Call for Papers
Inkers and Thinkers: The Evolution of Comics
Keynote speaker Bruce Mutard
An interdisciplinary symposium at the University of Adelaide, 4th April 2014.
The JM Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice and the Discipline of Media at the University of Adelaide will host an interdisciplinary symposium exploring comics’ unique combination of art and text, on April 4, 2014. We invite researchers of all disciplines, as well as artists and writers, to submit proposals that engage with the way the landscape of comics is shifting as public interest in comics’ literary and cultural value increases, and digital technologies open new possibilities for content creation and audience interaction.
Questions that could be addressed include, but are not limited to:
- What can be done and said with comics that cannot be accomplished with other media?
- How is comic book culture changing through social media?
- How do new technologies affect the process of creating and collaborating on comics?
- What challenges and opportunities face comics creators in Australia?
Abstracts of 300-500 words should be submitted to troy <dot> mayes <at> adelaide <dot> edu <dot> au by December 20, with accepted papers due by February 28. Presentations should be no longer than 20 minutes. It is our intention that selected symposium proceedings may form the basis of a special issue of an academic journal.
Accepted papers should be around 2,500 to 3,000 words. Presenters who would like to be included in the forthcoming journal issue themed around this symposium may also choose to submit a longer version for printed publication (3,000 to 5,000 words), but should be aware that there will not be time to present this longer version at the symposium. Please use Harvard referencing.
The symposium will be a free event, and refreshments will be provided. Participants may wish to note that Oz Comic-Con Adelaide will be held the following weekend.
We look forward to hearing from you.
For more information please visit www.inkersandthinkers.com.
Bruce Mutard has written and drawn four graphic novels, including The Sacrifice (2008) and Aurealis award nominated The Silence (2009) for Allen and Unwin. He currently holds the Australian Society of Authors comics and graphic novels portfolio, and has presented papers on comics theory at Oxford University, Loughborough University and University of Arts, London.
The J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice provides a stimulating research environment for leading Australian and international literary, musical, visual arts and design practitioners. Cross-disciplinary in its outreach and project-driven in its rationale, the Centre aims to generate quality scholarly publications, and interdisciplinary collaborations.
The University of Adelaide’s Discipline of Media focuses on understanding, analysing and engaging with digital, social and participatory media, with an aim to make sense of media’s capacity to transform and re-make the world.