[UPDATE] Graphic Engagement: The Politics of Comics and Animation (conference: 2-4 Sept. 2010, EXTENDED deadline: 09 July 2010)

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Purdue Comparative Literature Program

The Purdue Comparative Literature Program presents the 2010 Conference

Graphic Engagement: The Politics of Comics and Animation

Purdue University – West Lafayette, IN

September 2-4, 2010
The Purdue University Comparative Literature Program welcomes papers that explore the ways in which comics and film animation engage us politically and profoundly influence the way we define gender, race, religion, class, and nationhood. "Political" can be defined broadly, relating not only to affairs of state, but also the praxis of visual narrative and ways it affects individual identity and community dynamics. Possible paper topics may include, but are not limited to:
· The appropriation of national myths and folktales in animated film

· Dynamics of humor and subversion in syndicated comic strips

· Imaging the ethnic/racial other in comics and other forms of visual narrative

· Representations of gender and sexuality in anime and manga

· The Franco-Belgian comics tradition and its political import

· The language of comics as a form of rhetoric

· Superheroes as defining, or complicating, communal and national identity

· The use of graphic novels and animation in the classroom

· Socio-political issues surrounding graphic novels and library cataloging

· The links between comic/animated images and the gaming industry

· Visual representations of conflict in such places as Israel, Korea, and Germany

· Political cartooning and its social impact

· Representations of trauma in comics and animation

· Journalism, biography, and memoir in comics

Keynote Speaker

Kim Deitch got his start in the late 1960s, working at The East Village Other and Gothic Blimp Works. An Eisner Award-winning writer with experience in both comics and animation, he is the author of such works as All Waldo Comics, The Boulevard of Broken Dreams, Alias the Cat, Shadowland, and The Search for Smilin' Ed.
Publishers Weekly calls Deitch "One of the godfathers of American underground comics," and The Village Voice says "The wonder of Deitch's art exists right there, in that space where cartoons and reality disconnect."

For up-to-date information on the event, including details on the keynote speaker and registration, visit the conference website: http://graphicengagement.wordpress.com/

Email abstracts of 250 words, with a brief author biography, to:
Please include "Graphic Engagement Conference 2010" in the subject heading.


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