Comics Crossroads II: Emerging Scholars Conference
We are pleased to advertise this day-and-a-half CHASE-funded event to offer specific training for a select group of emerging scholars working with ‘the comic’ in an interdisciplinary manner. The aim of this event is to allow postgraduate researchers to become familiar with a range of media related to their own work, and to stimulate an overall understanding of the contemporary and past significance of drawn art within popular culture and beyond.
On the first day, starting in the afternoon, Dr Nick Hiley (Head of Special Collections and The British Cartoon Archive, University of Kent) will lead a workshop on working with the archive. The aim of this workshop is to explore new avenues for research through the archive, working with original material from the BCA. This workshop will also allow researchers to familiarize themselves with some of the holdings of the Courtauld Institute of Art. Issues about working with the archive and its materials will be discussed in small groups first, after which findings will be compared in plenum. We will close the day with a keynote by Dr Kasia Murawska-Muthesius (Birkbeck) on comics, cartoons and gender. On the second day, participants will present a 20-minute paper (with ten minutes for Q/A) about their own research on comics (presentations about working with and re-exploring the archive are particularly welcome). We will close the event with a keynote by Dr Gavin Parkinson (Courtauld), whose presentation will include a focus on Robert Benayoun and Roy Lichtenstein in relation to the comic.
Conference attendance on the Saturday is free and open to all.
Day 1: Friday, 7th October 2-6pm
The viewing of materials from the Drawings collection and the workshop is for invited workshop participants only. The keynote lecture is free and open to all.
2.00-2.30pm Viewing of selected material from the Courtauld Drawings collection
(Prints and Drawings Room)
2.30-4.15pm Comics and the Archive closed workshop for selected participants, led by the director of the British Cartoon Archive, Dr. Nick Hiley (University of Kent) (Sackler Research Forum)
4.15-4.30pm Coffee Break
4.30-5.30pm Keynote by Dr. Kasia Murawska Muthesius (Birkbeck): Ladylike: Caricature, Comics and Gender (Sackler Research Forum)
5.30-8.00pm Dinner for workshop participants
Day 2: Saturday, 8th October 9.30-6.30pm
Emerging Scholars Conference, Sackler Research Forum. Free and open to all.
10-11.30am Panel I: Comics and Gender
Catherine Wild (Winchester): Misty Comics and the liminal Stage of Puberty
Penelope Mendonça (Central St Martins): The Single Mother, the Sketchnote and the Comic
Fionnuala Doran (Teeside): Artist Talk: Women as Creators in the English-language Comic Industry
11.30-11.45am Coffee Break
11.45-1.15pm Panel II: Comics and the Archive
Nicola Streeten (Sussex): We Are Our Own Archives
Michael Connerty (Central St Martins): Un-archiving the other Jack B. Yeats
Kim L. Pace (UAL): Cult Fiction - Art & Comics (Can We Be Serious?)
2.00-3.00pm Keynote by Dr. Gavin Parkinson (Courtauld): Pogo, Pop and Politics: Robert Benayoun on Comics and Roy Lichtenstein
3.00-3.15pm Refreshment Break
3.15-4.45pm Panel III: Between ‘high’ and ‘low’?
Guy Lawley (Central St Martins): Real Ben Day dots, so-called Benday dots and the comic book aesthetic: did Roy Lichtenstein really paint Ben Day dots?
Laura Nuti (Università per Stranieri di Perugia): The influence of comics in Fellini’s films
Tobias Yu-Kiener (Central Saint Martins): The mythologisation of iconic fine artists in graphic novels and comics
4.45-5.00pm Coffee Break
5.00-6.30pm Panel IV: Towards a Comic Methodology
John Miers (UAL): Visual metaphor, narrative drawing, and embodied cognition
Alex Turton (UEA): Adapting digital text mining methods for the comics medium
Paul Fisher Davies (Sussex): The Logical Structures of Comics: Parataxis, Hypotaxis and Text Worlds
6.30-8.00pm Drinks reception