The 2nd International Amsterdam Comics Conference
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam 15-17 November 2018
Amsterdam Comics is pleased to announce its 2nd international conference, “Drawing Yourself In and Out of It,” which will take place from 15-17 November 2018 at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Comprised of parallel panel sessions, keynote lectures, and a roundtable discussion, the conference aims to encourage interdisciplinary connections between comics scholars from various disciplines, comics artists, publishers, and cultural workers from museums and other heritage sites.
Joe Sacco, comics artist
Nina Mickwitz, University of the Arts London
“So, where does a story begin? And if you are inside that story right now,
in that situation and it hurts and say you can draw, then you must try
and draw yourself out of it.”
Miriam Katin, Letting It Go
To draw in can suggest an attraction, engagement, or involvement with an object, narrative, or cause, or can point to literally drawing someone or something into a work of art. To draw out can suggest an enticement to speak or act, a revelation of things hidden, or an extension of time, but can also be a literal or figural removal of one thing from another. Thus, drawing in and out speak to an engrossment in and an examination of a politics of affect.
“Drawing Yourself In and Out of It” seeks to explore the notions of drawing in and drawing out in terms of the capacity to affect and to be affected. Such a consideration allows us to interrelate the politics of affect with the reading and production of comics in a variety of genres—including biography, autobiography, memoir, and fiction, and fields—including journalism, history, and the Medical Humanities.
With this conference we aim to encourage an interdisciplinary dialogue from which to further engage with and reflect upon the power of this culturally shifting medium. We encourage papers exploring the notions of drawing in and/or out in relation to, for example:
• Graphic Medicine
• Art/Narrative Therapy
• (Micro)Politics and/or Art as Activism
• Individual or Collective Memory and/or Trauma
• Gender and/or Sexuality Studies
• Genre Considerations (Biography, Autobiography, Memoir, Fiction, etc.)
• Style (Abstract, Clear Line, Photorealism, etc.)
• Poetics and/of/in the Medium of Comics
• Comics Production Processes
Applicants to the conference are invited to submit a 250 word abstract and short
biographical note by 15 July 2018 to the organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org. Accepted participants will receive confirmation no later than 15 August 2018.
Registration is €75 for full-time/tenured professionals and €50 for students/artists, which includes all conference events. The keynote lectures and roundtable are open to the public. Registration for each event is €10.
About Amsterdam Comics
Founded in 2014, Amsterdam Comics is an independent research consortium that seeks to productively clash theory with practice through several strategies, both academic and public. To read more about our aims and projects, please visit
Erin La Cour, Rik Spanjers, Freija Camps, and Nick Burman (intern). Should you have any questions, please contact us at email@example.com.