CFP (deadline Oct 15): Sessions on Comics, Animation, and Visual Arts at NeMLA 2016

The Northeast Modern Language Association is holding its 47th annual convention in Hartford, Connecticut, starting March 17th. The deadline for abstract submissions has been extended for select sessions to Thursday, October 15th.

I am encouraged by the work NeMLA has taken to increase the number of sessions focused on comics, graphic novels, visual narratives, and the superhero genre. And to keep that presence strong, I encourage anyone interested to submit to the following select sessions (especially for a session on the role of Japanese animation in Latin America) before the October 15th deadline. And please forward to anyone who you think would be interested in these sessions. All links below go directly to the site for submitting abstracts online:

Birdman and Cinematic Epistemology”

The subtitle of the Oscar Winner for Best Picture in 2015, Birdman; or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), points to the movie’s engagement with the ways that we know or fail to know (and whether knowing is good or bad) in 2010s America. This panel seeks papers that examine knowledge (or lack thereof) in this film and its connections with its cinematic techniques.

“Regenerating Comics in the 21st Century”

The 21st century has seen the resurrections of numerous comic book characters in film and television. From Captain America’s resuscitation as the “first Avenger” to Liv Moore’s revivification in iZombie, papers are sought that consider how comic book characters are regenerated in contemporary narratives, suggesting the possibilities and limitations of digital technologies in contemporary storytelling.

“La Vi(ll)e des autres: New Urban Encounters Via Visual Arts”

How and why do contemporary French and Francophone visual arts reconfigure urban spaces abroad and reframe encounters with ‘stranger(s) to ourselves’ foreigners today? This bilingual seminar offers a two-fold strand to query the fluidity of boundaries and identities beyond transnational multiculturalism. Via film, photography, installations, what ethical concerns and mixed perspectives emerge from the diversity of recent representations of foreign cities, and what does looking back at visions and revisions of French and Francophone cities illuminate and entail about the hexagon or ‘homeland’?

“Italian Graphic Novels”

Italy has had a long-standing tradition of graphic novels for decades, from the beginning of the twentieth century to now. Historical, humorous, mysterious, adventurous, noir, erotic, informative: they speak of the history of a country that found an original voice through storie a fumetti, especially during difficult times (post-World War II, the Seventies, recent years). Papers on any aspect of graphic novels in Italian are welcome.

“De Candy Candy a Ergo Proxy y más allá: El anime en Latinoamérica”

Japanese animation has had an important place in Latin American TV for decades. This panel will explore the reception of anime and its impact on Latin American anime fan communities. These groups have created networks of science-fiction fans that actively participate in the construction of a transnational cultural identity. Latin American anime fans create literature and art that illustrate how they envision their national, and transnational communities expanding the canon to include the Latin American context through fan fiction and original work.

Submissions are due Thursday, October 15th. Both NeMLA members and non-members may submit abstracts to multiple sessions after setting up a free CFP List NeMLA account here:


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