitted by October 31, 2005.

Slayage Editorial Board Members:

David Lavery, Ph.D., editor; Professor of English, Middle Tennessee State University; coeditor of Fighting the Forces: What’s at Stake in Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Rhonda Wilcox, Ph.D., coeditor; Professor of English, Gordon College (Georgia); author of Why Buffy Matters: The Art of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Tauris, 2005, forthcoming) and coeditor of Fighting the Forces: What’s at Stake in Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Michael Adams, Ph.D., Professor of English, North Carolina State University,; author of Slayer Slang: A Buffy the Vampire Slayer Lexicon
Stacey Abbott, Ph.D., Lecturer, Film and Television Studies, University of Surrey Roehampton; editor of Reading Angel
Gerry Bloustien, Ph.D., Associate Professor in Communication Studies and Media Production, University of South Australia, Adelaide; author of Girl Making: A Cross-Cultural Ethnography on the Processes of Growing up Female
Lynne Edwards, Ph.D., Chair, Communications, Ursinus College, Pennsylvania; author of The Other Sunnydale: Representations of Blackness in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield, forthcoming); coeditor, Watcher Junior (soon-to-be-launched journal for undergraduate-level work)
Greg Erickson, Ph.D., Director of Classical Music, Brooklyn Conservatory of Music (New York) Roz Kaveney, editor of Reading the Vampire Slayer (revised edition)
Don Keller, editor of The Horns of Elfland
Tanya Krzywinska, Ph.D., Reader, Film and Television Studies, Brunel University (London); author of A Skin for Dancing in: Possession, Witchcraft, and Voodoo in Film
Elizabeth L. Rambo, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English, Campbell University (North Carolina) Jana Riess, Ph.D., author of What Would Buffy Do? The Vampire Slayer as Spiritual Guide
James South, Ph.D., chair, Philosophy, Marquette University; editor of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Philosophy: Fear and Trembling in Sunnydale
Sue Turnbull, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer in Media Studies, LaTrobe University (Australia); author of Bite Me: Narrative Structures and Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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