International Conference: "Intercultural Crossovers, Transcultural Flows: Manga/Comics"

Manga, comics and graphic novels are shaped by different cultural codes and shifting visual and narrative conventions. This conference focuses on the historical development and theoretical aspects of comics and manga by stressing their mutual influences. Whereas European and North American art and popular culture exert a great impact on Japanese manga, such as the Franco-Belgian tradition of “ligne claire” on ?tomo Katsuhiro and Taniguchi Jir?, Walt Disney’s animated films on Tezuka ?samu and Christian and Antique ideas on Miyazaki Hayao, Japanese manga influence the concept and visual conventions of modern European and American comics as well, as can be seen in the work by Frédéric Boilet, Moebius, and Frank Miller, among others. Moreover, the intercultural exchange between the Japanese manga tradition and equivalent forms of sequential art in other Asian countries (i.e. China, India, and Korea) largely contributes to the dissemination of new hybrid art forms in the realm of comics and manga. The purpose of this conference is to bring together scholars and other experts of different countries and different fields, i.e. literary studies, picture theory, cultural studies, linguistics, narratology, film studies, and semiotics, who pursue different areas of investigation in this field.

The CITS - Center of Inter- and Transcultural Studies, in cooperation with the Institute of Japanese Studies of the University of Cologne, the International Manga Research Center of the Kyoto Seika University, the German Seminar of Eberhard Karls University Tübingen, the Institute of Japanese Studies of the University of Leipzig, and the Japan Foundation (Japanese Cultural Institute) will be hosting the international conference Intercultural Crossovers, Transcultural Flows: Manga/Comics vom from September 30 until October 2, 2010.

Please refer for updates and further information on abstractes, fees and accommodation to the official Conference-Homepage.

The conference program can be found here.

The conference will be held in the Japanese Cultural Institute in Cologne (Universitätsstraße 68):

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