It is hard to imagine a time when superheroes have been more pervasive in popular culture. As one of our most beloved folkloric traditions these costume-clad adventurers have become a means to negotiate and articulate identities in response to fictional heroes. From big screen heroes to lesser-known comic book vigilantes and real-life costumed heroes, this special two-day symposium, featuring award-winning creators and academic experts, will unmask superheroes across all eras and media platforms.
Featuring industry interviews and panels alongside presentations from leading superhero scholars.
Keynote speakers and industry guests will include:
Professor Henry Jenkins (Live stream)
Provost Professor of Communication, Journalism, Cinematic Arts and Education at the University of Southern California, and author of landmark fan and transmedia research including Convergence Culture: Where Old & New Media Collide.
Writer of the Emmy Award-winning Batman: The Animated Series, best-selling video game Batman: Arkham Asylum and the Eisner Award-winning comic Mad Love.
Eisner Award-winning graphic novelist of A Wrinkle in Time, co-creator of Boom! Comic’s Goldie Vance and writer of DC Comics new reimagining of Batgirl.
A comic book artist from Sydney whose notable works include Birds of Prey and Secret Six. As of 2016, she is drawing Wonder Woman for DC Comics.
Is a multi-award-winning and #1 New York Times bestselling author, playwright and screenwriter. Tom is currently the writer of the Batman/Superman series for DC Comics and All-New Wolverine for MARVEL.
The symposium is one of the events organised as part of an Australian Research Council Linkage Grant partnership between the University of Melbourne, Swinburne University of Technology, National University of Singapore and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.
Thursday, 8 December 2016, 9:00 am
Cinema 1, Cinema 2, The Cube, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Flinders Street/Federation Square, Melbourne