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[Commlist] cfp: The Superhero Project: 4th Global Meeting
Tue Mar 24 18:43:04 GMT 2020
*CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS*
*The Superhero Project: 4^th Global Meeting***
Friday 4^th to Sunday 6^th September 2020
Die Wolfsburg, Mülheim an der Ruhr, Essen, Germany
/“What would you prefer, yellow spandex…?” – X-Men (2000)/
2020 marks twenty years since the release of /X-Men,/ which sparked a
re-emergence of the superhero on screen and led to a spectacular ascent
towards being the most successful and globally popular genre in cinema
history, with dozens of films produced and many billions of dollars
earned in the last two decades – an aggressive dominance that shows no
signs of receding.
In the last year, the titanic /Avengers: Endgame /provided the superhero
film with its biggest-ever canvas and, sandwiched between /Captain
Marvel/ and /Spider-Man: Far From Home/, brought Phase Three of the
Marvel Cinematic Universe to a triumphant finish, after eleven years and
twenty-three films. Yet, late in 2019, DC placed its most iconic villain
centre stage in Todd Phillips’ /Joker/, which provided a truly striking
take on Batman’s arch-nemesis, drawing on 70’s /New Hollywood/
aesthetics and exploring issues such as mental health and social revolt.
The James Gunn-produced /Brightburn/ merged the superhero genre with
Horror to generate a forbiddingly dark mirror of the Superman origin
story. Meanwhile, on television, the full CW line of DC Comics shows
ambitiously collided in an adaptation of the signature 1980’s event
/Crisis on Infinite Earths/, which surprisingly provided actor Brandon
Routh a belated opportunity to reprise the role of Superman.
Within the source medium of Comics, the genre continued to show great
diversity and invention, along with experimentation: Gene Luen Yang and
Girihu’s superb /Superman Smashes The Klan /took a famous storyline from
the 1940’s Superman radio show and used it to view The Man of Steel via
the immigrant experience, while in the mainstream comics, Brian Michael
Bendis controversially dispensed with a core tenet of the superhero
mythology, as Superman revealed his secret identity to the world. /The
Unstoppable Wasp/ was a light-hearted wonder, firmly focused on fun and
easily accessible. After decades of being rooted in science, /Immortal
Hulk/ took a sharp turn into the realms of Horror and Grant Morrison’s
take on /Green Lantern/ vigorously resurrected the Silver Age of Comics.
In Tom King’s /Mister Miracle/, the superhero is viewed through the
lenses of mental health and political anxieties.
Soaring into its ninth decade, then, the superhero currently occupies a
diverse, expansive and dominant space in modern popular culture.
Perceived as a modern form of mythology or folklore, the characters
signature emblems are among the most recognisable in the world,
functioning as powerful, pervasive and vastly profitable brands. Yet,
while still largely American in focus, the superhero has become
increasingly international, capable of reflecting specific issues and
operating as a powerful messenger of them - a power they have possessed
since their inception.
*The Superhero Project: 4^th Global Meeting*invites inter-disciplinary
discussion on superheroes and notions of the super-heroic. Indicative
themes for discussion may include but are not limited to:
- Technology & augmentation / armour
- The Übermensch
- Mutations and genetic engineering
2. Dual Identities:
- The power of the mask
- Alter-egos and secret identities
- Costume and Disguise
3. Gender & Ethnicity:
- Depictions of the female superhero
- Ethnic diversity in superhero comics and their readership.
- LGBT Superheroes
- Queer readings of established characters
- Gay Representation in Superhero Comics
- Camp and the Superhero
- Superheroes vs Sexual Violence
- The anti-hero
- The post-9/11 Superhero
- The Everyman superhero
6. Social Responsibility:
- Superheroes as role models
- Childhood play
- Heroism and cowardice
7. The Heroic & the Patriotic:
- The monomyth (the hero's journey)
- Patriotism and nationalism
- National personification
- The Soldier as Superhero
- "Truth, justice and the American way"
8. Pop Culture Depictions:
- The superhero as brand
- Merchandising and franchising
- Fans and cultural capital
*What to Send*:
300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday May 22^nd , 2020 to the
following e-mail addresses: (d.graydon /at/ herts.ac.uk)
<mailto:(d.graydon /at/ herts.ac.uk)>and (torsten.caeners /at/ uni-due.de)
<mailto:(torsten.caeners /at/ uni-due.de)>.
Accepted proposals will be notified by June 08^st , 2020.
Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs;
abstracts may be in Word or RTF formats with the following information
and in this order: a) author(s), b) affiliation as you would like it to
appear in programme, c) email address, d) title of proposal, e) body of
proposal, f) up to 10 keywords.
E-mails should be entitled: *_SUPER4 Abstract Submission_*.
Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using any
special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or
underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer to all proposals
submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should
assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost! If this is
the case, please do resend to both e-mail addresses.
*Danny Graydon*(University of Hertfordshire):
(d.graydon /at/ herts.ac.uk)<mailto:(d.graydon /at/ herts.ac.uk)>
*Torsten Caeners*(University of Duisburg-Essen):
(torsten.caeners /at/ uni-due.de)<mailto:(torsten.caeners /at/ uni-due.de)>
*Danny Graydon*, FHEA
Lecturer, Screen (Digital Animation & Model Design)
Collaborative Partnership Leader, Escola Britanica des Artes Creativas
(EBAC), Sao Paulo, Brazil
School of Creative Arts | University of Hertfordshire | College Lane |
Hatfield AL10 9AB
Office: AB170 | Tel: +44 (0)1707 284 000 | Email: (d.graydon /at/ herts.ac.uk)
<mailto:(d.graydon /at/ herts.ac.uk)>__| Internal Ext: 5336
*THE SUPERHERO PROJECT*: 4th Global Meeting / 4-6 September 2020 /
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