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Talks & Performances

Superhero Identities Symposium

8 Dec & 9 Dec

It is hard to imagine a time when superheroes have been more pervasive in popular culture. As one of our most beloved folkloric traditions these costume-clad adventurers have become a means to negotiate and articulate identities in response to fictional heroes.

From big screen heroes to lesser-known comic book vigilantes and real-life costumed heroes, this special two-day symposium, featuring award-winning creators and academic experts, will unmask superheroes across all eras and media platforms.

So fasten your utility belt and don your best cape for the Superhero Identities Symposium!


  • Featuring industry interviews and panels alongside presentations from leading superhero scholars, the symposium will see over 50 experts presenting on topics ranging from Netflix’s Jessica Jones, to convention cosplay and Wonder Woman’s 75th anniversary.

    Keynote speakers and industry guests will include:

    Professor Henry Jenkins (Live stream) 
    Provost Professor of Communication, Journalism, Cinematic Arts and Education at the University of Southern California, and author of landmark fan and transmedia research including Convergence Culture: Where Old & New Media Collide.

    Paul Dini
    Writer of the Emmy Award-winning Batman: The Animated Series, best-selling video game Batman: Arkham Asylum and the Eisner Award-winning comic Mad Love.

    Hope Larson
    Eisner Award-winning graphic novelist of A Wrinkle in Time, co-creator of Boom! Comic’s Goldie Vance and writer of DC Comics new reimagining of Batgirl.

    The Superhero Identities Symposium is organised by the Superheros & Me research team, and supported by the Australian Research Council (ARC) and ACMI.

    The Superhero Conference app is now live! Please try it out here


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