International French-Language Comics Conference

International French-Language Comics Conference

Miami University (Oxford, Ohio, U.S.A.)

2-3 November 2012

Critical and theoretical presentations in all areas of French-language comics. The conference will consolidate recent gains in English-language scholarship on French-language comics and will showcase new avenues of research. Publication of revised versions of a selection of the conference papers is planned in the
peer-reviewed journal European Comic Art (

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Composite image created by Prof. Michel Pactat, using self-portraits by Zeina Abirached and Clément Baloup.


Keynote Speakers

Clément Baloup, a cartoonist of Vietnamese and French heritage, has published several graphic narratives devoted to Vietnamese and other groups in France and elsewhere from the colonial period to the present. These include two historical fictions, both with Mathieu Jiro: Le chemin de Tuan [Tuan's Way] (Seuil, 2005) and Le choix de Hai [Hai's Choice] (Seuil, 2007). He has authored two biographical works, Quitter Saigon: Mémoires de Viet Kieu [Leaving Saigon: Memories of Viet Kieu] (La Boîte à Bulles, 2006, 2010) and Little Saigon: Mémoires de Viet Kieu (La Boîte à Bulles, 2012), which respectively tell the stories of Vietnamese emigrants to France and the United States. Baloup has also published Un automne à Hànôi [An Autumn in Hanoi] (La Boîte à Bulles, 2004), about his time at the fine arts school of Hanoi. He studied at the École Européenne Supérieure de l'Image in Angoulême, France, and at the École des Beaux-Arts de Hanoï, in Vietnam.


Zeina Abirached was born in 1981 in Beirut, Lebanon. She studied at the Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts (ALBA) in El-Koura and at the École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs in Paris. The main subject of her work has been the Lebanese Civil War. She has published several autobiographical comics, all with Editions Cambourakis (Paris): [Beyrouth] Catharsis [(Beirut) Catharsis] (2006), 38, rue Youssef Semaani [38, Youssef Semaani Street] (2006), Le jeu des hirondelles: Mourir, partir, revenir (2007), and Je me souviens: Beyrouth [I Remember: Beirut] (2008). She illustrated Agatha de Beyrouth [Agatha of Beirut] (2011), with text by Jacques Jouet. Mourir, partir, revenir: Le jeu des hirondelles has just been published in English translation as A Game for Swallows: To Die, To Leave, To Return (Graphic Universe/Lerner Books, 2012), for which it received a French Voices grant.


Thierry SmolderenThierry Smolderen is professor at the École Européenne Supérieure de l'Image, in Angoulême, where he has been teaching since 1994. He is coordinator there of a program that grants a master's degree in comics, in coordination with the University of Poitiers. He recently published Naissances de la bande dessinée, de William Hogarth  à Winsor McCay [The Birth of Comics: From William Hogarth to Winsor McCay] (Les Impressions nouvelles, 2009), which explores the beginnings of this art form from the eighteenth through the early twentieth centuries. The book is forthcoming in English translation from the University Press of Mississippi. Smolderen has curated numerous comics exhibitions in France and Belgium. He is also an accomplished script-writer of comics.



Bart Beaty, University of Calgary
David A. Beronä, Plymouth State University
Marc Blancher, Université Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand
Michelle Bumatay, University of California-L.A.
Paul Cohen, University of Toronto
David Allan Duncan, Savannah College of Art and Design
Margaret C. Flinn, Ohio State University
Michael Gott, University of Cincinnati
Alexandra Gueydan-Turek, Swarthmore College
Matthias Hausmann, University of Vienna
Jennifer Howell, Illinois State University
Cynthia Laborde, University of Iowa
Fabrice Leroy, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Mark McKinney, Miami University
Alexandra Newman, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Carmina Sanchez-del-Valle, Hampton University
Guillaume de Syon, Albright College
Clare Tufts, Duke University
Philippe Willems, Northern Illinois University

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The conference is free and open to the general public.

The following fees are for presenters only:

Presenters who do not have an up-to-date subscription to European Comic Art will be asked to subscribe with Berghahn.

There is a required Presenter's Fee of $77.85 that covers meals on Friday and Saturday.  An optional meal will be available on Thursday, Nov. 1, at 6:30pm for a fee of $19.50.

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Sponsors at Miami University include:
     Center for American and World Cultures
     L.P. Irvin Fund of the Department of French and Italian
     Department of German, Russian, and East Asian Languages
     Department of History
     Honors and Scholars Program
     Miami University Humanities Center
     Grayson Kirk Fund, International Studies Program
     International Visiting Scholar Exchange Fund
          (from the Office of International Education)
     Miami University Special Events Fund


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