Joss Whedon and his critically acclaimed works – “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” and “The Avengers” – have been the focus of academic interest for almost two decades. Now the sixth biennial conference about his work, convened by the Whedon Studies Association and its blind peer-reviewed journal “Slayage,” is coming to California State University, Sacramento 0n June 19-22.
The event will cover all aspects of the Whedonverse and will feature scholarly presentations on various themes and meanings in Whedon’s works. Those will include a look at “The Avengers” character Black Widow as a radical icon of third-wave feminism; the view of feminism in the movie “Much Ado About Nothing;” and social control, intelligence and surveillance as presented in his television programs and films.
Sac State Professor Alyson Buckman who is bringing “Much Ado About Whedon” to the campus,will be a presenter and will cover Whedon’s repeated use of selected actors in several of his works.
The keynote speaker at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 21, is Jessica Neuwirth, a founder of Equality Now, a group that works for the protection and promotion of the rights of women and girls around the world.
At 8 p.m. that evening, the conference will present “Can’t Stop the Serenity,” a screening of Whedon’s movie “Serenity.” Donations made at that time will go toward Equality Now.
To register or for more information about the conference visit the Website at scw6.whedonstudies.tv/ or call Buckman at 916-798-4684.