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Comics and memory

A Nordic networks for comics research (NNCORE) conference

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Published on Tuesday, March 28, 2017


“Comics and memory” is an international Nordic networks for comics research (NNCORE) conference organized at the University of Ghent from April 19-21, 2017, in collaboration with the KU Leuven, UCLouvain (GRIT), and the ACME comics research group (University of Liège). This three-day conference examines the complex relationships between comics and memory through the prisms of personal, collective, and medial forms as well as practices of remembering.



Wednesday 19 April – Personal Memory

  • 8:30 Welcome and registration
  • 8:45 Introduction by Maaheen Ahmed, Benoît Crucifix & Charlotte Pylyser

9:00 – 10:30 Intersections of Personal and Collective Memories

  • Bieke Willem (Universiteit Gent) “Crisis, Memory, Intimacy in the Spanish Autobiographical Comic. The Case of Lo que me está pasando by Miguel Brieva”
  • Fiorenzo Iuliano (Università degli Studi di Calgiari) “Drawing on the City’s Memory: Jon Strongbow and the Reinvention of Seattle’s Past”
  • Nina Schmidt (Freie Universität Berlin) “Sharing Memories of Loss: the Role of Photographs in Graphic Narratives of Bereavement”

Coffee break

11:00 – 12:30 Drawing the Body in Autobiographical Comics

  • Martha Moreno Linares (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) “La parenthèse by Élodie Durand: Collective Autopathography and the Reconstruction of Memory”
  • Rachel Miller (The Ohio State University) “Keep Out, Or Else: Diary as Body in Diary of a Teenage Girl and Cruddy
  • Eleanor Ty (Wilfrid Laurier University) “The Un-erotic Dancer: Sylvie Rancourt’s Melody


14:00 – 15:30 Graphic Memoirs

  • Giorgio Busi Rizzi (Università di Bologna/KU Leuven) “Portrait of the Artist as a Nostalgic”
  • Pedro Moura (FLUL Lisboa/ KU Leuven) “The Ever-Shifting Wall. Edmond Baudoin and the ‘Continuous Poem’ of Autobiography”
  • E. Dawson Varughese “Remembering India: Textual and Visual Creativity in Banerjee’s Personal and Collective Memory-Making”

Coffee break

16:00 – 17:30 Creative Practices and War Memory

  • Bettina Egger (University of Salzburg) “Oral History in Emmanuel Guibert’s graphic novels”
  • Brigitte Friant-Kessler (Université de Valenciennes) “The Colour of Memory in The Red Diary / The Re(a)d Diary
  • Maureen Burdock (University of Californa, Davis) “Memory Lines: Retracing Female Ancestral Stories of WWII Era Germany”

18:00 Conference dinner (upon registration)

19:30-21:00 Roundtable @ Vooruit: Drawing Memories: Artists’ Talks

With Dominique Goblet, Jeroen Janssen, Pascal Matthey, Tanitoc (moderated by Gert Meesters)

Thursday 20 April – Memory of the Medium

9:00 – 10:0 Keynote Address

  • Mel Gibson (Northumbria University), “‘It’s All Come Flooding Back.’ Memories of Childhood Comics: Narratives, Practices and Objects”

Coffee break

10:30 – 12:00 Memorializing Franco-Belgian Comics

  • David Pinho Barros (Universidade do Porto/KU Leuven) “Playing with the Memory of the Clear Line in Philippe Coudray’s L’Ours Barnabé
  • Christian Reyns-Chikuma (University of Alberta) “Playing with, Sinking, and Bridging Collective Memories of Comics in Trondheim and Parme’s Spirou, Panique en Atlantique
  • Nick Martinez (Cardiff University), “A Trip Down Memory Lane: Canonisation and Reprints of Western Bande Dessinée


13:30 – 15:30 Comics, the Canon and History

  • Christopher Pizzino (University of Georgia) “Comics History and the Question of Delinquency”
  • Michael Connerty (IADT/University of the Arts London) “Selective Memory: Art History and the Comic Strip Work of Jack B. Yeats”
  • Rik Spanjers (University of Amsterdam), “The Historical Comic and the Maus Event”
  • Michael F. Scholz (Uppsala University) “Historical Primary Sources Provided by Early Comics Historians”

Coffee break

16:00 – 17:00 Memory and the Superhero Genre

Chair: Christophe Dony (Université de Liège)

  • Jean-Matthieu Méon (Université de Lorraine) “Sons and Grandsons of Origins: Narrative Memory in Mainstream Super-Hero Publishing”
  • Dragos Manea (University of Bucharest), “The Ethics of Historical Fantasy: Collective Memory and Transgression in The Manhattan Projects (2012-) and Über (2013-)”

19:30-21:00 Roundtable @ Vooruit: The Memory of Comics In and Out of the Institutions


  • Philippe Capart,
  • Roel Daenen,
  • Simon Grennan,
  • Gunnar Krantz,
  • Pascal Lefèvre,
  • Roger Sabin

(moderated by Pedro Moura)

Friday 21 April – Collective Memory

9:00 – 10:00 Keynote Address 

  • Claire Gorrara (Cardiff University), “Connective Histories. Transgenerational Memories of the Second World War in 21st Century French Graphic Novels”

Coffee break

10:30 – 12:00 War Testimonies

  • Kees Ribbens (NIOD Amsterdam/Erasmus University Rotterdam) “Combining Individual Memory and National History in Classics Illustrated”
  • Simon Desplanque (Université catholique de Louvain) “Testimonies in Contemporary Franco-Belgian WWII Aviation Comics”
  • Jacqueline Berndt (Kyoto Seika University/Stockholm University) “Beyond Authenticity: On a New Current of Alternative War Manga
  • Susan Hogervorst (Open Universiteit Nederland) “Grasping German WWII Memory Culture through Students’ Oral History Comics about Contemporary Refugees”


13:30 – 15:00 Post-Memory

  • Miriam Piegsa (University of Passau) “Intersubjective Memory Space. Jacques Tardi’s Moi, René Tardi, prisonnier de guerre au Stalag IIB and Florence Silloray’s Le Carnet de Roger in comparison”
  • Christina Kraenzle (York University) “Transnationalizing Memories of the German Past: Barbara Yelin’s Irmina and Birgit Weyhe’s Madgermanes
  • Júlia Garraio (Universidade de Coimbra) “The Unexplored Family Album: Portuguese Comics and Post-Memories of the Colonial War”

Coffee break

15:30 – 16:30 Memory as Resistance

  • Anna Nordenstam (University of Gothenburg) & Margareta Wallin Wictorin (Karlstad University) “We remember Women’s Lib Comics. Swedish Feminist Comics from the 1980’s”
  • Nina Mickwitz (University of the Arts London) “Beyond Nostalgia: Memories to Fuel Resistance and Re-Imagine Possibilities”

16:30-17:00 Wrapping-up and final comments


  • Vooruit - Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 23
    Ghent, Belgium (9000)


  • Wednesday, April 19, 2017
  • Thursday, April 20, 2017
  • Friday, April 21, 2017


  • mémoire culturelle, mémoire collective, bande dessinée, culture graphique, patrimoine, guerre, témoignage, autobiographie


  • Benoît Crucifix
    courriel : benoit [dot] crucifix [at] kuleuven [dot] be
  • Charlotte Pylyser
    courriel : chartlotte [dot] pylyser [at] kuleuven [dot] be
  • Maaheen Ahmed
    courriel : maaheen [dot] ahmed [at] ugent [dot] be

Information source

  • Benoît Crucifix
    courriel : benoit [dot] crucifix [at] kuleuven [dot] be


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