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the University of Paderborn in P1.3.01 on July 2nd and 3rd, 2010

Eight presentations on today's graphic novels
and one artist's talk by cartoonist Barbara Yelin (Reprodukt Verlag, Berlin)

Held in conjunction with Erin McGlothlin's Paderborn/Dortmund DAAD Professorship

Organized by: American Studies, University of Paderborn

Sponsored by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)


Friday, 2 July 2010

1:30 p.m.: Coffee/Tea; Opening Remarks

2:00-3:30: Graphic Novels / Life Writing: A Tale of Two Genres
Session Chair: Eric Erbacher (TU Dresden)

Dirk Vanderbeke (University of Jena): How the Spirit Moved to 55 Dropsie Avenue, or: The Comic between the Superheroes and Life Writing

Elisabeth Schäfer-Wünsche (University of Bonn / University of Paderborn): "This is me": Life Writing, the Graphic Novel, and Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis

4:00-5:30: Political Readings
Session Chair: Denise Parkinson (University of Paderborn)

Michael Chaney (Dartmouth College): Aural Pictoriality in Kyle Baker's Nat Turner

Georgiana Banita (University of Bamberg): Drawing Boundaries: Journalism, Genocide, and the Graphic Novel (Joe Sacco, J.P. Stassen, Guy Delisle)

6:00-7:30 Artist's Talk: Barbara Yelin (Reprodukt Verlag, Berlin) (in German / translation provided)

Moderator: Tracy Graves (Washington University in St. Louis)

8:00: Conference dinner

Saturday, 3 July 2010

9:00-10:30 a.m.: The Jewish American Graphic Novel
Session Chair: Christoph Singer (University of Paderborn)

Iris-Aya Laemmerhirt (Technical University of Dortmund): Reflecting Absence: Memory and Trauma in Art Spiegelman's In the Shadow of No Towers

Erin McGlothlin (Washington University in St. Louis / DAAD Visiting Professor, University of Paderborn and TU Dortmund): Mediated Memory in Miriam Katin's We Are On Our Own and Martin Lemelman's Mendel's Daughter

11:00-12:30 Intimate Histories
Session Chair: Miriam Strube (University of Paderborn)

Astrid Böger (University of Hamburg): Patching Up One's Story, Recovering One's Voice: David Small's Stitches and the Art of Getting Better

Christoph Ribbat (University of Paderborn): Marker Envy: Media, Intimacy, and Alison Bechdel's Fun Home

12:30-13:00 Sandwiches, Departure

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