Religion and the Image (abstracts due: November 15)

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Illustration, Comics, and Animation Conference Dartmouth College February 28 – March 2, 2014

Religion and the Image is a special-topics panel to be held at the 2nd Annual Illustration, Comics, and Animation Conference at Dartmouth College, February 28 – March 2, 2014

This panel seeks papers that explore the relationship between religion or religious practice and the hand-drawn image in all of its forms, from comics and illustrations in children's literature to animated films.

In addition to papers on individual texts or artists whose work merits consideration given the topic, we are also interested in papers responsive to the following questions:

*How have media events associated with profane images shifted the status of the image? How have they re-imagined religion?
*How do religious comics, animations, or book illustrations theorize the human or the divine?
*In what ways do images intervene upon spiritual experiences differently from other types of media?
*To what extent do contemporary images bear out historical tensions between iconography and idolatry?

Please send all abstracts with a short bio to Michael Chaney at by Nov 15, 2013.

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