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CFP for Edmonton Comics and Entertainment Expo’s Academic Track 2019

CFP for Edmonton Comics and Entertainment Expo’s Academic Track 2019

Submission deadline: August 10, 2019

The 2019 Edmonton Comics and Entertainment Expo will be held on September 20-22, 2019 at the Edmonton Expo Centre. The Expo’s academic track is a unique opportunity to engage the public with scientific research and scholarly work in a culturally and academically accessible way. The academic track talks are 45 minutes long (30 minutes for the presentation plus 15 minutes for Q&A) and are dedicated to cutting edge research and the linkages between it and pop-culture.

A non-exhaustive list of possible topics includes:

Epidemiological outbreaks in sci-fi and real life
Exobiology and non-carbon based life forms
Aspects of Space exploration (engineering and mining, astronomy, kinesiology, etc.)
Technology and new media’s representation in pop-culture
Reflections of socio-political issues in pop-culture contents
History of pop-culture contents and products
Fan communities and fan practices
Pop-culture creators and their work
and many more.

The academic track has four sub-streams. Please review these carefully and consider applying for the one most fitting your topic:

Cutting-Edge Research Talk – talk that is directly linked to your academic work to date and a specific genre, pop-culture content, or phenomenon. Past examples include: the representation of revenge in Hollywood films and real-life, the brain functions of competitive scrabble players, the gender assignment of Molluscs and Hutts (from the Star Wars Universe), Feminist thought and witchcraft, and the likes of it.

The Social Labconducting research that has to do with pop-culture or with the Expo’s patrons? Need participants for your research? The Edmonton Comics and Entertainment Expo also accept requests to reserve space for research purposes with the convention’s patrons (subject to the researchers obtaining ethical approval by their university’s board of ethics and an internal Expo review process). Past examples for research conducted at the expo include Surveying gamers about their news sources, media reception studies, fan-culture focus groups, gamification experiments, ESL acquisition research, etc. Requests for sessions of between 45 minutes to 2 hours can be submitted using the same web-form. Successful applicants will be contacted with further information by the coordinators as early as possible to set up the required logistics in advance.

Scholarly Talktalks that are related to your discipline but not directly to your research. Past examples include Professional wrestling as a media product, Comic-books circulation studies, Zombie genre content and the human condition, philosophy of authenticity and alien food, global warming in sci-fi novels, and so on.

Undergrads trackDo you have a student who’s not a professional scholar (yet), but had a great term paper about pop culture that got an A+? Help them Start their public speaking career here and let them know of the Expo’s academic track. In the past undergraduate students discussed gaming ethics, Gender issues in TV dramas, Retconning, and continuity in comic book narratives, classic drama and its modern adaptations and more.

To submit your proposals, please go to


Send an up to 500 words abstract to

Submission deadline: August 10, 2019

Accepted presenters will receive a free day pass to the convention for the day of their talk valued.

Please contact Ofer Berenstein (, the academic track coordinator, with any question you might have.

Call for Chapters: “Polyptych: Adaptation, Television, and Comics”

Call for Chapters: “Polyptych: Adaptation, Television, and Comics”

Vernon Press invites chapter proposals on Adaptation in Comics and Television for an edited collection Polyptych: Adaptation, Television, and Comics, edited by Reginald Wiebe (Concordia University of Edmonton).

All areas of study, with a common goal of engaging the cultural, social, philosophical, and material significance of the reciprocal adaptation of television and comicbooks are invited to participate.

Comicbooks and television have been adapting almost as long as either has existed, yet scant work has been done on the relationship between these two mass media. Adaptation theory helps us navigate a world of transmedia properties and media conglomerates where models of stable text and singular author have little useful purchase. The creative collaboration and corporate origin of these projects demands more than a reading for theme; rather, the nature of the relationship between comicbooks and television requires a range of interpretive strategies.

The scope of the present call is broad. All topics regarding the intersection of adaptation, television, and comics will be considered. Possible topics include:

television adaptations of comicbooks
comicbook adaptations of television shows
comicbooks adapted from television shows that were themselves adapted from comicbooks (e.g. DuckTales, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Superboy, Batman ’66, Smallville, the comics based on the CW’s “Arrow-verse” suite of shows)
parallel development of brands within comicbooks and television (e.g. Transformers, GI Joe, The Walking Dead)
Television series that continued as comicbooks after ending (e.g. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Jericho, The Legend of Korra)
the parallel material history of comicbooks and television
serialization and narrative strategies on comicbooks and television
the role of comicbook adaptations before the advent of the VCR and home entertainment
the role of comicbook adaptations after the advent of the VCR and home entertainment
popular but critically neglected adaptations such as Archie, Tintin, Casper the Friendly Ghost, The Addams Family, and Adventure Time

Deadline for proposals: January 1, 2020

Deadline for first drafts: July 1, 2020

How to submit your proposal

Please submit one-page proposals (200 words approx.) including an annotated summary and a short biographical note.

For further questions or to submit your proposal, you can email Reginald Wiebe (

A paper that has been published previously may not be included.

Selected abstracts will be notified by the end of January 2020, and full chapters should be submitted by July 1, 2020. Complete chapter lengths should be between 6000-7000 words.

About the publisher

Vernon Press is an independent publisher of scholarly books in the social sciences and humanities. We work closely with authors, academic associations, distributors, and library information specialists to identify and develop high quality, high impact titles.

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