University of British Columbia, June 4–5, 2019

"I know it's a bit of a trek but it's worth it!" against drawing of Vancouver's Lion's Gate Bridge
True Loves 2: Trouble in Paradise © 2009 Jason Turner and Manien Bothma

The Canadian Society for the Study of Comics invites proposals for papers and pre-constituted panels on any and all aspects of comics, broadly conceived (including cartoons, comic strips, comic books, graphic novels, webcomics, picture books, and visual poetry) to be presented at our 2019 annual conference. For the first time ever, the CSSC/SCEBD conference will be held as part of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

The comics form has been theorized as an inherently hybridized mix of words and images. In keeping with the theme of this year’s Congress, Circles of Conversation, we are particularly interested in proposals that explore comics’ potential to communicate across boundaries. Potential topics include but are not limited to:

  • comics and intercultural dialogue

  • inter- and multi-disciplinary approaches to the study of comics from across the social sciences and humanities

  • diverse representations and authors

  • circulation, adaptation, and transmedia narratives

  • comics worlds and world comics

  • comics and fan cultures

  • creative communities and corporate culture, gatekeeping and backlashes

  • comics in professional practice (comics and education, graphic medicine, graphic justice, comics journalism, etc.)

Please submit a 200–300 word abstract, short biography, and contact information in a Word document to by December 31, 2018  Updated deadline: January 15, 2019. 

Keynote Lecture: Latinographix: Taking a Can Opener to the History of Alternative Comics

Frederick Luis Aldama poses for a portrait at the Gateway Film Center on Thursday, October 6, 2016. (Rob Hardin/ Alive)
Frederick Luis Aldama poses for a portrait at the Gateway Film Center on Thursday, October 6, 2016. (Rob Hardin/ Alive)

We are also pleased to welcome this year’s keynote speaker, Frederick Luis Aldama. Dr. Aldama is Arts & Humanities Distinguished Professor, University Distinguished Scholar, and University Distinguished Teacher at The Ohio State University. He is the award-winning author, co-author, or editor of 36 books, editor or co-editor of 8 academic press book series, and editor of the trade-press graphic fiction and nonfiction series Latinographix. He is founder and director of LASER, the Latinx Space for Enrichment & Research, and has been inducted into both the Academy of Teachers and the National Cartoonists Society.

About Congress

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









The first CSSC conference was held in association with “The New Narrative” Conference at the University of Toronto, May 4-6, 2011.