Thursday, August 5, 2010

Graphic Engagement: The Politics of Comics and Animation (conference: 9/2-4/10)

Unfortunately, this is now past the date for submissions. A draft of the schedule was posted 24 July.

UPDATE- Extended deadline: Graphic Engagement: The Politics of Comics and Animation (conference: 2-4 Sept. 2010, EXTENDED deadline: 09 July 2010)
Location: Indiana, United States
Call for Papers Deadline: 2010-07-09
Date Submitted: 2010-06-23
Announcement ID: 177086

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

For up-to-date information on the event, including details on the keynote speaker and registration, visit the conference website:

Email abstracts of 250 words, with a brief author biography, to:

Please include “Graphic Engagement Conference 2010” in the subject heading.

Hotel rooms have been set aside at the Union Club Hotel, Purdue Memorial Union
 101 N Grant Street | West Lafayette, IN 47907 | (800) 320-6291

Graphic Engagement Conference Organizers

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