An international conference organised by IDEA, Illustr4tio and Illustration Research Network
9th-10th November 2017, Université de Lorraine, Nancy, France
Prof. Alan Male
This conference invites participants to explore the interdisciplinary and cross-cultural means through which illustration, in all of its forms, contributes, and has contributed historically, to the shaping of ‘identity/ies’.
The study of illustration provides powerful insights into not only the representation, but also the construction of identity – including gender identities, national and political identities, subcultures, hybrid identities and performative identities. Illustrators as cultural agents have the power to both reinforce and problematise ‘the visual vocabulary of politics’ (Steven Heller, Iron Fists: Branding the 20th Century Totalitarian State, 2008; rep. 2010) through their use and manipulation of cultural narratives and stereotypes.
Illustrators often navigate several personas when creating artwork – for example the desires of the client, the reception of the audience, and the voices within the text. They may also produce highly personal and subjective work documenting emergent or performed identities in relation to historical, geographical, social, cultural and phenomenological matrices.
We are keen to encourage critical and theoretical frameworks which foster understanding of the cultural relevance of illustration, and to examine the links between book history, print and digital culture and identity. Both practice-led and theoretical papers are welcome. Papers may cover any form (book illustrations, extra illustrations, press cartoons, digital art, etc.) or type (decorative, narrative, scientific, technical, historical, educational, satirical, etc.) of illustration from the Early Modern period or Renaissance to the present day.
Subjects for discussion may address (though are not limited to) the following themes and questions:
- The political agenda of illustration/illustrators: illustration as critique and social or political protest
- The illustrator as agitator, mediator, witness and/or opinion former
- The performance and performative aspects of illustration
- Illustrating identity/ies and changing technologies
- The participation of illustration in the construction and definition of individual identity
- The participation of illustration in the construction and definition of collective / cultural / social / political / ethnic identity/ies
- The illustration of historical and ‘grand narratives’ relating to national identity/ies
IDEA, Université de Lorraine https://idea-udl.org/home-english/
Illustration Research http://www.illustrationresearch.co.uk/
EA 2338 IDEA, Interdisciplinarité Dans les Études Anglophones, Université de Lorraine
EA 4182 TIL, Texte Image Langage, Université de Bourgogne Franche-Comté
EA4343 CALHISTE, Cultures, Arts, Littératures, Histoire, Imaginaires, Sociétés, Territoires, Environnement, Université de Valenciennes et du Hainaut-Cambrésis