Cáel Keegan, Grand Valley State University
Cáel M. Keegan is Assistant Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Liberal Studies at Grand Valley State University. His research focuses on the analysis of queer and transgender media histories and aesthetics. Over the course of his career, he has published multiple articles on the circulation, reception, and politics of queer and transgender cinema, television, and photography. He is author of the forthcoming book Lana and Lilly Wachowski: Sensing Transgender (2018) and his other work has appeared in Spectator, Genders, Queer Studies in Media and Popular Culture, MedieKultur, Transgender Studies Quarterly, Thymos, InMediaRes, Studies in Sex and Gender, and Social Alternatives. Keegan is co-editor, with Laura Horak and Eliza Steinbock, of the upcoming "Cinematic Bodies” special issue of Somatechnics, and will appear in the “Trans Cinema” episode of the Vice Guide to Film.
Mary Ellen Iatropoulos, Director of Education for The Art Effect
Mary Ellen Iatropoulos, MA, MPS, is a three-time winner of the Mr. Pointy award for Best Work in Whedon Studies. Her recent publications include the edited collection Joss Whedon and Race: Critical Essays (available now from McFarland) and “The World As It Could Be: Interrogating Joss Whedon’s Political PSAs” in Transmediating the Whedonverses (forthcoming from Palgrave McMillan). She works as Director of Education for The Art Effect, a nonprofit arts and media education organization, where she oversees design, implementation, and evaluation of media-rich interdisciplinary curricula across programs. She also teaches her own classes in narrative filmmaking, YouTube, and critical media literacy, with a focus on social justice and pedagogies of empowerment.
Lowery A. Woodall III, co-editor of Joss Whedon and Race: Critical Essays
Lowery A. Woodall III is an assistant professor of communication and theatre at Millersville University in Millersville, Pennsylvania, and is the faculty advisor for WIXQ-FM, Millersville's campus radio station. He has written extensively on representations of otherness in popular culture through mass media texts.
5 x 5: Remembering David Lavery
Memorial tribute to David Lavery, Father of Whedon Studies, by Rhonda Wilcox, Stacey Abbott, Tanya Cochran, Cynthia Burkhead, and Stephanie Graves
Ian Klein, winner of best paper at EuroSlayage 2016
Ian Klein is a writer, producer, and creative consultant with a background in narrative development. From his formative experiences in the theater world to a senior role at a creative studio and as the founder of his own creative consultancy, Ian’s consistent focus on how story is told and received has been the chief through line of his efforts producing and conceptualizing work for a wide range of clients which have included NBC Universal, Warner Bros., Nike, and Microsoft amongst many other lifestyle and entertainment brands. While earning his BA in English Literature at the University of Washington, Ian worked at two acclaimed fixtures of Seattle’s visual arts scene, Intiman Theatre and Taproot Theatre Company. In 2009, Ian moved to New York to pursue an MFA in Dramaturgy at Columbia University where he received training in playwriting, dramatic structure, cross-media adaptation, and artistic direction.
With the completion of his master’s thesis on the storytelling potential of created environments, Ian moved to Los Angeles to work as the Senior Producer at Column Five, a bicoastal creative studio with an emphasis on visual storytelling and content development. After several years, Ian launched his own creative consultancy, Vizir Productions, specializing in story, brand development, and information design.
Ian is an active member of the Themed Entertainment Association, Popular and American Culture Association, and the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions. With a strong academic background and penchant for research, he is also a regular contributor to popular culture studies as an essayist and speaker. His work is featured in several publications and his 2016 lecture on the intersection of storytelling and production design at London’s Kingston University won him “Best Conference Presentation.” Ian is currently consulting on a major film franchise and conducting research in anticipation of his appearance as a featured speaker at the 8th Biennial Slayage Conference on the Whedonverses at the University of North Alabama.
Bronwen Calvert, author of Being Bionic: The World of TV Cyborgs
Bronwen Calvert was Senior Lecturer at Sunderland University and is an Associate Lecturer at the Open University in the North of England. She is the author of Being Bionic: The World of TV Cyborgs (I.B. Tauris, 2017) and of a range of essays on television series including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Dollhouse, The X-Files, and Fringe. Her research looks at embodiment in fantasy and science fiction narratives, with particular focus on cyberpunk fiction, horror, and versions of the female action hero.