The 14th Annual Conference of the Society for Comics Studies (ComFor) is dedicated to the idea of comparative comics studies: relations and transformations within the art form that cross and bridge cultural, lingual, economic, juridical, political, and media divisions. These include referential and derivative formats such as citation, parody, pastiche, travesty, imitation, and emulation of genres, characters, and motifs, in which one comic recalls another comic, or any other medium. In all of these cases, a relation is established that connects one or more comics to others. But the scope of comparative comics studies also includes translations, transfers, adaptations, and many other kinds of metamorphosis. These take place not merely from one language to another, but also take into account changes in audience orientation, in technical and economic conditions, in legal and conventional rules, and any other co-determining circumstance that leaves its traces: on the new comic’s text, sometimes on its pictures as well, and always on the mechanisms of production, marketing, media practices, and interpretations to which comics are subjected.
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The conference topic Spaces Between – Gender, Diversity and Identity in Comics will draw our attention to the nexus between the medium of comics and categories of difference and identity such as gender, dis/ability, age, and ethnicity, in order to open and deepen an interdisciplinary conversation between comics studies and intersectional identity studies within the international comics studies community. In this respect, the 13th annual conference of the German Society for Comics Studies will not only contribute to the disclosure of exclusions, power structures and (hetero)normative allocations in comics, but will also critically analyse their socio‐political and communicative forms of (re)production.
Potential topics for contributions may include, but are not limited to, the following:
constructions of gender in comics
- the interplay of gender and genre in comics
- conceptions of identity and their (de)construction in comics
- intersectionality and comics
- the (re)production and constitution of difference and power structures in comics
- manifestations of heteronormative structures and allocations in comics
- mechanisms of hegemonic exclusion(s) in comics
- queerness and comics
- historic dimensions of identities in comics
- diversity and normalisation processes in comics
- race, class and ethnic stereotypes in comics
- comics and postcolonial studies
- body images in comics
- representations of dis/ability in comics
- the interrelation of comics, health and corporeality in the realm of graphic medicine
- economies of difference: gender, identity and diversity on the (international) comics market
spaces between, centres and peripheries: transnationality and diversity in comics culture
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