CFP: [Medieval] HE COMICS GET MEDIEVAL 2009 (10/15/08; PCA New Orleans 4/8-11/09)

full name / name of organization: 
Michael A Torregrossa
contact email: 
popular.culture@sas.upenn.edu

THE COMICS GET MEDIEVAL 2009
CALL FOR PAPERS (New Orleans 8-11 April 2009)
SPECIAL SESSIONS OF THE MEDIEVAL POPULAR CULTURE AREA
ORGANIZED BY MICHAEL A. TORREGROSSA AND JASON TONDRO
PROPOSALS DUE TO ORGANIZERS BY 15 October 2008

Celebrating our sixth year in 2009, proposals are now being considered for inclusion at “The
Comics Get Medieval 2009," a series of panels and roundtables sponsored by the Society for the
Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages and hosted by the Arthurian Legends, Comics &
Comic Art, and Medieval Popular Culture Area of the Popular Culture Association (PCA) for the
2009 Joint Conference of the National Popular Culture and American Culture Associations to be
held from 8-11 April 2009 at the New Orleans Marriott, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.

The goal of these sessions is to foster communication between medievalists, comics scholars,
and specialists in popular culture studies in general. The organizers define “medieval comics” as
any aspect of the comics medium (panel cartoons, comic strips, comics books, comics albums,
band dessinée, graphic novels, manga, web comics, comics to film/film to comics, etc.) that
feature medieval themes either in stories set during the Middle Ages or in stories presenting
some element of the medieval in the post-medieval era.

For 2009, we welcome papers on the following themes for inclusion in a series of panels and/or
roundtables and are especially interested in proposals that look at comics produced outside of
the United States:

*** “The Arthur of the Comics”: explorations of the representations of the Matter of Britain in the
comics medium

*** “Medieval Comics at War”: investigations of how the comics medium has represented aspects
of medieval warfare or incorporated medieval themes in representations of modern combat

*** Creators Roundtable: presentations and discussions by creators of medieval-themed comics

We also welcome proposals on the following for inclusion in a general session, and, again, are
especially interested in proposals that look at comics produced outside of the United States:

***Any aspect of medieval-themed comics (as defined above)

***Teaching the Middle Ages or Medieval Studies through the comics medium

***Reading medieval artifacts (architectural elements, manuscript illumination, tapestries, etc.) as
sequential pictorial narratives (i.e. “proto-comics”)

Completed papers should be delivered in 15-20 minutes (depending on the number of
presenters). All proposals will also be considered for inclusion in an essay collection to be edited
by the panel organizers beginning in late 2009/early 2010. (Individuals only interested in
submitting for the collection should also send proposals by 15 October 2008 and indicate their
preference in the email.)

In addition, a select list of potential topics and a bibliographic guide to medieval comics will
appear later in 2008 as part of THE MEDIEVAL COMICS PROJECT web site available at
MedievalComicsProject.org and THE ARTHUR OF THE COMICS website available at Arthur-of-
the-Comics.org, both organized by the Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle
Ages.

By 15 October 2008, please submit full contact information (name, address, phone/cell, and
email), titles, and abstracts of 300-500 words to the sessions’ organizers, who will then forward
them to area chair. Address all inquiries and proposals to the organizers at the following
address:

Michael A. Torregrossa
Co-founder, The Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages
34 2nd Street
Smithfield, RI 02917-3627
Popular.Culture.and.the.Middle.Ages-at-gmail.com
http://PopularCultureandtheMiddleAges.org

PLEASE NOTE: Membership in the Popular Culture Association (PCA) or the American Culture
Association (ACA) is required for participation; details will be sent from the area chair with letters
of acceptance or visit their website at pcaaca.org.

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