Sunday, October 22, 2006

CFP: Popular Culture Association, April 4-7, 2007, Boston MA

Here's the latest comics-specific academic Call for Papers to come my way. This one's near and dear to my heart, as PCA is where I first encountered the American community of comics scholars, back in 1995. Most importantly, perhaps, it's where I first met Amy Kiste Nyberg, who encouraged me to continue studying comics, even though at that time I clearly was in over my head. I eventually became the chair of the area myself briefly, from 2000-2002 (and co-chair from 2005-2006). I really should post that first essay of mine - on the variations and re-imaginings of Superman comics - one of these days...
The Comic Art & Comics Area of the Popular Culture Association invites all comics scholars to participate in the annual meeting of the Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association to be held April 4-7, 2007, in Boston, Massachusetts, at the Boston Marriott Copley Place. Details of the conference can be found at the conference website <http://www2.h-net.msu.edu/~pcaaca>.

The Comic Art & Comics Area of the Popular Culture Association offers a chance for scholars from across the country [and around the globe - GK] to share their research and exchange ideas on the growing field of comics scholarship. Graduate students and those without current academic affiliation are welcome. Papers on all aspects of the medium are invited. This call asks for individual paper proposals or submissions for entire panels. If you are submitting a panel, please make sure to note the members of your panel.

In addition to general papers, if a presenter would like to propose a special panel or roundtable discussion, please e-mail the chair so she can forward the request to the mailing list.

Papers should be delivered in 15-20 minutes, maximum. The PCA limits presenters to one paper given at the conference so if you are interested in presenting a paper in the Comic Arts & Comics Area, do not submit a paper to another area. Participants are eligible for the annual Inge Award for Comics Scholarship, awarded to the top paper presented in the Comic Art & Comics Area of the PCA.

Scholars interested in presenting a paper at the national conference should send a 100-200 word abstract and a short introductory bio by October 31, 2006, to the area chair:
Via e-mail: Nicole Freim nfreim@charter.net
or
Nicole Freim
Riverside Community College
1798 Main Street
Riverside, CA 92501
I'll be there, along with the chair of the Medieval area; I hope you will be, too.

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