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[cfp] European Journal of American Studies, Special Issue 2013

Posted 25 Jun, 2012

(Re)visioning America: American Identities in the Graphic Novel


The graphic novel has staked out a discursive terrain that encompasses identity on many levels. Superhero comics, and the extended works derived from them, appeal to the fertile iconography within the comics genre as well as the broader motifs of cultural myth. In addition, personal identities are frequently explored via graphic novel autobiography; these also treat broader concerns of culture that orbit issues of individual and collective identities. This special issue of the European Journal of American Studies will be co-edited by Pawel Frelik and Michael J. Prince, and will explore diverse expressions of American identities in the graphic novel and volume-length collections of comics series. Among relevant topics are:

  • Visual depictions of national identity
  • Works that support or interrogate reigning cultural myth of identity, for instance the myth of the West and the American Dream
  • Intertextual (and extratextual) influences from literature, cinema, art and society Expressions of ethic identities (Jewish, African-American, Asian, Native American), gender and class
  • Comparisons with "illustrated novels," for example those of Mark Twain, John Dos Passos, and Ishmael Reed
  • European, Middle-Eastern, African, Australasian, or Asian perceptions of America/US in the graphic novel form
  • Send a short, precise abstract of your article (maximum 600 words) to no later than 30.09.2012. Please include your title and institutional affiliation(s). You will be informed if your proposal has been accepted by 01.11.2012, and final copies of your articles must be in our hands by 31.01.2012 in order to complete the peer-review process.
  • [cfp] Mix 2012: Comics Symposium (UPDATE: Deadline extended to July 6)

    Posted 12 Jun, 2012

    Save the Dates: Oct. 36

    • Symposium: Oct. 46
    • Student-Team Marathon Oct 3 & 4
    • Exhibition Opening: Oct. 5

    Keynote Speaker: Chris Ware

    Location: CCAD Campus

    A celebration of and investigation into the art of the comic book, Mix 2012 includes a symposium with roundtables and workshops, a comic-book-creation marathon for teams of college & university students, and an exhibition of the work resulting from the marathon.

    Calls for Proposals

    CCAD is currently accepting calls for proposals for papers, roundtables, and workshops. Proposals are due July 6, 2012. A full description of the panels and instructions for submitting a proposal can be found in the call for proposals pdf.

    Instructions for registering student teams for the comics marathon will be avialable soon.

    Exact times and campus locations for all symposium events as well as registration fees and information will be available soon.

    Mix 2012: Comics Symposium is sponsored by State Auto.



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