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Buffy at 20 - a round table discussion with some senior Scoobies

Jowett, L., Abbott, S. and Calvert, B. (2017) Buffy at 20 - a round table discussion with some senior Scoobies. Panel Presentation presented to: Fan Studies Network 2017 Conference, University of Huddersfield, 24-25 June 2017.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Panel Presentation)
Abstract: In the days leading up to the 10th March 2017, mainstream media, the blogosphere, social networks and fan spaces were abuzz with discussion of the 20th anniversary of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003) and its impact, personal and televisual, over the past 20 years. In this roundtable discussion we propose to use this recent ‘birthday’ to consider how fandom and the perception of fandom have changed in the last twenty years. We will examine and debate selected key aspects of Buffy fandom and the Joss Whedon brand, which have matured alongside the growing legitimation of television studies and fan studies, as well as increasing interest in studying the production, consumption and reception of popular culture 'texts' that function as transmedia brands and user-friendly spreadable media. Our discussion will examine shifts in defining cult and mainstream television, and interrogate the influence of the auteur on both ‘text’ (canon or otherwise) and fan community. We will consider and debate Buffy’s lines of influence and legacy, as fans of the original series have followed actors/creators to other shows and created new fandoms, and as the 20th anniversary of Buffy is marked in both the mainstream press and fan spaces. Finally, we will reflect on the changing nature of the Buffy aca-fan community, drawing on our own experience of being part of it to examine its evolution over the past two decades, and what scholar-fans and fan-scholars might contribute to the future of Buffy Studies.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Buffy, aca-fans, fan-scholar, post-object fandom
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1992 Television broadcasts > PN1992.8.H67 Horror television programs
Creators: Jowett, Lorna, Abbott, Stacey and Calvert, Bronwen
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Research Centre > Centre for Critical and Creative Writing
Faculties > Faculty of Arts, Science & Technology > Journalism, Media & Performance
Research Centres > Centre for Critical and Creative Writing
Date: 25 June 2017
Date Type: Publication
Event Title: Fan Studies Network 2017 Conference
Event Dates: 24-25 June 2017
Event Location: University of Huddersfield
Event Type: Conference
Language: English
Status: Published / Disseminated
Refereed: No
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