The University of Hertfordshire is to host a conference on the international success of Doctor Who in September, just prior to the show celebrating its 50th anniversary.
Keynote speakers for Doctor Who: Walking in Eternity include James Chapman (Inside the TARDIS: The Worlds of Doctor Who), Matt Hills (Triumph of a Time Lord: Regenerating Doctor Who in the 21st Century) and David Lavery (editor, The Essential Cult Television Reader), the latter of which encouraged Volunteer State Community College Associate Professor, Laura Black, to take part in the conference.
Black studied under Lavery in London, when she was working on her doctorate (specialising in popular culture) at the Middle Tennessee State University. She taught a class on the Doctor Who Christmas specials, and wrote a paper about Series 6, in which she said:
More than any other previous [season], [Series] six has not merely encouraged TV viewers to participate in analysis, interpretation, and play, it has demanded that viewers participate in the narrative-making process, making it one of the most complex narratives ever created in Doctor Who.
Proposals for twenty minute abstracts, about 300 words, are now being invited, and Professor Black says:
Part of my argument in my paper is that there is this general concept that pop culture that movies, especially TV, are dumbing down our culture. That they are making us stupid. My argument is just the opposite; that things are becoming more complex. Our narratives are becoming more complex, they’re more demanding, and they’re more challenging.
Doctor Who: Walking in Eternity takes place from 3rd to 5th September.