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Comica Symposium: Transitions

To kick off Comica 2010, the festival is collaborating with The School of Arts at Birkbeck, University of London, in association with the British journals Studies in Comics, Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics and European Comic Art, to hold a one-day Comica Symposium on Friday 5 November in a 180-seater conference room shown below. Entitled ‘Transitions’, this will promote multi-disciplinary research of comics and graphic novels, manga, bande dessinée, webcomics and other forms of sequential art.

Rather than being restricted by a specific theme, the aim of the symposium is to highlight research from postgraduate research students and early career lecturers bringing together different perspectives and methodologies, whether cultural, historical, or formal, thereby mapping new trends and providing a space for dialogue and further collaboration to emerge.

Dr. Roger Sabin, Reader in Popular Culture at Central St. Martins and author of Adult Comics and Comics, Comix and Graphic Novels, will introduce the event and respond to the panel papers. Following the papers and response, there will be a roundtable discussion from artists/scholars who will reflect on the links between the two practices. Work will be on display throughout the event. Organised with Tony Venezia, the day will conclude with a wine reception. Speakers now confirmed include: Maggie Gray (UCL); Chris Howard (SOAS); Sarah Lightman (Glasgow); Ben Little (Middlesex); Catriona MacLeod (Glasgow); Ernesto Priego (UCL); Nicola Streeten (Lincoln); Maria Vaccarella (KCL); Sarah Zaidan (Kingston). To register contact Tony Venezia (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) or Paul Gravett. And best of all, the whole event is free!

Tickets: Admission Free - Booking Required
Where: Clore Centre, 25-27 Torrington Square, London WC1E
When: Friday, November 5, 2010 - 9:30am to 5pm

Transitions Schedule

9:30am Introductions:
Dr. Anthony Bale (Birkbeck); Paul Gravett (Comica director); Dr. Roger Sabin (University of the Arts)

10:00am Panel 1 - Superheroes:
Chair: Ariel Kahn (Roehampton)

Maggie Gray (Middlesex):
“Nothing but flat, dead wood”?: Comics and Ecocriticism

Ian Hague (Chichester):
Adapting Watchmen

Ben Little (Middlesex):
The Caped Bolshevik: The Dark Knight Returns and Miller’s Shifting Class Discourse

11:15am Coffee

11:45am Panel 2 - Comics International
Chair: Will Brooker (Kingston)

Maria Vaccarella (King’s College London):
Graphic Storytelling in the Medical Humanities

Chris Howard (SOAS):
Manga and Postmodernism

Catriona MacLeod (Glasgow):
Francophone comics and the (Post-)Colonial Utopia

1:00pm Lunch
(own arrangements)

1:45pm Panel 3 - New Archives:
Chair: Paul Gravett

Sarah Lightman (Glasgow):
Why am I curating Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women?

Ernesto Priego (University College London):
21st Century Comics: Comics as Migrant Art

2:45pm Panel 4 - Artists & Scholars:
Chair: Alex Fitch (Resonance FM)

Nicola Streeten (Lincoln):
An Experience of Research: a Research of Experience - Embedding the Anecdotal in the Academic

Sarah Zaidan (Kingston):
The Adventures of MetaMan: The Male Superhero as a Metaphor for Modern Western Masculinity

3:45pm Response
Dr. Roger Sabin followed by discussion.

4:15pm Wine reception

5:00pm End

For anyone interested we will reconvene at The Crown pub, New Oxford Street.


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