12-13 August 2011, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.
¡®Tights and Tiaras: Female Superheroes and Media Cultures¡¯ is a one and a half day conference on the construct of the ¡®superhero¡¯ as female and more generally of the representation of powerful female figures in fantasy and science fiction. Looking at a range of print and visual media, papers will explore the range of female characters in superhero narratives, the material history of the female superhero, and how visual and textual constructs of female heroes - and anti-heroes - have been re-imagined, re-invented and re- packaged over time.
Possible topics include:
¡ñ The representation of female superheroes in print and visual media ¨C in comics, comix, graphic novels, novels, short stories, fan fiction, film, television, and other media forms
¡ñ Distribution of narratives and images of female superheroes across multiple genres and media platforms
¡ñ The female hero quest
¡ñ Deconstructing the superhero trope ¨C studies in feminism, patriotism, politics, race, satire, comedy, and so on
¡ñ Constructs of the female supervillain
¡ñ Superhero fashions, including costumes, cosplay and sartorial signifiers
¡ñ Female collaboration in comics
¡ñ Female comics artists: historical and contemporary
¡ñ Female comics audiences and fan communities
¡ñ Analysis of the institutional, commercial and licensing histories of female superhero properties
¡ñ The construction of powerful women in fantasy and science fiction genres
Sponsored by The Centre for the Book, Monash University
Please submit abstracts of no more than 250 words, accompanied by a brief bio, by emailed attachment to Dr Rebecca-Anne Do Rozario (Rebecca.DoRozario@monash.edu).
The deadline for abstracts is 11 April, 2011.
Rebecca-Anne do Rozario
Phone: +61 3 9905 4225
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