GRADUATE COMICS ORGANIZATION COMICS’ CONFERENCECALL FOR PAPERS 2022 Exploring the In-Betweens: Comics in FluxUniversity of FloridaMay 20th-22nd, 2022 (Gainesville, FL) Deadline for Submissions: February 18th, 2022 The Graduate Comics Organization at the University of Florida, Gainesville now invites proposals to our 18th annual conference: “Exploring the In-Betweens: Comics in Flux.” Our hybrid conference will be held virtually over Zoom and in-person from May 20th-22nd, 2022. We welcome applicants from all stages of their careers to submit papers addressing any aspect of the conference topic.
The theme of environmental crisis has been present in the public debate for several decades, and forcefully resurfaced in 2015 when the 2030 Agenda containing the goals of sustainable development was launched, including the preservation of all forms of life, the struggle against global warming and the production of clean and renewable energy. In the same year, the publication of the papal encyclical Laudato si’ on “integral ecology” and the conclusion of the Paris agreements on climate change also prompted debate on this theme. Throughout the years, environmental issues have progressively permeated the realm of scientific research as well.
Algorithmic technologies are nowadays proliferating in various sectors of the economy and, more generally, in society. Yet, while their widespread development already occupies several areas of contemporary life, their material configuration often remains opaque and difficult to comprehend, especially when it comes to how algorithms shape the futures of people and societies at large. Often, algorithms and AI technologies are conceived by their users and creators as “magic” that is beyond comprehension — an understanding that has a range of political and cultural implications for society (Campolo & Crawford, 2020) and has been consequently recognized in the theorizations of economy and politics (Pignarre & Stengers, 2012).
As various formats of lockdown to contain the Covid-19 virus in many nations across the world continue into their second year, there is an urgent need to critically analyze this situation and its historical backdrop from more traditionally left-oriented perspectives. This urgent need is likewise required in light of the more recent global vaccine rollouts and various digital health pass mandates that have followed as a supposed ‘way out’ of the lockdown logic. Such lockdowns, health pass mandates, and blanket vaccine rollouts clearly attempt to posit some kind of ‘public good’ or ‘solidarity’ over more individualist considerations; sentiments which on the surface appear to be benevolent and even left-oriented.
The editors of a forthcoming volume are seeking concise essays of approximately 5,000 words about any aspect of Star Wars storytelling that has emerged since Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm in 2012. We are seeking pieces that are academically rigorous, but accessible to the general reader.