In Media Res: Much ado about Joss Whedon

Critics are struggling to find ways to collaborate on meaningful scholarship using the internet as a functional platform. The media commons project known as In Media Res is one of the rare burgeoning successes on this front. Dedicated to  experimenting with collaborative, multi-modal forms of online scholarship, their goal is to promote an online dialogue amongst scholars and the public about contemporary approaches to studying media.

Each weekday, a different scholar curates a 30-second to 3-minute video clip/visual image slideshow accompanied by a 300-350-word impressionistic response. And this week is thematically titled “Much Ado About Joss Whedon” (September 30 – October 4), organized by Maria Boyd from Georgia State University. It’s all about Whedon and Shakespeare and I couldn’t be more excited. Here’s the line-up:

  • Monday, September 30, 2013 – Leora Hadas (University of Nottingham) presents: Authorship in promotional surround: The Shakespearean and the Whedonesque
  • Tuesday, October 1, 2013 – Taylor Boulware (University of Washington) presents: Race, Passing, and Lynching: Angel’s “Are You Now or Have You Ever Been”
  • Wednesday, October 2, 2013 – Maria Sulimma (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen/ FU Berlin) presents: The Fanboy next Door: Whedon and his Appeal to self-professed Geeks
  • Thursday, October 3, 2013 – Casey McCormick (McGill University) presents: That Whedony Feeling
  • Friday, October 4, 2013 – Roxanne Samer (University of Southern California) presents: Dollhouse and Echo(e)s of Future Queerness

For more information about this sequence and other In Media Res project, check out