Multiculturalism and Representation

Ian Hague, doctorant à l’université de Chichester, coordonne l’organisation du Comics Forum, qui a lieu à Leeds tous les ans en novembres, et dont le thème sera cette année le multiculturalisme. De la représentation des minorités aux tensions liées aux adaptations d’une langue à l’autre, d’un média à l’autre, les perspectives envisageables sont nombreuses, des plus classiques (l’exemple de Tintin est évidemment cité dans l’appel) aux plus variées ; le cas de l’oeuvre de Farid Boudjellal pourrait ainsi faire l’objet d’une intéressante proposition, parmi bien d’autres pistes possibles.

Ci-dessous l’appel à communications :

Deadline: Jul 16, 2012
Comics Forum 2012
Multiculturalism and Representation: A Conference on Comics
15 -16 November 2012, Leeds

Multiculturalism, and the representation of it, has long presented challenges for the medium of comics (including manga and bande dessinée). Questions surround the ways in which characters of differing cultures and/or nationalities can and should be presented; answers to which have ranged from anthropomorphism to xenophobia. Issues also exist around the diversity of creators and characters, and the (lack of) visibility for characters that do not conform to particular cultural stereotypes. At Comics Forum 2012, the fourth event in the Thought Bubble conference series, we will attempt to draw out some of the complexities of this field in order to better understand both the problems and the achievements of the medium in dealing with multiculturalism.

Subjects for discussion may include, but are not limited to:
• Cultural diversity (or lack thereof) in comics, manga and bande dessinée
• Ways in which multiculturalism has been represented, visually and/or linguistically in comics
• Moves towards increasing the representation of particular cultural groups in comics, either as creators or characters (e.g. Milestone Comics)
• The modification of existing comics and properties to address new markets (e.g. Spider-Man: India)
• Controversial representations of cultures and relations between cultures (e.g. Tintin au Congo)
• The modification of existing works in new-media representations (e.g. the omission of Ebony White in the film version of The Spirit; the controversies surrounding Idris Elba’s role as Heimdal in Thor)

Proposals of 250 words are invited for talks of 15-20 minutes in length, and should be emailed along with a short biography (around 100 words) to Ian Hague (Department of History, University of Chichester) at: I.Hague@chi.ac.uk. The deadline for submission is 16/07/2012 and notification of acceptance or rejection will be emailed by or before 30/07/2012.
To keep up with all the latest Comics Forum developments, see http://comicsforum.org.

Ian Hague
Department of History, University of Chichester
Email: i.hague@chi.ac.uk
Visit the website at http://comicsforum.org/comics-forum-2012/

Comics and Cultural Theory

La revue Studies in Comics lance un appel à communication intitulé : « Comics & Cultural Theory ». Cette proposition invite les chercheurs à inscrire leurs travaux sur la bande dessinée dans un horizon plus large : l’étude de la culture, qu’on la dise de « masse », « populaire » ou encore « médiatique »… L’accent est clairement mis sur un renouvellement puisqu’est pointé sans ambiguïté une risque de « fossilisation » autour des théories de Bourdieu, de l’école de Francfort ou encore de McLuhan… La liste de pistes que nous reproduisons ci-dessous pourrait ainsi donner quelques idées à nos abonnés et contribuer à tenter de renouveler l’approche de notre objet. La date limite est fixée au 1er mai prochain.

From Akira to Zizek : Comics and Contemporary Cultural Theory

Papers are invited for Studies in Comics volume 3.2. This special issue seeks to provide a forum for new articulations between comics studies and contemporary cultural theory. The importance and continued relevance of post-

structuralist/postmodernist thought, the Frankfurt school’s studies of mass culture, McLuhan’s media theory and Bourdieu’s critical sociology are rightly acknowledged. Such figures dominate theoretical academic discourse on comics, as in other areas of cultural studies, often at the expense of engagement with alternative

strands of critical thinking. Rather than risking stagnation, comics studies needs to critically engage with theoretical paradigms not yet sourced. Submissions are welcome from scholars and enthusiasts that explore the conjunctions of comics and cultural theory. These could be engagements with the work of specific thinkers or emergent schools including, but not limited to:

Bruno Latour and ANT – Michel Serres – Paul Virilio – eco-criticism – thing theory – N. Katherine Hayles – Teresa de Lauretis – Franco Moretti – Manuel De Landa – Manuel Castells – cognitive capitalism – transmedia narratives – Giorgio Agamben – Édouard Gissant – Jacques Rancière – Friedrich Kittler – non-representational theory – speculative realism/materialism – Alain Badiou – Zygmunt Bauman – Rosi Braidotti – Antonio Negri – Jan van Dijk – affect theory – Lev Manovitch – Kojin Karatani – visual culture studies – Slavoj _i_ek…

Articles should be 4,000-8,000 words from any discipline with a strong critical focus. Abstracts should be received by 1st May 2012 in the first instance. Please send 300 word abstracts to studiesincomics@googlemail.com and include the word ARTICLE in the subject heading. Please indicate the intended word count of the article. Completed papers will be required by 15th August 2012. All submissions are peer reviewed and papers must be in English. Reviews of publications and exhibitions are also welcome, as are creative submissions, by the same deadlines

indicated above.

Tony Venezia, guest editor

Tony Venezia

Email: studiesincomics@gmail.com

Visit the website at http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/journals/view-journal,id=168/

From Akira to Zizek : Comics and Contemporary Cultural Theory

Papers are invited for Studies in Comics volume 3.2. This special issue seeks to provide a forum for new articulations between comics studies and contemporary cultural theory. The importance and continued relevance of post-structuralist/postmodernist thought, the Frankfurt school’s studies of mass culture, McLuhan’s media theory and Bourdieu’s critical sociology are rightly acknowledged. Such figures dominate theoretical academic discourse on comics, as in other areas of cultural studies, often at the expense of engagement with alternative strands of critical thinking.Rather than risking stagnation, comics studies needs to critically engage with theoretical paradigms not yet sourced. Submissions are welcome from scholars and enthusiasts that explore the conjunctions of comics and cultural theory. These could be engagements with the work of specific thinkers or emergent schools including, but not limited to:

Bruno Latour and ANT – Michel Serres – Paul Virilio – eco-criticism – thing theory – N. Katherine Hayles – Teresa de Lauretis – Franco Moretti – Manuel De Landa – Manuel Castells – cognitive capitalism – transmedia narratives – Giorgio Agamben – Édouard Gissant – Jacques Rancière – Friedrich Kittler – non-representational theory – speculative realism/materialism – Alain Badiou – Zygmunt Bauman – Rosi Braidotti – Antonio Negri – Jan van Dijk – affect theory – Lev Manovitch – Kojin Karatani – visual culture studies – Slavoj _i_ek…

Articles should be 4,000-8,000 words from any discipline with a strong critical focus. Abstracts should be received by 1st May 2012 in the first instance. Please send 300 word abstracts to studiesincomics@googlemail.com and include the word ARTICLE in the subject heading. Please indicate the intended word count of the article. Completed papers will be required by 15th August 2012. All submissions are peer reviewed and papers must be in English. Reviews of publications and exhibitions are also welcome, as are creative submissions, by the same deadlines indicated above.

Tony Venezia, guest editor

Email: studiesincomics@gmail.com

Visit the website at http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/journals/view-journal,id=168/

Benoît Berthou

Université Paris 13, LABSIC Directeur de la revue Comicalités. Etudes de culture graphique Rédacteur en chef des Carnets de la bande dessinée

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