Reading Shaun Tan in Hong Kong: Literature, Pedagogy, and Community 2019 Conference
Country: Hong Kong
City: Hong Kong
Abstr. due: 15.06.2019
Dates: 06.12.19 — 07.12.19
Organizing comittee e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Organizers: Centre for Popular Culture in the Humanities, The Education University of Hong Kong
Abstracts are invited for a two-day conference centered on the work of author, illustrator, and artist Shaun Tan. We invite contributions that focus on Tan’s work from the point of view of literary and visual studies, on teaching Tan’s work across disciplines and curricula, and on Tan’s work in the context of community reading projects. Proposals for academic presentations, teacher talks or workshops, and panel discussions in any of these interrelated areas are very welcome.
Participants might consider any aspect of Tan’s work, including the media and genres Tan has favored, his major themes, and the ways in which his works have been read. Across multiple domains of artistic practice, Tan has foregrounded a distinctive emotional palette, centered on experiences of longing and displacement, but equally focusing on the fantastic and even absurd. Contributors might explore how Tan’s distinctive vision can be understood alongside other forms of graphic narrative, children’s literature, or visual art.
Shaun Tan’s work, particularly The Arrival (2006), has been widely taught. Participants might consider Tan’s work in terms of its usefulness in language, literacy, or literature education. Tan’s work also foregrounds the power of visual language, and might be discussed in terms of education for visual literacy, multimedia literacy, or other emerging domains.