We are pleased to announce the Call For Papers for
TRANSITIONS – New Directions in Comics Studies
at Birkbeck College, London, on Saturday November 19th 2016.
Organised in collaboration with Comica- London International Comics
Festival, Transitions at Birkbeck College is unique in offering a regular
comics studies symposium and meeting point in London, a platform for
emerging research at an event that is free of charge and open to all.
Originally convened by PhD students in 2009, Transitions has become an
annual fixture in the UK comics scholars’ calendar.
We are still especially supportive of postgraduate and early career
presenters, but open to any new and ongoing research in our field. Our aim
is to provide a platform for debate and a space from which further
collaborations can emerge, to further strengthen our area of study and
academic community, and to support connections between comics scholars
working in diverse academic departments and contexts.
We welcome abstracts for 20 minute papers, or pre-constituted panels of
three, on topics including, but not limited to:
-comics, comix, graphic novels, manga, manhwa, bande dessinée
-superheroes, genre comics, religious comics, documentary comics,
-politics of representation in comics, formal approaches, trauma and
comics, transgressive comics, propaganda and comics
– readers and fandoms, creators, publishing histories, transnational
approaches, comics and the law, web-comics and comics exhibitions
Alongside traditional panel presentations we would like to trial the more
interactive format of a 20-minute workshop, potentially as a way of data
collection and/or feedback on research-in-progress. Please indicate your
preference by stating PAPER or WORKSHOP following your abstract title.
You can apply by email to
Please attach your abstract of 250-300 words plus short biographical note
(preferably as a Word document), indicating ‘abstract’ in the email
subject line and your name in the file’s title.
The deadline for submissions is August 26th 2016.
With best wishes,
The Transition Team
Dr. Tony Venezia
Associate Lecturer and Researcher
Modern and Contemporary Literature & Culture
Birkbeck, University of London, English & Humanities
Twenty-first Century British Fiction
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