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Call For Papers
In recent years, the rise of the ‘graphic novel’ has boosted academic interest in comic art from different disciplines and fields of study. Graphic texts, in their multiple forms and genres, have been a cultural manifestation reflecting societal changes, historical tensions and also their effects on individual stories since their inception. Comics have also been instrumental in the construction of national identities, both in nation-states and in stateless nations.
This conference aims to put into dialogue scholars working on a variety of cultures and disciplines to provide a forum for the discussion of the interrelation between comic art (comic books and strips, cartoons and caricature) and nation, placing special emphasis on text/image creation from minority cultures (e.g. Brittany, Corsica, Galicia, Catalonia, Wales, Scotland, Sardinia, etc.) but also including those from nation-states (e.g. UK, France, Spain, Italy, etc.).
Abstracts in English or Welsh for 20 minute papers with a focus on (but not restricted to) the following themes are welcome:
- Nostalgia and folklorisation of national identity in minority cultures.
- Comics as a space for resisting stateless cultures; pro-independence activism in comics.
- Publishing comics in a minoritised language.
- Transnational identities in comics; the effects of globalisation on national identities; the global and the local in comics.
- Comics and (historical or national) memory; reconstructing the past through comics; re-writing history in comics.
- Comics and hegemonic national narratives; the creation of hegemonic/grand narratives; the representation of national/foundational myths in comics; the challenge to hegemonic national narratives.
- Leading national figures in comics (e.g. comic book biographies).
Deadline: 31st January, 2017.