Tuesday, November 06, 2012
International Comics Conference /
International Bande Dessinée Society
Glasgow and Dundee
Monday 24th - Friday 28th June 2013
Scotland and the Birth of Comics
Call for Papers
Comics have a long tradition in Scotland. Many argue that the Northern Looking Glass (1826) is the world’s first modern comic, and DC Thomson’s The Dandy (1937 - present) is the world’s longest running comic. The place of comics in Scotland will be celebrated by an exhibition in the Hunterian in 2016 showcasing the Glasgow- based Northern Looking Glass, as well as comics from DC Thomson in Dundee. In anticipation of this the International Graphic Novels and Bande Dessinée Society conference in 2013 has adopted the guiding theme Scotland and the Birth of Comics. However, the conference, like the exhibition, will focus on broader questions relating to text/image history and the cultural status of comics, their contemporary creation in Scotland and beyond, in national traditions, especially European ones, but also in wider world traditions, and, for IBDS, specifically French-language ones. The conference organisers also invite papers on comics and identity, cross-border influences, and comics outwith the printed page.
With this broad framework in mind the organising committee for the joint International Comics Conference and International Bande Dessinée Society (IBDS) conference welcome abstracts on all areas of scholarship relating to comics, the graphic novel, and bande dessinée. The conference will be mainly based in Glasgow although one day will be held in Dundee.
Abstracts of 100 words in advance of a 20-minute paper, as well as questions and expressions of interest, should be sent to:
31st December 2012