#CFP Batman in Popular Culture Conference

#CFP Batman in Popular Culture Conference October 4, 2018

Thanks to Matt Brake for drawing this call for papers to my attention:

The Department of Popular Culture and the Browne Popular Culture Library at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio are proud to announce the Batman in Popular Culture Conference on Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13, 2019. The Batman in Popular Culture conference aims to examine Batman in Popular Culture in all mediums and media. It is intended to serve as a space for academics, graduate students, comic industry professionals, retailers and fans to engage in dialogue about topics related to Batman in its many media forms, mediums and cultural influence in popular culture and beyond. The scope of this conference is deliberately broad, with the intention of highlighting the interdisciplinary nature and many different avenues of research possible related to Batman in Popular Culture.

Possible topics might include but are not limited to:

  • Textual analysis of graphic novels, storylines, other texts related to Batman
  • In-depth analysis of particular authors & artists work related to Batman
  • The development of supporting characters, villains, and themes within the Batman mythos
  • Batman in Popular Music
  • Batman in Film, Television, and Animation
  • The rise of Batman-centric podcasts
  • Batman as a mass merchandising phenomenon
  • Batman VS. Superman
  • Batman and video games
  • The role of diversity issues (race, gender, ethnicity, sexuality) within Batman’s world
  • Batman within the Comics Industry (writing, drawing, retailing, etc.)
  • Batman art and covers across the decades
  • How authors build an audience in an era of subgenre specialization
  • Reception and fan communities for Batman and the superhero genre
  • Digital Humanities approaches to Comics and Mass Media Studies with emphasis on Batman

We welcome individual proposals or pre-formed panels that address any or all of these themes. As the conference seeks to provide a multitude of perspectives, academic presentations and those from outside the academy are welcome.

Please send a 300-word abstract describing your individual presentation to bgsubatman@gmail.com with “Batman in Popular Culture” in the subject line. (Panel, roundtable, performance, and artistic display proposals should include a 300 proposal for each individual and a 500-word proposal explaining the group presentation.) Submissions should be sent in a document attachment with the following information:

  • Author’s name/Title
  • Institutional Affiliation (if applicable)
  • Email address
  • Presentation Title and Abstract

Deadline for Submissions is Monday, December 30, 2018.

There’s a lot more that is of interest on the website the call for papers comes from: the Gesellschaft für Comicforschung.

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  • John MacDonald

    The Joker (along with Emperor Palpatine) is my favorite villain. A great quote about the Joker from Alfred in The Dark Knight is:

    “…some men aren’t looking for anything logical, like money. They can’t be bought, bullied, reasoned, or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn.”

    For some reason I identify with the villains over the superheroes.

    • John MacDonald

      Here’s another great quote by the Joker from the same movie:

      JOKER: Do I really look like a guy with a plan? You know what I am? I’m a dog chasing cars. I wouldn’t know what to do with one if I caught it! I just do things. The mob has plans. The cops have plans. Gordon’s got plans. Y’know they’re schemers. Schemers trying to control their little worlds. I try to show the schemers how pathetic their attempts to control things really are. So when I say that you and your girlfriend was nothing personal, you know I’m telling the truth. It’s the schemers that put you where you are. You were a schemer, you had plans, and, uh, look where that got you. I just did what I do best. I took your little plan, and I turned it on itself. Look what I did to this city with a few drums of gas and a couple of bullets, hmm? You know what I noticed? Nobody panics when things go according to plan. Even when the plan is horrifying. If tomorrow I told the press that, like, a gang-banger would get shot, or a truckload of soldiers will be blown up, nobody panics. Because it’s all part of the plan. But when I say that one little old mayor will die, well then everybody loses their minds! Introduce a little anarchy. Upset the established order and everything becomes chaos. I’m an agent of chaos. Oh, and you know the thing about chaos? It’s fair.

      Palpatine is the mirror image of The Joker. Palpatine wants Absolute Control, while The Joker wants Complete Chaos!