CFP: Seeing What We’ve Become: Essays Examining Heroes and Heroes: Reborn

CFP: Seeing What We’ve Become: Essays Examining Heroes and Heroes: Reborn


Editor Heather M. Porter invites proposals or completed essays for an edited collection of scholarly works that explore Tim Kring’s Heroes  (2006 – 2010) and the upcoming new incarnation of the series as a mini series Heroes: Reborn (2015). Proposals are sought on a variety of topics as well as diverse disciplinary approaches. Though not prescriptive, the following list of topics may be productive to consider:

The reboot of the series in terms of production, narrative, and history of reboots.  

Multimedia platform presentations of the narrative (comics, web episodes and TV)

Personal Identity

Group Identity (Us vs. Them)

Role of Heroes and Villains


Superheroes and Super Powers

Time travel

Corporate Identity

Race Relations

Philosophy and Ethics



Production and Network Influence

Fan response


It is strongly recommend authors familiarize themselves with these publications to extend and/or challenge published analyses of the series:

  • Johnson, David Kyle ed. Heroes and Philosophy: Buy the Book Save the World. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2009.
  • Porter, Lynette, David Lavery And Hillary Robson, Saving the World A Guide to Heroes. Toronto, Ontario: ECW Press, 2007.
  • Simmons, David ed. Investigating Heroes: Essays on Truth, Justice and Quality TV, Jefferson: McFarland and Company, Inc., 2012.


Queries and Submissions

Queries are welcomed; please email to and indicate that it is a “Heroes Query/Proposal/Paper” in the subject line. Send 350-500 word proposals or 5,000-7,000 word essays in Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format (RTF) to the same email address. Please provide a brief biography in a separate document or in the body of the email.


  • Proposals Due:   1 April 2016
  • Notification of Acceptance: 15 May 2016


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