2017 Call for Papers / Call for Proposals

The Comics and Popular Arts Conference (CPAC) invites submissions for our 10th Annual meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, September 1-4, 2017.

CPAC is an annual academic conference for the studies of comics and the popular arts, including science/speculative fiction and fantasy literature, film, and other media, comic books, manga, graphic novels, anime, gaming, etc. CPAC presentations are peer reviewed, based in scholarly research.

Please submit a proposal that engages in substantial scholarly examinations of comic books, manga, graphic novels, anime, science/speculative fiction, fantasy, or other parts of popular culture. A broad range of disciplinary and theoretical perspectives is being sought, including literary and art criticism, philosophy, linguistics, history, and communication. Proposals may range from discussions of the nature of the comics medium, analyses of particular works and authors, discussions of the visual language of comics and manga, comics and pop culture in the classroom, cross-cultural and cross-medium comparisons, and more. We’re open to any topics relevant to the study of comics and the popular arts.

CPAC talks are presented to a mixed audience of academics and fans, and take place in conjunction with DragonCon. Talks should be prepared with a general audience in mind. Presenters must register for DragonCon if their paper is accepted in order to present. Presenters from out of town should make lodging arrangements far in advance.

Individual and group submissions should both be tailored to fit on one of the following tracks:

Comics Anime/Manga American SF Media
Sci-Fi Literature Fantasy Literature Tolkein
Military SciFi Star Trek Star Wars
(Paranormal Fiction,
e.g., X-Files, Fringe)
Apocalypse Rising
(Apocalyptic /
Urban Fantasy
Tabletop Gaming Video Gaming Costuming
Animation Puppetry Silk Road
(Asian Culture)
Horror Young Adult  High Fantasy

While there may be great intellectual merit in cross-track proposals, or proposals that include materials covered by various tracks, administratively, it can be very difficult to place such proposals. We are interested in proposals for any of these tracks, not only Comics.

Submission instructions: We seek 250 word abstracts for a variety of proposal formats, including standard individual presentations, group panels, and informal sessions such as roundtables, workshops, and book sessions. You may submit multiple proposals, but only one per track.

Please submit your proposal via the following steps:

Go to https://cmt3.research.microsoft.com/CPAC2017, create a new login, and then you’ll get to the Author Console with a prominent “+ Create new submission” button. From there you can see and follow the steps on the submission form.

Submissions Deadline: To receive the fullest consideration, proposals will be submitted by March 1, 2017. After that, we will consider submissions on a rolling basis, up until the final deadline of April 30.

This submission process is open to everyone, but we are especially interested in receiving submissions from members of those groups traditionally underrepresented in academia, such as women, LGTBQIA academics, and academics of color.

Send any questions to: organizers@comicspopularartsconference.org

Conference Organizers:

  • Daniel Amrhein, Independent Scholar, Gender Studies, Art History
  • Matthew J. Brown, University of Texas at Dallas, Philosophy, History of Science, and Comics Studies
  • Johnathan Flowers, SIU Carbondale, Philosophy and Eastern Religions
  • Amy-Elizabeth Manlapas, Georgia Gwinnett County Schools, History and Education
  • Kari Neely, Middle Tennessee State University, Dept. Foreign Languages and Literatures
  • Richard Scott Nokes, Troy University, Literature, Medieval Studies
  • Kari Storla, University of Southern California, Communication Studies
  • Damien Williams, Kennesaw State and Oglethorpe, Philosophy and Religious Studies

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