31 October 2013

Tintin Symposium UCL

Some of you interested in Graphic Justice may also be interested in this Tintin symposium at UCL. The link to their CFP is below, and they are interested in (but not limited to) the following possible themes: 
  • Tintin and HergĂ©
  • Tintin and comic book history
  • Tintin and detective fiction
  • Tintin and the adventure story
  • Tintin in translation
  • Censorship of Tintin
  • Tintin’s spinoffs
  • Tintin in adaptations
  • Tintin in films
  • Tintin fan culture
  • Tintin and geography
  • Tintin and travel
  • Tintin as cultural phenomenon
  • Travel and colonialism
  • Treatment of race in Tintin
  • Snowy as sidekick
  • Animal welfare
  • EcoTintin
  • Tintin and gender
  • Tintin and masculinity; homosocial relations
  • Tintin in criticism

16 October 2013

Comics and Pedagogy (and Rock Music)--A Chris Boge Guest Post

Dear All,

I've just had an article published in a journal edited by the Austrian government that may be of interest to you for several reasons. Although the journal's title translates as Media Impulse: Contributions to Media Pedagogy, in my article on 'Visualizing Histories and Stories' I touch on topics located in the field of law and the humanities that cannot be understood without contextualisation (e.g. vigilantism, justice, fascism, crime). Moreover, those of us working with students may benefit from a pedagogical perspective on and close reading of (excerpts from) classic graphic novels like Watchmen and Maus -  at least if we intend to take the first part of the compound Graphic Justice as seriously as the second. There are reasons why (reading and teaching) graphic fiction differs from (reading and teaching) other cultural products, such as e.g. novels and films, and in my article I'm trying to briefly highlight what makes (reading and teaching) graphic novels (a) unique (experience) (e.g. simultaneity) as well as what are the features graphic novels share in common with other forms of storytelling (e.g. plot structures). Having said all that, it's an article, not a book - there was a word limit which I exceeded :-) Here's the link to theonline version.

Secondly, I've written and released a rock song that is as much the result of international cooperation as of interdisciplinary thinking. As I'm sure you will notice, the lyrics of the song were inspired by the papers I gave at Birkbeck and St Mary's. "Superheroes" was recorded, mixed and mastered in Cologne, Los Angeles, and Atlanta, GA. It seems to me that many people think that academics are boring people who, somewhat belatedly, set out to analyze cultural products created by artists. I believe that is a misconception, and in a way "Superheroes" proves that the thesis can be turned on its head: In this case, a cultural product came into existence after someone had done research on a topic in a specialized academic field (law and culture). Below you'll find links to CD Baby and iTunes, "Superheroes" should also be on amazon, spotify etc. by now. If you like what you hear, drop me a line and I'll send you the song for free. 

All best, Chris.

3 October 2013

Comica Fesital / Transitions Symposium 2013

Those of you interested in comics studies generally may find this free one-day event at Birkbeck very exciting. It's the fourth 'Transisions' comics symposium, which promotes new research and multi-disciplinary academic study of comics/comix/manga/bande dessinée and other forms of sequential art. Book your place and come along on 26 October and be inspired and challenged!


And here's some more details for y'all: 

Keynote: Dr. Ann Miller (University of Leicester, joint editor of European Comic Art)
Respondent: Dr. Roger Sabin (Central St. Martins, University of the Arts London)
Booking: Attendance is free but registration is essential. To book a place email the Transitions team at transitions.symposium@gmail.com.
Transitions is part of Comica, the London International Comics Festival
Event description: "Transitions is currently the only regular academic comics event based in London. The symposium provides a platform where different perspectives and methodologies can be brought together and shared. As an event devoted to promoting new research into comics in all their forms the symposium provides a forum for research from postgraduate students and early career lecturers. Comics studies occupy a unique multi-disciplinary middle-space, one that encourages cross-disciplinary pollination and a convergence of distinct knowledges: literary and cultural studies, visual arts and media, modern languages, sociology, geography and more. By thinking about comics across different disciplines, we hope to stimulate and provoke debate, to address a wide spectrum of questions, to map new trends, and to provide a space for dialogue and further collaboration to emerge."