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.
Tickets: Admission Free - Booking Required
Where: Clore Centre, 25-27 Torrington Square, London WC1E
When: Friday, November 5, 2010 - 9:30am to 5pm
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):
Ben Little (Middlesex):
The Caped Bolshevik: The Dark Knight Returns and Miller’s Shifting Class Discourse
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
1:45pm 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
Dr. Roger Sabin followed by discussion.
4:15pm Wine reception
For anyone interested we will reconvene at The Crown pub, New Oxford Street.