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[Commlist] Virtual Conference CFP: Revisiting the Warrior Princess and her legacy: Xena 20 years on

Sun Jan 17 23:03:05 GMT 2021

*Virtual Conference*

*Revisiting the Warrior Princess and her legacy: /Xena /20 years on*

*18^*^th * and 19^th June 2021*

On 18^th June 2021 it will be twenty years since the controversial final episode of ground-breaking television series /Xena: Warrior Princess/, ‘A Friend in Need Part II’//aired. Although the series was first conceived as a spin-off from a series featuring a male hero, /Hercules The Legendary Journeys/, /Xena/'s popularity surpassed that of /Hercules/, and ran for six seasons from 1995-2001. /Xena/paved the way for subsequent action heroines, from Buffy in /Buffy the Vampire Slayer/, who reached our television screens in 1997, to the re-envisioned Wonder Woman in the recent blockbuster films.//The (initially subtextual) relationship between Xena and Gabrielle also influenced the depiction of LGBT relationships in popular culture. /Xena/garnered a large fan base and spawned an interest in the ancient world for a generation of young viewers. //

This virtual conference aims to bring together scholars from across a range of disciplines to mark the 20^th anniversary of the end of /Xena: Warrior Princess /and explore different aspects of the series and its impact. The organisers aim to publish selected papers following the conference.

Possible topics might include (but are not limited to):

/Xena/and the representation of ancient civilisations

/Xena/and historical events/characters

/Xena /and historical women warriors

/Xena/and mythology/religion

/Xena/and queer theory

/Xena/and feminism

/Xena/as action heroine

Xena and television studies

/Xena/and fan studies

/Xena/tie-ins (comics, novels, etc)

The legacy of /Xena/

Please submit abstracts of circa 300 words, together with details of academic background, to (amandapotter /at/ <about:blank> and_anise.strong@wmich.edu_ by 15^th March 2021.

Amanda Potter (Open University) and Anise Strong (Western Michigan University)

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