Thursday, April 10, 2008

My Foray into Vampire Academia
I spent five years as an academic; four in undergrad, one in a postgraduate degree in English literature. And with that honorable degree... I began writing television books. My professors were actually proud of me, happily, but I wonder if any of them ever wondered where the connection was.

And now... I finally have one. I'm going to be one of the keynote speakers at this year's Slayage Conference in Arkansas, a three-day symposium of Buffy scholarship from around the world. How awesome is that? I'll be delivering the keynote speech at the opening day banquet (hopefully the scholars will be too busy eating their roast beef to notice the non-scholar standing at the front of the room yakking about why she loves Buffy) and I'm so excited.

Information on the Slayage conference is here. If you're a huge Buffy fan, and have any interest in academia, this is the thing to check out (calling Chris L. here... you know you want to come! COME.) I've wanted to go ever since the first one a few years ago, so I'm thrilled to be finally going, AND being a part of it. Hey, it's not the PaleyFest Buffy reunion, but I'll take it.

7 comments:

Amy said...

Absolutely fantastic. Congrats! You'll be in Buffy heaven, I imagine :)

redeem147 said...

That's quite an honour. Congrats!

Corey Redekop said...

Take me with you!

Chris in NF said...

YOU SO ROCK!!!!

And I wish I'd known about this before ... I might well have submitted a proposal. As it stands now, I wouldn't be able to swing it for June. :-(

This gets my mind working. I so have to get you out here on the Rock as a distinguished speaker some day.

Can you send me a copy of your talk?

Jonathan said...

This is awesome!!! Congratulations!!

Michele said...

Wow - that's great! I have to admit, I was never a Buffy fan (don't kick me off here, please!) but this really sounds like a dream gig for you!

Jeremy Barker said...

Keynote speaker, and in Arkansas no less? Your fame knows no bounds! Congrats Nik, you always find a way.