Transitions 9 Programme

Transitions 9: New Directions in Comics Studies 8-10 April 2021

Programme (Time zone: BST/UTC+1)

THURSDAY 8 April 2021

15:00 – 15:15



15:15 – 16:45

Panel 1

1.1: Periodicals

1.2: Bodies

Sara Dallavalle

Comics Magazines: Not only Comics  but also Criticism 

Jonathan Bass

The Rube Goldberg Case: The Panel  as Paradigm in Newspaper Comics and  New York Dada

Kristian Hellesund

Migration in Three Early American  Newspaper Comics

Jose L Garcia

Politics of Body Prostheses, Disability,  and Replacement in Aaron Diaz’s  Dresden Codak 

Sharmistha Chatterjee

Examining the Diseased Material  Body in Stitches

Eszter Szép

Drawing and Transforming the Body  in Ken Dahl’s Monsters


16:45 – 17:00



17:00 – 18:15


Frames of Thought

Dr Nick Sousanis (San Francisco State University)


FRIDAY 9 April 2021

10:00 – 10:15

Day’s Welcome


10:15– 11:45

Panel 2

2.1: Adaptations and Pastiche

2.2: Cultural Memory

Audrey Chan

Alberto Breccia’s Parody of  Futurist Paintings in Graphic  Narratives

Miloš Tasić and Dušan 


Visualising an Oral Epic: 

Lobačev’s Comic Book Ženidba  Dušanova

Oskari Rantala

V for Pissed-offed-ness vs. 

Vendetta A case of anti-immigrant  subversion of comics intertexts

Jakob F. Dittmar and Anders Høg  Hansen

Pasts renewed in new German graphic  storytelling

Lena Holec Ravnikar

Preservation of Slovene Literary History in  Comics 

Hakan Keleş

Expanded frame, time and space: 80’s  Urban Atmosphere at Arabacıoğlu’s  “Panorama” Pages


11:45 – 13:30

Panel 3

3.1: Curating, Constructing and  Countering Women's Histories

3.2: Practice-based Research

Neha Yadav

Whose Line is it Anyway: 

Graphic Anthology Drawing the  Line as a Counter-narrative to  Mainstream Rape Reportage in  India

Andrea Aramburú-Villavisencio Curating the Ordinary: 

Relationality and Affect in Latin  American Women’s 

Autobiographical Comics

Esther McManus

Constructing Inclusive Histories:  Reflections on the temporality of  comics and activist archives

Natasa Thoudam

In Search of a Form while Inventing a  Language of Subversion through 


Daniel Merlin Goodbrey

How to Cheat at Comics: Digital 

alternatives to traditional techniques for  comic illustration

Irina Richards

Narrating cultural heritage through comics:  a graphic investigation into witch-hare  folklore of Wales


13:30 – 14:00



14:00 – 15:30

Panel 4



Individual & Community

Driss Faddouli

Moroccan Facebookers and the  Visual Rhetoric of Political  Negation

Ibtisam Ahmed

The Utopian Critical Mass of  Spider-Man 

Barbara Eggert

Family Issues In Early Moomin  Comic Strips

Processes and products of drawing

Clari Searle

Creating ‘Funnies’: how to build an  effective creative process for Higher  Education pedagogy

Peter Hebden

The Stuff of Dreams: Objects and 

Disorientation in the work of Julie Doucet  and Anders Nilsen

Dom Davies

Fracking Hell! Joe Sacco’s Seismic Lines


15:30 – 15:45



15:45 – 17:00


Comics Studies and Education in Germany, 1950-2020

Prof Dr Sylvia Kesper-Biermann (Universität Hamburg)


SATURDAY 9 April 2021

10:00 – 10:15

Day’s Welcome


10:15– 11:45

Panel 5



Graphic Medicine  

Iona Lindsay, Amie Huttie,  Katie Laing, Hisham Khan,  Bryoni Welsh and Frankie  Posner

Using comics and Graphic 

Medicine to explore and examine  medical student experiences of  training during the evolving  coronavirus outbreak 

Lottie Corr

A picture of health: Using  Graphic Medicine to cultivate  empathy and widen student  perspectives at medical school

Muna Al-Jawad

The evolution of comics as a  research method in health 


Experiences of Otherness

Anna Marta Marini

Barrier and the representation of the US  internal/external boundaries

Alessia Mangiavillano

Fieldwork challenges: Navigating the  boundaries of comics journalism for  migrant and refugee advocacy

Harriet Earle

The Gender Politics of Labour and Lace in  Kate Evans’ Threads: From the Refugee  Crisis (2017)


11:45 – 13:30

Panel 6




Dona Pursall

The importance of being 

unfinished: An exploration of  unfixed identity and body politics  in humorous anthology comics for  children

Helen Jones

Caticorns and Derp Warz: 

Exploring children’s comic 

making and literacy worlds in an  after school comic club

Olivia Childs

Spilling on the Guts: An Analysis  of the critical perception of Raina  Telgemeier


Dina AlAwadhi

The Evolution of the Oriental Gaze in the  Marvel Cinematic Universe

Mark Hibbett & Rob Fleay

The Swingin' Sounds Of Sixties Marvel

Riziki Millanzi

Willpower, Emotional Strength and the  ‘Angry Black Woman’ stereotype in DC’s  Far Sector


13:30 – 14:00



14:00 – 15:30

Panel 7



Female voices and narrative in  comics

Diptarup Ghosh Dastidar

Engaging Women Voices in  Indian Comics

Lillian Cespedes Gonzalez Embracing the Ordinary and the  Quirky in Female Comic Strips

Jessica McCall

Bearable Weight: Faith, Bitch  Planet, and the Big Bodies of Big  Women

Between and beyond human cultures Francesco Bellinzis

The social condition of a cosmopolitan  collaboration in the comic field: the case of  The Blue Lotus.

Hugo Almeida

Movement for movement’s sake: the  accelerationist manga of Yuichi Yokoyama

Louise Kane

Comics, Space, Race: Materialising World  Literature


15:30 – 15:45



15:45 – 16:45



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