CSSC/SCEBD Academic Conference

CSSC/SCEBD Academic Conference
May 8-10, 2014
Marriott Bloor-Yorkville, 90 Bloor St. East, Toronto
Free — All TCAF visitors welcome. No registration fee to attend.
Please consult schedule for presentations in English and in French.

The Canadian Society for the Study of Comics is a scholarly association for the exchange of knowledge and research regarding all forms of graphic narrative.  The association is based in Canada and embraces an international membership.  Their principle activity, an annual conference, is taking place this year as part of TCAF 2014. Below is the conference programme, with information on speakers and sessions.

The conference takes place at the Marriott Bloor-Yorkville on May 9th and 10th, with a special talk from Trina Robbins on the 8th at Ryerson University.

The academic conference is open to anyone who wishes to attend.

For more information on the CSSC/SCEBD, please visit their website at comics-scholars.com.

CSSC/SCEBD Programme 2014

 Thursday May 8th

The Brinkley Girls, World War I, and American Patriotism in Comics: An Evening with Trina Robbins
Author Event
Ryerson University
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Friday May 9th

Session 1, 9:00am-10:30am

1A (Rosedale) – Reading Superheroes

  • Sarah Zaidan, “Academics Assemble: Why Superhero Comics Merit a Place in Cultural Studies”
  • Catherine Jenkins, “The Medicalization of Comic Book Superheroes”
  • Ryan J. Cox, “Reboots, Retcons, and Which Hawkman Is Which: How to Read Comics”
  • Moderator: Anna Peppard

1B (Summerhill) – Identity and Subjectivity

  • Chris Reyns-Chikuma, “Exploring Canadian Identities in Two Women Artists’ Wordless Graphic Memoirs”
  • Lauranne Poharec, “‘Unfolding even as I write it’: Metadiscourse in Female Autobiographical Comics”
  • Frederik Byrn Køhlert, “Embattled Subjectivities: Illness and Disability in Autobiographical Comics”
  • Moderator: Nancy Pedri

Session 2, 10:30am-12:00pm

2A (Rosedale): Identity and Subjectivity 2

  • Austin St. Peter, “Avant-Garde Criticality and Queer Representation in Contemporary Superhero Comics”
  • Samuel Rowland, “Who Colours the Text?: Multi-Sensory Reading and Hypersimulation in Top Ten Vol. 1-2”
  • Amanda White, “The Changing World of the Swamp Thing: From Plant-Human Hybrids to Human-Shaped Plants and Their Habitats”
  • Moderator: Glenn Willmott

2B (Summerhill): Packaging and Re-Packaging

  • Dale Jacobs, “Thresholds of Meaning: Comics and Paratextuality”
  • David Sweeney, “’A cliff-hanger in every panel!': Digital Comics, ‘Guided View’ and Narrative Control”
  • Graham MacLean, “Playing in the World of Mouse Guard”
  • Moderator: Aaron Kashtan

Lunch, 12:00pm-1:00pm

Session 3, 1:00pm-2:30pm

3A (Rosedale): Empire and War

  • Orion Ussner Kidder, “Post-Imperial Pulp: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier”
  • Brooke Winterstein, “Negotiating Public Memory Through Comics: DMZ and the Counter-Memorial”
  • Nicole Pacas, “Fighting for America: Captain America and Superman Take On Hitler”
  • Moderator: Kalervo Sinervo

3B (Summerhill): Pop Iconography and Humour

  • Natalie Garceau-Turner, “Appropriation of Popular Iconography in Autobiographical Visual Narratives”
  • Natalie Pendergast, “Minnie Me: Little Phoebe Gloeckner’s Sincerely Ironic Naïveté”
  • Étienne Bergeron, “‘Je ris donc je suis’: l’humour comme mécanisme de defense dans la construction de l’identité homosexuelle chez Hugues Barthe”
  • Moderator: Chris Reyns-Chikuma

Session 4, 2:30pm-4:15pm

4A (Rosedale): Conventional or Transgressive

  • Anna Peppard, “‘Big Fun on Monster Island’: Reading the Sexy Superbody in the Marvel Swimsuit Special”
  • Andrew J. Deman, “Alan Moore’s Metaporn: Lost Girls within the Discourse of Pornography”
  • Julian Peters, “‘Tiny Forbidden Windows’: Italian Erotic Comics of the 1960s and Dino Buzzati’s Poema a fumetti”
  • Moderator: Orion Ussner Kidderl

4B (Summerhill): Worlds Natural and Sublime

  • Keith Friedlander, “‘Itty Bitty Lifestyle’: Sublime Horror in the art of Moebius and Michael DeForge”
  • Glenn Willmott, “Eco-Comics: Modern Graphic Narrative and the Global Sublime”
  • Laura A. Pearson, “‘Arts of the Contact Zone’: Ecological Ethics and Posthumanist Points in Tin Can Forest’s Wax Cross”
  • David Sweeney

Keynote Presentation, 4:15pm-5:30pm

Trina Robbins, “Here Are the Great Women Cartoonists”
Forest Hill Ballroom

Saturday May 10th

Annual General Meeting, 9:00am-10:30am, Rosedale, All Members Welcome

Session 5, 10:30am-12:30pm

5A (Rosedale): Visual Languages

  • Aaron Kashtan, “Between Panel and Screen: Comics and the Book of the Future”
  • Nancy Pedri, “What’s the Matter of Seeing in Graphic Memoir”
  • Lars Wallner, “Framing Education: Using Comics for Pedagogical Interaction”
  • Tristan Bera, “Représentation du mot et conception du langage dans City of Glass de Paul Auster, adaptation en bande dessinée par Paul Karasik et David Mazzucchelli”
  • Moderator: Laura A. Pearson

5B (Summerhill): Cultural Production

  • Paddy Johnston, “Michel Gets a Comics Job: Cartooning and Labour in the works of Michel Rabagliati”
  • Kalervo A. Sinervo, “The Unplundered Side of Piracy: On the Work Done by Comics Scanners”
  • Christina Smylitopoulos, “In-‘Tegg-rity’: Re-Evaluating Regency Illustrated Satirical Books”
  • Moderator: Candida Rifkind

Lunch, 12:30pm-1:30pm

Session 6, 1:30pm-3:00pm

6A (Rosedale): Nostalgia for the Future

  • Bart Beaty, “The Archie Machine”
  • Candida Rifkind, “Graphic Nostalgia and Musical Modernity in Frank M. Young and David Lasky’s The Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song”
  • Matt Yockey, “The Atomics Age: Nostalgia, Progress, and Mutant Form in Mike Allred’s The Atomics”
  • Moderator: Paddy Johnston

6B (Summerhill): Versions of Others

  • Amelia Ruthven-Nelson, “Race in the Gutters: Representations of Race in Children’s Comic and Picture Books”
  • Jeffery Arsenault, “The Morphology of Muslims in the Comics Medium”
  • Kiev Renaud, “Appropriation des lieux du voyage par la bande dessinée: analyse des chroniques de Guy Delisle”
  • Moderator: Sara Smith

Session 7, 3:00pm-4:30pm

7A (Rosedale): Global Connections

  • Sara Smith, “Virus Tropical: Power Paola’s Infecting of the Latin American Lettered City”
  • Sean Rogers, “Martin Vaughn-James’s Comics, the Nouveau Roman, and Les Éditions de Minuit”
  • Asher J. Klassen, “Ancient Myth, Modern Medium: A Conversation Between Persianate Miniature Painting and the American Comic Book”
  • Moderator: Keith Friedlander

7B (Summerhill): Family and Everyday Life

  • Michelle Miller, “‘If You Want to Know Teenagers’: On Implication in Theorizing Comics in Education”
  • Barbara Postema, “Family Life in Canada: Exploring Canadian Family Comics through Lynn Johnston’s For Better or For Worse and Doug Wright’s Nipper”
  • Janie Deschênes, “Stratégies esthétiques et narratives de la ‘poésie du quotidien’: une analyse de trois bandes dessinées de Bastien Vivès”
  • Moderator: Glenn Willmott