Twenty-first century film and media have seen a rise not only in remakes and ‘re-imaginings’, but also in transmedia adaptations, works based in nostalgic callbacks, fan-written versions of media, and genre-bending remixes. While a wider body of work exists on transmedia storytelling and adaptation, contemporary superhero remakes and re-adaptations are still a largely unexplored subject, even as interest in the remake phenomenon continues to grow. The history of superheroes – and their supervillain counterparts – is rich in re-adaptations and remakes. This process seems intrinsic to the superhero’s textual and cultural journey, as it is re-shaped and re-moulded, from comics to film and other media forms.
fan studies and fandom
Call for Papers:
2019 Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference
Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 10-13
151 West Fifth Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Deadline: April 30 2019
Coming of age and identity quests are often intertwined in stories, be it in novels, comics, or films. However, not every identity quest happens to teenagers. Adults, too, are on a constant search for who they are and/ or why they are. These questions are tackled and examined in the 2019 Netflix TV show Umbrella Academy as well as in the eponymous comic books series from 2008/2009. The comic series consist of 3 volumes, “Apocalypse Suite,” “Dallas,” and “Hotel Oblivion.”
Studies in Popular Culture (SiPC) is looking for submissions for the Spring 2020 issue. This journal of the Popular Culture Association in the South (PCAS) publishes articles on popular culture however mediated through film, literature, radio, television, music, graphics, print, practices, associations, events – any of the material or conceptual conditions of life. Contributors include distinguished anthropologists, sociologists, psychologists, cultural geographers, ethnomusicologists, historians, and scholars in comics, communications, film, games, graphics, literature, philosophy, religion, and television.
Medievalism in America Panelist Needed
Please Respond by 20 April 2019
The Association for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture is organizing a panel on American medievalisms for a session at the June meeting of the New England American Studies Association at Fitchburg State University (Fitchburg, MA) on Saturday, June 8.
We are in need of a third presenter. Please contact us ASAP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founder, Association for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture
A Critical Companion to Robert Zemeckis
edited by Adam Barkman and Antonio Sanna
Part of the Critical Companion to Popular Directors series.
CFP for an approved panel at the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association conference, San Diego CA, Nov. 14-17, 2019
Please submit abstract proposals using PAMLA's online submission form (if you are new to PAMLA you will have to go to pamla.ballastacademic.com to create an account first).
11-12 October 2019
Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Alyn Euritt (Leipzig)
Patrick Gill (Mainz)
Riverdale: a comic book turned hit TV show, a comic strip turned murder mystery, a town that is both nowhere and everywhere. Recently renewed for a fourth season, the CW’s popular campy teen drama is notable for its apparent departures from the checkout-stand digests of yore, and has a new witchy counterpart in Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, as well as a projected spin-off in the development of a Katy Keene series.
Despite the increasing visibility of fan studies as a discipline, there remains scant work that turns its focus specifically to methodological issues. This relative neglect may be due to its status as a somewhat unruly or ‘undisciplined discipline’ (Ford 2014), which takes its theoretical cues from others including sociology, media and cultural studies, psychology, and literary studies. However, as its presence begins to grow and more scholars discover the work being undertaken, it is timely and appropriate for those working within the field to turn their attention more decisively to issues of methods.