Conference 2019 Schedule/Programme

Conference 2019 Schedule/Programme

The following schedule lists all concurrent and plenary sessions for the 2019 CSSC/SCEBD conference, held as part of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of British Columbia, June 4–5. The program is also available as a PDF.


Session A • Tuesday, 9:15–10:45 a.m.

A1 Production Cultures • LASR 105

Chair: Olivia Albiero

  • Olivia Albiero, “Comics at Work: Labor, Gender, and Identity in the German Collective Volume Arbeit
  • Keith Friedlander, “Comparing Shared Studio Cultures and Career Scripts”
  • Jessica Wind, “Swipe for More Content: A Study of Instagram Comics”

A2 Imaginaries • LASR 211

Chair: Kalervo Sinervo

  • John Craig, “Wakanda Forever: Exploring the Wakandan-ness of Black Spaces”
  • Ofer Berenstein, “The True North Strong and Free? Futuristic Visions of Canada in Canadians’ Comics and What It Tells Us About US/Canada Relations”
  • Grace Anne Paizen, “Tintin and the Retrofuturism of Space Travel”

A3 Editorial Caricatures and Cartoons: How Do They Support Circles of Conversation? • LASR 5C

Chair: Christian Reyns

  • Houssem Ben-Lazreg, Middle Eastern Context
  • Larisa Sembaliuk Cheladyn, Canadian–Ukrainian Context
  • Lenny Massiel Cauich Maldonado, Mexican Context

Comics, Teaching and Learning: Interdisciplinary Roundtable • Tuesday, 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. • SCRF 2017 207

Comics and graphic narratives are increasingly being used in schools and in higher education as objects of study and research, as teaching tools, and as forms of research creation and scholarly communication. This roundtable brings together scholar-practitioners in the fields of comics and education for a dialogue on how reading and making comics can enhance teaching and learning. Featuring: Mike Emme • Julian Lawrence • Meghan Parker

Co-sponsored by the CSSC/SCEBD and the Arts Researchers Teaching Society (Canadian Society for the Study of Education) • Financial support for this session was provided by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Science

Session B • Tuesday, 1:30–3:00 p.m.

B1 Alternatives and Mainstreams • LASR 105

Chair: Orion Kidder

  • Tyler Ball, “Being Swamped: The Eco-ontological Praxis of Swamp Thing”
  • Ayça Oral, “‘Morpheus’ as a Mouth Piece for Politics and Melancholy in Dream Country
  • Orion Kidder, “Fire in the Jungle: Genocide and Colonialism in Russel and Pugh’s The Flintstones

B2 Significations • LASR 211

Chair: Mike Borkent

  • Mike Borkent, “Improvising Meanings in Abstract and Experimental Comics”
  • Kalervo Sinervo and Ariela Freedman, “Jagged Lines and X’es: A Lexicon of Pain in Comics”
  • Alice Drysdale, “Navigating the ‘Metapolis’: Boundary Transgressions and Liminal Identities in Carla Speed McNeil’s Finder: Sin-Eater

Latinographix: Taking a Can-Opener to the History of Alternative Comics • Tuesday, 3:30–5:00 p.m. • LASR 104

Keynote Lecture by Frederick Luis Aldama

How can the history of Latinx and Latin American comics re-shape our understandings of alternative comics production? • Financial support for this session was provided by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Science


Spirou4Rights Poster Exhibition • Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. • LASR 202

In 2018, the world celebrated the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Drafted in the wake of the Second World War, this founding document is as relevant today as it was in 1948. Spirou magazine joined efforts for the anniversary campaign launched by the UN Human Rights Office with a special exhibition in which some great talents of comics illustrated the articles of the Universal Declaration. In order to convey as widely as possible the values enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the comic strip, with its graphic and playful attributes, is an ideal means of communication to reach a wide audience.

Session C • Wednesday, 8:30–10:00 a.m.

C1 Influences and Adaptations • LASR 105

Chair: Tracey Thomas

  • Tracey Thomas, “‘Let’s Do This One Last Time’: Character, Adaptation, and Nostalgia in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  • Haniyeh Barahouie, “Entre Bande Dessinée et Jeu Vidéo: Le Secret de la Licorne d’Hergé”
  • Amelia Wong-Mersereau, “The Wendy-verse: A Global Exchange Between North American Comics and Japanese Manga in the Work of Walter Scott”

C2 Visualizing Disability • LASR 211

Chair: Travis D. Smith

  • Travis D. Smith, “The Opposite of Daredevil”
  • Isabelle Mahy, “When Disability turns Comics into a Research Process”
  • Peter Wilkins, “I Know How This Ends: The Douglas College Dementia Care Comics Project. Comics in Professional Practice”

Session D • Wednesday, 10:30–11:30 a.m.

D1 Implausible Texts • LASR 105

Chair: Bart Beaty

  • Bart Beaty, “What Were Comic Book Advertisements? Towards a Different Periodization of the American Comic Book”
  • Neale Barnholden, “Premium Trash: Towards a Theory of Dubble Bubble Funnies”

D2 Narrating Health • LASR 211

Chair: Lucia Cedeira Serantes

  • Dorothy Woodman and Reginald Wiebe, “The Killer Cure: Venom in Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man
  • Lucia Cedeira Serantes and Nicole Dalmer, “Beyond Death, Disability, and Dependence: Depictions of Older Age in Comics and Graphic Novels”

D3 Interiority • LASR 5C

Chair: Kaarina Mikalson

  • Braidon Schaufert, “‘Girls Celebrate Life’: Challenging the Politics of Mourning in Skim
  • Kaarina Mikalson, “Gothic Girlhoods: The Vulnerability of Girls in Emily Carroll’s Webcomics”

CSSC/SCEBD Annual General Meeting • Wednesday, 12:00–1:15 p.m. • LASR 105

All members of the society are invited to our annual general meeting. Have your say in the future of the CSSC/SCEBD!

Session E • Wednesday, 1:30–3:00 p.m.

E1 Form and Identity • LASR 105

Chair: Suhaan Mehta

  • Suhaan Mehta, “Coloring Superheroes: A Comparative Analysis of the Comic Series Ms. Marvel: Kamala Khan and the Annual Batman Detective Comics
  • Miriam Libicki, “Soldier of Silence: Larry Hama and Marginalized Americanness in ‘Silent Interlude’”
  • Brenna Clarke Gray, “Public-Facing Feminisms: Subverting the LetterCol in Bitch Planet

E2 Drawing Research • LASR 211

Chair: Carol Nash

  • Marie-Eve Carrier-Moisan and William Flynn, “Gringo Love: The Possibilities and Challenges of Thinking in Image + Text in an Ethno-Graphic Novel Experiment”
  • Carol Nash and Evi Tampold, “When Drawing Is Encouraged in a Narrative Research Group”
  • Alex Nelson, “Graphic Memoirs as Good Feminist Praxis”

E3 (Post-)Colonial Intersections • LASR 5C

Chair: Christian Reyns

  • Pierre Dairon, De Tintin au Congo à Maison sans fenêtre: les récits graphiques, fenêtres ouvertes sur l’Afrique subsaharienne
  • Sylvain Rheault, “Narrative Mandates in Educational Indigenous Graphic Novels”
  • John Moffat and David Beard, “Pimitamon: Conceptualising Contact in the Canadian North through the Graphic Narratives of Jeff Lemire”

Session F • Wednesday, 3:30–5:00 p.m.

F1 Reception • LASR 105

Chair: Walter Lai

  • Erika Chung, “#Comicsgate: The Backlash Against Diversity and Inclusion in Comics”
  • Breanna Simpson, “Slashing into Superhero Sexual Politics”
  • Walter Lai, “‘Esteemed Mr. Forward Editor, Give Us Advice’: Comics as Graphic Stage for Letters Jewish Immigrant Experience of Old New York”

F2 Trauma and Tragedy • LASR 211

Chair: Tamara El-Hoss

  • Justin Harrison, “Bound for the Promised Land: Pursued by Darkness in Kleist’s Johnny Cash
  • Shoilee Khan, “How to Be a Hero in Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis: Understanding Trauma Through Dismantled Hero Re-Constructions”
  • Tamara El-Hoss, “I’m a Refugee, Draw My Story”

F3 Interventions • LASR 5C

Chair: Paul Malone

  • Paul Malone, “Apolitical Political Cartooning: Alois Negrelli, Otto Bittner, Soccer Fandom and Austrian Identity during the Anschluss”
  • Chris Reyns-Chikuma, “Spirou4Rights: A Critical Perspective on Promoting Human Rights Through Comics”
  • Ayesha Vemuri and Sailaja Krishnamurti, “Priya’s Power, Shiva’s Rage: Representing Gender-Based Violence in Priya’s Shakti

President’s Reception • Wednesday, 5:00–6:00 p.m.

Consult your Congress Guide for details.

Ferments and Futures: The Next Decade of Comics Scholarship • Wednesday, 6:00–7:30 p.m. • LASR 105

Where has comics studies come from and where is it going? We close our annual conference with a dialogue about the debates and issues that will shape the future of our field. Featuring: Erika Chung • Brenna Clarke Gray • Ian Gordon • Sylvain Rheault