The Comics Archive Symposium 2022

Malmö University and The Swedish Comics Association invites you to:
The Comics Archive Symposium 2022
Thursday 13th and Friday 14th of October
Malmoe, Sweden.

The field of comics research is expanding, but with that also comes an increasing need for archives that preserve this artform and can offer access not only to printed matter but also behind-the-scenes material – e.g. manuscripts, original artwork, correspondence, advertising and merchandise. These kinds of ancillary materials are essential to deepen our understanding of the art form and for comics research to develop, grow and mature.

There is a movement of comics centered archives being established globally right now, and this symposium will gather people from academia, archivists, collectors and others interested in the work of preserving and making comics-related artefacts accessible to researchers. The purpose of the symposium is to share knowledge of how this work can be developed, to discuss different solutions and to build international networks.

We therefor invite all interested in comics archives (in any sense) to take part of this symposium. If you wish to give a presentation (max 20 minutes) of own experiences of working with comics archives (as an organizer or as a user), please submit an abstract (250 words) no later than September 18th. No fees! Just mail us if you want to participate.

Confirmed keynote speakers:
Karen Green, Curator for Comics and Cartoons at Columbia University – Rare Book & Manuscript Library.
Philippe Capart, manager of the library/publishing house La Crypte Tonique in central Bruxelles and host of Club Bimbo, a platform for material and immaterial exchanges around visual narrative.

The Symposium is organized by Malmö University Comics Hub and the Swedish Comics Association. It will last for two days, from Thursday the 13th to Friday the 14th of October, and will include presentations and panel debates, as well as visits to The Comics Archive, situated in Malmö City Archives.

Venues: Malmö University and Malmö City Archives
To participate: Please mail either Gunnar or Fredrik.

Contact info:
Gunnar Krantz:
Fredrik Strömberg:

CfP: International Conference: HistorioGRAPHICS

Framing the Past in Comics June 16-18, 2023

The objective of HistorioGRAPHICS: Framing the Past in Comics is essentially three-fold: First, we seek to review and expand comics studies’ approaches to historiography and representations of the past in comics. Second, we aim to bring together the fields of history and comics studies more closely to deepen our understanding of visual representations not only as primary sources but also as a format of historiography. What does the fragmented mediality of comics offer to the representation of history? How do comics criticize and contextualize historical sources and historiographical practices? What futures do comics have in store for representing the past? Thirdly we emphasize the transnational approach to this topic, in the stories told as well as in the research about them, with a particular emphasis on the transatlantic perspectives.
Contributions may choose to engage with themes that may include but are not limited to:

• Holocaust comics and memory culture
• Indigenous histories and their graphic narrative representations
• The (long) Civil Rights Movement in the United States and graphic narratives of protest
• Histories of the Americas and the Global South in Comics
• Representation of historical crises as well as personal and collective trauma
• Comics in the classroom / the classroom and the public eye: politics and censorship
• Ideologies of historical representation in comics
• Institutions, political education, and (individual) activism
• Comics and/as Public History
• History in autobiographical comics, graphic memoir, and comics journalism
• Theories and methodologies of analyzing historical representations in comics

We are happy to cooperate with the Bavarian American Academy and the German Society for Comics Studies (ComFor). Confirmed keynote speaker: Prof. Dr. Hillary L. Chute (Northeastern University, United States)
As of the current planning stage, the conference will be held in person at the Amerikahaus Munich. The availability of travel reimbursements for active participants remains pending, subject to a grant application for additional funding currently underway.
We invite proposals for individual research papers (20 min.) as well as entire panels (3 papers). Moreover, we also welcome more open and innovative formats of presentation.
Submissions (preferably as one PDF document) should include:

• The title of your paper (and panel, if applicable)
• Your name and affiliation
• Summary of content (max. 300 words, excl. references)
• Short biography (max. 150 words)

Please send your proposal no later than September 30, 2022 to both organizers and
Feel free to contact us with any further questions.

Berndt Clavier and Jakob Dittmar: Defining “Graphic Novels” with the Help of “the Novel” – Reflecting on Emerging and Established Literary Forms.

Welcome to a K3 seminar with Berndt Clavier, Senior Lecturer in English Studies, K3, and Jakob Dittmar, Senior Lecturer and Docent in Media and Communication Studies, K3

The title of the talk is: Defining “Graphic Novels” with the Help of “the Novel” – Reflecting on Emerging and Established Literary Forms.

The seminar will take place on Wednesday, June 1 at 10.15-12.00. It will be a hybrid seminar. Please either come to NiB0501 or join online here: (this is the zoom link to all K3 seminars this term).

Below is an abstract for the seminar.

Narrative qualities of comics have become better understood with texts and images interweaving while offering different perspectives or focalisations in each image and different strands of texts. While different genres and styles are recognised in comics, a more differentiated approach to the distinct qualities of individual genres in graphic literature is needed if we want to understand and discuss these in their distinct graphic and narrative qualities that constitute their literary qualities, just like we discuss poetry and prose literature, film, and theatre – and their interrelations. The seminar looks into the use of the term graphic novel, into attempts to define it in different cultural contexts. The dominating approaches from Franco-Belgian as well as Ango-American comics research are discussed to develop a more substantial definition. For as soon as we look into comics narratives, they can be diversified into all kinds of things, but what we need to get into the discussion are aspects of graphiation and voice, as well as all the established criteria for understanding literature better.

Lateral Solidarities: Visualizing Global South Comics


Too often, “global literature” has been synonymous with texts that make themselves legible to normative Western reading. Whether texts that originate from the West and circulate globally, those that enter the Western consciousness via translation into European languages, or those that engage with the preoccupations of the West (e.g. the veil and religious extremism in the Middle East; poverty and war in Africa; violence and narcotraffic in Latin America), what has been considered “worldly” in literary studies has not embodied the diversity and multifariousness of literary practices around the world.

For comics, this is true in an even more pivotal way. Even if their ‘value’ as an artistic medium is no longer questioned in both reading and academic communities, they have, in a very similar way to literature, also been largely limited to normative Western reading, and circulated under circumscribed conditions, with the prominent exception of Japanese comic art. As comics’ multimodal language requires acts of showingseeing, and being seen as well as the setting of lines, frames, and angles, every hegemonic act of reading means a repressing of a medium that is, in fact, predestined to challenge our habits of looking at the world.

By approaching comics via a Global South methodology in our conference, we hope to more fully exemplify the rich world of comics coming from non-Western locales and authors. Generally speaking, we think about the Global South as characterizing work that creates lateral solidarities via culture, economics, art, politics, etc. between peoples marginalized by global capitalism. These solidarities can be explicit via comparison of work from multiple geographies, but we also believe that one can study a single locale or comic via a Global South methodology – that comparison is not the only way to create solidarity. While recognizing that the nation is a powerful unit, we think about Global South work as largely eschewing the nation in favor of smaller and larger units, such as the linguistic, tribal, oceanic, etc. In less academic terms, we are interested in analyzing comics from non-Western locales using approaches that do not rely on Western frameworks to create value and insight. This is not a wholesale rejection of the West, but decentering it as a legitimizing normative part of comic studies seems to us as a prerequisite for valuing Global South comics on their own terms.

Thursday, 2 June 2022, Literarisches Colloquium Berlin

16:00 – 22:00     Artists Soirée

16:00 – 16:15      Introduction

16:15 – 17:00      Nacha Vollenweider: 

Neo/Colonial Relations and Transnational Migration Routes in Notas al pie and Volver

17:00 – 17:45      Deena Mohamed: 

Right to Left: Arabic Comics in Self-Translation

B r e a k

18:00 – 18:45      Lea Hübner: 

Translating South American Comics

18:45 – 19:30      Powerpaola: 

Love, Friendship, Collectives – and Comics 

B r e a k

19:45 – 20:45      Round-Table 

20:45                     Catering

Friday, 3 June 2022, Freie Universität Berlin

10:00 – 22:00     Academic Part

10:00 – 10:15      Introduction 

10:15 – 11:00      Nina Mickwitz (London): 

​​Provocative Alignment: Advocacy and Fantasy in the Ghanaian comic Lake of Tears (Kobe Ofei and Setor Fiadzigbey, 2017)

11:00 – 11:45      Haya Alfarhan (London): 

“He was knowingHandala and Implicated Acts of Looking in Naji Al-Ali’s Political Cartoons

B r e a k

12:00 – 12:45      Sandra Federici (Bologna): 

A Sociological Approach to Francophone African Comics (1978–2016)

12:45 – 13:30      Janek Scholz (Köln): 

Nation Building in and through Comics. Examples from Guinea-Bissau, Angola and Mozambique

L u n c h

15:00 – 15:45      Lina Ghaibeh (Beirut): 

The New Generation: Arab Comics Today

15:45 – 16:30      Amadeo Gandolfo/Pablo Turnes (Buenos Aires/Berlin): 

With 10 Cartoonists I Can Make a Gnarly Stew: Re-Writing Anthologies in the 21st Century

B r e a k

16:45 – 17:30      Andrea Aramburú Villavisencio (Cambridge): 

A Queer Utopia in the Brazilian-Japanese Diaspora: Taís Koshino’s Ainda ontem (2017) 

17:30 – 18:15     Anne Brüske (Regensburg/Heidelberg): ‘Da(ny) Goes Graphic‘: Cultural Positionings beyond the ‘Global South’ in Dany Laferrière’s Graphic Novels [online]

19:00 – 19:30      Final Discussion


Freie Universität Berlin

EXC 2020 Temporal Communities: Doing Literature in a Global Perspective

Research Area 4 “Literary Currencies”

Comics lectures at Hamburg University

they are to happen on site / in German but will be available via zoom, too!

die Vortragsreihe “Comics und Bildung. Herausforderungen und Chancen im 21. Jahrhundert” findet im Sommersemester in Präsenz an vier Terminen an der Universität Hamburg statt. 

Die Comic-Vorstellung am 14.6. findet in Kooperation mit dem Comickolloquium Nord statt und wird auch digital über zoom zugänglich sein:

Sachcomics – Vom Nischenprodukt für Comicfans zum anerkannten Sachtext 
Prof. Dr. Heike Elisabeth Jüngst, Fakultät für Angewandte Natur- und Geisteswissenschaften, Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften Würzburg-Schweinfurt

‚Man merkt die Absicht und ist ver
stimmt‘. Comics in der historisch-politischen Bildung
PD Dr. Jeannette van Laak, Institut für Geschichte, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg

Money Matters. Entstehung und Vorstellung eines Comic Essays über Finanzen und Geld
Prof. Dr. Miriam Beblo, Fakultät für Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften, Universität Hamburg / Pauline Cremer, Illustratorin und Grafik Designerin, Berlin / Dr. Julia Schneider, Comic Essayistin, Berlin
-in Kooperation mit dem Comickolloquium Nord –

Welche Lesekompetenzen schult der Comic eigentlich? Zum Spannungsverhältnis zwischen „comics literacy“ und „visual literacy“

PD Dr. Markus Oppolzer, Fachbereich Anglistik & Amerikanistik, Paris Lodron Universität Salzburg

Zeit und Ort: Dienstags 18-20 Uhr, Fakultät für Erziehungswissenschaft, Von-Melle-Park 8, Raum 207

There will be an online-conference on “Adventure Narratives in Popular Images and Texts” from 12.-14. May. It is organised by the DFG Research Unit “Philology of Adventure” (FOR 2568)

The zoom-link for the conference will be mailed to all participants shortly before the conference starts : )

Chinese  lianhuanhua in English

Dear friends,

over the past terms I have translated with my students a few Chinese lianhuanhua into English. While the first two appeared on MCLC, we have now set up a webpage within the ReadChina project to give access to some exemplary Chinese readings in translation. To be honest, credits for the webpage with all its gimmicks go to Duncan Paterson who made this possible and to Damian Mandzunowski who helped out a lot with design 
ideas etc.

The page is available here: (or through the ReadChina main page).

I hope that you may find this a useful resource.

We are still doing a bit of polishing, so if something odd occurs, please let us know. Also, if you happen to have a translation that you would like to publish, we’d be happy to add this to the page.

Stay safe and happy!

All best,

Lena Henningsen (Freiburg University, Germany)

Comics Studies Society Prizes 2022: Call for Nominations

Nomination Deadline: March 25, 2022

The Comics Studies Society (CSS) recognizes outstanding contributions to the study of comic art with five annual prizes: the CSS Article Prize, the Hillary Chute Award for Best Graduate Student Paper, the Gilbert Seldes Prize for Public Scholarship, the Charles Hatfield Book Prize, and the CSS Prize for Edited Book Collections.

The CSS defines comic art as the category of artistic production that incorporates all forms of cartooning, sequential art, and graphic narrative. This includes, but is not limited to, the following forms: comic strips, comic books, papers, and magazines; albums, graphic novels, and other graphic books; webcomics and other electronic formats; single-panel cartoons, including editorial and gag cartoons; caricature; animation; and other related forms and traditions.

The CSS is currently soliciting nominations for all five prizes, which will be awarded at the 5th Annual Conference of the Comics Studies Society (July 28th-30th, 2022). Winners will receive a $300 cash award and a plaque. Please see the CSS Website for conference details.

For more information regarding the eligibility of CSS Executive Board Members and information on past winners of the CSS Prizes, please see the CSS Website.

Frequency and time period: Prizes are awarded by the CSS at its annual conference for first-time publications (not reprints or revised editions) or (concerning the Chute only) unpublished work occurring during the previous calendar year. For example, the 2022 prizes will cover publications and presentations © 2021

Nomination process: Peer nominations and self-nominations are welcomed. Nomination letters are due March 25, 2022. The letter of nomination may take the form of an email and should do the following:

  • Identify the work’s complete title, author(s) name(s), publisher, and original copyright date.
  • Include means of access to a complete digital copy of the work (such as a PDF or ebook, a link to a paywall-free article or media text, media file, etc.) that members of the CSS Prize Committee can access as needed.

Nominations and inquiries should be sent by email to the CSS Awards Coordinator, Biz Nijdam, at

Judging and awarding process: Nominees for each prize will be reviewed by an Awards Subcommittee of not less than three members of the Comics Studies Society, which is approved by the CSS Executive Board and includes the Awards Coordinator and/or the Awards Subcommittee Chair. Prize winners will be notified approximately two months prior to the annual conference and announcements of their award will be published on the CSS website and in Inks: The Journal of the Comics Studies Society.– 
Dr. Elizabeth “Biz” Nijdam  PhD (She, Her, Hers)
Lecturer, Dept. of Central, Eastern, & Northern European Studies
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus | Musqueam Traditional Territory
919-1873 East Mall | Vancouver BC | V6T 1Z1 Canada | Phone 778 697 | | @bizabeth