On the 10th and 11th of April 2003, The School of Modern Languages at the University of Leicester hosted the  IBDS conference supported by the French Embassy, the Centre for Quebec Studies at the University of Leicester and the Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France. Speakers included Jan Baetens of the University of Leuven and academics from France, Belgium, Canada and Great Britain. Bande dessinée artists Jean-Christophe Menu, Fabrice Néaud and Tanitoc participated in a round table discussion about their work- photos on this page are drawn from the round table discussion between Fabrice Néaud and Jean-Christophe Menu.

The conference focussed principally on the subject of autobiography in the bande dessinée but also included other contributions on more general themes associated with the medium.

Abstracts submitted by participants can be found below (click the title to expand the text)

Autobiography in early bande dessinée (Laurence Grove, University of Glasgow )


Une oeuvre réfléchie:L’autoreprésentation dans l’oeuvre d’Edmond Baudoin (Annabelle Martin, Université du Québec, Montréal)


La nouvelle bande dessinée: L’épinard de Yukiko de Boilet (Dominique Le Duc, University of Brighton)


Bande dessinée et autobiographie: problemes, enjeux, exemples (Jan Baetens, University of Leuven)


Transgressive body, disembodied voice : subject positioning in the work of Julie Doucet and Jean-Christophe Menu (Ann Miller, University of Leicester)


The Bande Dessinée With Two Brains: The unique duopoly of Charles Dupuy and Phillipe Berberian (Paul Gravett, critic)


Persépolis et les révolutions de Marjane Satrapi (Mélanie Carrier, Université Laval)



Les blessures graphiques: L’expression de la violence dans l’oeuvre de Chantal Montellier (Nhu-Hoa Nguyen (and Philippe Sohet), Université du Québec, Montréal)


Keeping an eye on things: attention, tracking and coherence-building (Teresa Bridgeman, University of Bristol)


Contagious Colonial Diseases in Herge's Adventures of Tintin (Hugo Frey, University of Chicester)


Cultural Convergence: The Interface of Roman History and French Culture in Asterix. (Andrew Clark, University of Exeter)


Gotlib’s Progress (Matthew Screech, Manchester Metropolitan University)


BD Illustrating the Electronic Sound (Libbie McQuillan, Universities of Glasgow & Nanterre)


The translation’s visibility: David B.’s L’Ascension du Haut Mal in Italy (Valerio Rota, University of Bari)


Strip-tease :The sexual liberation of 1960s French bande dessinée.(Wendy Michallat, University of Sheffield)


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