15 December 2016

What is Graphic Justice?

Yesterday's post encouraged all interested parties to submit an abstract to the Graphic Justice theme at the upcoming SLSA 2017 conference. To find out more about the theme, please follow this link to see a handy poster produced by Thom for last year's conference explaining what Graphic Justice is all about:



14 December 2016

Join us at the SLSA 2017

The CFP for the 'Graphic Justice' stream at the 2017 SLSA conference is now live and will close at 6pm on Monday 16th January 2017.

This stream invites submissions exploring the intersections of law and justice with comics, graphic fiction, and related visual media.

Critical interest in the comics medium has exploded in recent decades, and is steadily growing within the legal academy. Indeed, comics and graphic fiction—and their related visual emanations, including film, video games, and wider ‘geek culture’—are of huge and on-going significance to law, justice, and legal studies.

On a socio-cultural level, comics are historically embroiled in debates of free speech whilst today they inspire countless pop culture adaptations—from television to cinema to video games, as well as performance activities such as cosplay—and can be seen to reflect and shape popular visions of justice, morality, politics, and law. On the level of content, from mainstream superhero narratives tackling overt issues of justice, governance and authority, to countless themes related to morality, justice, and humanity in stories within and far beyond the mainstream, comics are rich with legal material. On the level of form, the comics medium’s unique and restless blending of different media and types of representation (text, image, visuality, aesthetics, inter alia) radically opens up discourse beyond the confines of the word, enabling greater critical engagement amidst our increasingly visual age. On the level of production, comics are a complex art-form, with multiple creators working in individual, group, commercial, and industrial contexts, raising questions of ownership and exploitation—issues exacerbated by comics’ transmedia proliferation.

In short, comics and their related visual media bring rich cultural, practical, and aesthetic contexts and mediations to long-standing and emerging legal problems and settings. Broad questions framing this ‘graphic justice’ intersection might include:

  • What are the relationships between comics and related visual media, and law—culturally, socially, formally, theoretically, jurisprudentially...?
  • How can we use comics and related visual media in law—in practice, education, theory, research...?
  • Can we consider comics as objects of legal regulation in their own right—raising issues of definition, ownership, consumption, value...?

The crossover between law, comics, and related media is an expansive and open one. The examples above are merely indicative of possible issues and questions; the graphic justice stream welcomes submissions for papers that traverse any potential intersection between law and comics or related visual media—all broadly defined.

To submit an abstract please go here: http://www.slsa2017.com/graphic-justice.


Good news, everyone!

As Thom teased back in September, the secret GJRA-cave has been going through something of a makeover recently. Now that the menacing academic super-villian known only as 'Marking' has been vanquished, I would like to resolve this cliffhanger and present the new GJRA Governance Committee:
  • Lists Officer: Thomas Giddens (St Mary's University, Twickenham)
  • Web Officer (Social Media): Ashley Pearson (Griffith University)
  • Web Officer (Blog): David Yuratich (Royal Holloway, University of London)
  • Grid Officer: Thomas Giddens 
  • Events Officers: Golnar Nabizadeh (University of Western Australia) and Mitch Travis (University of Leeds)
  • Memo Officers: Simon Russell (boinggraphics.co.uk) and Dale Mitchell (Griffith University)
Of course, a list of names - even if we pretended that they were aliases for international diamond thieves (and please be reassured that they are not) - does not rank high on the list of 'exciting things to be read on the internet'. Fear not.

In the coming weeks, we will be updating the site with short bios of each officer. I hope to bring you some short posts about everyone's work, in addition to continuing our the GJRA's solemn quest to interrogate the intersections between comics and related media, law, justice, and much more. 

Would you like to write for this blog?

If you are interested in contributing anything to this blog within the GJRA's wide, and indeed widening, purview, please do not hesitate to get in touch. The best way is to contact the @LexComica twitter account, or alternatively my contact details are to be found halfway down the page here.