Hatters Assemble: Superheroes, Media and Identity

Monday, July 12, 2021 at 10:00 AM until 1:00 PMEastern Daylight Time

Instructor: Jelena Petrovic, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Communication and Media Studies

Superhero(in)es are everywhere we turn, from amusement parks, streaming platforms, and movie theatres to T-shirts, toys, and Internet memes. In this short course, we will engage with these ultimate pop culture staples and powerful symbols of collective identities and worldviews. Our first stop will be to discuss why fictional superhero stories matter for everyday life, politics, and culture. Specifically, we will ask if superhero movies offer a model for a new and more inclusive society or if they simply repackage dominant culture and promote status quo. As we dig deeper into superhero multiverse and debate this provocative question, we will pay close attention to the role race, gender, and sexuality play in the most popular superhero movies. Finally, we will close our exploration with a question if pandemic will bring the Age of Superheroes to a close or promote its rebirth. Materials: Subscription to Disney+ (optional)

Meets July Monday, July 12, through Thursday July 15, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.


Registration is no longer available because the event has been cancelled.