ISA 2015 CFP – ‘Aesthetic visions of International Relations: comics and the comic’

A Call for Papers for ISA 2015 is below. The title is ‘Aesthetic visions of International Relations: comics and the comic’.

Please get in touch before May 2 if you are interested in submitting an abstract.

Many thanks,

Alister Wedderburn, KCL
aliwedderburn@gmail.com

Call for papers, ISA 2015 – ‘Aesthetic visions of International Relations: comics and the comic’

The importance of the image to individual and collective perceptions of violence and politics is widely recognised, to the extent that James Der Derian is able to speak of a ‘Military-Industrial-Media-Entertainment Network’ in which warfare, political institutions and their cultural representations are inextricably and symbiotically intertwined. However, much contemporary concern with imagery and aesthetics neglects the cartoon or the comic strip, focusing instead on ‘high’ art or reportage – photography, television or newspapers, for example. Given the ubiquity and singularity of cartoons and comics in popular political commentary and propaganda, this seems an unjustified oversight.

Questions that the panel might raise and investigate could include (but are by no means limited to) why the medium is often used for such a wide range of seemingly dissonant purposes such as satire and instruction; how and why tropes from cartoons and comics can be used as tools of resistance (e.g. the V for Vendetta mask in the Occupy movement or the ‘Rebel Clown Armies’ that have participated prominently in a number of protests over the past decade) and the relationship between humour, ideas of ‘the comic’ and international politics more generally.

Please get in touch before May 2 if you are interested in submitting an abstract.

Many thanks,

Alister Wedderburn
King’s College,

aliwedderburn@gmail.com

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