CFP: [Cultural-Historical] International Comic Arts Forum 2008 (5/01/08; 10/09-10/11/08)

full name / name of organization: 
Cecile Danehy


October 9-11, 2008

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (

The International Comic Arts Forum invites scholarly paper presentations
for its thirteenth annual meeting, to be held at the School of the Art
Institute of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois, from Thursday, October 9,
through Saturday, October 11, 2008. The deadline to submit proposals is May
1, 2008 (see below for proposal guidelines and submission information).
Proposals will be refereed via blind review.

We welcome original proposals from a variety of disciplines and theoretical
perspectives on any aspect of comics or cartooning, including comic strips,
comic books, albums, graphic novels, manga, webcomics, political cartoons,
gag cartoons, and caricature. Studies of aesthetics, production,
distribution, reception, and social, ideological, and historical
significance are all equally welcome, as are studies that address larger
theoretical issues linked to comics or cartooning, such as image/text
relationships. In keeping with its mission, ICAF is particularly interested
in studies that reflect an international perspective.

ICAF is proud to be hosted this year by the School of the Art Institute of
Chicago, a leader in art education and a vital part of Chicago's arts
community. In order to create a conference that reaches out to that
community and reflects Chicago's rich heritage of comic art, we
particularly invite proposals with special interest in comics and cartoons
from Chicago and the American Midwest.

SEND PROPOSALS (with COMPLETE contact information) by May 1, 2008, to Prof.
Cécile Danehy, ICAF Academic Coordinator, via email at
<>. Proposals should not exceed 300 words.

Receipt of proposals will be acknowledged immediately; if you do not
receive acknowledgment within three days of sending your proposal, please
resubmit. Applicants should expect to receive confirmation of acceptance or
rejection by May 16, 2008.

[Further guidelines and information can be found below:]

PROPOSAL GUIDELINES: For its refereed presentations, ICAF prefers
argumentative, thesis-driven papers that are clearly linked to larger
critical, artistic, or cultural issues; we strive to avoid presentations
that are merely summative or survey-like in character. We can accept only
original papers that have not been presented or accepted for publication
elsewhere. Presenters should assume an audience versed in comics and the
fundamentals of comics studies. Where possible, papers should be
illustrated by relevant images. In all cases, presentations should be timed
to finish within the strict limit of twenty (20) minutes (that is, roughly
eight to nine typed, double-spaced pages).

AUDIOVISUAL EQUIPMENT: ICAF's preferred format for the display of images is
MS PowerPoint. Regretfully we cannot accommodate non-digital media such as
transparencies, slides, or VHS tapes. Presenters should bring their
PowerPoint or other electronic files on a USB key or CD, not just on the
hard drive of a portable computer. We cannot guarantee the compatibility of
our equipment with presenters' individual laptops.

REVIEW PROCESS: All proposals will be subject to blind review by the ICAF
Executive Committee, with preference given to proposals that observe the
above standards. The final number of papers accepted will depend on the
needs of the conference program. Due to increasing interest in the
conference, in recent years ICAF has typically been able to accept only one
third to one half of the proposals it has received.


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