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Posted 13 May, 2016

Sunday 26 June
University of Kent
10.00 – 18.00

Registration is now open for Comics Crossroads. At this one-day symposium, participants will discover some of the best and most cutting-edge research into comics, cartooning and drawn images. Eight invited speakers will present a 30-minute paper on their recent research, followed by a prepared critical response from an invited respondent and questions from the audience. The event is designed to bring together ideas from around the field of Comics Studies, provoke critical and forward-thinking discussion between researchers and research disciplines, offer input for new and current researchers, and engage with the potential for interdisciplinary work.

The burgeoning field of Comics Studies is necessarily interdisciplinary, yet it risks fragmentation as scholars entrenched in one tradition may be unaware of the important contributions being made in others. We seek to counter such divisive trends, providing a space for both receptive and productive engagement and new avenues of scholarly interaction.


  • Catharine Abell
    Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, The University of Manchester
  • Elisabeth El Refaie
    Senior Lecturer in English, Communication & Philosophy, Cardiff University
  • Hugo Frey
    Professor of Cultural and Visual History, University of Chichester
  • Ian Horton
    Coordinator for Contextual & Theoretical Studies, London College of Communication
  • Anne Magnussen
    Associate Professor of History, University of Southern Denmark
  • Aaron Meskin
    Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Leeds
  • Roger Sabin
    Professor of Popular Culture, Central Saint Martins
  • Paul Williams
    Senior Lecturer in English, University of Exeter

Registration fees are £10 waged and £6 unwaged/student, and include lunch and refreshments.

To register, please follow the link. For enquiries, please contact

Comics Crossroads is the last in a series of events attached to the exhibition There is an Alternative!: Critical Comics and Cartoons. The exhibition is open to the public at the University’s Templeman Gallery until July 2nd (08.00-21.00, Monday to Sunday)

Comics Crossroads is organised by Dr Antonio Lazaro-Reboll, Dieter Declercq, Fred Francis and Julia Secklehner. It is supported by two research consortiums:

  • Eastern ARC

and the following bodies at the University of Kent:

  • The Faculty of Humanities Research Fund
  • The Aesthetics Research Centre
  • The Centre for Comic and Popular Performance
  • The Centre for Film and Media Research
  • The School of Arts Graduate Studies Committee

[event] "Comics Read but Seldom Seen" Press Release

Posted 07 Apr, 2015

Feel free to download and distribute our press release for this weekend's 12th Annual UF Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels, "Comics Read but Seldom Seen: Diversity and Representation in Comics and Related Media."

Download the press release as as an rtf file

[event] Institute of Advanced Communication, Education, and Research (IACER)

Posted 21 Nov, 2012
(Affiliated to Pokhara University)
Baneshwor Heights, Kathmandu

Telephone: 009771-4471915


South Asian Cultural Studies
In Conversation with

South Asia, a conglomeration of nations and cultures with multiple similarities, differences, fissures, intervals, and continuities, is a participatory and contested space. As such this location not only engages with the global production of knowledge by discoursing ideas from multiple directions, both from inside and outside of the region, but also generates contradictions and contestations. These contradictions and contestation can be further visualized, on the one hand, by examining the unreliable cartographic imagination of districts, provinces, and states, and, on the other hand, by questioning the homogenous/heterogeneous religious beliefs to highly debatable economic aspirations.

Keeping these characteristics in view, the Institute of Advanced Communication, Education, and Research (IACER) has planned a two-week seminar/workshop (April 2-16, 2013) on South Asian Cultural Studies (SACS) to initiate debates and discussions on multiple and complex issues to critique the region. Prof. Ashis Nandy has agreed to lead the seminar/workshop. Other scholars from Nepal and outside will join him to deliberate on the issues.

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[event] Jim Kakalios to visit the University of Florida on November 17

Posted 16 Oct, 2011

Jim Kakalios, the author of The Physics of Superheroes, will be giving a talk on November 17 in the Physics department at 4:00pm in room 2002 of the New Physics Building (2002 NPB).

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[event] UF 2010 annual Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels

Posted 25 Mar, 2010

The 2010 annual University of Florida Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels, "ImageNext: Visions Past and Future," will be held on March 26th and 27th.

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[event] Graven Images: Religion in Comic Books and Graphic Novels, April 11 - 13, 2008

Posted 24 Mar, 2008

Boston University is hosting a conference addressing the theme of religion in comics. From the website:

From the performance of religion in comics, to religious or mythic traditions among the elements of various works, to the use of comics by religious practitioners themselves, the relationship between comics and religion is dynamic and evolving. Given the increasing seriousness with which the public has come to view comics as an art form and Americans' fraught but passionate relationship with religion, "Graven Images" will provide an opportunity for discussion of cutting- edge artistic and social issues by exploring the roles of religion in comic books and graphic novels. This event is free and open to the public.

The event is being organized by Christine Hoff Kraemer and A. David Lewis. For more information, including a schedule of speakers and events, visit the conference webpage.

[event] 6th Annual University of Florida Conference on Comics

Posted 19 Mar, 2008

The University of Florida's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce the 2008 UF Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels: "ImageSexT: Intersections of Sex, Gender, and Sexuality," which will be held in Gainesville, Florida, on March 21-22, 2008.

ImageSexT: Intersections of Sex, Gender, and Sexuality

This year's conference will focus on issues of representation in the most literal sense: that of the image on the page (screen, monitor, etc.).Presentations will move beyond facile reiterations of identity politics to explore the complexities and complexes of bodies and desires for artists, writers, and readers of comics. Here we are using "comics" in its broadest sense, to include animation, manga, anime, graphic novels, webcomics, political cartoons, and even some "fine art."

Guests for the 2008 UF Conference on Comics include Phoebe Gloekner, Gail Simone, and Sally Cruikshank. Two dozen academic presentations will explore the boundaries of sex, gender, and sexuality.

View more information at the conference website including the program and presentation abstracts.

[event] Pratt Manhattan Gallery Presents Exhibition on Cartoon Artists to Celebrate the Current Golden Age of North American Comics

Posted 11 Jan, 2006

"Speak: Nine Cartoonists"
January 20 -- February 25, 2006
Opening reception: 6-8 p.m., January 19, 2006

Pratt Manhattan Gallery
144 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10011
Gallery hours: Tuesday . Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.

NEW YORK, N.Y., December 20, 2005 -- Pratt Manhattan Gallery will present an exhibition that celebrates the current golden age of North American comics titled "Speak: Nine Cartoonists" from January 20 through February 25. The exhibition and opening are free and open to the public.

The diverse group of comic book artists represented will include Ivan Brunetti, Charles Burns, Daniel Clowes, Robert Crumb, Jaime Hernandez, Gary Panter, Seth, Art Spiegelman, and Chris Ware. The exhibition will feature preliminary doodles and sketchbooks; finished artwork for major sustained sequences; complete stories; covers; and printed comic books.

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[event] Huemeresque

Posted 15 May, 2005

On June 9, HUEMERESQUE - a retrospective of my Dick Huemer's career in animated films, will be showing in the Glendale Central Library, 222 East Harvard St., Glendale, CA, starting at 7pm.
See the poster for details

[event] Announcing ICAF 2005

Posted 01 May, 2005

Tenth Anniversary Conference to be Held at the Library October 13-15, 2005

WASHINGTON, D.C.--The International Comic Arts Festival (ICAF) is proud to announce it will hold its tenth anniversary conference at the Library of Congress in 2005.

ICAF is an international summit for scholars, creators, and enthusiasts of comics and cartoon art. The three-day event includes academic papers, chalk talks by distinguished cartoonists, and lectures by scholars from around the globe. While ICAF has been held in the Washington, D.C. area since its inception in 1995, ICAF 2005 marks the first time ICAF has joined with the Library of Congress.

ICAF 2005 will take place from Thursday, October 13 through Saturday, October 15, at the James Madison Building of the Library of Congress, with the generous support of the Library?s Prints and Photographs Division and the Caroline and Erwin Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon. The Swann Foundation, administered by the Library of Congress, supports the study, interpretation, preservation and appreciation of cartoon art from around the world, and has frequently sponsored lectures and exhibits related to comics. (For more on the Swann Foundation, please consult its Web site at

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[event] Comics at UF

Posted 06 Apr, 2005

On Friday April 8, Sol and Penny Davidson will be speaking about their work in comics at the UF Special Collections Library (Library East) in the second floor reading room.

[event] Help is on the Way!

Posted 12 Nov, 2004

"Help is on the Way! Comic Books and Superheroes in Special Collections" is open October 29-December 17, 2004 in the second floor gallery of Smathers Library. Featured are comics selected from the Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature in the Department of Special and Area Studies Collections. Superheroes included are Superman, Batman, The Flash, The Green Lantern, The Green Arrow, Hawkman, The Atom, The Justice Society of America and The Justice League of America.

Details on the exhibits can be found here:

[event] The Comic Book Hero

Posted 22 Oct, 2004

"The Comic Book Hero" exhibition at the Dunedin [Florida] Fine Art Center runs from September 20, 2004 to January 7, 2005. Numerous artists will be exhibited with a focus on Superman, Batman, Spiderman, the X-Men and more. The gallery will also host a series of film screenings related to the idea of the comic book superhero.

See their website for details:

[event] Rubber Frame

Posted 22 Sep, 2004

"Rubber Frame: Culture and Comics" and "The Visual Language of Comics from the 18th Century to the Present" will be on exhibit starting October 1 and running through November 30 at the Washington University in Saint Louis.

Details on the exhibits can be found here:



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