|Keynote Speaker: |
|Chris Ware |
October 4 – 6, 2012
June 4, 2012
This call invites proposals for papers, workshops and roundtables for the Comics Symposium, a celebration of and investigation into the art of the comic book, the graphic novel, and other book-length forms of sequential art narrative, featuring keynote guest Chris Ware, author of Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth. Consistent with the work of its keynote speaker, the Comics Symposium will be a two-day event for papers, workshops and roundtables, built around the theme "Epic Narratives". Details on the panel topics are below. Some of these panels will also connect to the hands-on workshops and discussion roundtables that follow them.
Designed to bring together a variety of perspectives in an open and welcoming environment, the College encourages submissions from artists, writers, educators, publishers, students, curators, and critics. As a proposal for a paper, workshop or roundtable is being reviewed, consideration will be given to this diverse population. Note that special consideration is also given to proposals which emphasize cross-disciplinary approaches and/or formats, and to roundtables or workshop proposals that connect the symposium theme and its panels to hands-on practice.
Proposals for papers for the following panels are welcome:
- The Epic Ordinary: Contemporary Life and the Epic Narrative in Comics
- Extraordinary Epics: Reshaping History and Myth in Contemporary Comics
- Dimensions of Gender: Depictions of Sex, Sexuality and Gender in Comics
- Sustainability or Apocalypse? Imagining the Future Through Comics
Proposals for workshops that are linked to the panels listed above are welcome. Proposal topics for additional panels and roundtables could include:
- Historical, Cultural and Ethnic Perspectives and Subjects in Comics
- Form and Style Considerations in Comics
- Images of Violence: Realism, Morality, Exploitation
- Digital Comics and the Technology of Making and Distributing Comics
- Depictions of 'Other' in Comics
- Curating Challenges
- Gender & Sexuality Representations
- Manga and Anime
- Comics and Memoir
Please read these instructions and additional guidelines before submitting:
- Submit one proposal as one electronic document containing the following information:
- a 200-word maximum abstract or description of the paper, workshop or roundtable to be presented
- a copy of the presenter's CV or resume
- All sessions will have access to a projection screen and digital projector which can be run from an available desktop computer or a personal laptop. Any other audio-visual needs must be noted in the proposal and are subject to CCAD approval.
- If individual participation in the symposium must be limited to a certain time or day, it should be indicated in the proposal. CCAD cannot guarantee that the symposium schedule will be able to accommodate individual scheduling limitations.
- Those selected to contribute to a panel or other symposium event will have their registration fees waived; however, no additional funding will be provided. Papers must be presented in person.
- Applicants will be notified by July 2, 2012 of their proposal's status.
- The schedule will be finalized in August 2012.
Questions should be directed to: Robert Loss, Programming Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org
Columbus College of Art & Design prepares tomorrow's creative leaders for professional careers. With a history of commitment to fundamentals and quality, CCAD advances a distinct, challenging, and inclusive learning culture that supports individual development in art, design, and the humanities.
About the College and the City:
Columbus College of Art & Design is located in downtown Columbus, Ohio in a thriving, up-tempo environment. Numerous hotels are within close proximity by cab, rental car or public transportation. Specific parking lots on the CCAD campus will be reserved for symposium participants. Columbus is served by Port Columbus International Airport, roughly 15 minutes from campus and the downtown area. Nearby attractions include the Columbus Museum of Art (across the street from CCAD), the Thurber House, the Ohio Statehouse, the Short North gallery district, and the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum at The Ohio State University.