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Transitions 5 Comica Symposium



Comica, the London International Comics Festival returns this autumn and presents Transitions 5, a free 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 fifth year at Birkbeck. Transitions is the only regular and free academic comics event based in London. It will be held on Saturday October 25th 2014 at the School of Arts, Birkbeck, University of London, London WC1E 7HX. Keynotes will be given by Dr. Jason Dittmer (UCL) and Dr. Antonio Lázaro Reboll (University of Kent> and Respondents will be Professor Roger Sabin (Central Saint Martins), Dr. Julia Round (University of Bournemouth) and Dr. Joan Ormrod (Manchester School of Art). The full programme is announced below. As a totally free event, it promises to make another stimulating exchange of ideas about the medium accessible to a wide audience. Registration is essential, so reserve a place please by sending an email to transitions[dot] symposium[at]gmail.com - see you there!

TRANSITIONS 5 COMICA SYMPOSIUM PROGRAMME
Here is the full day’s programme in two parts, morning and afternoon. Click on images to enlarge.



Transitions 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, to address a wide spectrum of questions, to map new trends, and to provide a space for dialogue and further collaboration to emerge. In association with Birkbeck College, Studies in Comics, European Comic Art, Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, The Comics Grid and The Contemporary Fiction Seminar.

Tickets: Admission free but please register at transitions[dot]symposium[at]gmail.com
Where: School of Arts, Birkbeck, University of London WC1E 7HX
When: Saturday, October 25, 2014 10am to 5pm

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