Comics Conference at UF

Schedule for 13th UF Annual Conference on Comics and Graphics Novels: Transnational Comics—Crossing Gutters, Transcending Boundaries

*Panels on Friday in Smathers Library 100; keynote in Ustler Atrium. All events on Saturday and Sunday in Ustler Atrium

2016 Conference Program [PDF]

Friday, April 8

8:30 - 9:00 am: Registration and Breakfast

9:00 - 9:15 am: Opening Remarks

9:15 - 10:45 am: Translation and Bicultural Identity

  • Moderator: Spencer Chalifour
  • One-Punch Man's Deconstruction of Superheroes and its American Popularity
    Alex Brunner, University of Southern Indiana
  • Korean Webtoons with the Gutter of Translation Challenges
    Alyssa Kim, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies
  • Exoticization and Adaptation through the Diegetic Ichi in Glyn Dillon's The Nao of Brown
    Charles Acheson, University of Florida

10:45 - 11:00 am: Break

11:00 am - 12:00 pm: Violence, Otherness and Dolls

  • Moderator: Jaquelin Elliott
  • Caught in Translation: Ambivalent Spectacles of Violence in Phoebe Gloeckner's "La Tristeza"
    Sean E. Dotson, University of Chicago
  • The Intercontinental Doll
    Ayanni Hanna, Independent Scholar

12:00 - 1:00 pm: Lunch (on your own)

1:00 - 2:30 pm: Crossing Boundaries on the Comics Page

  • Moderator: Ashley Manchester
  • The Textual Gutter: How Gene Luen Yang Redefines the Gutter in Boxers & Saints
    David A. Lucas, Youngstown University
  • Dual Identity in American Born Chinese
    Timothy Tia, University of Florida
  • The Empirical Influence of the American Southwest on Mid-Century Franco-Belgian Cartoonists
    David Allan Duncan, Savannah College of Art and Design

2:30 - 2:45 pm: Break

2:45 - 4:15 pm: Representing Islam in the West

  • Moderator: Emily Brooks
  • Intervention á la Graphic Novels: Habibi and Depictions of Islam
    August Samie, University of Chicago
  • Not in My Backyard: The (Ms.) Marvel of Recycling in the "Post-Racial" Age
    Asmaa Ghonim, University of Florida
  • Forced Transitions: Humanizing the Syrian Refugee Crisis in Guardian's "Comics from the Edge" Series
    Najwa Al-Tabaa, University of Florida

4:15 - 6:00 pm: Dinner Break (on your own)

6:00 - 7:30 pm: Keynote Lecture by Dr. John Lent (Ustler Atrium)
Transnational Comics Scholarship: Briskly out of the Starting Block, but a Lot of Laps to Go

7:30 - 8:30 pm: Reception

Saturday, April 9

8:30 - 9:00 am Registration and Breakfast

9:00 - 11:00 am Cross-Cultural Exchange in Manga

  • Moderator: Madeline Gangnes
  • Attack on Titan: Translation & Transcendence
    Heather Daniels, Saint Francis University
  • Clash of the Titans: The Aesthetics of Marvel's Superheroes and Hajime Isayama's Attack on Titan
    Michael Hale, University of Texas at Arlington
  • Reflecting on Depictions of Western Culture in Manga
    Andrew Smith, University of Central Florida
  • The Intersection of Gender, Caste and Class in Buddha (Volume Two)
    Claudia Acosta, University of Florida

11:00 - 11:15 am: Break

11:15 am - 12:45 pm: Keynote Lecture by Edward Gauvin
Nonsense and Neologism: An Onomatopoetics of Comics

12:45 - 1:45 pm: Lunch (Provided)

1:45 - 3:15 pm: Superheroes in an International Context

  • Moderator: Kayley Thomas
  • Transnational Identity and Class in the Spider-Verse
    Michael Mendoza, Seminole State College
  • The Internationalization of Superheroes in American Comic Books: The Silver Age to the Bronze Age
    David K. Palmer, University of Nebraska at Kearney
  • The Vertical Theater of War: Superheroes Fight the Second World War and the Early Cold War Up and Down the Z-Axis
    Andrew Fogel, Purdue University

3:15 - 3:30 pm: Break

3:30 - 5:00 pm: Neoliberalism, Resistance and Utopia

  • Moderator: Charles Acheson
  • Transnational Ideology: American Neoliberalism in the Finnish Translations of Marvel's Comics
    Laura Antola, University of Turku, Finland
  • Urban Comix: Collaboration, Production and Resistance in the Global South
    Dominic Davies, Oxford University
  • The Canadian Superhero, Repeating Trudeau, and the Possible Futures of the New North
    Mitch Murray, University of Florida

5:00 - 6:30 pm: Dinner (on your own)

6:30 - 8:00 pm: Keynote Lecture by Dr. Derek Parker Royal
Escaping the Gutter Ghetto; Or, the Challenges of Reading Transnationally

8:00 - 9:00 pm: Reception

Sunday, April 10

8:30 - 9:00 am: Registration and Breakfast

9:00 - 10:00 am: Authorial Position and Representation

  • Moderator: Najwa Al-Tabaa
  • The Transnational Heritage of Gekiga: Adrian Tomine as Editor of Yoshihiro Tatsumi and Berliac's Neo-Gekiga
    Benoît Crucifix, Université de Liège, Belgium
  • Re-Framing Ukrainian History: Igort's Ukrainian Notebooks and the Role of Western Journalism in the Representation of Contemporary Ukraine
    Anastasia Ulanowicz, University of Florida

10:00 - 10:15 am: Break

10:15 - 11:45 am: Undergraduate Panel on International Comics (Organized by Jason Tondro, College of Coastal Georgia)

  • Moderator: Jason Tondro
  • Tiffany Hamilton, College of Coastal Georgia
  • Ross Tyson, College of Coastal Georgia
  • Christine Westall, College of Coastal Georgia

11:45 am: Closing Remarks

All events are free and open to the public.