Beyond Borders | Comic Arts International Conference


Beyond Borders | Comic Arts International Conference

MCAF is proud to present its second comic arts international conference!

This conference will bring together researchers interested in the comic arts and their creators for discussions and presentations of research and field work on the theme Beyond Borders.

Beyond Borders

Whether political, geographical, social, linguistic, cultural, graphic, metaphorical, real or imaginary, borders are drawn and apprehended in many ways by comic artists.

Three directions have been proposed for the calls for papers:

  • Crossing Borders
  • Between Borders
  • Transcending Borders

> More information on the theme

Out of more than 40 proposals received, the Scientific Committee has chosen 15 to be presented from October 19 to 21, at the Réfectoire de l’esplanade Tranquille in Montreal.

Participation is free with registration.


Thursday, October 19

  • Opening Conference With Jacques Goldstyn (in French)
  • Wartime Experience: Testifying in Comics

Friday, October 20

  • Intermediality in Comics: Transcending Borders
  • Migration Experiences: Humanizing Through Comics
  • Movement and Adaptation: Breaking Boundaries

Saturday, October 21

  • Representations and Perceptions: Comics as Agents of Change?
  • Borders of Exile: Destroying and Rebuilding

Scientific Committee

Scientific Director

Anna Giaufret, Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Genoa

Members of the Scientific Committee

Chedly Belkhodja, Professor, School of Community and Public Affairs, Concordia University, Montreal, and director of the Centre for the Study of Politics and Immigration

Thara Charland, Postdoctoral researcher, Département des littératures de langue française, de traduction et de création, McGill University, Montreal

Johanne Desrochers, Montreal Comic Arts Festival director 2014-2022

Emanuelle Dufour, comic artist and postdoctorant, CIÉRA and Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Quebec

Michel Hellman, comic artist and professor at l’École multidisciplinaire de l’image, Université du Québec en Outaouais, Gatineau

Laura Madokoro, associate professor, Department of History, Carleton University, Ottawa


MCAF would like to thank its partners for their support and collaboration:
the Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des arts de Montréal, and the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Montreal Studies (CIRM).
Thanks also to our service partner the Quartier des spectacles Partnership and Armada Film.

Thanks to Jacques Goldstyn for his magnificent illustration work.