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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Transitions 6
Oct27

Transitions 6

New Directions in Comics Studies 2015 31st October 2015, Birkbeck, University of London Keynote: Dr. Mel Gibson (Northumbria University) Respondents: Dr. Ian Hague (London College of Communication); Dr. Julia Round (Bournemouth); Professor Roger Sabin (Central Saint Martins) Part of Comica – The London International Comics Festival, this is currently the only regular academic comics event based in London. Transitions is devoted to promoting new research into comics in all their forms, aiming specifically to provide a forum for research by postgraduate students and early career lecturers/researchers. Comics studies encourage 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, we hope to stimulate and provoke debate and to address a wide spectrum of questions, to map new trends and provide a space for dialogue and further collaboration. Attendance is free, but registration essential.  Email  to Hallvard, John, Nina, and Tony at  transitions.symposium@gmail.com. Click on the link below for a full conference programme. Transitions 6 programme   Image by John Miers...

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Transitions 6: Call for Papers
Jul16

Transitions 6: Call for Papers

TRANSITIONS 6 – New Directions in Comics Studies 2015 Symposium – 31st October 2015, Birkbeck, University of London Keynote: Dr. Mel Gibson (Northumbria University) Respondent: Professor Roger Sabin (Central Saint Martins) CALL FOR PAPERS Deadline: 31st July 2015 We are pleased to announce the call for papers for the forthcoming 6th Transitions symposium, promoting new research and multi-disciplinary academic study of comics/ comix/ manga/ bande dessinée and other forms of sequential art.  We welcome abstracts for twenty minute papers as well as proposals for panels. Possible topics include but are not limited to: text-oriented approaches – studies of key creators – historical and contemporary studies of production and circulation of comics – readerships and fan cultures – critical reception – formats, platforms and contexts – the (im)materiality of comics – archival concerns – formalist/narratological approaches – comics and aesthetics – adaptation, convergence and remediation – international iterations and transnational comics – children’s comics – political comics – comics and cultural theory – ideological/discursive critiques – web comics – graphic medicine – non-fiction comics – comics as historiography – comics practice and theory– cultural histories/geographies By thinking about comics across different disciplines, we hope to stimulate and provoke debate and to address a wide spectrum of questions, to map new trends and provide a space for dialogue and further collaboration. Abstracts for twenty minute papers should be no more than 250 – 300 words.  Proposals for papers and panels should be sent as Word documents, with a short biography appended, and submitted by the 31st July 2015 to Hallvard, John, Nina, and Tony at transitions.symposium@gmail.com.     Tweet Image by John Miers...

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