28 April 2017

Graphic Justice Discussions 2017 Call Extended

The call for Graphic Justice Discussions 2017 has been extended to 14 May 2017

The intersections of comics and legality represent a burgeoning area of concern within, without, and between legal, cultural, and comics communities. But what directions or distractions do comics bring to the project of justice? Are comics a valuable and important resource, or are they mere entertainment and intellectual amusement? Are comics for fun, rather than for rigorous analysis as part of the serious task of law and justice? Does visual storytelling inevitably distract us from the judicial project?

Engaging with these provocative questions, and the intersection of comics and law more generally, Graphic Justice Discussions 2017 seeks to explore the potential, possible, and plural value of comics for the understanding and practice of justice, morality, and the regulation of human life.

A limited, but in no way limiting, indication of relevant concerns follows:

  • representations and critiques of law, justice, and morality, or of institutions, actors, and processes, in comics and related visual media
  • comics and related visual media analysed in contexts such as power, meaning, politics, difference, violence, rights, justice, governance, sovereignty, morality, ethics, bioethics, judgment, or any other relevant field
  • visuality, aesthetics, or multimodality of knowledge, communication, and the popular presentation(s) of law and justice
  • the value or use of popular, visual, and ‘geek’ media in understanding law, justice, and related concerns
  • comics as an object of regulation, embroiled in e.g. free speech and copyright

Submission information:

  • Papers are welcomed for submission on any aspect of graphic justice. Papers concerned with the wider value of such endeavours, and the trajectories it might take, are particularly encouraged.
  • Submissions for a poster/comics competition are also invited.
  • Papers will be allocated 20 minutes by default (plus discussion/question time); submissions are welcome for alternative formats (workshops, interviews, etc).
  • Paper and poster/comic submissions require a 250 word abstract, 3 keywords, and a 50 word biography. Panel submissions require a 150 word panel abstract alongside paper abstracts etc. Other forms of session should be outlined in a 250 word abstract and include any relevant bios, information, or visual material.
  • Panels will be 90 minutes; posters/comics should be single-sided up to A2 size.
  • Email submissions to thomas.giddens@stmarys.ac.uk by 14 May 2017.
  • Please email to discuss potential submissions if you have any queries.


27 April 2017

Crime, Justice, and Anglo-American Comics

Thomas Giddens has published, open access, the following piece in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia: 'Crime, Justice, and Anglo-American Comics'. The following extract sums it up rather nicely: 

'This entry is divided into three main sections: “Crime, Justice, and Comics History”; “Crime and Contemporary Comics”; and “Comics and Criminology.” The first section will trace criminological themes and concerns in and around early comics and their development across the 20th century. The second section will then examine criminological issues in relation to more contemporary comics that have emerged since the broad maturation of the medium in the 1980s. The final section steps outside the chronology to reflect briefly on the significance of comics for criminology and understandings of crime in modern society and culture'.

Read on, dear reader! 

...and see a video of Giddens presenting the paper at Edinburgh law School here.