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Month: November 2019

Call for Papers: Annual Conference of the Canadian Society for the Study of Comics

Call for Papers: Annual Conference of the Canadian Society for the Study of Comics

Western University

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

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.

Call for Papers: The Middle Spaces Academic Round Table

Call for Papers: The Middle Spaces Academic Round Table

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

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.