Speakers and events are listed in each section in the order of their appearance on the conference schedule.
Matt Hills, keynote speaker
Rebecca Janicker, keynote speaker
Renee St. Louis, featured speaker
Ruin, Reflection, Redemption: Unpacking the Television Career of Marti Noxon
Friday, 10 July - 4:15-5:00pm - Room 4C.1
Craig Franson, featured speaker
"The Latest in Fall Fascism": Far-Right Initiatives from Middle-earth to Sunnydale
Saturday, 11 July - 5:30-6:15pm - Room 5B.16
Samira Nadkarni, featured speaker
Sunday, 12 July - 9:30-10:15am - Room 5B.16
Special Sessions & Events
Special Event: Outdoor Screening
"Conversations with Dead People"
Saturday, 11 July - 8:30pm - Cimetière Mont-Royal (Mount Royal Cemetery)
Join us for a bicycle-powered nighttime screening of one of Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s most unnerving episodes, screened in the Cimetière Mont-Royal (Mount Royal Cemetery), in association with “Cinema Out of the Box,” organized by McGill University Professor Alanna Thain, in conjunction with the Montreal Monstrum Society. Bicycle-powered?! How does it work? In the spirit of community and ecology, Cinema Out of the Box powers its apparatus with a bicycle generator. Anyone who wishes can volunteer to take a turn (or two) on the bicycle. The event is free to the public.
Special Session: Musical Performance
Darrell J. Jordan, baritone
Mickey Miller, soprano
Hans Bridger Heruth, pianist/composer
Saturday, 11 July - 4:15-5:15pm - Room 5B.16
A unique musical performance of a 15-minute “song cycle” regarding the slayer line in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer universe. A song cycle will typically use text from the same poet, so this is truly more of a “song set” than a cycle. The entire collection is inspired by stories from the first volume of Tales of the Slayer. The song cycle is written for piano, baritone voice, and soprano voice and will be primarily in English, with some lyrics sung in French. It incorporates the brief 4-note motif from the opening theme of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (E, F#, G, and D), with each of the four movements written in the keys of E, F#, G, and D. The first movement, written for the baritone voice, is inspired by the Shadowmen from the BTVS universe, and by the short story “Dark of the Moon” by Yvonne Navarro. The second movement, written for soprano, is inspired by the short story “Unholy Madness” by Nancy Holder, and will be sung in both English and French. The third movement is a duet written for both baritone and soprano, inspired by the short story “Silent Screams” by Mel Odom. This movement also includes the technique Sprechstimme, with the soprano singing her lines until her character is “turned”; she will then perform her lines using a speech like gesture, approximating pitch. The final movement, for soprano solo, will be completely on “oh” and is inspired by the original slayer herself, Sineya. The performance will be followed by a Q&A with the performers and composer.
Special Event: Montreal Red Light Tour
Sunday, 12 July - 7:30pm
Join Montreal scholar and Montreal Monstrum Society co-director Karen Herland for a nighttime historical tour of Montreal’s red light district. Free event, with conference registration.
Montreal's reputation as a party town has remained strong over the years, in no small part due to tales about its rumoured and renowned (in equal measure) Red Light District. Sex work, especially in its most visible forms, tends to be recognized as a problem, requiring intervention and eradication. However, over the past century, The City of Montreal has had a far more elastic relationship to its Red Light District – at times exploiting its attractions for tourists only to “clean up” the neighbourhood when election time draws near. This tour covers a few blocks of downtown Montreal and over a century of economic and social inequality. The walk provides context for the choices women have made in the face of changing social mores, discriminatory labour markets and expectations about ‘appropriate’ female behaviour.