CFP: Heroes in Popular Culture (for MPCA,Oct 6-9, 2016 in Chicago)

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Call for Papers
April 30, 2016
Illinois, United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Communication, Film and Film History, Literature, Popular Culture Studies

Call for Papers:


2016 Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference

Oct. 6-9 

Chicago, IL

Hilton Rosemont Chicago O’Hare

Deadline: April 30, 2016


Papers can explore any topic relating to heroes and/or prevailing notions of heroism as they present themselves in popular culture. Topics may include, but are not limited to:


-Superheroes and action stars as heroic icons

-Video games and the experience of vicarious/learned heroism

-Connections between violence and heroism

-The gendering of heroism

-Heroines in young adult fiction

-Anti-heroes in media

-Pop culture heroes and religion/mythology

-Hero worship

-Real world heroes in the news and biographies


Please upload 250 word abstract proposals on any aspect of Heroes in Popular Culture to the Heroes in Popular Culture area,


Any questions? Please email Heroes in Popular Culture Area Chair Jef Burnham at,

More information about the conference can be found at


Please note the availability of graduate student travel grants:


Please include name, affiliation, and e-mail address with the 250 word abstract. Also, please indicate in your submission whether your presentation will require an LCD Projector.

Contact Info: 

Jef Burnham


Heroes in Popular Culture Area Chair

Contact Email: