Wednesday 16 May 2012

Call for Papers: Transitions 3 Interdisciplinary Comics Symposium

We're excited to announce that American Studies PhD student Ed Clough is organising the Transitions 3 Interdisciplinary Comics Symposium! Here's the Call for Papers.

Transitions 3 Interdisciplinary Comics Symposium 3rd November 2012
WHAT? Transitions is a one-day symposium promoting new research and multi-disciplinary academic study of comics / comix / manga / bande dessinée and other forms of sequential art, now in its third year. 
WHEN?  Saturday the 3rd of November 2012 
WHERE? School of Arts, Birkbeck, University of London, London WC1E 7HX
Comics studies occupy a unique multi-disciplinary middle-space, one that encourages cross-disciplinary pollination and a convergence of distinct knowledges: literary and cultural studies, visual arts and media, modern languages, sociology, geography and more. Transitions is intended as a platform where different perspectives and methodologies; cultural, historical, or formal, can be brought together and shared, an event devoted to promoting new research into comics in all their forms. Rather than restricting itself to a specific theme, the symposium will highlight research from postgraduate students and early career lecturers. By thinking about comics across different disciplines, the intention is to stimulate and provoke debate and to address a wide spectrum of questions, to map new trends and provide a space for dialogue and further collaboration to emerge.
The first Transitions symposium was the successful opening event of Comica 2010, and in November 2011 Birkbeck hosted Transitions 2, testifying to a thriving UK comics scholarship emerging from a diverse range of disciplinary settings. Transitions 3 is part of Comica 2012, the London International Comics Festival, and is organised in association with Birkbeck, University of London, the School of Film and Television Studies and the School of American Studies at the University of East Anglia, Studies in ComicsEuropean Comic ArtJournal of Graphic Novels & Comics, the Contemporary Fiction Seminar and The Comics Grid. Dr. Roger Sabin, Reader in Popular Culture at Central St. Martins, will once again act as respondent.

We welcome abstracts for twenty minute papers of 250 to 300 words.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to: International iterations -  manga, bande dessinée, fumetti etc.; children’s comics;  superheroes; non-fiction comics; the (im)materiality of comics; formalist approaches; cultural histories; adaptation / remediation; autographics; early comics; comic strips; small press; alternative comics; underground commix; comics narratologies; political comics; comics and cultural theory; contexts of production and circulation; audiences; comics and the archive; subjectivity in comics; graphic medicine; fan subcultures; comics as historiography; key creators…

Abstracts should be submitted by the 30th of July 2012 to Hallvard, Nina and Ed at Looking forward to hearing from you and seeing you there!

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