Slayage: The Journal of the Whedon Studies Association
The idea of Slayage was born in the spring of 2001 as David Lavery and Rhonda V. Wilcox considered over one hundred and forty proposals submitted for possible inclusion in Fighting the Forces: What's at Stake in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Rowman & Littlefield, 2002). Lavery and Wilcox learned, also, that two other collections of essays on Buffy were also in the works. It seemed obvious that there existed a not-soon-to-be-exhausted international critical and scholarly interest in the series. With Whoosh! The Journal of the International Association of Xenoid Studies in mind as a model, Slayage was born.
In the spring of 2010, beginning with Volume 8, Issue 1, Slayage became The Journal of the Whedon Studies Association rather than The Online International Journal of Buffy Studies.
In 2004 the first Slayage Conference on Buffy the Vampire Slayer was held in Nashville, Tennessee, and was hosted by Middle Tennessee State University. Now known as the Slayage Conference on the Whedonverses, the gathering occurs biennially and has met at Gordon College (2006), Henderson State University (2008), Flagler College (2010), the University of British Columbia (2012), and California State University (2014). The next conference will be held in the summer of 2016.
A quarterly until 2012, Slayage continues to be published twice a year for as long as interest warrants. The journal is a blind peer-reviewed publication.
Watcher Junior: The Undergraduate Journal of Whedon Studies
As colleges and universities include the work of Joss Whedon in courses on media studies, history, psychology, religion, race and gender studies, cultural studies and more students continue to produce Whedon scholarship at the undergraduate level. Slayage provides a forum for publishing graduate and professional scholarship. In its tenth year of publication Watcher Junior, a peer-reviewed online journal, remains committed to doing the same for undergraduate work in Whedon studies.
Edited by Jodie A. Kreider and Meghan K. Winchell, Watcher Junior is published twice a year, April and October. The journal is sponsored by both The Whedon Studies Association and Nebraska Wesleyan University.