Image Sequencing in Periodicals: Comics, Photojournalism, Cinéroman, and Illustrated Film Periodicals

12–13 June 2020|Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany

Organised by the subprojects 5, 6 and 8 of the DFG Research Unit 2288 Journal Literature, the Committee for Comics Studies and the Committee for Photography Studies at the German Society for Media Studies (GfM)
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The workshop seeks to advance the study of image sequences from a transmedial perspective. The focus lies hereby on the way in which the medial format of the periodical operates with image sequences: How are images arranged and connected to each other, how do they produce coherence, the impression of a succession and very often even narrative cohesion? We welcome theoretical approaches as well as studies that work with historical or contemporary material.

Possible topics and case studies include but are not limited to:

  • the formation of image sequences as part of an emerging practice of text production for periodicals from the late 19th century onwards;
  • comic strips as image sequences and series of image sequences;
  • image sequences as a mean of producing visual news in the ‘photo reportage’;
  • the representation of film in periodicals using sequences of pictures;
  • image sequences in periodicals as forms of remediation and/or negotiations of mediality;
  • the intermedial structure of image sequences in photo comics, photonovels and film photonovels;
  • mediations of and reflections on movement and time in image sequences published in periodicals.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be sent to the conference organisers Christian A. Bachmann, Vincent Fröhlich, Iris Haist, Jens Ruchatz, and Monika Schmitz-Emans (imagesequencing-workshop@ruhr-uni-bochum.de) no later than 31 January 2020. Please include name, institutional affiliation, email address, and a short CV (150 words).

We will provide accommodation in Bochum and reimburse travel expenses up to €250 in total. Please add a short note to the abstract if you need us to refund costs up to €250.

Please contact us no later than 24 May 2020 if you would like to participate in the discussion without presenting a paper.