Talks

Scholarly projects & presentations, including classes, conferences and conventions.

Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau: 2015-2016

Using Their Powers for Good: How Geektivists, Geek Grrls, and Gaymers are Creating More Inclusive Communities How do geeks who are committed to social justice foster inclusivity? Geek activists, geek grrls and gaymers are making the personal political. Inspired by … Continue reading

Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau: 2012-2014

Ink-Stained Amazons and Cinematic Warriors: Superwomen in Modern Mythology From Wonder Woman to Buffy Summers, Emma Peel to Sydney Bristow, Charlie’s Angels to the Powerpuff Girls, superwomen are more than just love interests or sidekicks who stand by their men. … Continue reading

Eventbrite Webinar: Fans Behind the Mask – New Data for Cons

Recorded Webinar: Fans Behind the Mask – New Data for Cons Tune in for an engaging discussion with industry experts, Rob Salkowitz, and Jennifer K. Stuller, on how event organizers, publishers, retailers and the media industry alike can capitalize on the changing face … Continue reading

All That Matters is What We Do: Fans, Community-Building, Love, Social Justice, and Other Activist Lessons from the Whedonverse

All That Matters is What We Do: Fans, Community-Building, Love, Social Justice, and Other Activist Lessons from the Whedonverse Slayage Conference on the Whedonverses 6 – Featured Speaker California State University – Sacramento Due to popular demand this presentation is now … Continue reading

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Focus Group

Co-created and co-facilitated this class; combined textual analysis of episodes of the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer with selected readings of theoretical perspectives on human nature.

Reading Comics Focus Group

Winter Quarter 2007, Ms. Stuller co-instructed a credited focus group on Reading Comics, through the UW’s Program in Comparative History of Ideas. The course included a history of comics — with special attention given to issues of diversity, a section … Continue reading

Numfar! Do the Dance of Seduction! Nerd Burlesque, Performing Fandom, and the Whedonverse – Slayage Conference on the Whedonverses 5, 2012

“Numfar! Do the Dance of Seduction!” combines fan, performance, sexuality, and Whedon studies with field research including interviews with nerd burlesque performers and burlesque historians to investigate how performance is a physical embodiment of fan fiction. This multi-media presentation will titillate both body and mind through its exploration of how the dominant themes of the Whedonverse (sex, death, feminism, family) make burlesque both a particularly entertaining and profound place for fan expression. Continue reading

Second Wave Feminism in the Pages of Lois Lane – Comic Arts Conference, 2011

Presented at 2011’s Comic-Con International, San Diego. Continue reading

A Brief Herstory of Gum Shoe Gals, Spy-Fi Sheroes, and Private Dick Chicks – Comic Arts Conference, 2011

The Ink-Stained Amazon takes a look at women’s roles in spy and detective fiction. Continue reading

From Helen to Hit-Girl: A Brief, Brief, Very Brief, History of Action Heroines in Film and Television – Comic Arts Conference, 2011

Ms. Stuller is proud to again present her work at the Comic Arts Conference; Comic-Con International, San Diego. Continue reading

The Ink-Stained Amazon Presents the Best, Worst, Known, and Not-So-Known Pop Culture Influences on the Buffyverse (Mostly) – Slayage Conference on the Whedonverses 4, 2010

1 cup, Sarah Connor; 1 cup, Ripley; and 3 tablespoons of the younger sister from Night of the Comet. Continue reading

Emmapeelers, Disco Divas, and the Feministas of Justice – Comic Arts Conference, 2009

Taking cue from the Women’s Liberation Movement, superhero stories in the 1970s featured righteous Lady Liberators, Femizons, and Amazons who fought to free women from gender inequity and oppression. But were they really feminist? Continue reading

The Princess of Spy-Fi: A Critical and Historical Overview of Peter O’Donnell’s Modesty Blaise – Comic Arts Conference, 2007 & 2008

Born out of glamour girl strips and 1960s British espionage stories, Modesty Blaise—one of the great literary characters of the 20th Century—remains relatively unknown to Americans, even though the British news strip in which she starred lasted for almost 40 years. She is the missing link—or at least the often unacknowledged connection—in the virtual family tree of modern myth’s superwomen. Continue reading

Where Do We Go From Here?: A Look at Female Heroes in a Post-Buffy Context – The Slayage Conference on the Whedonverse, 2006

This paper will look at the series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, as a seminal point in popular culture and in the representation of complex feminine heroes. It will also investigate the impact of BTVS on gender and heroism in subsequent myths. Continue reading

Singing the Body Imaginative: The Elemental Flesh in Alan Moore’s Promethea – Comic Arts Conference, 2006

By using Alan Moore’s graphic novel, Promethea, in relation to Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenological concepts of the elemental Flesh and the Chiasm or “crossing,” this paper will illustrate how comic narratives can do more than entertain. They have the power to encourage us to see the world anew, and to experience it as profoundly magical. Continue reading

Buffy and the Amazon Princess – Holy Men in Tights: A Superhero Conference, 2005

Men have long had examples of the hero to model themselves after. Is it possible for women to look to modern mythology for empowering representations of themselves? Do the superheroes available to women reinforce stereotypes rather than break them? What defines a female a hero in ways which are similar to or different from men? Continue reading