Organizer: Noriko Hiraishi
Co-Organizer: Takayuki Yokota-MurakamiContact the Seminar Organizers
Graphic Narrative as a Nexus of Diverse Cultures A seminar sponsored by the ICLA Research Committee on Comics Studies and Graphic Narrative Graphic narrative is no less important locus for cultural contacts than any other media such as literature, art, film, etc., where alien cultural paradigms encounter one another, negotiate themselves with others, and often produce new creative possibilities. In such graphic works readers have access to the assets of other cultures, occasionally represented through a distorted, Orientalized gaze, but frequently leading to new consciousness hitherto unavailable within their own field of perception. Comic artists may present unfamiliar themes from alien cultures, different artistic styles, “extravagant” traditions, and ideologies of other nations, in their own interpretations, which readers may or may not accept in formulating their own views on the hybridity of cultures. Examples might be an exploration on graphic narratives depicting colonial experiences, on manga addressing the cultural conflicts in the global corporations, on comics narrating human interrelationships on the battlefields, and on works that re-examine cultural norms such as gender and sexual norms. In terms of the global distribution process, the translation of graphic narratives and their dissemination has also produced an interesting cultural hybridization, distinct from other media. We invite scholarship on the theme of how graphic narratives have expressed cultural contact and hybridity, or how they have developed and interacted across languages and cultures. Although papers that address graphic narratives that demonstrate cases of significant cultural negotiation with Asian nations are especially welcome, investigation of a nexus of any plural cultures will be considered.