Wednesday, July 11, 2012

CFP for Dartmouth Conference April 19-21, 2013

From: Philip Nel <>
Date: Mon, Jul 9, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Subject: [IRSCL] CFP: Illustration, Comics, and Animation Conference,
Dartmouth College, April 19–21, 2013

I'm forwarding the following CFP on behalf of Associate Professor
Michael Chaney at Dartmouth. This is the inaugural conference; he
plans to make it an annual event. Note that abstracts are due Dec.

Best wishes,

Philip Nel
Director, Program in Children's Literature
Dept. of English, 103 ECS Bldg.
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506-6501
U.S.A. ::

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What is the future of illustration studies?

What can comics scholars learn from animation studies and vice versa?

Do illustrated books or graphic novels resist the supposed
obsolescence of the book? What do pictures want (now)?

These and related questions will be explored at the Illustration,
Comics, and Animation Conference at Dartmouth College to be held April
19 – 21 2013.

Scholars interested in the illustrated image in all of its mediated
guises are invited to participate in this interdisciplinary
conference. Nearly all illustrated or drawn ‘texts’ are eligible for

*comics and graphic novels

*cartoons and animated films

*picture books

*illustrated books

And given the uniquely plenary nature of the conference, which brings
together scholarship on static and moving illustrations, preference
will be given to proposals that seek to bridge visual media. Possible
topics may include:

*Individual titles by prominent practitioners in the field

*Identity, subjectivity, authority, ideology or culture in or more
type of illustration media

*The future of particular schools of criticism (psychoanalysis,
critical race theory, phenomenology, Marxism, feminism, queer theory,
post-colonialism, formalism, aesthetic theories, etc.) and one or more
type of illustration media

The location of the conference may also be a source of inspiration for
prospective participants. Not only does Dartmouth College lie in close
proximity to the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction,
Vermont, but it is also the historic home of Theodor Geisel, Dr.
Seuss, whose illustrated books continue to awe and amuse.

Interested participants may propose individual papers or panels.
Individual papers should be no longer than 20 minutes. Panels shall be
ninety minutes long and should be comprised of three presenters and
one (ideally separate) panel chair. Please send 300 word abstracts and
a brief bio for each proposed paper no later than December 1, 2012.

Send all proposals and inquiries to

Michael A. Chaney <>

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