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Fluid Images — Fluid Text: Comics’ Mobility Across Time, Space and Artistic Media

Calendar Thursday 23 January 2020, 09:30-Friday 24 January 2020, 17:00

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This two-day interdisciplinary conference will explore the mobility of comics and graphic novels along three axes: time, space, and media. It is sponsored by the Institute of Modern Languages Research (IMLR), the University Council of Modern Languages (UCML), the Cardiff School of English, Communication and Philosophy, and the Cardiff School of Modern Languages.

Mobility is understood to include all processes of transformation undergone by comics in their journey across history (time), cultural and linguistic boundaries (space), and different forms of artistic expression (media).  These three axes of comics’ mobility are often inter-connected but have so far mostly been explored in isolation and from the perspective of a single discipline or language.

The opportunities and challenges of comics’ translation into different languages, and their adaptation especially from/into narrative prose and film, have received increasing attention in recent years. Comics’ travel through time has not been explored with the same frequency and analytical depth. Here, aspects such as the different textual and paratextual environments in anthologies and re-editions, changes to the artwork, and practices of re-drawing deserve closer attention.

Keynote speakers

Professor Jan Baetens (KU Leuven)

Professor Federico Zanettin (Università degli Studi di Perugia)


Further information about the conference is accessible via the programme.

Simultaneous Translation

The event will be delivered in the medium of English. You are welcome to ask questions in the medium of Welsh during the Q&A sessions. If you intend to do this, please contact by Thursday 9 January to request simultaneous translation. Please note that 10% or more of those planning to attend will need to request this provision in order for it to be sourced and will be subject to resource availability.


We apologise that the entire registration page is not available in the medium of Welsh; unfortunately, the platform we use does not offer this service.

Please note that registration closes on Thursday 9th January.

*Please note that MLANG & ENCAP STAFF AND PGR STUDENTS can attend free of charge however, we would ask these individuals not to partake in the catering provisions, including the refreshments.

If you are an MLANG or ENCAP staff member or PGR student and plan to attend, either all day or for some of the sessions, you do not need to register via the official registration page however, please contact so room capacity can be monitored.

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Room 2.18, School of Modern Languages
66a Park Place
CF10 3AS

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