Buffy Comes of Age: Aesthetics, Technologies and Politics in the TV Industry 21 Years After She First Slayed Us – Professor Matthew Pateman
Since Buffy the Vampire Slayer first aired 21 years ago, there have been huge changes in the ways that television dramas are made, distributed, consumed and analysed. In this inaugural lecture, Professor Matthew Pateman, will identify the important aspects of Buffy’s emergence as a seminal popular cultural product in the late 20th century.
Charting the ongoing influence the series had on TV drama , Professor Pateman will explore the content and format decisions of Buffy the Vampire Slayer in the context of the structure of the media industry, the appearance of new forms of media, as well as globalised transmedial franchisees and policy issues. The lecture will highlight the complex, serious and important work of studying popular culture.
Resisting the notion of the ‘TV auteur’ (not allowing all the discussion to be dominated by the intentions and ideas of the show’s Executive Producer, Joss Whedon) Professor Pateman will insist on Buffy’s status as mass-mediated public art. The inaugural seeks to challenge one of Whedon’s own creations, who once stated upon discovering a television in someone’s room “Woah, Giles has got a TV; he’s shallow like us.”
Professor Matthew Pateman joined Edge Hill University as the Head of Media in 2017. His eclectic research interests include 20th and 21st century fiction and poetry, avant-garde film and documentary, critical theory, and popular culture. His recent publication Joss Whedon (Manchester University Press, 2018) chronicling the life and work of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator will be launched by the publishers at this event.
- 5.30pm – Registration and Refreshments
- 6.00pm – Inaugural Lecture
- 7.00pm – Q&A
- 7.15pm – Book signing, Refreshments and Canapés