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Comica Symposium 2012: Transitions 3 - Mapping 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.

Keynote: Dr. Julia Round (Bournemouth University) and Dr. Chris Murray (University of Dundee), editors of Studies in Comics
Respondent: Dr. Roger Sabin (Central St. Martins)

Transitions 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 Comics (Intellect), European Comic Art (Berghahn), Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics (Routledge), the Contemporary Fiction Seminar and The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship.

This event is free, but please register your attendance by email at transitions[dot]symposium[at]gmail[dot]com

Transitions 3 Programme:

09.30 -10.00 REGISTRATION  

10.00 -10.15 (Room B.36) WELCOME(S)

10.15 -11.15  (Room B.36) KEYNOTE – Julia Round and Chris Murray - ‘Title TBC’

11.15 -11.25  SHORT BREAK

11.25 -12.40 (Room B. 36)
Panel 1 - Image and narrative; chair: Ann Miller
John Miers: ‘Comics authorship and the relations between visual form and narrative content’
Paul Davies: ‘Animating the narrative in abstract comics’
Federico Pagello: ‘The Cinematic Superhero: comic book imagination and the aesthetic regime’

12.40 -13.30 LUNCH (own arrangements)

13.30 -14.50 (Room B.36)
Panel 2 - Contextual convergences; chair: Ernesto Priego
Matthew Freeman:  ‘An historical approach to transmedia storytelling: Superman and the convergence of comics and other media in the classical Hollywood era’
Paul Williams: ‘Art Spiegelman and J. B. Rund: The making and marketing of ‘Adult Comics’ in the 1970s’
Caroline Dahl: ‘Comics disseminating science’   

13.30 -14.50 (Room B.02)
Panel 3 - Politics and Representation; chair: Tony Venezia
Louisa Buck: ‘The boulder of Sisyphus in British political cartoons’
Harriet Earle: ‘Traumatic representation and 9/11 in American Widow’
Jonathan W. Gray: “Representing Revolt in Graphic Media: Magdy El Shafee, Martin Luther King, Jr and the Arab Spring”.

14.50 - 15.20 BREAK   (refreshments)

15. 20 -17.00 (Room B.36)
Panel 4 - Imagined Communities: Culture and Identity; chair: Jason Dittmer
Adam Sherif: ‘The duality of 1940s Wonder Woman comics: the war heroine in whose culture men do not feature’
Bharain Mac an Breithiún: ’The comic strip and the street sign - linguistic landscape and sense of place in Brussels’
Daniel Marrone: ‘Seth’s historiographic metafiction: forging Canadian histories’
Simon Turner: ‘Japan Online: ethnic identity, culture and race in Yaoi manga fan websites’

17.00 -18.00 (Room B.36) Respondent’s remarks and round-table discussion
Roger Sabin (UAL), Paul Gravett (Comica), Chris Murray & Julia Round (StiC), Ernesto Priego (Comics Grid), Ian Hague (Comics Forum)and Tony Venezia (Transitions, The Contemporary Fiction Seminar)

18.00 -19.00 (Room B.02) WINE RECEPTION

Tickets: Free but registration required
Where: School of Arts, 43 Gordon Sq., Birkbeck, WC1E 7HX.
When: Saturday, November 3, 2012 9.30am - 7pm

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