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The Eighth International Graphic Novel and Comics Conference
Mon, 26 Jun 2017, 09:00 – Fri, 30 Jun 2017, 17:00 BST
Artwork copyright Dan Piraro. www.bizarro.com
The theme of the 2017 International Graphic Novel and Comics and Bandes Dessinées Society conference is “Borders Identity, Difference and Representation”. It is held on Monday 26th to Friday 30th June 2017 in Dundee, with a visit to Glasgow on Wednesday 28th.
The conference is concerned with the theme of borders, which distinguish one space or concept from another whether geopolitical, physical, psychological, ideological or temporal. As such it is a potent phenomenon in contemporary culture where invasion, contestation and negotiation of borders signal inclusion/exclusion or conflict. Geopolitical borders might deal with the imaginary lines on the map that distinguish one territory from another; immigration; citizenship; national and regional borders; sites of ownership; the topography of a space that can inhibit or prohibit; and the marks on the landscape made to claim one territory from another. Temporal borders include the construction of history through historical categories. Conceptually and aesthetically one can also explore the border on the comics page, through the variable or imaginary lines that define panels or the page. Narratively speaking, comics blur borders, including genre. The medium also plays with the borders between modes of expression, as sound becomes visible; words become drawn; and the material becomes digital. In turn, we can ask whether there are borders between the terms ‘comic’, ‘graphic novel’, ‘sequential art’, ‘manga’, or ‘bande dessinée’? The body too has its borders: the inside and outside; gendered and racial identities; human versus animal or machine; dead versus alive. Psychologically we might also consider the borders between sanity and madness; political ideologies; or good and evil. These borders can be challenged, negotiated or invaded. The challenge to national borders by invasion and immigration can lead to trauma and war. The disruption of the body’s borders leads to abjection and the grotesque. Keynote speakers include David Kunzle, Thierry Groensteen and Ann Miller.