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Spider-Man in Popular Culture Conference (Spider-Man in Popular Culture)

Bowling Green State University-Bowling Green, Ohio
Organization: Department of Popular Culture
Event: Spider-Man in Popular Culture
Categories: American, Interdisciplinary, Genre & Form, Popular Culture, African-American, Colonial, Revolution & Early National, Transcendentalists, 1865-1914, 20th & 21st Century, Adventure & Travel Writing, Children's Literature, Comics & Graphic Novels, Drama, Narratology, Poetry, Aesthetics, Anthropology/Sociology, Classical Studies, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Film, TV, & Media, Food Studies, History, Philosophy, Miscellaneous
Event Date: 2023-09-29 to 2023-09-30 Abstract Due: 2023-03-31

Call for Papers and Presentations

Spider-Man in Popular Culture Conference

Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, USA

The Department of Popular Culture and the Browne Popular Culture Library at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio are proud to announce the Spider-Man in Popular Culture Conference on Friday, September 29 and Saturday, September 30, 2023.  The Spider-Man in Popular Culture conference aims to examine Spider-Man in Popular Culture in all mediums and media.  It is intended to serve as a space for academics, graduate students, comic industry professionals, retailers and fans to engage in dialogue about topics related to Spider-Man in its many media forms, mediums and cultural influence in popular culture and beyond. The scope of this conference is deliberately broad, with the intention of highlighting the interdisciplinary nature and many different avenues of research possible related to Spider-Man in Popular Culture.

Possible topics might include but are not limited to:


·       Textual analysis of graphic novels, storylines, other texts related to Spider-Man

·       In-depth analysis of particular authors & artists work related to Spider-Man

·       The development of supporting characters, villains, and themes within the Spider-Man mythos

·       Spider-Man in Popular Music

·       Spider-Man in Film, Television, and Animation

·       The rise of Spider-Man-centric podcasts

·       Spider-Man as a mass merchandising phenomenon

·       Spiderman VS. Alternate Heroes (Miles Morales, Ben Reilly, Jessica Drew, Gwen Stacy, and others)

·       Spider-Man and video games

·       The role of diversity issues (race, gender, ethnicity, sexuality) within Spider-Man’s world

·       Spider-Man within the Comics Industry (writing, drawing, retailing, etc.)

·       Spider-Man art and covers across the decades

·       How authors build an audience in an era of subgenre specialization

·       Reception and fan communities for Spider-Man and the superhero genre

·       Digital Humanities approaches to Comics and Mass Media Studies with emphasis on Spider-Man

We welcome individual proposals or pre-formed panels that address any or all of these themes. As the conference seeks to provide a multitude of perspectives, academic presentations and those from outside the academy are welcome. 

Additional information will be forthcoming on the conference website at: https://www.bgsu.edu/library/spideycon/

Please send a 300-word abstract describing your individual presentation to spideycon@bgsu.edu with “Spider-Man in Popular Culture” in the subject line. (Panel, roundtable, performance, and artistic display proposals should include a 300 proposal for each individual and a 500-word proposal explaining the group presentation.) Submissions should be sent in a document attachment with the following information:

Author’s name/Title?

Institutional Affiliation (if applicable)

Email address?

Presentation Title and Abstract

Deadline for Submissions is Friday, March 31, 2023.



Matthew Donahue