CFP: HISTORY IN COMICS – Representing History in/as Comics: Ethics and Choice

Conference and Workshop
Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech Republic
September 12-16, 2022
Stichtag: 01.04.2022

We are hosting a 5day combined conference, with traditional paper presentations and workshops, as well as round table discussions and practical workshop sessions, to address questions of ethics and choice in the depiction of history, the use of history, or historicizing elements appearing in graphic novels, comic books, comic strips, editorial cartoons, and newer forms of image/text such as webcomics and Internet memes. We welcome a broad interpretation of the topic, to be examined by scholars and comics creators alike. This event will take place in blended form, with both inperson and remote options for participation. Students and doctoral candidates receive 3 ECTS credits for their participation, and there will be no registration fees.

We now invite proposals for 20minute PAPERS for the conference part of the event. Possible themes include, but are not limited to:

Regional history in comics
Significant historical events

Representation of perpetrators

Family history

Big history

Ethics and the Anthropocene

Natural history and the history of humans in nature

War and conflict

National mythologies

Biographical and autobiographical comics

Comics journalism

Documentary comics

Ethical concerns of the comics format

Artistic choice in representation

Multimodality and ethics

Comics used in teaching history

We are also accepting proposals for other types of submissions:

For the round table discussions, please submit up to three question proposals to be addressed by the round tables, related (but not limited) to the themes above. Please include the term “ROUND TABLE QUESTIONS” in your email subject line.
Posters, especially welcome for students or firsttime conference participants, on any of the themes listed above. Please include the term “POSTER SESSION” in your email subject line.

Please submit your question proposals, paper proposal (200 words or less), along with a short biography (100 words or less) by email to by April 1st 2022. Please specify if you anticipate attending in person or remotely. In the case of pandemic restrictions, the event will be moved fully online.

Keynote speaker and guests to be announced; please follow updates at

For further information please contact:
Elizabeth Allyn Woock:
Dragos Manea:
Mihaela Precup:
Ezster Szep:
Barbara Postema:

Johannes Schmid:

Organized by Palacky University and the Erasmus+ BIP project “History in Comics”