CFP: Queer Comics of Color for Comics Studies Society 2023 “Comics on the Margins” Conference

Annual Comics Studies Society Conference 
Roundtable session organized by Joanna Davis-McElligatt and Margaret Galvan
University of North Texas in Denton, TX
July 27-29, 2023
Stichtag: 2023 02 13

In her foundational essay “Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex: A Black Feminist Critique of Antidiscrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory and Antiracist Politics” (1989), Kimberlé Crenshaw argues that “placing those who currently are marginalized in the center is the most effective way to resist efforts to compartmentalize experiences and undermine potential collective action” (167). The goal of intersectionality is, then, “to facilitate the inclusion of marginalized groups for whom it can be said: ‘When they enter, we all enter’” (167). This roundtable seeks to address how the comics form allows queer BIPOC cartoonists to account for their intersecting experiences of marginalization. How do queer BIPOC cartoonists facilitate the inclusion of multiple aspects of their identities? How do they employ cartoon grammar to explore the complexity of race, ethnicity, sexuality, and gender identity alongside other axes, including (and not limited to) class, disability, citizenship status, age, and religion?

Please submit a 100-word abstract and 100-word short bio to Margaret Galvan ( and Joanna Davis-McElligatt ( by February 1. Questions before the deadline are welcome. Responses to individual submissions will be sent out the following week. The panel will be submitted by the February 13 deadline to CSS, and we will hear back by March 13. Conference presenters must be current members of CSS at the time of registration.

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