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Call for Papers for Comica 2012 Transitions Symposium

Posted: July 2, 2012

This November’s Comica Festival is limbering up nicely and our next confirmed event is the Comica 2012 Symposium, Transitions 3: New directions in comics studies. This one-day symposium will be held on Saturday November 3rd 2012 at the School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square, Birkbeck, University of London, London WC1E 7HX.

Transitions promotes new research and multi-disciplinary academic study of comics/ comix/ manga/ bande dessinée and other forms of sequential art. For its third year, Transitions is inviting Dr. Julia Round (Bournemouth University) and Dr. Chris Murray (University of Dundee), editors of Studies in Comics (Intellect), to give a keynote speech. The symposium’s Respondent will be Dr. Roger Sabin (Central St. Martins, University of the Arts London).

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. Transitions 3 is intended as a platform where different perspectives and methodologies; cultural, historical, or formal, can be brought together and shared, an event devoted to promoting new research into comics in all their forms. Rather than restricting itself to a specific theme, the symposium will highlight research from postgraduate students and early career lecturers. By thinking about comics across different disciplines, the intention is 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 to be submitted by July 30th 2012 to Hallvard, Nina and Ed at: transitions[dot]symposium[at]gmail[dot]com Visit the website to download the Call for Papers.

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, European Comic Art, Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, the Contemporary Fiction Seminar and The Comics Grid.

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