Deadline- 16 July 2012
Conference on Comics is organized by Multiculturalism and Representation which invites proposals for the conference. Conference will held on 15 -16 November 2012.
Multiculturalism, and the representation of it, has long presented challenges for the medium of comics. Questions surround the ways in which characters of differing cultures and/or nationalities can and should be presented; answers to which have ranged from anthropomorphism to xenophobia. Issues also exist around the diversity of creators and characters, and the (lack of) visibility for characters that do not conform to particular cultural stereotypes.
Subjects for discussion may include, but are not limited to:
- Cultural diversity (or lack thereof) in comics, manga and bande dessinée
- Ways in which multiculturalism has been represented, visually and/or linguistically in comics
- Moves towards increasing the representation of particular cultural groups in comics, either as creators or characters (e.g. Milestone Comics)
- The modification of existing comics and properties to address new markets (e.g. Spider-Man: India)
- Controversial representations of cultures and relations between cultures (e.g. Tintin au Congo)
- The modification of existing works in new-media representations (e.g. the omission of Ebony White in the film version of The Spirit; the controversies surrounding Idris Elba’s role as Heimdal in Thor)
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