Call for Papers: The Graphic Novel

Monday 23rd September – Wednesday 25th September 2013
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom

This projects invites papers that consider the place of the comic or graphic novel in both history and location and the ways that it appropriates and is appropriated by other media in the enactment of individual, social and cultural identity. Papers, reports, work-in-progress, workshops and pre-formed panels are invited on issues related to (but not limited to) the following themes:
  • Just what makes a Graphic Novel so Graphic and so Novel?:
    ~Sources, early representations and historical contexts of the form.
    ~Landmarks in development, format and narratology.
    ~Cartoons, comics, graphic novels and artists books.
    ~Words, images, texture and colour and what makes a GN
    ~Format, layout, speech bubbles and “where the *@#% do we go from here?” 
  • The Inner and Outer Worlds of the Graphic Novel:
    ~Outer and Inner spaces; Thoughts, cities, and galaxies and other representations of graphic place and space.
    ~ Differing temporalities, Chronotopes and “time flies”: Intertextuality, editing and the nature of Graphic and/or Deleuzian time.
    ~ Graphic Superstars and Words versus Pictures: Alan Moore v Dave Gibbons (Watchmen) Neil Gaiman v Jack Kirby (Sandman).
    ~Performance and performativity of, in and around graphic representations.
    ~Transcriptions and translations: literature into pictures, films into novels and high/low graphic arts.
  • Identity, Meanings and Otherness:
    ~GN as autobiography, witnessing, diary and narrative
    ~Representations of disability, illness, coping and normality
    ~Cultural appropriations, east to west and globalisation
    ~National identity, cultural icons and stereo-typical villains
    ~Immigration, postcolonial and stories of exile
    ~Representing gender, sexualities and non-normative identities.
    ~Politics, prejudices and polemics: banned, censored and comix that are “just plain wrong”
    ~Other cultures, other voices, other words
  • To Infinity and Beyond: The Graphic Novel in the 21st Century:
    ~Fanzines and Slash-mags: individual identity through appropriation.
    ~Creator and Created: Interactions and interpolations between authors and audience.
    ~Hypertext, Multiple formats and inter-active narratives.
    ~Cross media appropriation, GN into film, gaming and merchandisng and vice versa
    ~Graphic Myths and visions of the future: Sandman, Hellboy, Ghost in the Shell.
    ~Restarting the Canon: what are the implication of the restart in universes such as Marcel and DC and do they represent the opportunity to reopen ongoing conversations?
Presentations will be accepted which deal with related areas and themes.

What to Send:
300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 22nd March 2013. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 21st June 2013. 300 word abstracts should be submitted to the Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats, following this order:
a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract, f) up to 10 keywords
E-mails should be entitled: GN2 Abstract Submission

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Organising Chairs
Nadine Farghaly: Nadine.Farghaly (at) gmx.net
Rob Fisher:
gn2 (at) inter-disciplinary.net

The conference is part of the Education Hub series of research projects, which in turn belong to the At the Interface programmes of Inter-Disciplinary.Net. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore discussions which are innovative and challenging. All papers accepted for and presented at this conference are eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers may be invited to go forward for development into a themed ISBN hard copy volume or volumes.

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