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Call for Papers – Transnational Comics: Crossing Gutters, Transcending Borders

University of Florida (Gainesville, Florida)
April 8-10, 2016

The Call for Papers for the upcoming 13th University of Florida Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels is now open. The theme of the conference is “Transnational Comics: Crossing Gutters, Transcending Boundaries”, and the list of suggested topics specifically includes “Comics that have been translated and/or disseminated across countries (for example, the translation and reception of manga and bande dessin√©e in the US)”, as well as a number of others, such as “comics that deal with border-crossings” and “the effect of globalization on comics industries” that can include Japanese comics.

Proposal maximum length: 300 words
Submission deadline: January 15, 2016

Send proposals to anujamadan@ufl.edu

The program of this year’s 12th Conference, “Comics Read but Seldom Seen: Diversity and Representation in Comics and Related Media” included a dedicated session on “Representation in anime & manga”, consisting of:

“The existence of emotion is nothing but a burden:” Emotional repressions as (re)presentations of psychological disorders in anime and manga
– Kathy Nguyen, Texas Woman’s University

Queer cooking: Fumi Yoshinaga and queer existence in modern Japan
– Andrew John Smith, Indiana University of Pennsylvania)

Yamete kudasai! Romanticized rape, humiliated homosexuality: A deconstruction of patriarchal values in yaoi and gay manga
– Janardana Hayton, Florida State University

See below for the full Call for Papers.

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Call for Papers: ‘Diversity and Representation in Comics and Related Media’

The University of Florida¬†Comics Studies program is now accepting proposals for paper presentations at the 12th UF Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels. The dates for the conference will be April 10 to April 12, 2015, and the conference’s title and theme is “Comics Read but Seldom Seen: Diversity and Representation in Comics and Related Media”, and its overall goal is stated as “to celebrate and interrogate the representation of marginalized groups in comics and related media.”

As it has in previous years, the conference actively welcomes papers on Japanese cultural products. Some of the specific themes and topics that the conference’s organizers suggest include:

  • Representations of disability and disorder in manga
  • Representations of homosexuality, alternative sexualities, and related issues in manga
  • Representations of diverse races, ethnicities, nationalities, genders and sexualities in anime/manga
  • Anime adaptations of lesbian/gay/bisexual/transsexual/queer manga
  • Particular titles to examine include With the Light, Real, Revolutionary Girl Utena

The deadline to submit a proposal for the conference (200-300 words) is January 1, 2015.

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