Tagung „International Graphic Novel and Comic Conference“ in Cambridge

21.06.2021 - 25.06.2021

Die diesjährige International Graphic Novel and Comic Conference (IGNCC) findet in diesem Jahr vom 21. bis 25. Juni an der University of Cambridge statt. Das Thema dieses Jahres lautet „Comics and Their Audiences / Audiences and Their Comics“ – und erneut haben die Organisator_innen ein vielfältiges und vor allem umfangreiches Programm zusammengestellt: in beinahe 100 Vorträgen und Präsentationen wird sich dem Spannungsverhältnis von und der Wechselwirkung zwischen Comics und ihrem Publikum gewidmet. Auch in diesem Jahr sind mehrere Comfor-Mitglieder vertreten: Lukas R.A. Wilde trägt zum Thema Bursting Bubbles: Nadja Hermann’s Emoticomix and its Polarized Online Audiences vor, Johannes C.P. Schmid zu Documentary Comics, Audiences, and Representing the Other: Ethics and Persuasion und Giorgio Busi Rizzi zu Seduction of the innocence: comics fandom and nostalgia.



Comics enthusiasts have long considered comics a uniquely participatory medium. As readers breathe life into static images, convert page space into narrative time, and transform splatters of ink into emotion, they engage with comics in languages that audiences and artists have developed in tandem, negotiating over generations.

The theme of this conference explores the idea of audiences in all its meanings. We consider, for example, comics audiences as physical people, individuals, and groups who engage with comics in different situations. Thus, the relationship of readers accessing comics in different languages allows inquiry into questions of translation and adaptation. Readers inhabiting different periods or surviving traumatic public and private moments allow historical and biographical readings. Attention to how audiences identify themselves—according to different or multiple racial, sexual, religious, ethnic, gender, or national identities, physical ability, or migration status—offers to validate marginalised perspectives and fracture traditional understandings. Thinking about comics as texts for or forbidden to children, ideal or inappropriate for adults connects to fields across the curriculum.

Weitere Informationen und das vollständige (vorläufige) Tagungsprogramm finden sich auf der Veranstaltungswebsite.