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CFP: Graphic Art: Violence and Healing in Comics and Graphic Novels (1e mars 2013)

Call for Papers
Graphic Art: Violence and Healing in Comics and Graphic Novels
Rocky Mountain Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels (ROMOCOCO)
May 28-30, 2013
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Recent tragedies, including the Aurora shooting that struck close to the heart of the ROMOCOCO and Denver Comic Con family, have turned the national conversation towards the roots and consequences of violence. Though there are many sociological and psychological areas of study that theorize about the relationship between violence in the media and “real world” violence, it is also important to examine this pervasive topic through literary analysis. For ROMOCOCO 2013, we are particularly interested in essays that investigate the role, purpose and representation of violence in comic books and graphic novels and/or their subsequent film versions. Some possible topics include, but are not limited to:
The Dark Knight Rises specifically; Batman generally
Gender and violence
Formal violence—how the medium itself encourages a visual assault on the eye and page
Violence and ethics—how is violence justified?
Postapocalyptic violence
Rebuilding from catastrophe
Verbal violence
Critiques of violence in story or theme
Cartoonish vs. realistic representations of violence
Girard’s Violence and the Sacred and comics
Violence and psychology/psychoanalysis (Freudian, Jungian, etc.)
Resisting violence
War and peace
Violence and the environment/environmental violence
Trauma Theory
Though we are looking to focus on this theme, any essays or panels on other topics current in comics scholarship are also welcomed. ROMOCOCO strongly encourages multimedia presentations, and will provide basic A/V equipment for all panels.

Deadline for submission is March 1, 2013. Abstracts of up to 500 words and a brief personal bio should be emailed to

Captivity and Culpability: The Disciplining Subject in the Literary and Cultural Imagination

Captivity and Culpability: The Disciplining Subject in the Literary and Cultural Imagination

14 December 2012, 10:00 – 15 December 2012 18:00

Organised by: Human Rights Consortium
Event Type: Conference / Symposium
Venue: The Senate Room (Senate House, First Floor)
Venue Details: South Block of Senate House, Ground Floor


Societies often have ambiguous and even conflicting attitudes towards state institutions that fulfil normalising, reformatory, punitive or disciplinary functions. This unease is frequently represented in an ambivalence or a hostility not only towards those disciplined or incarcerated but also, and perhaps paradoxically, towards the agents of those institutions, e.g. state incarcerators, the police, interrogators, soldiers, counterterrorist agents, or staff in mental hospitals. These figures tend to be conceptualised and represented in simplistic and often reductively negative terms. This demonisation reflects an unease towards institutions that are understood to be at once socially and politically necessary and saturated with threatening potential.

Connected to this is a complex social attitude towards state violence. At the same time as societies sanction it, figures such as executioners, torturers, and concentration camp guards are frequently despised. For this reason, while severe state violence is sometimes deemed to have situational or conditional necessity, expedience, or legitimacy, it often must also seek to conceal or disguise its own extreme nature as violence. Much as those perpetrating acts of state-sanctioned violence are disavowed, the violence itself is also surrounded by an apparent uncomfortable double standard.

This conference aims to interrogate literary, filmic, popular cultural and artistic representations of the agents of those institutions, specifically in terms of guilt and culpability. Why, for example, can we observe a tendency to hold at a cautious distance the disciplining subject whilst accepting (or even celebrating) the institutions they represent as socially and politically necessary? Why, when the actions of such agents become extreme, transgressive or criminal, is there a tendency to pathologise such actions in terms of individual perversity – as the actions of ‘bad apples’ – and thereby transfer culpability from the institution to the individual subject, rather than explaining such actions in systemic, structural or institutional terms?

Please see the Call for Papers

The conference is organised by Alex Adams (Newcastle University) and Cornelia Wächter (University of Paderborn, Bielefeld University) in cooperation with the Institute of English Studies (University of London) and the Human Rights Consortium (University of London). Please email 200-300 word abstracts for 20 minute papers to and by Sunday, 19th August 2012.