Comica Symposium 2011 - Transitions 2: New Directions in Comics Studies

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Birkbeck, University of London - School of Arts

Transitions 2 is a one day symposium 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 bringing together different perspectives and methodoogies, whether cultural, historical, or formal, thereby mapping new trends and providing a space for dialogue and further collaboration to emerge. By thinking about comics across different disciplines, the intention is to spark debate and address a wide spectrum of questions.

We welcome abstracts of 250-300 words for twenty minute papers on topics as diverse as, but not limited to:

international iterations: manga, bande dessinée, fumetti etc. – children's comics – superheroes – non-fiction comics – the (im)materiality of comics – formalist approaches – cultural histories – adaptation/remediation – autographics –early comics – comic strips – small press – alternative comics/underground comix – comics narratologies – political comics – comics and cultural theory – audiences – comics and the archive – subjectivity in comics – graphic medicine – fan subcultures – comics as historiography – key creators...

Abstracts should be submitted by July 31 2011 to Tony, Paul and Zara at

The first Transitions symposium was the successful opening event of Comica 2010. Dr. Roger Sabin, Reader in Popular Culture at Central St. Martins and author of Adult Comics and Comics, Comix and Graphic Novels, will once again act as respondent.

Transitions 2 will open Comica 2011, the London International Comics Festival in association with Birkbeck, University of London, Studies in Comics, and European Comic Art