Monday, February 20, 2012

Joss Whedon and Theology CFP

The works of Joss Whedon—from his hit television shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly, to his popular comic book writing on Fray and X-Men, to his upcoming and highly anticipated Avengers film—are among the most influential pop culture phenomena of the last two decades. They are also among the most provocative when it comes to explorations of religion, family, friendship, sexuality, forgiveness, redemption, hope, love, and other dimensions of the human condition. While several volumes have been written on Whedon’s opus from philosophical and cultural studies perspectives, relatively little attention has been given to the theological significance—and implications—of how he portrays these subjects.

We are soliciting abstract submissions for an anthology volume on Joss Whedon and theology. Accordingly, submissions should address any of the above topics or other themes pertinent to Whedon’s work through a broadly theological lens. We are looking for critical engagement from any religious (e.g. Christian, Muslim, Buddhist) or non-religious (e.g. atheist, agnostic, humanist) perspective and also welcome theological approaches informed explicitly by issues of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, class, etc.

Please send a 250-300 word proposal and your CV by email. Both should be in Word or PDF format. The deadline for proposal submission is March 14th, 2012. Finished essays will be due by June 30th, 2012 and should be around 5,000 words in length.

Materials and questions should be sent to Anthony R. Mills (, John Morehead (, and J. Ryan Parker (

Anthony R. Mills, Ph.D.
Independent Scholar

John W. Morehead
Independent Scholar

J. Ryan Parker, Ph.D.
Independent Scholar

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Call for Mr. Pointy nominations

We write to invite nominations of excellent scholarship in Whedon Studies for work copyrighted in 2011 to be recognized by the Whedon Studies Association’s Mr. Pointy Awards. Nominations can be submitted to the jury for:

• best article (including scholarly chapters in books, scholarly articles, scholarly essays online)
• best book (monograph or collection)

These articles and books should be on any aspect of the various Whedonverses, their audiences, or the work of Joss Whedon or that of his associates (e.g. other writers on a Whedon series, the music director of a Whedon series, an actor in a Whedon series, an editor of a Whedon film, etc.).

Nominations should be sent by WSA members by March 31 to Lorna Jowett, chair of the Awards Committee, at Please note that WSA members may not nominate articles or books they wrote/co-wrote and/or edited, although they may nominate articles from the book they edited if the articles were not written by them. WSA members may nominate book volumes to which they contributed an essay but did not perform larger editing duties. Only associates of the WSA may nominate.

David Kociemba
Secretary, Awards Committee