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NNCORE 2015: Preliminary Program

“War and Conflict in Sequential Art”

University of Oslo, Georg Sverdrups hus (Humanities and Social Sciences Library, Blindern campus), 11-12 June 2015


Thursday, June 11: Georg Sverdups hus, Undervisningsrom 2, 3rd floor

8.15-9: Registration

9-10.15: Welcome, keynote

10.15-10.30: Coffee


10.30-12: Panel 1: Violence, ethics, trauma

Essi Varis, University of Jyväskylä, Finland: Tommy Taylor and the War of Words and Images: Violent Metatextuality of The Unwritten

Kristina Mejhammar, Uppsala University, Sweden: Bars Fight: Indianöverfallet/Bars Fight: The Indian Attack

Joanna Elantkowska-Białek, University of Warsaw, Poland: Images of traumatic mental pictures in Hanneriina Moisseinen's Isä


12-13: Lunch (provided as part of the conference fee)

13-14.30: Panel 2: Violence, gender, feminism

Joseph Trotta, Gothenburg University, Sweden: Semiotic Strategies in Depicting Violence in Selected Graphic Novels

Leena Romu, University of Tampere, Finland: Feminist ethics of depicting sexual violence in graphic narratives

Houman Sadri, Gothenberg University, Sweden: “Submission Is Faith in the Strength of Others”: Synthesising Male and Female Aspects of War in Azzarello and Chiang’s Wonder Woman


14.45-16.15: Panel 3: War, trauma, defeat

Tilmann Altenberg, Cardiff University, UK: Embracing Defeat? The Falklands War in Argentine Comics

Markus Streb, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany: Early Representations of Concentration Camps in Golden Age Comic Books

Anne Magnussen, University of Southern Denmark, Representing Conflict: Comics as Historical Source Material


Thursday evening, 6pm and after

6 pm: Oslo Comics Expo, Schous plass (neighborhood Grunerløkka): the official opening of the Expo is on Friday, but there are events beginning at 6 pm on Thursday.
Place: Deichmanske Bibliotek, Schous plass tram stop, Grunerløkka, Oslo. Event is held on the 2nd floor of the library. (The library is right in the square at the tram stop)

8 pm: : Conference dinner: Villa Paradiso (pizza): vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options available.
Address: Olaf Ryes plass 8, 0552 Oslo (this is very near the Comics Expo)
*The main course is covered by the conference budget; drinks and tips are your responsibility.


Friday, June 12, Georg Sverdups hus, Undervisningsrom 2, 3rd floor

9-10: Keynote


10.15-11.45: Panel 4: History, war, comic strips

Maaheen Ahmed, Ghent University, Belgium: Van Gogh in World War I: Fantasy's Mediation of a Historical Violence

Roger Sabin, Central Saint Martins, UK: Ally Sloper and the Boer War (1899-1902)

Anna Hoyles, University of Lincoln, UK: The anti-war message of the 'Gullible Worker' comic strip – 1912 and beyond

12-13.30: Panel 5: Japan, manga, war

Pascal Lefèvre, LUCA School of Arts & University of Leuven, Belgium: Kawaguchi’s Zipang, an alternate Second World War

Rik Spanjers, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands: While Nobody’s Watching: Realism and Anti-war Representation in Shigeru Mizuki’s Onwards Towards Our Noble Deaths

Francesco-Alessio Ursini, Stockholm University, Sweden: Conflict and Social Control in Shingeki no Kyojin

Mikako Hata, Hanazono University, Japan: Imaging Poverty (?)

13.30-14.15:Lunch (provided as part of the conference fee)

14.15-15.45: Panel 6: Superheroes, Disney, Comic books

Johannes Poulsen, Aarhus University, Denmark: Sapiens vs. Superior: The Evolution of representations of the posthuman challenge to human unity in The X-Men Comics

Katja Kontturi, University of Jyväskylä, Finland: Warfare in Parodic Context in Don Rosa’s Disney Comics

Ian Horton, London College of Communication, UK: No More Heroes Anymore? Representations of Violence in British War Comic Books of the 1970s

16.00-17.30: Panel 7: War, politics, representation

Chantal Catherine Michel, France: It’s all about perspective: soldier or villain, terrorist or hero? Representations of War in Arab-Israeli Conflict-Comics

Margareta Wallin Wictorin, Linnaeus University, Sweden: Comics as a medium for stories about migration

Carsten Fogh Nielsen, Aarhus University, Denmark: Context matters! Satire, racism and Charlie Hebdo

17.30: Closing

Friday evening:

Official opening: events at the Oslo Comics Expo from 5pm-8pm (Schous plass)

NNCORE Board meeting

May 25, 2015 Category: Latest-information Posted by: Anne