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Comics, Religion & Politics
Date: 4th & 5th September 2012 Time: 9.00-18:00 pm
Venue: The Storey Institute, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster, LA1 1TH,
Alongside the continued popularity of political themes in comics recent years have also seen the rise of religious themes entering into the medium. The aim of this conference is to explore the relationship between comics, religion and politics in greater depth, to show how through the unique properties of the medium comics have the ability to be as thought-provoking as they are entertaining. The conference will examine the history and impact of religious and political themes, their relationship to audiences, and consider the future of such themes in all forms of sequential art narrative.
We invite papers that address religious and/or political themes in comic strips, comic books, graphic novels, or manga. Papers working at the interface of these two areas are particularly encouraged. Topics may include, but are not limited to:
Contributions are sought from researchers at any stage of their careers. Abstracts (300 words) for papers 20 minutes in length should be sent with a short biography to Emily Laycock (Department of Politics, Philosophy & Religion) at firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for abstracts: 31st May 2012
Venue: The conference will be held at The Storey Institute.
Storey Creative Industries Centre, Meeting House Lane,Lancaster, LA1 1TH,
Details of registration:
Presenters: 2 day rate: £65 (£55 students or the unwaged) which includes lunch on both days and refreshments throughout.
1 day rate: £45 (£35 students or the unwaged) which includes lunch and refreshments throughout.
Delegates: £22 per day which includes lunch and refreshments throughout.
Evening meal on Tues 4th: £22 (3 course meal at NICE Restaurant, located in the Storey)
Dr Will Brooker, Reader and Director of Research, Film and TV, Kingston University
Mike Carey, English writer (comics, novels, film scripts, and TV shows)
Dr Lincoln Geraghty, Reader in Popular Media Cultures, University of Portsmouth
Who can attend: Anyone
Organising departments and research centres: Politics, Philosophy and Religion PPR
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