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Welcome by Donald Ault.
Presentation by Will Eisner.
Presentation by Daniel Clowes, Terry Zwigoff, and Isaac Cates.
Q & A with Dan Clowes and Terry Zwigoff.
Presentation by Joe Sacco.
Presentation by Robert Williams.
Presentation by Kim Deitch.
The Presence of the Artist: Kim Deitch’s Boulevard of Broken Dreams vis-à-vis the Animated Cartoon by Charles Hatfield.
Imagetext, or, Why Art Spiegelman Doesn't Draw Comics by Joseph Witek.
Jewish Fathers and Sons in Spiegelman's Maus and Roth's Patrimony by Andrew Gordon.
Racial Imagery, Racism, Individualism, and Underground Comix by Leonard Rifas.
Compromised Divisions: Thresholds in Comic Books and Video Games by Laurie N. Taylor.
David Boring: Loose Threads and Five Card Nancy by Isaac Cates.
Imagetextuality: "Cutting Up” Again, Part III by Donald Ault.
Notes on Contributors
Fertilizing Problems: Singularization and the Guerrilla Gardens at the University of Victoria Nicholas Montgomery
Fertilizing Problems: Singularization and the Guerrilla Gardens at the University of Victoria
University of Victoria
This paper discusses the guerrilla gardens planted at the University of Victoria using Félix Guattari's concept of singularization. Rather than explaining reasons for planting the garden, or speaking on behalf of others who were involved, this paper argues that these forms of representation are complicit with hegemonic procedures of classification, judgement and decision-making. Instead, this paper puts forward a conception of relational politics, in hopes of interrogating the procedures that classify and contain processes of political transformation. This paper interrogates processes of habit, recognition and judgement in the context of the University of Victoria, and the ways in which they were problematized through the guerrilla gardens. Protest, bureaucracy and resolution are conceptualized as interlocking forces that inhibit radical political transformation. It is argued that the guerrilla gardens were enveloped by a process of open-ended change or singularization, which seems inchoate because it does not fit within established categories of political analysis. Political theory can affirm processes of singularization by connecting and deepening political problems, rather than seeking their resolution. The article concludes with a more general discussion of singularization and the promise of relational political theory.
Guerrilla Gardening and the Politics of Representation
Implementing Legal Information Literacy: A Challenge for the Curriculum
Dutch law faculties usually change their curriculum due to pressure from external factors, such as inspection reports, accreditation procedures or educational innovations dictated by general university policy. Course subjects are changed each semester or academic year to bring them more into line with each other. Sometimes there are substantive reasons for change, such as the imposition of an international perspective. Courses are seldomaltered in response to internal curricular pressure, as this leads to tension in personal relationships.
The policy on appointing chairs is another thorny issue. Occasionally the need to change or adapt the curriculum arises from both external and internal developments. Legal information skills have remained a somewhat neglected part of the curriculum. As a branch of academic or legal skills, they exist independently on the periphery. University libraries, which are becoming increasingly adept at Information Literacy, are digitalizing and globalizing at an accelerating rate. Thus, when necessary, legal degree courses must catch up and revise legal curricula in this regard.