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Workshop Schedule: COMICS/FANDOM


28./29.3.2019, University of Cologne
Building 106, Room S01
Universitätsstraße 37, 50931 Cologne

Considering how crucially comic book marketing depends on loyal customers, especially fans, and to how great an extent the ever-expanding franchises surrounding Marvel’s or DC’s comic worlds rely on user participation and fandom, it seems striking that the connection between Comics Studies and Fan Studies has hardly been explored in any great detail so far.

Is this because Comics Studies focus on the text and Fan Studies on its recipient? At least in Germany, Comics Studies have strong roots in (Comparative) Literary Studies, Art History, or Philology while Fan Studies are either grounded in Media and Cultural studies or in Sociology (focusing on individual and mass consumption practices or group phenomena).

In our 2019 Workshop on Comics/Fandom, we want to address possible overlaps and frictions between Comics Studies and Fan Studies

Day 1 | 28.3.2019

14h-14.15h                 Welcome Address

14.15h-16.15h            PANEL 1: Platforms, Exchange, and Markets

→ Respondents: Stephan Packard (Cologne) & Sven Stollfuß (Leipzig)

16.15h-16.30h          Coffee Break

16.30h-18.30h          PANEL 2: Nostalgia, Ideology and Politics

→ Respondents: Peter Scheinpflug (Cologne) & Tanja Weber (Cologne)

18.30h-19h                Coffee Break/Snack

19h                             KEYNOTE

Matt Hills (Huddersfield): Transmedia Trajectories of Comic Book Fandom in an Era of Blockbuster “Cinematic Universes” and Franchise “Expansions”: Logics of Distinction or Conciliation?
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Day 2 | 29.3.2019

9.30-10.15h                Meeting of the Committee for Comics Studies (AG Comicforschung) and the Committee for the Studies of Fandom and Participatory Culture (AG Partizipations- und Fanforschung)

10.15-10.30h             Coffee Break

10.30h-12-30             PANEL 3: Genre, Gender, and Marginalized Identities

  • Sydney Heifler (Oxford): Masculine Memory in the Creation of a National History: Fandom and Historiography of Western Comics through a Case Study of Romance Comics
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  • Iris Haist (Cologne): Wonder Woman – Research on the Possible Influence by a Changed (Female) Readership on Story and Art Work
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  • Shromona Das (New Delhi): Framing the Gutter: Mapping the Fandom, Materiality and Production in ‘Grassroot Comics’
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→ Respondents: Véronique Sina (Cologne) & Peter Vignold (Bochum)

12.30h-14h                 Lunch Break

14h-16h                      PANEL 4: Comics Fandom and other (Sub)Cultures

→ Respondents: Sophie Einwächter (Frankfurt a.M./Marburg) & Mathias Mertens (Cologne)

16h                             Final Discussion

Attendants are kindly asked to register until March 17th 2019 at comicsfandom2019@gmail.com

The workshop is a collaboration between the Committee for Comics Studies (AG Comicforschung) and the Committee for the Studies of Fandom and Participatory Culture (AG Partizipations- und Fanforschung) at the German Society for Media Studies (GfM). It is organized by Sophie G. Einwächter (Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University Frankfurt/Philipps-University Marburg), Vanessa Ossa (University of Tübingen), Véronique Sina (University of Cologne), and Sven Stollfuß (University of Leipzig).


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