Sunday, January 06, 2013

"TV Fangdom" conference
I just discovered there's an upcoming conference in the UK specific to vampires on television! TV Fangdom: A Conference on Television Vampires will be held June 7-8, 2013 at The University of Northampton (which is a couple of hours north of central London). The conference organizers are looking for contributions from scholars within and outside universities, including research students, and perspectives are invited from different disciplines.

Here's a blurb from the official website:

Vampires have always made charismatic characters and with the rise of the VILF and the fangbanger they are more popular than ever. This conference aims to explore the vampire particularly in relation to its presence on television. From Barnabas Collins to the Count von Count, from Mona the Vampire to True Blood’s Pam, vampires appear everywhere on television schedules and in television history, whether in serials, made-for-TV movies, adaptations of gothic novels, adverts or children’s TV. How has the vampire mythos been tailored for TV? Does the vampire’s appearance on a domestic medium like television blunt its fangs and tame its hypersexuality? What kind of audience have TV vampires attracted and how has their popularity been exploited? In what ways has the vampire been remade for different eras of television, different TV genres, or different national contexts?

(see for details)

Sounds like it will be fun and informative!


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