Transitions 8
Oct04

Transitions 8

Saturday 10th November 2018 Main Building, Malet Street Birkbeck, University of London The Centre for Contemporary Literature is delighted to announce the programme for Transitions 8: our eighth symposium dedicated to comics and graphic narrative. Details follow. They can all be viewed as a PDF here. * Transitions was originally conceived and launched by Tony Venezia in 2010, while writing his PhD at Birkbeck. The symposium  is organised with support from the Centre for Contemporary Literature and the Department of English and Humanities. Since 2010, Transitions has become an important fixture in the landscape of UK comics studies, and increasingly also attracts participants from further afield. Our aim has been to maintain the spirit of inclusivity and support for emerging research that informed the original ethos of this event. After a brief absence in 2017, the current team: Hallvard Haug (Birkbeck), Nina Mickwitz (University of the Arts London) and John Miers (Kingston) are pleased to welcome you to Transitions 8. We are also delighted to welcome Dr. Maggie Gray (Kingston), author of Alan Moore, Out from the Underground: Cartooning, Performance and Dissent (Palgrave Macmillan 2017) as this year’s keynote speaker. You will need to make your own arrangements for refreshments and food during the day, but beyond the coffee shop just inside the Torrington Square entrance to the building, there are also various shops and cafes in the close vicinity of Birkbeck. Thanks to the generosity of the Centre for Contemporary Literature there will be a small wine reception at the end of the day, as per tradition. This event is free of charge and open to all, but in order to gauge numbers we ask that you register your attendance in advance, using this link at EventBrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/transitions-8-new-directions-in-comics-studiestickets-50783275143 TRANSITIONS 8 PROGRAMME 9.30 – 10.00 Registration 10.00 – 10.20 (B20) Brief Welcomes Joe Brooker and Hallvard Haug (Birkbeck) 10.20 -11.20 Keynote by Dr. Maggie Gray (Kingston) + Q&A. Chair: John Miers. Break 10 minutes 11.30am – 1.00pm PANELS 1A AND 1B 1A Speculative fictions (532) Chair: Joe Sutliff Sanders Barbara Chamberlin (University of Brighton): ‘What Lurks Beneath: the spectral reader and the witch in comics’ Kevin Hoffin (Birmingham City University): ‘Magick as Transgression through DC/Vertigo’s “John Constantine”: An ultra-realist approach to the discussion of comics as cultural criminology’ Corinna Lenhardt (University of Münster): ‘The Final Frontier: Futurism and survivance in Indigenous sci-fi comic book stories’ 1B Maternity and comics (B20) Chair: Nicola Streeten Roundtable discussion convened by Sarah Lightman (Birkbeck). Speakers to include: Camille Aubry (Toddler Moments, A Journey to Motherhood); Francesca Cassaveti (The Most Natural Thing In The World); Dr Isabel Davis (Birkbeck) and Anna Burel (Conceiving Histories); Dr Hattie...

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Call For Papers: Transitions 8
Jul09

Call For Papers: Transitions 8

CALL FOR PAPERS: TRANSITIONS 8 – new directions in comics studies 2018 Birkbeck, University of London Saturday 10th November 2018 After a year’s hiatus we are delighted to announce this call for papers for the interdisciplinary Transitions 2018 symposium. Originally convened by PhD students in 2010, Transitions at Birkbeck is a platform for emerging research that is free to attend and participate in. This event is focused towards postgraduate and early career speakers, and usually draws a diverse crowd of both new and more established researchers, as well as creators, aficionados and other interested parties. Our aim is to build connections between comics scholars working in diverse academic departments and contexts, to provide a platform for productive debate, and to create a space from which further collaborations can emerge. Keynote speaker: Dr Maggie Gray (Kingston University, London), author of Alan Moore, Out from the Underground: Cartooning, Performance, and Dissent (Palgrave 2017) Respondent: Professor Roger Sabin (University of the Arts London) Rather than adopting a narrow theme, the shape and identity of the programme will emerge from the submitted papers. We thus welcome abstracts for 20-minute papers, or pre-constituted panels of three, on topics including (but not limited to): Comics, comix, comic strips, graphic novels, manga, manhwa, bande dessinée Superheroes, adventure, war, horror, fantasy, crime, romance, humour & other genres; documentary/historical/journalistic comics, autobiographical/biographical modes , graphic medicine Politics of representation in comics, formal approaches, transgressive comics, educational and didactic comics, comics for young adults & children Readers and fandoms, creators, comics & the law, publishing histories, web-comics & comics exhibitions, transnational circulation, political economy of comics You can apply by email to  transitionssymposium@gmail.com. Please attach your abstract of 250-300 words plus a short biographical note (preferably as a Word document), indicating ‘abstract’ in the email subject line and your name in the file’s title. The deadline for submissions is Friday August 24th 2018. We aim to notify applicants by Monday September 17th. With best wishes, The Transition Team   Image from Terry McCombs, used under a CC BY-NC 2.0...

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Transitions Symposia

Transitions: New Directions in Comics Studies is an annual one-day symposium promoting new research and multi-disciplinary academic study  of comics/ comix/ manga/ bande dessinée and other forms of sequential art. Originally convened by PhD students in 2009, Transitions has become an annual fixture in the UK comics scholars’ calendar. 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. By thinking about comics across different disciplines, the Transitions team hopes to stimulate and provoke debate, to address a wide spectrum of questions, to map new trends, and to provide a space for dialogue and further collaboration to emerge. The event takes place in the autumn, and is hosted by Birkbeck, University of London as part of the annual Comica London International Comics Festival. Transitions is currently the only regular academic comics event based in London. The symposium provides a platform where different perspectives and methodologies can be brought together and shared. As an event devoted to promoting new research into comics in all their forms the symposium provides a forum for research from postgraduate students and early career lecturers. Previous keynote and invited speakers have included: Professor Roger Sabin (Central Saint Martins), quthor of Adult Comics (Routledge, 1993), Comics, Comix and Graphic Novels (Phaidon, 2001) Professor Kent Worcester (Marymount Manhattan College), author of Arguing Comics: Literary Masters on a Popular Medium (University Press of Mississippi, 2004, coedited with Jeet Heer), A Comics Studies Reader (Unicversity Press of Mississippi, 2008, coedited with Jeet Heer), and The Superhero Reader (University Press of Mississippi, 2013, coedited with Charles Hatfield and Jeet Heer). Dr Julia Round (Bournemouth University), author of Gothic in Comics and Graphic Novels: A Critical Approach (McFarland, 2014) Dr Chris Murray (University of Dundee), author of Champions of the Oppressed: Superhero Comics, Propaganda and Popular Culture in America During World War Two (Hampton Press, 2010). Dr Ann Miller (University of Leicester), author of Textual Visual Selves: Photography, Film and Comic Art in French Autobiography (University of Nebraska Press, 2011, co-edited with Natalie Edwards and Amy Hubbell) and joint editor of European Comic Art Professor Jason Dittmer (UCL), author of Captain America and the Nationalist Superhero: Metaphors, Narratives, and Geopolitics (Temple University Press, 2013) and Popular Culture, Geopolitics, and Identity (Rowman and Littlefield, 2010) and Comic Book Geographies (Franz Steiner, 2014, as editor), and editorial board member of The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship Dr Mel Gibson (Northumbria University), author of numerous articles on comics studies Transitions is organised by a team of academic researchers, including Dr Tony Venezia (Birkbeck), Dr Nina Mickwitz (London College...

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Transitions 7: New Directions in Comics Studies
Oct15

Transitions 7: New Directions in Comics Studies

Saturday 19th November 2016 The Centre for Contemporary Literature is delighted to support Transitions 7: the seventh annual symposium on comic book studies. Organised in collaboration with Comica – London International Comics Festival, Transitions at Birkbeck, University of London is unique in offering a regular comics studies symposium and meeting point in London, a platform for emerging research at an event that is free of charge and open to all. Originally convened by PhD students in 2009, Transitions has become an annual fixture in the UK comics scholars’ calendar.  We are especially supportive of postgraduate and early career presenters, but open to any new and ongoing research in our field. Our aim is to provide a platform for debate and a space from which further collaborations can emerge, to further strengthen our area of study and academic community, and to support connections between comics scholars working in diverse academic departments and contexts.  This year we are running workshops as well as panel presentations. Respondents: Dr. Maggie Gray (Kingston); Dr. Julia Round (Bournemouth); Professor Roger Sabin (Central Saint Martins) Attendance is free but registration is required: to book a place email: transitionssymposium@gmail.com. Click here for the complete programme for the event including the running order and abstracts for each paper.   Transitions 7 Poster by John Miers. Click on poster to...

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Call For Papers: Transitions 7
Jul09

Call For Papers: Transitions 7

We are pleased to announce the Call For Papers for TRANSITIONS – New Directions in Comics Studies at Birkbeck College, London, on Saturday November 19th 2016. Organised in collaboration with Comica – London International Comics Festival, Transitions at Birkbeck College is unique in offering a regular comics studies symposium and meeting point in London, a platform for emerging research at an event that is free of charge and open to all. Originally convened by PhD students in 2009, Transitions has become an annual fixture in the UK comics scholars’ calendar. We are still especially supportive of postgraduate and early career presenters, but open to any new and ongoing research in our field. Our aim is to provide a platform for debate and a space from which further collaborations can emerge, to further strengthen our area of study and academic community, and to support connections between comics scholars working in diverse academic departments and contexts. We welcome abstracts for 20 minute papers, or pre-constituted panels of three, on topics including, but not limited to: – comics, comix, graphic novels, manga, manhwa, bande dessinée – superheroes, genre comics, religious comics, documentary comics, children’s comics – politics of representation in comics, formal approaches, trauma and comics, transgressive comics, propaganda and comics – readers and fandoms, creators, publishing histories, transnational approaches, comics and the law, web-comics and comics exhibitions Alongside traditional panel presentations we would like to trial the more interactive format of a 20-minute workshop, potentially as a way of data collection and/or feedback on research-in-progress. Please indicate your preference by stating PAPER or WORKSHOP following your abstract title. You can apply by email to: transitionssymposium@gmail.com. Please attach your abstract of 250-300 words plus short biographical note (preferably as a Word document), indicating ‘abstract’ in the email subject line and your name in the file’s title. The deadline for submissions is August 26th 2016. With best wishes, The Transition Team   Image: John Miers for...

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