Call For Presentations

I Am Graphic Novel!

Special Conference Stream within The Graphic Novel Project: 4th Global Meeting

Wednesday 6th May – Friday 8th May 2015
Dubrovnik, Croatia


Call for Presentations:
The graphic novel provides a unique means to express personal as well as collective identity. Whether it is a doodle on a page, a strip cartoon, an illustrated text or an international best seller the graphic novel, or visual narrative, allows for the most intimate expressions of self or the cry for help and resistance against the forces of the mundane, the every day, oppression, repression, fear, anxiety and even “terror.” Recent events in Europe highlight the importance of freedom of expression through all narrative forms as well as the ability, and power, of the “cartoon” to unite people as well as alienate and offend.

This meeting will explore the ways in which graphic and cartoon forms are used to describe who we are and who we are not; the intimate minutae of our everyday lives, our hopes, our fears and the very nature of our being in, and beyond, the world; who we mistrust, who we fear, who we hate; the epic struggles of peoples, societies, political and economic systems and ideologies. In short this event will explore all the ways that the graphic novel declares “I AM…”, no matter what follows that exclamation.

This conference seeks participants from all fields. We would love to from theoreticians, practitioners, skilled professionals, voluntary sector workers and others so that we can explore this dynamic theme from all angles possible. One of our goals is to encourage discussion and interaction in this very interdisciplinary field far beyond the conference itself. By creating this accessible space we hope to encourage a dialogue that will be able to further the understanding of the graphic novel in all its incarnations, forms, states, and implications and its importance to global understanding of ourselves and others. Through engaging with the multitude of themes, ideas, and ideologies featured in graphic novels we also hope to gain a deeper understanding of our selves and the societies in which we (could) live.

Identity, Meanings and Otherness:
~GN as autobiography, witnessing, diary and narrative
~Representations of disability, illness, coping and normality
~Cultural appropriations, east to west and globalisation
~National identity, cultural icons and stereo-typical villains
~Immigration, postcolonial and stories of exile
~Representing gender, sexualities and non-normative identities
~Politics, prejudices and polemics: banned, censored and comics that are “just plain wrong”
~Other cultures, other voices, other words
~Sources, early representations and historical contexts of the form
~Landmarks in development, format and narratology
~Cartoons, comics, graphic novels and artists books
~Words, images, texture and colour and what makes a GN

The Steering Group welcomes the submission of proposals for short workshops, practitioner-based activities, performances, and pre-formed panels. We particularly welcome short film screenings; photographic essays; installations; interactive talks and alternative presentation styles that encourage engagement.

What to Send:
300 word proposals should be submitted by Friday 13th March 2015. All submissions are at least double blind peer reviewed. Proposals should be submitted simultaneously to the Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word or RTF formats with the following information and in this order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in programme, c) email address, d) title of proposal, e) body of proposal, f) up to 10 keywords.
E-mails should be entitled: GN4- I AM GN Abstract Submission

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Organising Chairs
Nadine Farghaly: Nadine.Farghaly@nullgmx.net
Rob Fisher:gn4@nullinter-disciplinary.net

The conference is part of the Education Hub series of research projects, which in turn belong to the At the Interface programmes of Inter-Disciplinary.Net. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore discussions which are innovative and challenging. All proposals accepted for and presented at the conference must be in English and will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook.  Selected proposals may be developed for publication in a themed hard copy volume(s). All publications from the conference will require editors, to be chosen from interested delegates from the conference.

Inter-Disciplinary.Net believes it is a mark of personal courtesy and professional respect to your colleagues that all delegates should attend for the full duration of the meeting. If you are unable to make this commitment, please do not submit an abstract for presentation.

Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence.