Daughter of Fangdom: A Conference on Women and the Television Vampire

Daughter of Fangdom:

A Conference on Women and the Television Vampire

18 April 2015

The University of Roehampton

Following the success of TV Fangdom: A Conference on Television Vampires in 2013, the organisers announce a follow-up one-day conference, Daughter of Fangdom: A Conference on Women and the Television Vampire. Though Dracula remains the iconic image, female vampires have been around at least as long, if not longer, than their male counterparts and now they play a pivotal role within the ever expanding world of the TV vampire, often undermining or challenging the male vampires that so often dominate these shows. Women have also long been involved in the creation and the representation of vampires both male and female. The fiction of female writers such as Charlaine Harris and L.J. Smith has served as core course material for the televisual conception and re-conception of the reluctant vampire, while TV writers and producers such as Marti Noxon (Buffy) and Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries and The Originals) have played a significant role in shaping the development of the genre for television.

Since vampires are not technically human, the terms male and female may apply, but representation of gender has the potential to be more fluid if vampires exist outside of human society. Given the ubiquity of the vampire in popular culture and particularly on TV, how is the female represented in vampire television? What roles do women have in bringing female vampires to the small screen? In what ways has the female vampire been remade for different eras of television, different TV genres, or different national contexts? Is the vampire on TV addressed specifically to female audiences and how do female viewers engage with TV vampires? What spaces exist on television for evading the gender binary and abandoning categories of male and female vampires altogether?

Proposals are invited on (but not limited to) the following topics:

  • TV’s development of the female vampire
  • Negotiation of gender and sexuality
  • Evading binaries
  • Female writers/ directors/ producers/ actors in vampire TV
  • Adaptation and authorship
  • Genre hybridity
  • Female vampires in TV advertising
  • New media, ancillary materials, extended and transmedia narratives
  • Intersection with other media (novels, films, comics, video games, music)
  • Audience and consumption (including fandom)
  • The female and children’s vampire television
  • Inter/national variants
  • Translation and dubbing

We will be particularly interested in proposals on older TV shows, on those that have rarely been considered as vampire fictions, and on analysis of international vampire TV. The conference organisers welcome contributions from scholars within and outside universities, including research students, and perspectives are invited from different disciplines.

Please send proposals (250 words) for 20 minute papers plus a brief biography (100 words) to all three organisers by 15th December 2014.

s.abbott@roehampton.ac.uk

lorna.jowett@northampton.ac.uk

mike.starr@northampton.ac.uk

 

Saturday Keynote Speaker

The organisers of TV Fangdom are pleased to announce that the closing keynote of the conference will be an interview with Simon J. Ashford, currently writer on CBBC’s award-winning drama Young Dracula (2006-2008, 2011-). Simon has written for Robin Hood, Waterloo Road and Twisted Tales, before working on Young Dracula. The session will run 5.30-6.30pm on Saturday and will include time for questions from the audience

We have had a great response to the TVFangdom call for papers, and acceptance emails have now been sent out. We have an exciting and diverse programme taking shape, featuring presenters from all over the world – we look forward to welcoming you all to Northampton in June. Information regarding conference fees, travel and accommodation are now available via the links above – registration itself will be open very shortly. Naturally, if you have any enquiries, then please feel free to contact us, either via email or this site.

TV Fangdom

TV Fangdom: A Conference on Television Vampires

7-8 June 2013

The University of Northampton

 

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?

 

Keynote and featured speakers:

  • Brigid Cherry, editor of True Blood: Investigating Vampires and Southern Gothic and author of Horror (Routledge Film Guidebook)
  • Marcus Recht, author of Der Sympatische Vampir
  • Catherine Spooner, author of Contemporary Gothic

 

Proposals are invited on (but not limited to) the following topics:

  • TV’s development and appropriation of the reluctant vampire
  • Vampire hunters on TV
  • The vampire as allegory
  • Issues of gender and sexuality
  • Narrative and structure
  • Different formats (miniseries, animation, made-for-TV movie)
  • Adaptation
  • Visual style
  • Sound and music
  • Special effects
  • Scheduling
  • Marketing and advertising
  • New media, ancillary materials and extended narratives
  • Intersection with other media (novels, films, comics, video games, music)
  • Audience and consumption (including fandom)
  • Genre hybridity
  • The vampire and children’s television
  • Inter/national variants
  • Translation and dubbing

We will be particularly interested in proposals on older TV shows, on those that have rarely been considered as vampire fictions, and on analysis of international vampire TV. The conference organisers welcome contributions from scholars within and outside universities, including research students, and perspectives are invited from different disciplines.

 

Please send proposals (250 words) for 20 minute papers plus a brief biography (100 words) to all three organisers by 16th December 2012.

s.abbott@roehampton.ac.uk

lorna.jowett@northampton.ac.uk

mike.starr@northampton.ac.uk

 

Conference Website: http://www.tvfangdom.wordpress.com

 

This conference is run in collaboration with the Centre for Contemporary Narrative and Cultural Theory at the University of Northampton and the Centre for Research in Film and Audiovisual Cultures at the University of Roehampton.