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[ecrea] call for papers - Transitions - New Directions in Comics Studies

Thu Apr 25 12:58:58 GMT 2013

we are pleased to announce the call for papers to Transitions - New Directions in Comics Studies:
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 fourth year.

Saturday the 2nd of November 2013
School of Arts, Birkbeck, University of London, London WC1E 7HX
Keynote: Dr. Ann Miller (University of Leicester, joint editor of European Comic
Respondent: Dr. Roger Sabin (Central St. Martins, University of the Arts
Transitions is currently the only regular academic comics event based in
London, and is part of Comica – The London International Comics Festival.
The symposium provides a platform where different perspectives and
methodologies can be brought together and shared.  As an event devoted to
promoting new research into comics in all their forms the symposium provides a
forum for research from postgraduate students and early career lecturers.

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. By thinking about comics across
different disciplines, we hope 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.

We welcome abstracts for twenty minute papers of 250 - 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...

Proposals for papers should be sent as Word documents, with a short
biography appended.
Abstracts should be submitted by the 30th of July 2013
to Hallvard, Tony and Nina at (transitions.symposium /at/

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