As in previous years, the editorial team of the Society for Comics Studies (ComFor) will take a brief holiday break. We wish a Happy New Year to all of our members, friends, and readers and hope that 2020 will be a successful year full of exciting reading experiences and research opportunities for all of us. We will be back on 9 January 2020 with regular news on comics studies. As usual, we will begin the new year with some reading recommendations (in German) by our ComFor members.
Robin-M. Aust, Alexandra Hentschel, Julia Ingold, Katharina Serles & Natalie Veith
We return a few days earlier from our summer break on the occasion of the announcement of the laureate of the Martin-Schüwer Prize 2019. The prize is a joint venture of the ComFor and the Committee for Comic Studies (AG Comicforschung) of the German Society of Media Studies (GfM) and is this year awarded for the first time. Among a total of 14 submissions from the field of interdisciplinary comics studies, it was the contribution of Dorothee Schneider (now Dorothee Marx), “The ‘Affected Scholar’. Reading Raina Telgemeier’s Ghosts as a Disability Scholar and Cystic Fibrosis-Patient”, that stood out the most, earning her the first Martin Schüwer Prize for Excellence in Comics Studies! The essay was published in Closure 5 (2018).
In addition to Marx’s submission, the judges also made special mention of two more shortlisted essays that struck them as particularly interesting: “Opazität und Transparenz: Überlegungen zum poietischen Potenzial in Chris Wares Comics und Animationen“ by Nina Eckhoff-Heindl and „Visible Hand? Subjectivity and Its Stylstic Markers in Graphic Narratives” by Lukas Etter.
The official award ceremony will take place on 09 November, 2019, as part of the Annual ComFor Conference 2019 where Dorothee Marx is going to hold a special lecture entitled “Approaching Ghosts – Creating affected scholarship”.
We congratulate the laureate Dorothee Marx as well as the shortlisted authors Nina Eckhoff-Heindl and Lukas Etter on their outstanding contributions!
The judges were:
Lukas R.A. Wilde
The ComFor‘s web editorial team will take a break over the summer months. Therefore, there will be no regular posts on the website until 30 September 2019. We will, however, keep updating the sections on ongoing calls for papers and on exhibitions.
But before we say good bye, we would like to announce the formation of a new committee within the ComFor, the Committee for Diversity, an initiative instigated by ComFor Vice-President Véronique Sina.
The aim of this committee is to contribute to an equal, gender-neutral research culture by promoting the visibility of non-hegemonic, queer-feminist research and researchers, both within the ComFor as well as in the comics studies community in general. The initiative is a reaction to a lack of diversity that characterises the field of comics studies in many ways, for example in terms of methodological approaches and the canon of works as well as the research community in general. To counteract these excluding mechanisms of representation, the Committee for Diversity aims at establishing a more inclusive research environment and introduce new academic impulses.
Last year’s annual ComFor Conference, which was dedicated to topics relating to intersectional gender and diversity studies, showed both the great necessity of and interest in queer-feminist questions and perspectives in the field of comics studies. But it also clarified the desideratum and the gaps that need to be explored to arrive at a critically reflexive and interdisciplinary engagement with comics.
With the foundation of the Committee for Diversity, the ComFor takes an important step to fill these gaps and to send a clear message against any form of discrimination and exclusion.
Currently the committee is in the planning phase, but during this year’s annual ComFor Conference at Schwarzenbach, a constitutive meeting will take place on 10 November, 2019, during which the committee‘s approach and line of work will be decided.
For further information, contact the Committee for Diversity via email: AGDiversity@comicgesellschaft.de
For now, we wish all of our readers a nice summer and look forward to once more keep you posted with regular news on comics studies in early autumn.
All the best,
Robin-Martin Aust, Katharina Serles, and Natalie Veith
on behalf of the web editorial team
14. Annual Conference of the Society for Comics Studies (ComFor):
Translation, Localisation, Imitation, and Adaptation: Comparative Aspects in Comics Studies
D| Talk or panel in German
E| Talk or panel in English
|Freitag | Friday|
|11.30 am||D| Member’s meeting of the Society for Comics Studies (ComFor)|
|1.00 pm||Mittagspause | Lunch Break (Snacks)|
|Offenes Forum I | Open Forum I|
|1.30 pm||D| Lukas Etter:
»It’s a relief« Aline Kominsky-Crumbs spielerische Imitation und Subversion von Stildiskursen
|2.00 pm||D| Marie Müller:
Prudhommes Adaption von Struths Museum Photographs
|2.30 pm||E| Jennifer Neidhardt:
»I knew there was something in the closet«: Marvel’s Spider-Man and Queer Identity
|3.00 pm||Pause | Break|
|Offenes Forum II | Open Forum II|
|3.15 pm||E| Katharina Serles and Marina Rauchenbacher:
Visualities of Gender in German-language Comics
|3.45 pm||E| Jeff Thoss, Ian Hague, Ian Horton, and Sylvia Kesper-Biermann:
Lost in Translation: Connecting English-language and German-language Comics Studies
|4.15 pm||E| Ivan Petrovic:
Translating Comics between Cultures and within Languages: The Case of Yugoslavian Comics in German-Speaking Countries
|4.45 pm||Pause | Break|
|5.00 pm||Begrüßung | Commencement|
|D| Panel I: Comic-Übersetzung und ihre populäre Vermittlung|
|5.15 pm||Alexandra Hentschel (Schwarzenbach):
Das einzige Museum für Comic-Übersetzung
|5.45 pm||Nassrin Sadeghi (Dortmund):
comic+cartoon. Pläne zum neuen Schauraum für Comic-Kunst in Dortmund
|6.15 pm||Pause | Break|
|E| Keynote I: Practice in Translation|
|6.30 pm||David Zane Mairowitz (Berlin): KafKa in KomiKs|
|8.00 pm||Abendessen | Dinner (Buffet)|
|Samstag | Saturday|
|E| Keynote II: International Perspectives on Comics Translation|
|9.00 am||Federico Zanettin (Perugia):
New Methods in Examining Comics in Translation
|10.15 am||Pause | Break|
|E| Panel II: Translation and Localisation|
|10.30 am||Laura Antola (Turku):
»If the other Nordic countries wish to publish rubbish, they can go ahead!« Transnational strategies for adapting the Marvel Universe in Finland
|11.15 am||Romain Becker (Lyon):
»Just according to keikaku (keikaku means plan)«:How fans translate (or don’t)
|12.00 noon||Pause | Break|
|12.15 pm||Keren Zdafee (Tel Aviv):
Egyptianizing Mickey and Minnie? On cultural transfers and the domestication of Western imagery in the Egyptian satirical press of the 1930s
|1.00 pm||Lynn L. Wolff (Michigan):
Translation, Modification, Visualization: Comparative Aspects of Nora Krug’s Heimat
|1.45 pm||Mittagspause | Lunch Break|
|E| Panel III: Intermedia Adaptation|
|3.00 pm||Olga Kopylova (Sendai):
Lines and Layers, Look and Feel: Transformations of style in manga-to-anime adaptations
|3.45 pm||Elisabeth Krieber (Salzburg):
Adapting the Queer Autographic Self: Fun Home from the Comics Page to the Broadway Stage
|4.30 pm||Pause | Break|
|4.45 pm||Marina Rauchenbacher (Wien):
Who (and where) is Alice? Anke Feuchtenberger’s Adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice
|5.30 pm||Pause | Break|
|6.00 pm||Preisverleihung & Preisvortrag | Award & Special Keynote
Martin-Schüwer-Publikationspreis für herausragende Comicforschung
Martin Schüwer Publication Award for Excellence in Comics Studies
|7.00 pm||Conference Dinner|
|Sonntag | Sunday|
|D| Keynote III: Kulturwissenschaftliche Translatologie|
|9.00 am||Natalie Mälzer (Hildesheim):
Comic-Übersetzungen und Adaptionen als kulturelle Praxis
|10.15 am||Pause | Break|
|D| Panel IV: Übersetzungen und Lokalisierungen|
|10.30 am||Christine Hermann (Wien):
Die vielen Namen von Suske und Wiske. Ein flämischer Abenteuercomic in deutscher Übersetzung
|11.15 am||Yun-Jou Chen (Taiwan/Mainz):
»Popalania, the perfect country« Neue Überlegungen zu dem Fall der Popeye-Übersetzung (1967-1968) in Taiwan
|12.00 noon||Pause | Break|
|D| Panel V: Intermediale Adaptionen|
|12.15 pm||Dietrich Grünewald (Koblenz/Reiskirchen):
Die Kunst der Adaption – Oscar Wilde: Das Bildnis des Dorian Gray
|1.00 pm||Linda-Rabea Heyden (Jena/Berlin):
Klassikeradaption im Comic funktional und medial,
am Beispiel von Goethes Faust
|1.45 pm||Mittagspause | Lunch Break
& Treffen der AG Diversity | Meeting of the Committee for Diversity
|3.00||Markus Oppolzer (Salzburg):
Nachgezeichnete Leben:Die Künstlerbiografie am Beispiel Vincent van Goghs
|3.45 pm||Véronique Sina (Köln):
Queering Comic and Film: Coming out und coming of age in Le Bleu est
une couleur chaude (2010) und LA VIE D’ADÈLE (2013)
|4.30 pm||Pause | Break|
|D| Panel VI: Noch einmal: Vergleichen|
|4.45 pm||Jörn Ahrens (Gießen):
Die Erfindung des Comic in Deutschland. Frühe Perspektiven der Comicforschung
|5.30 pm||Ole Frahm (Frankfurt am Main): Phantom. Phantomias.|
|6.15 pm||Abschlussdiskussion | Conclusion|
|~7.00 pm||Abreise | Departure|
Christian Bachmann, Juliane Blank, Alexandra Hentschel and Stephan Packard
As in previous years, the editorial team of the Society for Comics Studies (ComFor) will take a brief holiday break. We wish a Happy New Year to all of our friends and members and hope that 2019 will be a successful year full of exciting reading experiences for all of us. We will be back on 7 January 2019 with regular news on comics studies. As usual, we will begin the new year with some reading recommendations by our ComFor members.
Robin-M. Aust, Alexandra Hentschel, Julia Ingold, Laura Oehme, Katharina Serles, Natalie Veith & Lukas R.A. Wilde
Recently, two new publication series on comics studies have been announced by their respective editors:
Wilfried Laurier University Press is currently preparing the series Crossing the Lines: Transcultural/Transnational Comics Studies, edited by Barbara Postema, Candida Rifkind and Nhora Lucía Serrano. This interdisciplinary publication series will focus on contemporary research that unites comics studies with impulses from the fields of gender studies, art history and visual studies as well as postcolonial and Diaspora studies. Further information and contact addresses can be found in the flyer. –> see flyer
Routledge is planning to release the series Routledge Focus on Gender, Sexuality, and Comics Studies, edited by Frederik Byrn Køhlert. This series will collect contributions from the fields of gender and sexuality studies that engage with comics and similar formats as well as their consumption. Further information and contact addresses can be found in the flyer. –> see flyer
The editors call for submissions of relevant publications. Please see the flyers for further information.
A Conference Report by J. Rehse, P. Zwirner, M. Pollich, Y. Neuhaus, S. Böhm, and L. Respondek (students of the University of Cologne), Photography by Philin Zwirner
From September 17th to 19th 2018 the 13th Annual Conference of the German Society for Comics Studies (ComFor) took place at the University of Cologne. Under the main theme “Spaces Between – Gender, Diversity and Identity in Comics” the conference schedule – planned and organized by Véronique Sina and Nina Heindl – offered a wide range of interesting insights into state-of-the-art research on the nexus between the medium of comics and categories of difference and identity such as gender, dis/ability, age, and ethnicity. Participants who already arrived on Sunday (the day before the official start of the conference) had the opportunity to become familiar with the city of Cologne. In the afternoon, the cultural program started with a guided tour through the exhibition “Avengers Assemble” held at the Cöln Comic Haus. With highly entertaining host(s) and a lot of interesting details, the visit of the exhibition was a perfect start for the conference. Afterwards, the group took a stroll along the Rhine in warm and shiny weather. With a boat-trip along the picturesque panorama of the most beautiful part of Cologne, the pre-program ended and gave the participants the opportunity to enjoy the rest of the evening in the historic center of Cologne.
At the official beginning of the conference on Monday, the conveners Véronique Sina and Nina Heindl, as well as Manuela Günter (Vice-Rector for Gender Equality and Diversity of the University of Cologne), and Stephan Packard (President of the German Society for Comics Studies) welcomed all speakers and guests. They stressed that it is their great pleasure to open a conference that not only focuses entirely on gender, diversity, and identity in comics, but also presents a majority of female speakers as well as an all-female organizational team – a premiere for the German Society for Comics Studies.
In less than two and a half months, ComFor’s Annual Conference 2018 will take place at the University of Cologne on the topic “Spaces Between – Gender, Diversity and Identity in Comics”. At the same time one can visit the exhibition “SuperQueeroes. Unsere LGBTI*-Comic-Held_innen”, which was designed in 2016 by the Schwules Museum Berlin and shown with great success. For the first time, queer comic heroes of various kinds were thematized in the German museum world. As part of the ComFor annual conference, the exhibition was brought to Cologne under the organization of Christine Gundermann and reworked for the university by students as part of a seminar.
The exhibition can be visited from 11 July to September 20 in the foyer of the Philosophikum of the University of Cologne. Vernissage is on the 11th of July from 12 o’clock, opening with a talk by and about comic artist Ralf König . Subsequently, the exhibition will be opened by Dr. Kevin Clarke, curator of the Schwules Museum Berlin.
The organizers of the conference, Véronique Sina and Nina Heindl, have now also published digital program flyers in German and English (design: Julia Eckel), which not only provide quick overviews of the topics and the schedule of the conference, but – with motifs by artist Aisha Franz – also turned out to be very appealing: