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[cfp] ImageTexT Special Issue: "Comics and Post-Secondary Pedagogy"

Posted 29 Mar, 2013

Guest Editor: James Bucky Carter, Ph.D.
Co-Editor: Najwa Al-tabaa

The "Comics and Post-Secondary Pedagogy” special issue of ImageTexT is accepting paper submissions that address the teaching of comics with adult learners, defined as those in post-secondary settings such as colleges, universities, technical schools, community colleges, professional schools, etc., or in other settings in which adult education, enrichment, or training is a focus (prisons, the military, government, the workplace, extension programs, mutual aid movements, etc.).

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • Teaching comics in university courses
  • Teaching the self-contained or special topics comics course
  • Comics in the ____________ course (History, Philosophy, Graphic Design, Literature, Media, etc.)
  • Introducing students to comics/specific comics in courses that do not feature much comics content otherwise
  • Advocating for the incorporation of comics in your discipline/field/class: What works and what hasn't?
  • Using comics to inform or educate at the university level in ways beyond the traditional college course (student life, retention, etc.)
  • Teaching comics with non-traditional students
  • Using comics to educate in the workplace
  • Teaching comics in prison settings
  • Comics as educational materials in professional development or training programs
  • Using comics to assist college student or adult learners in English acquisition
  • Adults' concepts and precepts regarding comics and teaching comics
  • Using comics in medical, law, and business schools.
  • Using comics to teach those who teach others
  • Teaching the works of a specific comics artist
  • Using/creating comics as a medium of expression/critical thought for students/Integration of comics-creating assignments

Please send completed papers in MLA citation format to James Bucky Carter at jbcarter777@gmail.com by July 20th, 2013. Copy all submissions to Najwa Al-tabaa at naltabaa@ufl.edu.

Articles submitted should usually not exceed 10,000 words including notes and should be presented to generally accepted academic standards. Please submit all articles by sending an email with the submission attached (including images, video etc.). Articles should be submitted preferably in HTML, or as Microsoft Word, StarOffice, or OpenOffice documents. Webbed essays are encouraged.

[cfp] UPDATE: Monsters in the Margins: The Horrors of Image/Text

Posted 29 Mar, 2013

NEW DEADLINE: April 15, 2013

Edited by Don Ault and Will Walter

In any crisis, whether economic or cultural, there is a sense of an unimaginable danger right around the corner. These unknown and unfathomable terrors fascinate the imagination and dramatically play out our anxieties in a more cognitively relatable form. We attempt to embody them, to transplant them, or to make them somehow tangible, yet despite the variety of attempts, the underlying anxiety persists. The narratives and forms into which we channel our terrors become our monsters. At the same time, the modes and means of this content production and distribution seem to loom, suggesting changes and mutations around the corner, and the outliers and disturbances in the status-quo make us wary of what's to come.

In the midst of the first true economic crisis of the 21st century, we return to these sites with renewed curiosity. How can we depict the sublime terror of our anxieties? How can we convey our unabashed horror through image and text, and communicate those feelings across venues and platforms? Why do we keep trying to re-imagine the same monstrous templates, especially when the tools of a craft are perpetually unstable?

The targeted goal of the "Monsters in the Margins" special issue from ImageTexT is to address these issues by welcoming any and all explorations into the representation of monsters in a imagetextual form. As a proceedings issue following 2012's Monster in the Margins UF Graduate Comics Organization conference, we invite papers from both panelists and speakers at the conference, as well as scholars who did not attend the conference. All articles relevant to the special issue topic will be judged on merit.

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[cfp] Call for Papers / Call for Speakers

Posted 28 Mar, 2013
2013 AX Anime and Manga Studies Symposium

July 4—July 7
Anime Expo 2013
Los Angeles Convention Center (Los Angeles, CA)

Submission Deadline: May 1, 2013

Japanese animation (anime) and comics (manga) represent one of the major contributions that Japan has made to global visual and popular culture. Indeed, for many people, their first—and sometimes only—contact with Japanese culture at all is through Japanese visual culture.

When, 30 years ago, Frederik Schodt published his Manga! Manga!: The World of Japanese Comics, he almost single-handedly created the field of English-language anime and manga studies—a field that has been evolving and growing ever since.

As scholars around the world have recognized, anime and manga are open to a wide range of interpretations, drawing on many different disciplines. One goal of the Anime and Manga Studies Symposium is to invite speakers from diverse backgrounds, fields and areas to exchange ideas and approaches, explore new directions, and contribute to building a community of anime and manga studies.

Uniquely, the Anime and Manga Symposium is an integral part of the schedule of Anime Expo, the largest gathering of fans of Japanese popular culture in the U.S. This will allow speakers to share their research and scholarship with a public, non-academic audience, to interact directly with fans of anime and manga from around the world, and to become participants in a celebration and appreciation of Japanese popular culture. In turn, the Symposium also serves to introduce convention attendees to the ideas and practices of formal scholarship.

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