With the CFP posted here, to H-Net, to CFP List, and to numerous list servs, Rafael Ponce-Cordero and I have been receiving helpful feedback regarding the focus to our volume Can The Subaltern Be A Superhero? The Politics of Non-Hegemonic Superheroism. We also have been receiving abstracts and inquiries of interest: thanks to everyone who is writing to us!
There is still time before the May 30 deadline. We are interested in abstracts that consider what happens when the superhero is not male, heterosexual, white, or American. Topics fitting this call for papers may include, but are not limited to, female superheroes, LGBTQ superheroes, minority superheroes in the United States and elsewhere, and superheroes from the Global South.
If you have questions about potential topics that you are considering, please email Rafael (firstname.lastname@example.org) and me (email@example.com).
And please share the CFP below with anyone you know who may be interested in this volume. Thanks for your consideration!
Can the Subaltern Be a Superhero?
The Politics of Non-Hegemonic Superheroism
Send 300-word abstracts and short bios to Rafael Ponce-Cordero at firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line “CFP – Can the Subaltern Be a Superhero?” by May 30, 2016.
Superheroes are, by definition, guardians of law and order, i.e. of the status quo. Not coincidentally, the majority of them—and certainly the most famous ones—are male, straight, and white. Yet there are costumed crime-fighters who do not conform to that tacit rule and serve, in this sense, as examples of what we can call alternative superheroism. Those are the ones this collection of essays will examine.
Topics fitting this call for papers may include, but are not limited to, the following general themes:
- Female superheroes
- LGBTQ superheroes
- Minority superheroes in the US and elsewhere
- Superheroes from the Global South