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 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.


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