CfP: Graphic Medicine 2016: Stages & Pages

Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee, Scotland
July 7-9, 2016
Stichtag: 2016 02 12

Our keynote speakers will be
Lynda Barry, Al Davison, and Elisabeth El Refaie
with a special workshop by Lynda Barry & Dan Chaon.

The theme of this year’s conference, Stages & Pages, invites us to think about comics and healthcare in relation to performance in its myriad conflicting and complementary forms, from the clinical, to the social and the theatrical. Both clinicians and patients alike often feel the need to live up to prescribed “roles” both on and off the medical “stage”, and this conference will consider the various ways in which comics address these issues. We invite the submission of a wide variety of abstracts focusing on medicine and comics in any form (e.g. graphic novels, comic strips, manga, web comics) that examine topics including, but not limited to:

  • Comic narratives of stages of life, illness, and the medical career
  • Stages of the creative process, process as performance, and the relation of the creative process to disability, illness, and medicine
  • The comic/body as stage
  • Comics and the social performance of illness, disability, and the healthcare profession
  • Technical performance in healthcare, illness, disability, and comics
  • The use of space in performance, illness, disability, and healthcare
  • Ethical implications of comics and performance
  • Trends in, histories of, or the use of comics in healthcare
  • The use of comics and design in the service of healthcare education


  • Intermedia approaches to comics and healthcare (animation, theatre, digital comics, apps etc.)
  • Lightning talks: 5-minute presentations with up to 15 slides. This format is meant to encourage submission of short presentations to share your work (e.g. comics, new research projects, new ideas) in a concise format
  • Oral presentations: 15- to 20-minute presentations
  • Panel discussions: 90-minute interviews or presentations by a panel of 
  • Workshops: 90-minute sessions intended to be “hands-on” interactive 
workshops for participants who wish to obtain particular skills with regard to comics and medicine. Suggested subjects for workshops are:
    • creating comics
    • understanding, reviewing, and critiquing comics
    • getting comics published
    • teaching and learning with comics
  • We will also entertain suggestions for discussion groups

Submission Process 

Proposals may be in Word, PDF, or RTF formats with the following information in this order:

  • author(s)
  • affiliation
  • email address
  • phone number
  • title of abstract
  • body of abstract
  • sample images or web links to work being discussed
  • presentation preference (see format options above)
  • equipment needed (e.g. AV projection, whiteboard, easel, etc.)

300 word proposals should be submitted online by Friday, February 12, 2016 to:

Abstracts will be peer-reviewed by an interdisciplinary selection committee. Notification of acceptance or rejection will be completed by mid March 2016. While we cannot guarantee that presenters will receive their first choice of presentation format, we will attempt to honour preferences, and we will acknowledge the receipt of all proposals.

Please note: 
Presenters are responsible for session expenses (e.g. handouts and supplies) and personal expenses (travel, hotel, and registration fees). All presenters must register for the conference.

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