UBC Law Professor Sharon Sutherland will serve as this year’s host for the Slayage Conference along with UBC’s Hélène Frohard-Dourlent from the Department of Sociology.
The fifth bi-annual Slayage Conference will bring together academics from around the world and across disciplines from July 12 to 15 to discuss the works of Whedon, or, as the scholars refer to his creations, the Whedonverses.
“Whedon’s work has attracted more scholarly research than any other popular culture property,” explained Professor Sutherland. “The appeal of these works to scholars turns on the strength and insight of the metaphorical connections to the real world. For example, Buffy the Vampire Slayer may have literally dealt with monsters, but the stories resonate with the real battles that high school students experience every day.”
The three-day conference will include over 70 talks on everything from alternative sexualities in Whedon’s Astonishing X-Men to feminism in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and other Whedon works. Professor Sutherland’s presentation will look at how his work reflects and influences public perceptions of law and justice while Ms. Frohard-Dourlent will discuss racial representations in his work.
This is the first time that the Slayage Conference is coming to Vancouver and both organizers and attendees are enthusiastic about the location. UBC campus has been a popular filming location for many well known science fictions series that a number of the academics also study, including Battlestar Galactica and Supernatural. The conference will include a tour of campus that highlights the various filming spots of these and other shows and movies.
One-day passes for the general public are available for $75 (discounted rate for students is $50). Payment will be taken at the door in cash. Learn more:http://vancouver4slayage.wordpress.com/
Learn more about Professor Sutherland’s work on law and theatre.