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[UPDATE]: The Conversations Project: Interdscisplinary Conversations About Comics, Literacy, and Scholarship
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James Bucky Carter/ Washington State University
The Conversations Project: Interdisciplinary Conversations About Comics, Literacy, and Scholarship
Dr. James Bucky Carter seeks papers for an edited collection entitled _The Conversations Project_.
Comics scholarship has grown substantially over the last twenty years and has always inhabited an interdisciplinary domain. However, rarely do the myriad voices have an opportunity to intersect and interact like they might. This is especially true between those involved in humanities-based comics scholarship and those who explore comics from pedagogical potentialities – and an even more salient divide exists when one looks at those who are doing work with comics in the humanities and those who study comics’ k-12 applications and potentials.
The editor argues that this has had a limiting effect on comics scholarship and offers the Conversations Project as a mode of addressing the issue (while, of course, recognizing that there are figures who work in and across multiple disciplines).
The goal of the Conversations Project is to bring together leading and emergent voices in often distinctive and divergent sub-fields of comics scholarship via pairing those who study comics primarily from a humanities scholarship perspective with those who study comics mostly from the social sciences/ education/ literacy perspectives.
Each chapter of the project should be an informed, scholarly dialogue or conversation, preferably between two figures, one involved mostly in humanities-based comics scholarship and the other mostly involved in literacy/education-based comics scholarship. Chapters comprised of larger groupings will be considered.
Non-exhaustive examples of possible pairings:
• A children’s literature scholar might pair with a literacy scholar.
Partners should craft their narrative in the form of a mutual interview, similar to and inspired by the format of the University Press of Mississippi’s Conversations series, where each voice is clearly distinguished and labeled each time it speaks. Editors will provide a brief introduction of both figures to introduce the readership to the authors, their areas of expertise, and the general gist of their arguments presented in the chapter.
Pairs might consider the following:
• What are your big questions and concerns regarding how the “other side” seems to view comics.
The editor will craft a summative chapter that treats the bulk of the collection as qualitative data and will draw conclusions and make recommendations to readers based on emerging ideas, theories, and problem areas across the contributions. In this way, the book is similar to Aldema’s work in _Multicultural Comics: From Zap to Blue Beetle and Your Brain on Latina Comics_.
Deadline for submissions is March 1, 2014.