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Graphic Realities



Graphic Realities B

Day 1, 22 February 2018

11.00 - 12.00 Registration
12.00 - 12.30 Welcome Address
12.30 - 13.30
Wibke Weber (Winterthur, CH)
Understanding Comics Journalism: Research Perspectives on a Journalistic Genre
13.45 - 15.30


Felipe Muanis (Juiz de Fora, BRA)
Reading News from Sequential Art: Brazilian Newspapers Editing Journalism through Comics

Sigrid Tomsen (London, UK)
Portraying the Constrained Love of Others in ‘Love Story a l’Iranienne’

Augusto Paim (Weimar, GER)
On the Characteristics of Sketchbooks as a Journalistic Tool

15.30 - 16.00 Coffee Break
16.00 - 17.00
Dirk Vanderbeke (Jena, GER)
History and Journalism in the History of Graphic Information
17.15 - 19.00


Francisco Sáez de Adana (Alcalá de Henares, ESP)
The Sino-Japanese War in 'Terry and the Pirates'

Amrita Singh (New Delhi, IND)
Of Superheroes in Ordinary Clothing: Reinventing Biography, History and the Comic Form in 'A Gardener in the Wasteland'

Christine Gundermann (Cologne, GER)
The Graphic Anne: Anne Frank as Trans-Media and Trans-National Lieu de Mémoire

20.00 Conference Dinner

 Day 2, 23 February 2018

09.00 - 10.00
Nina Mickwitz (London, UK)
‘True Story’: Documentary Claims in Comics Form
10.15 - 12.00


Jakob F. Dittmar/Ofer Ashkenazi (Malmö, SWE/Jerusalem, ISR)
Documentary Comics as Secondary Sources of Academic/Scientific Research

Dieter Declercq (Kent, UK)
Two Styles to Tell the Truth. The Satire and Comics Journalism of Matt Bors

Joanna Rostek (Giessen, GER)
Documenting the Experience of Polish Labour Migrants in the UK: Agata Wawryniuk's 'Rozmówki polsko-angielskie' (2012/2016)

12.00 - 13.15 Lunch Break
13.15 - 14.15
Jörn Ahrens (Giessen, GER)
Why Documenting? Te Quest for the Limits of Indexicality
14.30 - 16.15


Chiao-I Tseng/Tilmann Altenberg (Bremen, GER/Cardiff, UK)
Merging Fact and Fiction: Graphic War Narratives, Persuasion and Narrative Immersion

Lukas R.A. Wilde (Tuebingen, GER)
Non-Fictional Comics as Historical Reenactment: Pictorial Representations of 9/11 beyond the Index

Philip Smith (Nassau, BHS)
Horst Rosenthal's Holocaust Testimony

16.30 - 18.00 Meeting of the Comics Studies Working Group

Please register here until February 10, 2018. Thank you!

Organisation Team

Organisation Team

Laura Schlichting holds a Master’s Degree in English Literary and Cultural Studies from Justus Liebig University Giessen. She has written her Master Thesis on the forms and functions of photography in graphic novels under supervision of Prof. Ansgar Nünning. Since then, she has been a PhD-candidate at the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC) as well as the International PhD Programme (IPP). Her project focuses on approaching the phenomenon of comics journalism from narratological, cultural as well as journalistic perspectives, being entitled “Approaching Comics Journalism – Narrativization and Fictionalization of (Journalistic) Facts in Sequential Art” (working title). Her research interests include intermediality and transmediality studies, photography, and picture books.

Johannes C. P. Schmid holds a one-year Ph.D. completion scholarship with the University of Hamburg, where he was a Research Assistant from 2015 to 2017 in the research project “Media-Aesthetic Strategies of Framing and Translation in Graphic Novels”. His recent book Shooting Pictures, Drawing Blood: The Photographic Image in the Graphic War Memoir (Berlin: Bachmann, 2016) was presented with the 2015 American Studies Award of the University of Hamburg, as well as the 2016 Roland Faelske-Award for Comic and Animation Studies. He co-organizes the Comic Kolloquium Hamburg, and his dissertation project is titled “The Frames of Documentary Comics”.


Please register here until February 10, 2018:

Thank you!

Childcare can be offered

Dear participants,

If you need childcare for the duration of the conference, please, make a short note in your registration mail. We will forward your request to Ms Silvia Boide who is the responsible coordinator for "Combining Family & Career" at the GCSC. She will directly contact you and take into account your individual needs. The deadline for registration (and childcare matters) is February, 10 2018.


Where to Find Us

Where to Find Us

Coming by airplane:

You can take the train from the Frankfurt airport train station to the main train station (Hauptbahnhof) in Frankfurt. From there take a regional train to Giessen (s. and then a bus or train to the GCSC.

Find us by train:

From Giessen railway station: take regional train to "Giessen Licher Strasse" (s. Please take a look at the map below to find your way to the GCSC building from the station.

Find us by bus:

From Giessen railway station: bus route number 10 goes directly to Rathenaustraße (alternatively take the bus number 5 or 24 to Marktplatz  and then change to line 801 or 802 to Rathenaustraße). When you arrive at Rathenaustraße, you will see the main buildings of the Philosophikum I.

Bus line number 2 in the direction of Eichendorffring stops at Graudenzer Straße.

Please take a look at this map to find your way to the GCSC building:

GCSC Karte

Here you will find the current route planner:

Or by car

If you are letting a route planner create the best route for you, or if you are using a GPS/Navigation system, simply enter the address: Alter Steinbacher Weg 38, 35394 Giessen.

Directions from the A5:

From the South:

Follow the A5 toward Kassel. Turn off the A5 at the junction Gambacher Kreuz toward Giessen and get on the A45. Turn onto the A485 toward Giessen. Get off the A485 at the junction Giessen-Schiffenberger Tal toward the university and get on Schiffenberger Weg. Stay on the Schiffenberger Weg and turn right at the Burger King onto Rathenaustraße. Follow until Alter Steinbacher Weg then turn left. Take the first left and you will be in the parking lot behind the university library. The GCSC building is now directly in front of you, and you will recognise it by its blue blinds between the windows.

From the North:

Take the A5 towards Frankfurt, Giessen. Change at the junction Reiscirchener Dreieck from the A5 to the A480 towards Dortmund, Giessen. At the Giessener Nordkreuz change to the A485 towards Giessen, Stadtmitte. Get off the A485 at the junction Giessen-Schiffenberger Tal and get onto Schiffenberger Weg. Stay on Schiffenberger Weg and turn right at the Burger King onto Rathenaustraße. Follow until Alter Steinbacher Weg then turn left. Take the first left and you will be in the parking lot behind the university library. The GCSC building is now directly in front of you, and you will recognise it by its blue blinds between the windows.



Dear participants,

This is a list of hotels we recommend for booking. We have already had contact with all of them and “pre-booked” the still available rooms. The third column contains the number of rooms each hotel still has available. If you decide to book one of them, please also state the title of the conference, “GRAPHIC REALITIES”. As always, first come, first served.

Please, also note the different deadlines, otherwise our reservation will no longer be valid.

* rooms need to be booked until 20th December 2017 at the latest;
** rooms need to be booked until 31st January 2018
*** rooms need to be booked until 20th February 2018
Parkhotel **
Friedrichstrasse 1-3
35392 Giessen
+ 49 641 975510
10 single rooms (65€)
Residenz Hotel Giessen **
Wiesecker Weg 12
35396 Giessen
+ 49 641 39980
4 single rooms (77€)
City Hotel Giessen ***
Kreuzplatz 2
35390 Giessen
+ 49 641 932370
4 single rooms (80€)
8 double rooms for single use (100€)
Hotel Restaurant „Altes Eishaus“ *
Wißmarer Weg 45
35396 Giessen
+ 49 641 389080
7 single rooms (80€)
Hotel „Alt Giessen“ *
Westanlage 30-32
35390 Giessen
+ 49 641 9626150
9 single rooms (73€)
Hotel Adler **
Bahnhofstrasse 99
35390 Giessen
+ 49 641 984470
8 single rooms (70€)