Decolonising the Panel; Deconstructing the Gutter: Two-day Virtual International Conference on Postcolonial Studies in Comics and Graphic Narratives from South Asia

deadline for submissions: 
August 10, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute Technology Patna

Practice of comics and the academic history of comics studies are often found Eurocentric. Readers often favour the traditional comics, either American or Franco-Belgian or Japanese Manga. They find the aesthetic flavour in them and most of the unorthodox graphic storytelling are left out. With Charles Hatfield’s Alternative Comics (2005), comics studies include the “other” voices and thereby the untold stories and unforeseen graphic patterns of the colonised and indigenous people are celebrated. The affiliation of comics studies with Auto/biography studies, Feminism, postcolonialism, postmodernism opens an arena for the readers/researchers of comics and graphic narratives to develop a new field of studies. To refute the Eurocentric nature, the first step is to decolonise the panel of comics and to deconstruct the gutter (space between panels). South Asian illustrators (e.g., Dyuti Mittal, Ikroop Sandhu, Sreejita Biswas, Pinaki De, Argha Manna, Priyanga Singh et al.) break the shackles of the western philosophy of comics and successfully experiment with their own graphic storytelling pattern. Some of them are also celebrating provincial illustrating styles (e.g., Gond paintings, Madhubani Paintings, Patta Chitra, Nakshi kantha Art etc.). Decolonising the panels helps the illustrators to spontaneously respond and express the feelings in the panel. This practice only creates individuality. There are several fields of comics – comics on activism, comics on history, Auto/biographical comics, comics on medical treatment etc. As western culture is different from eastern culture, the structure of South Asian comics should be “of the people, by the people, for the people.”
Since 25th September is celebrated as the “National Comic Book Day,” this two-day virtual conference brings attention to the lesser-known comics from South Asia and attempts to bring together the illustrators and researchers to see the different perspectives.

We invite abstracts for 15-minute presentation on topics including (but not limited to):

  • Comics on Activism
  • Comics and Graphic Narratives for “Other” voices
  • Historical Comics
  • Comics with Regional Flavour
  • Medical and Microbiological Comics with an “Other” flavour
  • Auto-Biographical Comics
  • Celebration of “Local” in South Asian Comics


We invite abstract submission from scholars of all backgrounds for regular presentation. Individual abstracts of about 150-250 words with an institutional affiliation (preferably as a word document file), indicating ‘abstract’ in the email subject line and your name in the file’s title on the above mentioned themes must be submitted on or before 10th August 2021 to The selected presenters will be notified by 25th August 2021. The selected participants are required to register by 30th August 2021. Kindly prepare documents according to the MLA 8th Edition format. Questions and requests for more information should be directed to Dr. Priyanka Tripathi ( or Dr. Partha Bhattacharjee (


Post-conference Publications

The Conference will also bring out an Edited Volume (book) with an internationally recognized publisher or special issue in SCOPUS indexed journal, based on the selected papers presented in the conference.

Participation & Fees

Participants will be required to register by 30th August 2021 and pay a non-refundable participation fee of INR 1500 (participants from India) or USD 30 (participants from abroad).

Prof. Pramod Jain (Director, IIT Patna)

Dr. Priyanka Tripathi, IIT Patna
Dr. Partha Bhattacharjee, Amity University Patna

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