Monthly Archives: April 2014

28 April 2014. Call for Papers: Graphic Details

The call-for-papers deadline is approaching for a symposium I’m organising with Sarah Lightman on comics, autobiography and Jewish women. Check below for full details. And please spread the word!


Detail from a work by Ilana Zeffren

The symposium will accompany the wonderful Graphic Details exhibition at Space Station 65, Kennington (October- November 2014). Curated by Sarah Lightman and Michael Kaminer, it is the first museum exhibit dedicated to the contribution Jewish women have made to the genre of autobiographical comics. Featuring original drawings, full comic books and graphic novels it presents work by artists whose intimate and complex work has influenced the world of comics over the last four decades. They include Vanessa Davis; Bernice Eisenstein; Sarah Glidden; Miriam Katin; Aline Kominsky-Crumb; Miss Lasko-Gross; Sarah Lazarovic; Miriam Libicki; Sarah Lightman; Diane Noomin; Corinne Pearlman; Trina Robbins; Racheli Rotner; Sharon Rudahl; Laurie Sandell; Ariel Schrag; Lauren Weinstein; and Ilana Zeffren.

On 12 November 2014, cartoonists and academics will come together in London to discuss comics by and about Jewish women. Confirmed participants include Dr. David Brauner (University of Reading), Dr Ariela Freedman (Concordia University), and Graphic Details Artist Corinne Pearlman (Playing the Jewish Card). Submissions for papers and panel sessions on any aspect of comics by and about Jewish women are welcome.

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Graphic Details: A Symposium on Autobiographical Comics by Jewish Women

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

JW3, The Jewish Community Centre London

Comics and graphic narratives are currently receiving substantial attention in popular culture and academic disciplines across the arts and humanities. The rise of genres such as graphic memoirs, graphic journalism and graphic histories, for example, indicates that the representation of lived experience in comics form has become central to explorations of individual and collective identities, and to the documentation of historical and social events. But how, if at all, does the representation of often deeply personal feelings and individual experiences connect to collective events and identities? Can we identify shared themes and concerns in the work of contemporary Jewish women comics artists?

We invite contributions for 20-minute papers that explore the intersections between Jewishness and other forms of identification and identity in comics and graphic narratives by women. Papers may address but are not limited to:

Women and Comics * Feminism * Gender * Sexuality * The Body * Illness * Trauma * Memory * Family * History * Israel & Palestine * Race * Religion * Cultural Politics * Artistic and/or Literary Traditions * Women & Judaism

Proposals for 20 minute papers or panels comprising three papers should be emailed by 15 May 2014 to the organizers Sarah Lightman , and Heike Bauer . Please include a 300-word abstract plus a short biographical note. You are welcome to submit images to supplement your abstract submission.

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The symposium is supported by JW3, The Jewish Daily Forward, Space Station 65, McFarland, Birkbeck College London, Stirling Maxwell Centre University of Glasgow, The Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies UCL and Studies in Comics (Intellect Publishing).

We are delighted to announce that Studies in Comics 6.2 (2015), guest edited by Sarah Lightman and Heike Bauer, will be specially dedicated to this conference.