Super Cultures

The flag ship text of our organization, the first volume functions as both a developed conference proceedings, as well as an edited collection with distinct thematic groupings that provides a snapshot of contemporary scholarship relating to one of the most popular genres of fiction in the world, from an internationally diverse array of academic, Super Cultures is intended to be the primary and ongoing publishing outcome of the conference.

The introductory volume is co-edited by Danny Graydon and Torsten Caeners, with a spectacular array of chapters:

  • The Tyranny of Utopia by Alex Von Ommen

  • Campbell or Vogler? Guidlines for their use in Understanding the Contemporary Hero and the Community by Eva Thury

  • The Superheor Film in the Neoliberal Age by Robert Hyland

  • Heroes in Crisis by Karen Surgue

  • Platonist Reflections on the Darkest Knight by JG Ducreux

  • The Darkest Knights: Negotiating the Boundaries of Violence in Batman, 1986-1996 by Danny Graydon

  • Leather Wings and Broken Things: The Cycle of Trauma and The Comparison Between Batman and Robin by Mikayla J. Laird

  • The Dark Right Rises: Bat-Manhood, Populist Heroism and Ubermensch Aesthetics in Sublime-Uncanny Cinema by Caleb Turner

  • Arkham Asylum: The Core of the Complex Network of Anti-Rehabilitative Power by Ewald Fruhberger

  • Ready Player One and the New Mirror Stage: Superheroes, Virtual Reality and the Ideal-Self by Jessica Hoffman

  • Masks, Values and Society Evolution of Superheroes and Anti-Heroes since the Dark Age by Marco Favaro

  • "It's a Strange World. Let's Keep It That Way" - Warren Ellis and the Dominance of New Sincerity Superheroes by Rafael Azevedo

  • The Superhero Logo by Bruno Porto

  • Tony, Steve, Absolute Responsibility and the Uncertain Certainty of Death, Derridean Responsibility in the Marvel Cinematic Universe by Torsten Caeners

  • Cutting, Pasting and Gatekeeping. Adapting Marvel's Superhero Comics for the Finnish Audience by Laura Antola

  • Daredevil, Review of the Nemesis by Matteo Barbagallo

  • Thanos - The Machiavellian Hero by Svenja Kolpack