The Routledge Companion to Superhero Studies [Final Call]

deadline for submissions: 
May 24, 2024
full name / name of organization: 
Lorna Piatti-Farnell and Carl Wilson

In answer to the evolutionary portrayals of superheroes in our cultures, histories, and narratives, the editors welcome chapter proposals for selection and inclusion into The Routledge Companion to Superhero Studies, for which a contract has already been signed.

The volume will be a part of the prestigious Routledge Media and Cultural Studies Companions series:

The editors have already commissioned a significant number of chapters for The Routledge Companion to Superhero Studies and are seeking proposals that specifically consider the following topics:

  • Superhero tourism (including Disney parks)
  • Merchandise and toys
  • Superheroes in the Global South
  • Superheroes and refugees
  • Superheroes and the Anthropocene
  • Digital superheroes
  • British superheroes
  • Counterculture superheroes
  • Superhero narratives 1930-1970s, and offshoots/adaptations
  • Superhero origin stories
  • Superhero animations (including the X-Men, BTAS, She-Ra, He-Man, magical girls, and more)
  • Creators and the creative process
  • Fan communities

The editors invite abstracts of around 300 words on any of the above topics.

Final essays will be 5500 words in length, including references, and will be due two months after a provisional acceptance has been made.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 24th May 2024.  

Please email your abstracts (together with a short bio, 100 words max) for consideration to both editors: Lorna Piatti-Farnell, and Carl Wilson,