Manchester Uni to put bande dessinees under microscope for 2011 event

(updated 1 Augsut 2010): Manchester Metropolitan University will play host to an academic conference on bande dessines next year – and the call is out for papers.

The International Bande Dessinee Society and the peer-reviewed Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics and Intellect’s Journal of Comics Studies are hosting a joint conference focusing mainly on two areas of research – Space and Time, and audiences and readership.

The organisers say they also welcome submissions from other areas of research such as manga, African, Latin American, Asian, Eastern European comics; and the connections between comics and other media.

Abstracts of approximately 250 words should be submitted in English (French is acceptable for articles submitted to the International Bande Dessinee Society) and sent to Matthew Screech (, a Senior Lecturer in French at the University, David Huxley (, comics writer and artist, Senior Lecturer in Film and Media Studies and joint editor of Routledge’s Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics; and Joan Ormrod (, also a Senior Lecturer in Film and Media Studies, by 1st December 2010.

Papers will be considered for publication in Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics and Liverpool University Press’s European Comic Art.

• The Joint International Conference of Graphic Novels, Bandes Dessinees and Comics will be held at Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester. Graphic Novels and Comics will take place 5-6th July and the International Sande Dessinee Society event on 7th – 8th July 2011.

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