CFP: Study of Comics

Annual Conference of the Canadian Society for the Study of Comics
University of British Columbia
June 4 - 5, 2019
Stichtag: 31.10.2018

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.

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

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 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. Please find information about the CSSC/SCEBD on our website:

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

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