Hi CSSC/SCEBD Members and Readers!
Excited to share with you all a call for creative participation that focuses on the communication between Canadian Comics and Canadian Canadian bande dessinée.
The call invites professional, amateur and emerging artists (i.e. graphic arts students), to submit a strip (of 3 frames minimum to one page maximum, on paper or digital) depicting the connections between French-speaking, English-speaking Canadian comics, and/or Indigenous comics.
The ten winners will be selected and will receive a prize (the first one, 1000$, the second one, 500$, and the next ones, 250$),and will have their creative work exhibited in an official public space (museum, university campus, …) in various Canadian cities for one month in 2021-2022.
Submission of the created comics: 30/04/2021
Announcement of the winners: 15/05/2021
Selected works will be exhibited:
- Alberta: 09/2021
- Saskatchewan: 10/2021
- Manitoba, 11/2021
- Québec, 12/2021
- Ontario, 01/2022
- Maritimes, 02/2022
For more information, please visit the website: https://beyondthe2solitudes.wordpress.com/
- Chris Reyns-Chikuma (firstname.lastname@example.org),
- Sylvain Lemay (email@example.com), and
- Sylvain Rheault (firstname.lastname@example.org)
For full CFP details please see below or this link: 2 solitudes Appel à contributions créatives
All the Best,
VP Communication (English), Canadian Society for the Study of Comics
En 1945, Hugh MacLennan, Canadien-Montréalais anglophone, publie son deuxième roman intitulé Two Solitudes. Ce livre remporte un énorme succès et l’expression « 2 solitudes » en français et en anglais a rapidement pris racine dans la culture canadienne pour traduire le manque de communication entre les 2 communautés linguistiques, francophone et anglophone. Ce manque était réel tant dans la vie quotidienne et ordinaire que dans la vie culturelle. Ainsi la littérature en français n’était que rarement lue ou traduite par des anglophones ou influencée par la littérature canadienne anglophone, et réciproquement.
In 1945, Hugh MacLennan, Anglo-Canadian from Montreal, published his second novel called Two Solitudes. The book encountered an enormous success and the idiom “2 solitudes” in French and in English quickly took root in Canadian culture to translate the lack of communication between the 2 communities, francophone and anglophone. This lack was real in everyday life and in cultural life as well. For instance, Canadian literature in English was rarely read or translated by Franco-Canadians or influenced by Franco-Canadian literature.
L’histoire des comics canadiens et des bandes dessinées québécoises (BDQ) ne fait pas exception. Les deux volets de la production nationale se sont développés de façon parallèle sans vraiment tisser de liens ou de ponts. De plus, même si la production de BD et comics des Premières Nations en langues européennes ou en langues autochtones est plus récente, elle est souvent ignorée par les deux autres traditions.
The history of Canadian comics and Québec BDQ is not an exception. Both strands of national production developed in parallel without really weaving any consistent links or bridges. Moreover, even if the production of Comics and BD in a European or indigenous language by the First Nations is more recent, it is often ignored by the two other traditions.
Par cet Appel à participation, nous proposons à des artistes professionnels, artistes amateurs et artistes en herbe (étudiants en arts graphiques, …) de nous envoyer une bande dessinée-strip, d’au minimum 3 cases au maximum d’une page (papier ou digitale), qui met en scène de manière humoristique, dramatique ou tragique, les relations entre les bandes dessinées franco-canadiennes, anglo-canadiennes et/ou autochtones.
This Call for participation invites professional, amateur and emerging artists (i.e. graphic arts students) , to send to us a strip (of 3 frames minimum to one page maximum, on paper or digital) depicting the connections between French-speaking, English-speaking Canadian comics, and/or Indigenous comics.
Les 10 gagnant.e.s du concours recevront un prix (le premier de 1000$, le deuxième, 500$, et les suivants de 250$) et verront leur création exposée dans un lieu public officiel (musée, université, …) dans diverses villes canadiennes pendant un mois en 2021-2022.
The ten winners will receive a prize (the first one, 1000$, the second one, 500$, and the next ones, 250$), and will have their creative work exhibited in an official public space (museum, university campus, …) in various Canadian cities for one month in 2021-2022.
Soumission des strips créés/Submission of the created comics: 30/04/2021
Annonce des gagnants/Announcement of the winners: 15/05/2021
Les oeuvres lauréates seront exposées/Selected works will be exhibited:
- Alberta: 09/2021;
- Saskatchewan: 10/2021;
- Manitoba, 11/2021;
- Québec, 12/2021;
- Ontario, 01/2022;
- Maritimes, 02/2022
Pour plus d’information, voir notre site web/For more information, see our website: https://beyondthe2solitudes.wordpress.com/
- Chris Reyns-Chikuma (email@example.com ),
- Sylvain Lemay (firstname.lastname@example.org ), et
- Sylvain Rheault (email@example.com).
Hi CSSC/SCEBD Members and Readers!
Happy New Year! I have an exciting CFP to share with you all.
The CFP is for a volume titled “Graphic Mothers: From Underground Comix to Autographics” edited by Marina Bettaglio. The volume is seeking to study the emergence of new graphic maternal narratives that challenge the invisibility of mothers in the field in comics and graphic novels. If you would like to submit, please send a 250 word abstract and bibliography as well as a 100-word bio to: Marina Bettaglio (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Thursday April 15, 2020.
You can find the full CFP details at this link and below: https://demeterpress.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/underground-comix.pdf
All the best,
VP Communications (English), Canadian Society for the Study of Comics
Call for Papers:
From Underground Comix to Autographics
This volume seeks to analyze the emergence of new graphic maternal narratives that challenge the invisibility of mothers in the field in comics and graphic novels. Autographics, i.e. autobiographical accounts, have privileged the positions of sons and daughters, and since the mid-seventies women-authored underground comic magazines have featured transgressive portrayals of mothers. Still, it is only in recent years that conception, gestation, birth and mothering have acquired greater visibility in the ninth art, not only in North America but also in the rest of the world, in particular in countries such as France, Spain, Italy, Chile, and Argentina. This collection of essays aims to provide an in-depth analysis of the plurality of maternal experiences as they emerge in graphic narratives around the world in print and online media, paying particular attention to the verbal-visual styles employed to express the ambivalence, the desires, and the misadventures that accompany those who experience the various stages of reproduction, including in-vitro fertilization, gestation, post-partum depression, loss, birthing, lactation, mothering, etc.
Articles may examine (but are not limited to) the following topics:
- Comics and graphic novels about gestation, infertility, migration, non-traditional mothering, lesbian mothering, trans-gender mothering, maternal desire, mothering and loss, miscarriage, post-partum depression, mothering and disability, maternal ambivalence, adoption, work-life balance, mothering and disability, mothering and aging, among others.
Send a 250-word abstract and bibliography as well as a 100-word bio to: Marina Bettaglio, email@example.com
Deadline for submission: April 15th, 2021
Online – University of Alberta
June 3 – 4, 2021
Update: Submission Deadline extended to Friday January 22, 2021
The Canadian Society for the Study of Comics invites proposals for presentations and pre-constituted roundtables on any and all aspects of comics, broadly conceived. This year’s conference will be held online on Thursday, June 3 and Friday, June 4 as part of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.
Last year, our annual conference was cancelled due to COVID-19. For our 2021 conference, we will be carrying forward last year’s theme of Bridging Divides: Confronting Colonialism and Anti-Black Racism to ensure it receives the attention and focus it deserves. We are especially interested in proposals that examine comics through the lens of critical race theory to address the politics of representation and social justice. Potential topics for proposals include the following:
Representation of BIPOC individuals and communities in comics
Works by and for Indigenous and/ racialized communities
Comics engaging with Black Lives Matters and other social justice movements addressing racial oppression
Decolonizing comics studies in the classroom
Representations of race in Manga
The impact of coloring on depictions of racialized characters
Confrontations with colonial historical narratives
Representations of police in superhero comics (including depictions of the policing of BIPOC communities or comics that address the police abolition movement)
Social justice in the professional practices of the comics industry
Due to travel restrictions and health concerns surrounding COVID-19, this year’s Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences will be held entirely online. The CSSC/SCEBD’s conference will take place online as well, hosted through the Federation’s video conferencing platform. Attendees will also have access to the many academic and career workshops being operated by the Federation of Humanities and Social Sciences, as well as by the University of Alberta.
In order to fully leverage the online platform, we invite proposals for presentations in a variety of formats. Participants will have the option to present their research as a traditional conference paper during their panel or to submit work for circulation to the membership prior to their panel. To this end, we will accept proposals for research presented in any of the following formats:
Live presentations (15 minutes)
Video presentations (10 – 15 minutes)
Written blog articles with images (2000 – 3000 words)
Annotated slides (10 – 15 slides)
Graphic essays (posters, comics, infographics, Instagram posts)
Twitter essays (10+ posts w/ images)
If you were accepted to our cancelled 2020 conference and have not participated in one of our online symposiums, you are invited to join us to present your research in June. Those who are interested in presenting the same paper that was proposed in 2020 will receive automatic acceptance to this year’s conference. Please fill out this form to confirm your participation and the details of your proposal.
If you have participated in one of our online symposiums and would like to return to present your paper at the 2021 conference, you will need to provide an updated abstract to indicate how your research has progressed. Your proposal should not be identical to the research presented at the symposium. Please be sure to fill out the updated abstract section when you complete the form.
If you were accepted in 2020 but are interested in submitting a brand-new proposal, we ask that you once again go through the formal submission process.
To submit an application to present at the CSSC/SCEBD 2021 Conference, please fill out this form, including a 500 – 700-word proposal, as well as a 250-word abstract suitable for a general audience. Submissions are due by midnight on Friday, January 1. Update: Submission deadline has been extended to Friday January 22, 2021.
As a member of the Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences, the CSSC/SCEBD is able to nominate one graduate student presenter for the new Congress Graduate Merit Award. If you are enrolled in a Master’s or doctoral program at a Canadian post-secondary institution, please indicate you would like to be considered for this $500 prize on the form.
The Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences is an annual umbrella meeting for over seventy Canadian scholarly associations. Each year, it meets on the campus of a different host university. In addition to the individual association conferences, a series of lectures, workshops, and cultural events are organized by the host institution and the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. Information on the Congress and its constituent conferences may be found at congress2021.ca.
We are very excited to announce that the first in our new series of research symposiums will be taking place this Friday, October 9 at 3pm EST.
These symposiums will be a chance for our members to share research that was originally planned for the 2020 conference in an online roundtable. Attendance is open to CSSC/SCEBD members in good standing, so please log on and join us!
Our first symposium follows the theme of Challenging Narratives and will feature work from three of our members:
Kaarina Mikalson – Superheroes in the Chthulucene: Eric Kostiuk Williams’ Condo Heartbreak Disco
Brandi Estey-Burtt – “Transableism”: Comics and Anti-Oppressive Education for Professional Practice
Dallas Hunt – The Last of the Krees: Captain Marvel as Settler Replacement Narrative
If you would like to take part in the symposium as a spectator and receive access to the participants’ research documents, please fill out the form found here. If you have not purchased your membership for 2020, you can do so here.
We will be holding three more of these research symposiums in the months leading up to our 2021 conference. The next one will take place in late November focusing on the theme of Nation, Identity, and Belonging.
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Dear CSSC/SCEBD members,
This probably doesn’t come as a big surprise, but the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences and Western University have just announced that Congress 2020 is cancelled due to the COVID-19 emergency. We are obviously disappointed that we won’t be able to gather to share research and catch up with friends and colleagues, but we believe this is the right choice to protect the health of our members and our communities.
The Federation is putting supports in place for member associations who wish to transition to an online conference, and once more information is available, our CSSC/SCEBD conference committee will be making some decisions about if and in what form we will proceed with our conference this year. Once that decision has been made, refunds for attendees who have already registered will be available.
So, this announcement still has a number of question marks around it, but we wanted to give you the information that we can now so you can begin cancelling any travel plans you may have already made. We will do our best to keep you informed in the coming days and weeks, but if you have any thoughts you’d like to share about how we move forward from here, we would welcome your input at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Benjamin Woo, PhD
CSSC/SCEBD President and Program Chair
Chères.chers membres de la SCEBD/CSSC,
Ceci n’est sans doute pas une surprise, mais la FSH et Western U. viennent d’annoncer que le Congrès 2020 est annulé dû au COVID-19. Nous sommes évidemment déçus qe nous ne pourrons pas nous retrouver pour partager notre recherche et revoir nos amis et collègues, mais nous croyons que c’est le bon choix pour protéger la santé de nos membres et nos communautés.
La Fédération est en train de mettre en place des soutiens pour les associations membres qui voudraient transitionner vers une conférence en ligne, et une fois que la nouvelle sera disponible, notre comité pour la conférence de la SCEBD/CSSC prendra des décisions sur comment procéder pour la conférence de cette année. Une fois la décision prise, les remboursements aux participants qui ont déjà payé seront effectuables.
Cet annoncement laisse encore un certain nombre de questions ouvertes, mais nous voulions vous informer de ce que nous savons dès maintenant pour que vous puissiez annuler les plans de voyage que vous auriez déjà préparés. Nous ferons de notre mieux pour vous informer dans les jours et semaines qui viennent. Si vous avez des idées que vous voulez partager sur comment procéder, nous les accueillerons avec plaisir sur email@example.com.
Benjamin Woo, PhD
CSSC/SCEBD Président et du organisateur du Programme
Hi CSSC/SCEBD Members and dear readers!
I’ve got two exciting CFPs to pass along that I’m sure will be of interest to some of you.
The first CFP is for the Popular Culture Association of Canada Conference, which is being held May 7-9th, 2020, at Concordia University in Montreal. The theme is “Pop and Politics: State of the Field/State of the World.” Deadline for submissions is January 15th, and you can find the call here, on the UPenn CFP database.
The second CFP is for the 2020 Graphic Medicine Conference, which is being held July 16-19th, 2020, in Toronto. The conference theme is “Graphic Medicine in Troubled Times: Health, Social Justice and Human Rights.” Deadline for submissions is January 31st, and you can find the call here, on the organization’s website.
The text of both CFPs is also pasted below.
Any questions about either conference should be directed to the organizers of those conferences.
Also, don’t forget that the deadline for our own conference, which is being held as part of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, June 3-4th, at Western University in London, Ontario, is just one month away! You have until January 15th to submit proposals, and may find the call here in English, et ici en francais.
Happy holidays to all!
VP Communications (English), Canadian Society for the Study of Comics
Pop and Politics:
State of the Field/State of the World
Annual Conference of the Popular Culture Association of Canada
Concordia University, Montreal, QC, May 7-9, 2020
After a one-year hiatus, the annual conference of the Popular Culture Association of Canada is back and looking forward—as well as up, left, right, down, and back. For our 9th annual conference, which will take place at Concordia University in Montreal, QC from May 7th-9th, 2020, we’re reflecting on the state of our field by inviting discussion on the relationship between popular culture and politics, broadly conceived.
Precisely because it’s popular, popular culture is often derided as politically conservative; for the same reason, it’s also critiqued as socially liberal. These disagreements are not, of course, surprising; popularity necessitates the inclusion and complex negotiation of myriad political beliefs, themes, and contexts. The rise of populist political movements around the world—and the reinvigoration of activism and progressive politics in response to these movements—has made the relationship between pop and politics especially obvious; now, more than ever, the state of popular culture is inseparable from the state of the world.
Our conference is global, interdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary; we welcome any and all perspectives on popular texts, industries, and reading practices. In addition, presentations can be historical or contemporary; we encourage reflections on the past that has shaped our present and the present that shapes our future.
Possible topics may include:
The depiction of political movements and controversies within popular texts (film, television, literature, fashion, comics, architecture, social media, sports, games, music, advertising, etc.)
Intersections of popular culture and populism
The politics of fandom
Campaigns for diversity and the backlashes against them
The effects of political movements and policy on media industries
The politics of teaching and studying popular culture
Proposals for 15 to 20-minute papers should be submitted by January 15th, 2020. Pre-constituted panels and roundtables are welcome; these should be submitted as a single package. Proposals should be a maximum of 300 words and must include a 50-word biography of the presenter(s). Panels should include individual proposals for each paper; roundtables only require a single proposal, in addition to biographies of the presenters. Proposals, and any questions about the conference, should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
All presenters will need to become members of the association in order to be featured in the program. Conference registration fees will automatically include 2020 membership. Each presenter may only present a single paper, but can participate in a roundtable in addition to presenting a paper.
Membership information and the conference program will be available on our website: www.canpop.ca.
The purpose of the Popular Culture Association of Canada is to promote scholarly understanding of popular culture, broadly conceived, in Canada and elsewhere. It will serve to bring together academics, students and practitioners in the field of popular culture.
How we define the field of popular culture is open to some debate; for example, there are numerous definitions on the web. Our conception of popular culture is deliberately broad, encompassing the communicative texts and practices of everyday life, past and present, mass-mediated and non-mass-mediated, Canadian and otherwise, local, regional, national and global in scope. At the same time, our existence as a national association is predicated in part on encouraging the study of Canadian popular culture and/or the study of popular culture interpreted from a Canadian perspective.
The Popular Culture Association of Canada is one of a number of national or international popular culture associations: others include the Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand and new associations in Europe and south-east Asia, in addition to the long-established Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association and its regional chapters in the United States.
GRAPHIC MEDICINE IN/DURING TROUBLED TIMES: HEALTH, SOCIAL JUSTICE and HUMAN RIGHTS
July 16-19, 2020
The 2020 Graphic Medicine conference aims to encourage critical dialogues and interventions in/during troubled times with a specific emphasis on social justice and human rights. This year’s theme seeks connections between health, equity, and justice in an era of rapid ecological and societal upheaval. We invite submissions that address the relationship between health and such upheavals, as revealed through comics in its many forms (e.g. graphic novels, memoir, comic strips, manga, mini comics, web comics). Presentations are invited that explore the following themes (as well as others that are not listed):
Social determinants of health
Environmental racism and slow violence
Institutional racism and other forms of structural violence
Securitization of borders
indigenous health and healing
Care work and disability justice
Migrant and refugee rights
Health care access
Lightning talks: These 5-minute presentations should provide an engaging and concentrated synopsis of new, ongoing, or completed scholarly, creative, or professional work in Graphic Medicine. This format is designed with the promotion of sustained conversation in mind.
Oral presentations: These 15-20 minute presentations are largely for work that requires and engages a longer presentation format than a lightning talk.
Panel discussions: These 90-minute interviews or presentations by a panel of speakers are meant to be collaborative, interdisciplinary, or address a single topic from a variety of perspectives.
Posters: Proposals for posters should include a title and an abstract with accompanying images if necessary.
Workshops: These 90-minute, hands-on, activity-driven sessions are for participants who wish to obtain particular skills with regard to comics. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:
•drawing for health
•accessing personal stories
•comics and storytelling
Proposal abstracts should not exceed 300 words and may be submitted in Word or PDF format. Please include the following information in this order:
title of abstract
body of abstract
sample images or web links to work being discussed (if applicable)
presentation format preference (see options above)
equipment needed (e.g. AV projection, whiteboard, easel, etc.)
Proposals should be submitted by January 31st, 2020 to: email@example.com
Abstracts will be peer-reviewed by an interdisciplinary selection committee. Notification of acceptance or rejection will be completed by the week of March 15.
While we cannot guarantee that presenters will receive their first choice of presentation format, we will attempt to honour preferences, and we will acknowledge the receipt of all proposals.
Please note: Presenters are responsible for costs associated with their session (e.g. handouts and supplies) and personal expenses (travel, hotel, and registration fees). All presenters must register for the conference. Discounted rates and some limited scholarships will be available for students, artists, and others in need.
Proposals should be submitted no later than January 31st, 2020!
June 3–4, 2020
The Canadian Society for the Study of Comics / Société canadienne pour l’étude de la bands dessinée invites proposals for papers on any and all aspects of comics, broadly conceived (including cartoons, comic strips, comic books, graphic novels, manga, webcomics, picture books, and visual poetry) to be presented at our 2020 annual conference, which will be held at Western University (London, Ontario) on June 3–4 as part of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.
We welcome inter- and multi-disciplinary approaches to the study of comics from across the social sciences and humanities. In keeping with the theme of this year’s Congress, Bridging Divides: Confronting Colonialism and Anti-Black Racism, we are particularly interested in critical analyses of race and racism in comics or proposals that explore comics’ engagements with anti-oppression struggles. Potential topics include but are not limited to:
decolonizing comics criticism, teaching, and research
works by and for Indigenous and/or racialized communities
diversity in comics and graphic novels
the politics of representation in comics journalism and social movement comics
comics for social justice in professional practice (comics and education, graphic medicine, graphic justice, etc.)
Please submit a 500–750 word abstract, as well as a short summary of no more than 250 words suitable for a non-specialist or interdisciplinary audience, with contact information by January 15, 2020: click here to access the application form. All conference participants must be members of the CSSC/SCEBD and registered for both the CSSC/SCEBD conference and the Congress (see congress2020.ca).
As a member of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, the CSSC/SCEBD is able to nominate one graduate student presenter for the new Congress Graduate Merit Award. If you are enrolled in a Master’s or doctoral program at a Canadian post-secondary institution, please indicate that you would like to be considered for this $500 prize on your submission.
About the CSSC/SCEBD
The CSSC/SCEBD is a national, bilingual scholarly association that promotes the academic study of comics. Founded in 2010, the CSSC/SCEBD is a venue for Canadian and international scholars to discuss all aspects of comics as an art form and cultural phenomenon.
The Middle Spaces, an award-winning blog that covers comics, music, and culture, invites submissions for an academic roundtable on the subject of letter columns and other comics book paratexts to be co-edited by Osvaldo Oyola and Leah Misemer and published in early 2020.
Those interested in contributing should email a clearly articulated question they seek to explore in their essay, an abstract of no more than 200 words describing their approach to the question, and the title of a comics text they plan to use as an example or subject for their contribution. In addition, please include a brief bio. Send contributions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Possible Topics Include:
Letter columns: columns that extend the fictional world of the comic, extended conversations, letter hacks, planted letters, community building
Advertisements: perceived audience, incorporation of comic characters into ads, selling ad space, fake or mock ads
Circulation Info: copyright, sales numbers
Editorial: creator credits, political responses, bullpen as virtual space, summaries, continuity and footnotes
Covers: various cover elements (e.g. Code symbol, pricing, issue labeling), cover narratives and connection (or lack thereof) to inner content
Please submit proposals by Monday, November 18, and submitters will be notified by or on Monday, December 16. We hope to publish the roundtable in the first quarter of 2020.
You can download a Word document version of this CFP for sharing, here.