Friday, January 11, 2013

CFP: Ethics Under Cover: Comics, Medicine and Society (Feb. 22; Jul. 5-7)

4th International Conference
of Comics and Medicine

Ethics Under Cover:
Comics, Medicine and Society
5th-7th July 2013
Brighton and Sussex Medical School

Brighton and Sussex Medical School in collaboration with Brighton and Sussex University Hospital Trust and Graphic Medicine invites papers for the fourth international conference on Comics and Medicine. Previous meetings have been held in London, Chicago and Toronto (more information at

This interdisciplinary conference intends to appeal to a wide audience, including healthcare professionals, comics creators, students, academic scholars, comics enthusiasts, and various stakeholder groups. The meeting will consist of a mix of peer reviewed academic papers, lectures and workshops. There will also be an exhibition and stalls for participants’ work.

We invite proposals for scholarly papers (15-20 minutes) or panel discussions (60 minutes) focusing on medicine and comics in any form (e.g. graphic novels, comic strips, graphic pathographies, bande dessinées, manga, and/or web comics). The theme of this year’s conference means we are interested in work with an ethical flavour. In particular, we seek presentations on:
  • Ethics under cover (i.e. how ethical issues are tackled under the surface of graphic works)
  • Illness narrative and the comic form
  • Balancing humour and respect in comics about illness and disability
  • Comics as resistance to the biomedical mainstream
  • Comics as a way of seeing and representing illness and the role of healthcare professionals
  • Comics in practitioner research and as a method of reflection
  • Comics in cross-disciplinary education as both subject and tool
  • Comics in literature, medicine and the bioethics classroom
  • Comics within different healthcare systems
  • European and international perspectives on graphic medicine and the scope for cross cultural analysis
We also welcome workshops (120 minutes). These are 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
Proposals may be in Word, PDF, or RTF formats with the following information in this order:
  • author(s)
  • affiliation
  • email address
  • title of abstract
  • body of abstract
  • Sample images or weblinks to work being discussed
Please identify your presentation preference:
  • oral presentation
  • panel discussion
  • workshop 
Please also specify equipment you might need (e.g. AV projection, whiteboard, easel, etc.)

300-word proposals should be submitted online by Friday, 22nd February 2013 to

Abstracts will be peer-reviewed by an interdisciplinary selection committee. Notification of acceptance or rejection will be completed by 15th March 2013. While we cannot guarantee that presenters will receive their first choice of presentation format, we will attempt to honour people’s preferences, and we will acknowledge the receipt of all proposals submitted. Please note: Presenters are responsible for session expenses (e.g. handouts) and personal expenses (travel, hotel, and meeting registration fees). All presenters must register for the conference (maximum registration fee will be £70 or approximately US $115). Also see the CFP at the conference website.

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Monday, January 07, 2013

CFP: A Comic of Her Own: Women Writing, Reading, and Embodying in Comics (UF) (Jan 15; Mar 15-17)

A Comic of Her Own:
Women Writing, Reading, and Embodying in Comics
10th Annual UF Comics Conference
in association with ImageTexT
March 15-17, 2013
Keynote Speaker: Trina Robbins
Guest Artist: Leela Corman
Guest Artist: Megan Kelso

Trina RobbinsA Century of Women Cartoonists responds to a comics history which often forgets women.  In the past few years, interest has grown around women working in the comics industry, perhaps best exemplified by Hillary Chute’s 2010 Graphic Women. Similarly, academia has made many inroads into comics and gender through scholarship on superheroines in mainstream comics. Mike Madrid’s 2009 The Supergirls: Fashion, Feminism, Fantasy, and the History of Comic Book Heroines and Jennifer Stuller’s 2010 Ink-Stained Amazons and Cinematic Warriors: Superwomen in Modern Mythology, not to mention works by Trina Robbins and Lillian Robinson, attest to this growing interest in the representation of women in comics. However, these two scholarly fields rarely engage in meaningful dialog, despite their mutual interest: the examination of women in comics, whether behind the scenes or on the page. This conference hopes to facilitate this dialog and foster the scholarly exploration of intersections between women’s writing in comics, women represented in comics, and the women who read them. To accommodate this goal, the conference will feature a mixture of formats: keynote lectures, workshops with guest artists, Q & A sessions, panel discussions, and traditional academic conference presentations.

We encourage scholarly submissions on any one of these topics, as well as proposals for papers that explore the apparent gaps between them. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Superheroines in comics—how super are they, really?
  • Good Girls vs. Bad Girls in mainstream comics
  • Women’s writing as autobiography
  • What women want—explorations of titles that are popular with female readers
  • Queer women in comics
  • Girly men and manly women in comics—how is gender drawn?
  • Feminist readings of mainstream comics—are women still in the refrigerator?
  • Monstrous women in comics—sexed/gendered readings of monstrous, radioactive, and generally othered bodies in mainstream comics
  • Female sexuality in comics—from mainstream sex goddesses to queer alternatives
  • Studies of work by particular women writers and/or artists
  • Challenges to the “graphic women” canon
  • Girls in children's picture books and children's picture books “for girls”
  • Adaptation of comics superheroines to the big screen—representational differences and challenges in media adaptation
  • Women in animation—the female form in motion
Please send 250-word abstracts to by January 15th, 2013.

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