Move over Buffy: Twilight Studies at the Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association Conference
Just back from the Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. While Buffy and the entire Whedon canon still form a huge part of the program (and rightly so!), Twilight analysis carved out a big hunk of the conference proceedings.
There was no celebrity autograph signings, no Twi merchandise, no Volturi Masked Ball, or Twi-music performance (like all the Summit entertainment cons travelling the country). Instead, there were four special panels devoted to Twilight as well as many other Twilight papers scattered throughout the program.
I listened to excellent analysis of the texts, the fandom, and the franchising of Twilight from feminist, cultural studies, religious studies, psychological, sociological, and ethnic studies perspectives. Yes, Bella, there are academics and scholars out there who see there is more to you than your undead Edward loving!
A huge thank you to all those Twi-a-demics at the conference – I enjoyed your papers immensely and I am so looking forward to more scholarly work on Twilight. Pop Culture Conference in St. Louis, here I come!