Please find below a CFP for next-year's NeMLA conference in Baltimore, MD, March 23-26, 2017. If interested, please submit a 300-word abstract through the following link: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/16284. The submission opens June 15 and ends Septemer 30. Feel free to forward this CFP to anyone who might be interested.
This panel presents comparative case studies of comics or graphic novels with at least one German-language example. The comparisons can focus on various aspects of the works such as a common genre (e.g. memoir; steam-punk; manga), a common theme (e.g. immigration, women‘s representation, history), as well as formal elements (e.g. wordless graphic art; drawing styles). Possible lines of inquiry include, but are not limited to the following questions:
- How are these works similar or different and which role does language and nationality play in explaining these?
- In which ways did and do German-language comic artists partake in a transnational dialogue? Is there something specific to the way German-language artists have engaged with other national productions or vice versa?
- How do the comparisons question the alignment of language and nationality in the first place?
- How easily can we compare graphic novels from different national backgrounds?
- Which models of intertextuality do the given works support or complicate?
- How valuable is the distinction between transnationalism vs. internationalism (or other alternatives to mono-nationality)?
The panel is intended to add to a growing body of inquiries that explore how transnational perspectives enrich comic studies, particularly in German Studies. It surveys the existing body of artifacts and traces the influences, but also differences between sequential narratives in the German-speaking world and elsewhere.