Tuesday, January 14, 2014

CFP: The 17th International Comic Arts Forum / Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum (Mar. 14; Nov. 13-15)

The 17th International Comic Arts Forum
November 13-15, 2014

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum
Columbus, OH

ICAF, the International Comic Arts Forum, invites scholarly paper proposals for its seventeenth annual meeting, to be held at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum in Columbus, OH, from Thursday, November 13, through Saturday, November 15, 2014.

The deadline to submit proposals is March 14, 2014.

ICAF welcomes original proposals from diverse disciplines and theoretical perspectives on any aspect of comics or cartooning, particularly studies that reflect an international perspective. Studies of aesthetics, production, distribution, reception, and social, ideological, and historical significance are all equally welcome, as are studies that address larger theoretical issues linked to comics or cartooning, for example in image/text studies or new media theory.

In recognition of the new, expanded facility of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum, we are hoping to schedule some panels on issues pertaining to the specialties of the collection, which include underground comix and manga (read about the details of the collections here). We are also interested in papers that address the interaction between comics and the art world. Given the ever-expanding role of technology in the exhibition, preservation, and dissemination of comic art, we especially welcome paper proposals that address comics in the digital and online realms, as well as in museums and other unconventional exhibition sites.

PROPOSAL GUIDELINES: For its refereed presentations, ICAF prefers argumentative, thesis-driven papers that are clearly linked to larger critical, artistic, or cultural issues; we strive to avoid presentations that are merely summative or survey-like in character. We can accept only original papers that have not been presented or accepted for publication elsewhere. Presenters should assume an audience versed in comics and the fundamentals of comics studies. Where possible, papers should be illustrated by relevant images. Presentations must be timed to finish within the strict limit of twenty (20) minutes. Proposals should not exceed 300 words.

REVIEW PROCESS: All proposals will be subject to blind review by the ICAF Executive Committee. The final number of papers accepted will depend on the needs of the conference program. Due to high interest in the conference, in recent years ICAF has typically been able to accept only one third to one half of the proposals it has received.

SEND ABSTRACTS (with complete contact info noted separately) by March 14, 2014, to C. W. Marshall, ICAF Academic Program Director, via email at: toph.marshall@ubc.ca

Receipt of all proposals will be acknowledged. Applicants should expect to receive confirmation of acceptance or rejection by April 18, 2014.

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