Program of the Conference “Heroism as a Phenomenon in Global Popular Culture”, 28-30 September 2017, Freiburg

Conference Program

Heroism as a Global Phenomenon in Popular Culture

Organised by Barbara Korte, Simon Wendt, Michael Butter, Wolfgang Hochbruck and Nicole Falkenhayner for the SFB 948 “Heroes, Heroisms and Heroisations”, University of Freiburg, Germany

Thursday, September 28, 2017

From 14.00          Coffee, Registration at FRIAS Freiburg

15.00     Introduction      

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

Panel I: American Heroes Go Global 1

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

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

16.30     Plenary Comments

16.45     Coffee

Panel II: American Heroes Go Global 2

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

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

18.15     Plenary Comments

Friday, September 29, 2017

Panel I: Travelling Traditions

10.00     Nadja Gernalzick (Mainz): The Hagakure Between Japan, Germany and the US

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

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

11.30     Plenary Comments

11.45     Lunch at FRIAS

Panel II: Heroes or Villains?

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

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

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

14.45     Plenary Comments

15.00     Coffee

Panel III: (Post)Imperial Heroes

15.30     Konstanze N’Guessan (Mainz) & Mareike Späth (Frankfurt a. M.): ‘Y’a bon?’ Popularizing tirailleurs africains as Heroes of (Anti) Colonialism

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

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

17.00     Plenary Comments

 20.00 Film Screening “Dainipponjin” (2007) at KOKI, Freiburg

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Panel IV: Politics and Popular Culture

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

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

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

11.00     Plenary Comments

11.15     Final Comments and Discussion

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