The Fourth Annual Dartmouth Illustration, Comics and Animation Conference. May 26th and 27th, 2018.

deadline for submissions: 
December 1, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Dartmouth College

The Fourth Annual Dartmouth Illustration, Comics and Animation Conference. May 26th and 27th, 2018.

Scholars, artists, and researchers at all levels are encouraged to submit a paper related to the following areas:

  • Representations of neurodiversity, Autism/Aspergers, cognitive or neurodevelopmental difference, disability studies or medical humanities.
  • Insurgent pedagogies using visual media, teaching comics beyond the classroom, teaching comics as a form of social justice, visual literacies and social activism.
  • Images and the sacred, iconophobia and theories of theology and religion in relationship to drawn media.
  • Adaptations, translations, remixes, transmedial practices.
  • The futures of visual-verbal media.

Other questions which could become the germ for panels or papers:

  • Can there be closure in animation?
  •  How do digital technologies impact the comics image?
  • How do qualities of stasis, simultaneity, and sequence associated with the comics image apply to animation?
  •   In what ways do the word-image tensions of the illustrated book or picture book differ from those of a graphic novel?
  • What is the phenomenology of the contemporary graphic novel, illustrated book, or animated film?
  • How do these forms presage the future of the human or the humanities?

And finally, the location of the conference may also be a source of inspiration for prospective participants. Not only does Dartmouth College lie in close proximity to the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont, but it is also the historic home of Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss).

Interested participants may propose individual papers or panels. Individual papers should be no longer than 20 minutes. Panels shall be ninety minutes long and should be comprised of three presenters and one (ideally separate) panel chair. Please send 300 word abstracts and a brief bio for each proposed paper no later than December 1, 2017.

Send all proposals and inquiries to
michael.chaney@dartmouth.edu