ComFor (German Society for Comics Studies) will hold its 9th Annual Conference on the topic ‘Drawing Borders, Crossing Boundaries’ (Grenzen ziehen, Grenzen überschreiten) from 25th to 28th September 2014 in Berlin.
From the CfP:
Be they between West and East, Upper, Middle and Working Class, Man and Woman, High and Low Art, Reality and Fiction: we are continuously drawing, crossing, and re-drawing boundaries and borders. For Yuri M. Lotman, this is a fundamental act of every culture. The notion of borders/boundaries is always ambivalent, separating yet also linking. Comics too create and transcend boundaries, both in the medium’s form and content – not least through blurring the distinction between text and image. Marketed globally, comics deal with national borders as much as with boundaries of the categories of class, race, and gender. And in many comics’ characters, the differences between human and animal have become indistinguishable. The 9th Conference of the Gesellschaft für Comicforschung will examine these and further phenomena surrounding the theme of Boundaries/Borders.
Conference languages are German and English.
The full CfP in German and English is available at http://www.comicgesellschaft.de/?p=4885
Deadline for 500-word proposals: 31 March 2014.