CFP: The Comics and Popular Arts Conference

11th Annual Comics & Popular Arts Conference
August 31 - September 3, 2018
Stichtag: 15.12.2017

CPAC is an annual academic conference for the studies of comics and the popular arts, including science/speculative fiction and fantasy literature, film, and other media, comic books, manga, graphic novels, anime, gaming, etc. CPAC presentations are peer reviewed, based in scholarly research.

Please submit a proposal that engages in substantial scholarly examinations of comic books/graphic novels, anime, manga, science/speculative fiction, fantasy, or other parts of popular culture.

A broad range of disciplinary and theoretical perspectives is being sought, including but not limited to proposals pertaining to literary and art criticism, philosophy, linguistics, history, communications, law, pedagogy, and natural and social sciences. Proposals may range from discussions of the nature of the comics medium, the science of a particular franchise, how to utilize pop culture in the classroom, analyses of particular works or authors, cross-cultural and cross-medium comparisons, and more. We are open to any and all academic topics relevant to the study of the popular arts.

CPAC talks are presented to a mixed audience of academics and fans, and take place in conjunction with DragonCon. Presentations should be prepared with a general audience in mind. Presenters must register for DragonCon if their paper is accepted in order to present. Presenters from out of town should make lodging arrangements far in advance.

Individual and group submissions should both be tailored to fit in one of the following tracks:

  • Comics
  • Anime/Manga
  • American SF Media
  • Sci-Fi Literature
  • Star Trek
  • Tabletop Gaming
  • Animation
  • Horror
  • Paranormal Fiction
  • (e.g., X-Files, Fringe)
  • Apocalyptic/Post-Apocalyptic
  • Alt History/Steampunk
  • American SF
  • Classics
  • Urban Fantasy
  • Electronic Frontiers Forum
  • Fantasy Literature
  • Military SciFi
  • Podcasting
  • Puppetry
  • Star Wars
  • Asian Cinema & Culture
  • Young Adult Lit

While there may be great intellectual merit in cross-track proposals, or proposals that include materials covered by various tracks, administratively, it can be very difficult to place such proposals. We are interested in proposals for any of the above tracks, not only Comics.

Submission instructions: We seek 250 word abstracts for a variety of proposal formats, including standard individual presentations, group panels, and informal sessions such as roundtables, workshops, and book sessions. You may submit multiple proposals, but only one per track. Please submit your proposal via the following links:

Submissions Deadline: To receive the fullest consideration, proposals will be submitted by December 15, 2017.
This submission process is open to everyone, but we are especially interested in receiving submissions from members of those groups traditionally underrepresented in academia, such as women, LGTBQIA academics, and academics of color.
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