Highlights from the Comics and Literature Conference in Belgrade

From March 30 to April 2, an international scientific conference entitled “Literature and Comics” was held in the library of the Institute of Literature and Art and the gallery of the Institute for the Study of Cultural Development. The conference included numerous panels and lectures, as well as a comics exhibition and film screenings.

The meeting gathered a wide circle of researchers and experts from various disciplines who brought new insights into the research of the structural, historiographical, conceptual, and methodological connection of two distinct artistic media, such as literature and comics.

The focus of the meeting was on the study of the relationship between literature and comics as two independent but historically, conceptually, and methodologically connected narrative creative expressions. The goal of the event was to point out the common aspects of studying literature and comics, resulting from the comparability of their artistic development, the affinity of the authors’ poetic and methodological names, as well as the uniqueness of artistic visions and the authenticity of historical contexts.

The International Scientific Conference “Literature and Comics” was organized by the Department for the History of Serbian Literary Criticism and Metacriticism and the Department for Comparative Studies of Serbian Literature of the Institute of Literature and Art, in cooperation with the Institute for the Study of Cultural Development.

During this conference, I had the privilege of presenting our article “You draw like a child! Interrogating aetonormative tendencies in imitations of children’s drawings in graphic narratives”. During my presentation, I delved into the ways in which imitations of children’s drawings in graphic narratives can limit artistic expression and reinforce aetonormative tendencies. It was an honour to have the opportunity to share our research and engage with fellow scholars and enthusiasts in the field of comics and literature. I’d like to extend my gratitude to The Institute for Literature and Arts for hosting this insightful conference and to everyone who attended my presentation. Your thoughtful questions and comments have left me excited to continue the conversation and explore this topic further. Keep an eye out for our upcoming publication in the bilingual journal Comicalités, where we will delve into this important topic even further.