Friday, September 6, 2013

Laura Black and Dr. Who


Dr. Who conference participants with a Dalek (they're the bad guys, or robots that is...)
Do you know Dr. Who? Laura Black, associate professor of English, certainly does. Dr. Who is a long-running British science-fiction TV show that has loyal fans from all over the world. Those fans gather at conferences to talk about “The Doctor” in his many incarnations. Recently, Laura had the opportunity to present an academic paper in England on the subject. Here is Laura’s blog post about her experience:
 
Today concluded the Doctor Who: Walking in Eternity Conference, an international interdisciplinary conference celebrating 50 years in time and space, the 50th anniversary year for the longest, continuous sci-fi television show in history at the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield, England.  

I was fortunate to have presented a paper for the conference, “Unraveling the Complex Narrative of Doctor Who Series Six: Revealing the Shape of Time and the Importance of Memory,” on Wednesday, September 4, representing Volunteer State Community College. 

The conference was a great mix of scholars from various academic disciplines from across the globe, including the US, England, Whales, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and France.  Presenters came from universities such as Warrick, Reading, Brunel, Cardiff, Cambridge, Grinell, the University of Paris, and Middle Tennessee State University.  Panels included discussion on Production and Distribution, Audiences and Exhibitions, Sound and Music, Fandom and Social Media, Globalism and Diversity, and Time, History, and Memory.

The three-day conference also included guest presentations from Mat Irvine, technical consultant and visual effects designer from the BBC’s Doctor Who during the 1970s, who brought an authentic remote control K-9 used in the series. 

The concluding keynote was presented by David Lavery, “Why America Needs Who: Two Countries United by One Doctor.”  Lavery, an American TV scholar and founder of Whedon Studies, will present at Vol State’s main campus on October 30 to discuss his new book Joss Whedon: A Creative Portrait for the Honors Lecture Series: http://davidlavery.net/.

-Laura Black

1 comment:

  1. Congratulations to Laura Black and our multi award-winning English Department! Not only do they rock, but they rock with proper punctuation, good grammar and no typos!

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