Konferenz: „Heroism as a Global Phenomenon in Popular Culture“, Freiburg (28.-30.09.2017)

Heroism as a Global Phenomenon in Popular Culture | FRIAS, Großer Seminarraum, Albertstr. 19, 79104 Freiburg

Datum der Veranstaltung: 28.-30. September 2017 | Anmeldung unter: globalheroes@sfb948.unifreiburg.de oder 0761/203-67602

Die Konferenz wird vom SFB 948 „Helden, Heroismen, Heroisierungen“ an der Universität Freiburg ausgerichtet.

In an age of globalization and transnationalism, heroes transcend their cultural spheres of origin and are re-rooted, adapted and translated in new local contexts across the world. We understand (male and female) heroes as a phenomenon of exceptionality that has a positive significance in relation to the values, ideals and norms of the communities in which these figures are admired, followed, functionalized but also debated. In this process of “glocalization,” popular culture, with its world-wide markets and media, is a driving force. Such different media as films, comics, graphic novels, computer games, or internet blogs construct and disseminate narratives about heroes and heroisms across the globe and are consumed in the Global North as well as the Global South. At the same time, there are centres of dissemination – including Hollywood, Bollywood, or Hongkong – that continue to dominate processes of production and dissemination of hero narratives.

This multidisciplinary conference aims to highlight the complex and interrelated processes of creation, marketing, consumption, and impact, of globalized hero narratives, as well as the numerous cultural flows of exchange that have made them possible since the end of World War II. We are interested in contributions (case studies) which conceive of heroism as a transcultural and transnational phenomenon that may originate in one particular nation but ultimately transcends borders. Questions to be discussed would include how the meanings of heroic figures and narratives are changed in cultural translation, or what specific processes are active in the world-wide exchange of figures and concepts of the heroic. Case studies can focus on situations in Europe, North America, Africa and Asia.



Thursday, September 28, 2017

American Heroes Go Global I

15.00 | Introduction: ‘Global and Popular Heroism’: Theoretical Concepts and Approaches
Barbara Korte (Freiburg) and Simon Wendt (Frankfurt a.M.)

15.30 | One Hero Fits All? The Case of ‘Doctor Strange’ and New Frictions in Cultural Translation
Nicole Falkenhayner, Maria-Xenia Hardt, Julia Ditter, Özlem Sarica (Freiburg)

16.00 | ‘Guardians’ [Zaščitniki]: A Russian-Soviet Answer to Superman and Batman
Dietmar Neutatz (Freiburg)

16.30 | Plenary Comments

American Heroes Go Global II

17.15 | The Transnational Heroization of Donald Trump
Michael Butter (Tübingen)

17.45 | Axe and Helmet: The Increasing Range of New York Firefighters as (Super)Heroes
Wolfgang Hochbruck (Freiburg)

18.15 | Plenary Comments


Friday, September 29, 2017

Travelling Traditions

10.00 | The Hagakure between Japan, Germany and the US
Nadja Gernalzick (Mainz)

10.30 | Shaolin Martial Arts Heroes in Industrial Hong Kong
Ricardo Mak (Hong Kong)

11.00 | Reinventing Superheroes: Global Superheroes with an Indian Twist
Binoy B. Agarwal (New Delhi)

11.30 | Plenary Comments

Heroes or Villains?

13.15 | Gangsters are Desi: Indianization of a Hollywood Stereotype
Sugata Nandi (Kolkata)

13.45 | Hero and/or Villain?: ‘The 99’, Mixed Reception, & the Study and Popular Conceptualizations of Global Islam
Ken Chitwood (Gainesville, FL)

14.15 | The Transnational Interface of Heroes, Villains, and Those in Between
Ariel Heryanto (Monash, AUS)

14.45 | Plenary Comments

(Post)Imperial Heroes

15.30 | ‘Y’a bon?’ Popularizing tirailleurs africains as heroes of (anti) colonialism
Konstanze N’Guessan (Mainz) and Mareike Späth (Frankfurt a.M.)

16.00 | Biggles, Britain and (Imperial?) Heroism
Michael Goodrum (Canterbury)

16.30 | ‘Outlaw Hero’ – Bob Marley, Reggae and Rastapolitism into the New Millennium
Sonjah S. Niaah (Mona, West Indies)

17.00 | Plenary Comments

20.00 | Film Screening at Koki Freiburg
Dainipponjin (2007, OWS)


Saturday, September 30, 2017

Politics and Popular Culture

9.30 | Princess at Home, Heroine Around the World. Disney’s Female Protagonists as a Phenomenon of Global Heroism
Sotirios Kimon Mouzakis (Freiburg)

10.00 | Narratives about Heroes in Chinese Cinema: Analysis of Hero (2002)
Shuxi Yin (Hefei)

10.30 | Gay Alien Seeking Democracy: Queer Adaptation, Heroism, and Political Critique in Turkey
Rüstem Ertug Altinay (New York)

11.00 | Plenary Comments

11.15 | Final Comments and Discussion

Weitere Informationen und einen Download des Programms finden Sie auf der Homepage des SFB Helden, Heroismen, Heroisierungen.

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