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Buffy the Vampire Slayer is officially over. We have the videos, the DVD's, the CD's, the books, the comics, the action figures and the lunch box but we are now no longer tied to the ritual of Tuesday night viewing (if we ever were). How will we watch Buffy now? What will we return to? What will we cherish? What will be the legacy of Buffy? And how will we go on being fans and performing our fandom for a television series destined for the archives?
In this panel presentation, fan scholars and scholar fans, including Dr Sue Turnbull, Katy Stevens and Peter Mattessi discuss their attachments to the show and invite the audience to participate in speculating 'Where do we go from here?'
Sue Turnbull is a Senior Lecturer in Media Studies at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. Her PhD thesis involved an ethnographic study of the role of the media in the lives of young women, and since completing it she has continued to publish in the area of media audience research. She is co-editor with Kate Bowles of Tomorrow Never Knows: Soap on Australian Television (1994). Her most recent published research has been in the area of crime fiction and its readers and Australian screen comedy. In partnership with Vyvyan Stranieri, Education Programmer at The Australian Centre for the Moving Image, she has just published a study guide for teachers entitled Bite Me: Narrative Structures and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Peter Mattessi, an Honours graduate in Cinema Studies from The University of Melbourne, loves television. He writes for it: for Neighbours; and about it: in Metro and The Age's Green Guide. He likes teen films, he dreams of meeting Joshua Jackson, and he thinks Riley was the best thing Buffy ever did.
Katy Stevens teaches Cinema Studies at La Trobe University where she is also undertaking her PhD. A self-indulgent fangirl at heart, she dreams in Buffyspeak and falls asleep with her Spike poster watching over her. Katy secretly indulges a desire for a Holden Webster spin-off (RIP).