CFP: [Medieval] Comics Get Medieval at Kalmazoo (9/1/07; Kalamazoo 5/8-11/08)

full name / name of organization: 
Michael A Torregrossa
contact email: 
Popular.Culture.and.the.Middle.Ages@gmail.com

THE COMICS GET MEDIEVAL AT KALAMAZOO: A WORKSHOP ON THE COMICS MEDIUM
IN THE MEDIEVAL STUDIES CLASSROOM AND MEDIEVALIST RESEARCH (WORKSHOP)

Sponsored by The Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages
Session to be held at the 43rd International Congress of Medieval
Studies, Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, MI), from 8-11 May
2008
Proposals due by 9/1/07

THE SOCIETY FOR THE STUDY OF POPULAR CULTURE AND THE MIDDLE AGES
<http://PopularCultureandtheMiddleAges.org> invites proposals for
10-minute papers on medieval-themed comics to be included in a session
to be held at the 43rd International Congress on Medieval Studies,
which convenes at Western Michigan University from 8-11 May 2008. In
addition, submissions will also be considered for inclusion in an
essay collection on the same topic.

Like most forms of modern popular culture, the comics medium makes
ample use of medieval themes, though, unlike other medias (such as
film), the comics have been largely neglected by medievalists as a
venue for research and discussion. The goal of the Society for the
Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages is to foster
communication between medievalists and popular culture research, and
the comics are an ideal medium to opening such discussion. As
established on The Medieval Comics Project web site, the comics have
much to offer to medievalists interested in studying popular
representations of the Middle Ages, as the corpus has appropriated a
wide variety of medieval themes, including historical figure and
events, literary and mythological texts, adaptations of post-medieval
texts set in the Middle Ages, and establishing new visions of the
medieval in both medieval and post-medieval settings.

The primary purpose of this workshop is to continue the work begun at
the various "The Comics Get Medieval" sessions held annually at the
Joint Conferences of the National Popular Culture and American Culture
Associations, and we offer this workshop as a means to introducing the
rich corpus of medieval-themed comics to an audience already receptive
to using medievalisms in their teaching and research. At present, it
is expected that the workshop will consist of an information session
devoted to the following topics: introducing the comics medium,
introducing medieval-themed comics, and finding and cataloguing
comics. The remaining time will serve as an open forum related to
teaching and researching this material.

Please submit abstracts of 500 to 1000 words to the organizing
committee at the following address; please also submit a completed
abstract cover sheet (found at
<http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/submissions.html>) with your
proposal.

Michael A. Torregrossa
34 2nd St
Smithfield, RI 02917-3627
Popular.Culture.and.the.Middle.Ages-at-gmail.com
http://PopularCultureandtheMiddleAges.org

--Michael A. Torregrossa, M.A.Co-Founder, The Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ageshttp://PopularCultureandtheMiddleAges.org=================================== From the Literary Calls for Papers Mailing List cfp_at_english.upenn.edu more information at http://cfp.english.upenn.edu===================================Received on Thu Aug 02 2007 - 12:43:45 EDT

cfp categories: 
medieval