Program Schedule

November 7-9, 2019


4:00 Conference event at First Thursdays, monthly outdoor festival of the arts (IU Auditorium)


5:00 Opening Remarks (Moving Image Archive, Wells Library)


5:15 Opening Address: Lisa Coulthard (University of British Columbia) and Lindsay Steenberg, (Oxford Brookes University), “Between Blood and Data: An Anatomy of the Fight Sequence in John Wick”

Introduction: Stephen Watt (Indiana University)


6:30 Reception for registered conferees



9:00-10:30 Panel 1: The Economies of John Wick (President’s Room, IMU)

Moderator: Vivian Halloran (Indiana University)

Aaron Jaffe (Florida State University), “Bitcoin, Shitcoin, Wick-Coin: Risk, Trust, Security, and the Symbolic Form of Crypotocurrency”

Erik Bohman (Independent Scholar), “John Wick, Heidegger, and Capitalism’s Dark Mirror”

Skip Willman (University of South Dakota), “The Continental Abyss: John Wick and the Frankfurt School”


10:45-12:15 Panel 2: The Design of John Wick: Architecture, Style and Decorated Bodies (President’s Room, IMU)

Moderator: Edward Comentale (Indiana University)

Andrew Battaglia (Rice University), “Architecture’s Affordances in the World-Building of John Wick”

Marleen Newman (Indiana University), “The Architecture of Fear: Shattered Illusions”

Stephen Watt (Indiana University), “John Wick, Style, and the Eucharistic Body”


12:15-1:30 Lunch


1:30-2:45 Plenary Lecture: Charles M. Tung (Seattle University), “John Wick, Time Traveler ” (President’s Room, IMU)

Introduction: Mi Jeong Lee (Indiana University)


3:00-4:30 Panel 3: John Wick, Hybridity, and Liminal Spaces (President’s Room, IMU) Moderator: Scot Barnett (Indiana University)

Caitlin G. Watt (Clemson University), “’The One You Send to Kill the Boogeyman’: Folklore and Identity in John Wick”

Mi Jeong Lee (Indiana University), “The World-System of John Wick and John Wick’s Blank Cosmopolitanism”

Vivian Halloran (Indiana University), “The Continental’s Role as Purgatory in the John Wick Film Franchise”


8:00 Screening: John Wick 3: Parabellum (Whittenberger Auditorium, IMU) with post-screening discussion (in partnership with Union Board)

Moderator: Alaina Patterson (Union Board)



9:00-9:30 Coffee and Pastries (President’s Room, IMU)


9:30-11:00 Panel 4: John Wick and Keanu Reeves: Mourning and Masculinity (President’s Room, IMU)

Moderator: Derek diMatteo (Indiana University)

Kara Kendall-Morwick (Washburn University), “John Wick’s Multiply Signifying Dogs”

Owen R. Horton (Indiana University), “John Wick and the Limits of Revenge”

Mary (Molly) Nestor (Clemson University), “Captain Dead Wick: Grief and the Monstrous in the John Wick and Deadpool Films”


11:00-12:45 Lunch


1:00-2:15 Panel 5: John Wick and Action (Moving Image Archive)

Moderator: Jon Vickers (Director, IU Cinema)

Wayne Wong (CPCE, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University), “Killing in Equanimity: Theorizing John Wick’s Action Aesthetics”

Mary Borgo Ton (Indiana University), “Caches, Displays, and Mêlées”

Edward Comentale (Indiana University), “’Fortune Favors the Bold’: The State of Games and Play in the John Wick Films”


2:30-3:00 Human Performance Analysis (Moving Image Archive)

Jack Raglin (Indiana University), “Human or Superhuman? The Bioenergetics of John Wick”


3:15-4:30 Plenary Lecture: Lauren Steimer (University of South Carolina), “Hidden in Plain Sight: John Wick and the Networked Worlds of 87Eleven Action Design”

Introduction: Caitlin G. Watt (Clemson University)


4:30-5:00 Concluding session on the preparation of a volume of conference essays (Moving Image Archive) Caitlin G. Watt, Stephen Watt, and Gary Dunham, director, Indiana University Press

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