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[cfp] A Comic Of Her Own: Women Writing, Reading, and Embodying in Comics

Posted 14 Dec, 2012

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 Robbins' A 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 imagetext@english.ufl.edu by January 15th, 2013.

[general] UF Graduate Comics Organization Announces 10th Conference, Online Innovations

Posted 08 Dec, 2012

Gainesville, FL — 6 December, 2012 — In 2013, the University of Florida's Graduate Comics Organization will celebrate its decennial Comics Conference: "A Comic of Her Own," March 15 - 17. This event continues our tradition of hosting scholars, artists, and professionals for a weekend of discussion, recognizing scholars and artists from across North America and in our own community.

Community is the essence of any conference. Conferences provide peers and colleagues an all-too-infrequent opportunity to meet in person, to socialize, and to share their ideas, knowledge, and inspiration. Through this interaction, we enrich one another and sharpen our focus on the deep horizon of our field's future.

The UF Comics Studies Program currently extends these connections amongst scholars through ImageTexT, our interdisciplinary comics scholarship journal, and through the ongoing and open discussion on our Comix Scholars e-mail listserv. Now, the Graduate Comics Organization will push the boundaries even further. We're now on Facebook (The Graduate Comics Organization) and Twitter (imagetextfan). In the coming year, we will develop these presences in social media networks to better follow and disseminate comics news and research, simultaneously developing ImageTexT as a resource hub for comics scholarship. We will, of course, still maintain it as an online, open-access journal. And, as ever, it will remain completely free and publicly available to the worldwide comics community.

The 10th Annual UF Comics Conference will face an issue perpetually smoldering in popular and scholarly politics: Gender. "A Comic of Her Own" will explore the presence and representations of women in comics, comics production, and comics studies. The field is no stranger to such concerns, and our conference promotes this extensive exploration and intensive interrogation of the topic. Like past Comics Conferences, "A Comic of Her Own" aims to establish a productive discussion of comics across disciplinary and professional boundaries, to host a diverse and balanced range of concerned scholars, and to provide a venue for the necessary scrutiny of pressing issues in popular visual/verbal culture. Look for the forthcoming CFP.

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