Comic Art Working Group
It is our pleasure to inform you that the Comic Art Working Group of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) invites submissions of abstracts for papers and panel proposals for the 2017 IAMCR conference to be held from 16 -20 July, 2017 in Cartagena, Colombia.
The Comic Art Working Group (CAWG) is most probably the oldest working group in IAMCR, having been founded by John A. Lent at the 1984 conference in Prague. From its launch, it has been dedicated to finding a niche within mass communication scholarship for comic art, which it has succeeded in doing, and in a spirit of serious and pleasurable study and cooperation. Professor John A. Lent is also responsible for the International Journal of Comic Art (IJOCA), one of most prestigious journals in the field.
All aspects of comics and cartooning from around the world are open for discussion as well as critical approaches from all disciplinary perspectives. Academicand independent scholars are all equally welcome to collaborate. We also welcome submissions from early career researchers and veteran scholars alike.
The CAWG also welcomes suggestions and ideas of extra activities within the group for future meetings. Beginning with the Leicester 2016 conference, the group announced the launching of the annual best paper award. In order to be considered, papers must be thoroughly researched, written in or translated into excellent English and follow closely the International Journal of Comic Art style ( for style guidelines, please check ijoca.com or the IJOCA blog).
In order to keep the dialogue flowing, we have also created a page for the group in Facebook.
Feel free to join it! https://www.facebook.com/groups/588358041302782/?fref=ts
IAMCR 2017 – General information and deadlines at a glance:
- 2017 Conference theme: “Transforming Culture, Politics & Communication: New media, new territories, new discourses”
- The deadline to submit your abstract is midnight GMT on 9 February 2017. This deadline will not be extended.
Abstracts should be submitted only via Open Conference System (OCS) at http://iamcr-ocs.org from 01 December 2016 – 9 February 2016. (System closes at midnight GMT on 9 February 2016)
- Conference registration will be open in March 2017.
- Decisions on acceptance of abstracts will be communicated to applicants by their Section or Working Group Head no later than 3 April 2017.
- For those whose abstracts are accepted, full conference papers are to be submitted via IAMCR-OCS by 26 June 2017.
- See the conference key dates and deadlines: http://iamcr.org/cartagena2017/keydates
- See all Calls for Papers for IAMCR 2016: http://iamcr.org/cartagena2017/cfp
- Visit the conference website: http://iamcr.org/cartagena2017
2017 IAMCR Conference theme is “Transforming Culture, Politics & Communication: New media, new territories, new discourses”. All over the world communication and media are being transformed by complex and often unpredictable dynamics, tendencies and trends.
Across an increasing number of regions, established social and political actors are being challenged and new movements are emerging, defined, for example, by sexual preferences, lifestyles, ethnic identities, customs, practices or interests. These new actors are more likely to see “politics” as spaces of multiple modes of participation rather than as spaces where they are represented. Contemporary politics (especially political parties) are being transformed and new social movements are emerging and growing, taking various forms, sizes, and shapes.
Against this backdrop, the conference will explore and discuss the link between, on the one hand, broad social, political and cultural changes and dynamics, and on the other, changes in communication, media, and their processes. In particular, the conference will be an opportunity to incubate and develop theories, research, and frameworks, that might guide emerging theoretical frameworks to help think about, discuss and create new, and hopefully more appropriate, concepts and methods for the field and its practices.
A key focus will be the new social and spatial territories of the political, their social and cultural effects, and the dramatic transformations they have produced in communication processes.
Given the epochal changes underway globally, is it time to rethink communication and relocate it, with all of its nuances, within a new understanding of politics and culture that speaks to the times we now live in?
At the same time, the outdated geopolitical idea of a north/south, east/west world that dominated thinking in the 20th century also needs to be revisited. The conditions of social and cultural life that generated these conceptualizations are no longer linked to territories. Today “souths” and “norths” (in the conventional sense), mingle and interact with centers and peripheries, and easts and wests, throughout the world.
This Working Group accepts abstract submissions and presentations in English, French and Spanish.
See this CfP in Spanish.
Submission of Abstracts
Submissions to the CAWG might focus on relevant aspects to the comics scholarship. Questions raised might include (but not be limited to): comics as “new media”; cultural aspects of the discourse of comics; national narratives build and or represented in comics; graphic art as a cultural agent; comics festivals and the “new territories of culture”; the question of territory in contemporary visual representation; digital media and comics; representation (trans)forming cultural memory, comics and new identity discourses; comic art and pop culture.
Abstracts should be between 300 and 500 words in length.
All abstract submissions must be made exclusively via IAMCR’s OCS at http://iamcr-ocs.org.
One (1) abstract will be submitted per person for consideration by the Conference. Under no circumstances should there be more than two (2) abstracts bearing the name of the same applicant either individually or as part of any group of authors.
Upon submission of an abstract, you will be asked to confirm that your submission is original and that it has not been previously published in the form presented. You will also be given an opportunity to declare if your submission is currently before another conference for consideration.
Submitted abstracts will be evaluated on the basis of:
1. relevance of the submission to the CAWG
2. theoretical contribution
4. quality of writing
5. literature review
6. originality and/or significance of the work
Please note also that the same abstract or another version with minor variations in title or content must not be submitted to other Sections or Working Groups of the Association for consideration, after an initial submission. Such submissions will be deemed to be in breach of the conference guidelines and will be automatically rejected by the Open Conference System, by the relevant Head or by the Conference Programme Reviewer. Such applicants risk being removed entirely from the conference programme.
Early submission is strongly encouraged.
Comic Art Working Group
Dr. Geisa Fernandes
Dr. Jorge Salvador Anaya Martínez
Grupo de Trabajo sobre el Cómic
Convocatoria a la presentación de propuestas
El Grupo de Trabajo sobre el Cómic de la IAMCR (International Association for Media and Communication Research ) invita al envío de ponencias para la conferencia 2017 que se llevará a cabo en Cartagena de Indias (Colombia), del 16 -20 Julio, 2017.
El tema de la conferencia es: Transformaciones de la cultura, la política y la comunicación: nuevos medios, territorios y discursos
Envío de resúmenes: del 01 Diciembre 2017 – 9 Febrero 2017. Cabe notar que el sistema aceptará ponencias hasta las 23:59 (GTM) del día 9 de Febrero.
El Grupo de Trabajo sobre el Arte del Cómic (CAWG) fue creado hace 32 años por el Profesor John A. Lent, responsable también de IJOCA (International Journal of Comic Arts) una de las más prestigiosas publicaciones en el área.
Para informaciones sobre la conferencia y fechas y sobre becas y premios ofrecidos por la asociación, clave en el siguiente link: http://iamcr.org/cartagena2017
Grupo de trabajo sobre el Cómic
Dr. Geisa Fernandes
Dr. Jorge Salvador Anaya Martínez
(FR) APPEL À COMMUNICATIONS IAMCR 2017
Le groupe de travail Comic Art Working Group (CAWG) vous invite à soumettre vos résumés pour la conférence annuelle L’International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) qui aura lieu à Cartagena (Colombia), del 16 -20 Juillet, 2017.
Thème de la conférence: “Transforming Culture, Politics & Communication: New media, new territories, new discourses” (Transformer la culture, Politique et communication: Nouveauxmédias, nouveauxterritoires, de nouveauxdiscours).
Soumission des résumés:01 Décembre 2016 – 9 Février 2017. Veuillez noter que cette date ne sera pas prolongée. Le système OCS fermera à minuit GMT le 9 février 2017.
Le CAWG a été fondé en 1984 par le Prof. John A. Lent, lui aussi l´éditeur du jounal International Journal of Comic Art. Le IJOCA figure parmi les plus prestigieux journaux académiques de bande dessinée.
(PT) CONVOCATÓRIA IAMCR 2017
O Comic Art Working Group (CAWG) convida à submissão de propostas de trabalho para a reunião anual da Associação Internacional para a Pesquisa de Mídia e Comunicação (IAMCR), a ser realizada na cidade de Cartagena (Colômbia), de 16 a20 Julho de 2017.
Tema da conferência: “Transforming Culture, Politics & Communication: New media, new territories, new discourses” (Transformar a Cultura, Política e Comunicação: Novos meios de comunicação, novos territórios, novos discursos)
Envio dos resumos: 01 de Dezembro de 2016 – 9 Fevereiro de 2017. Atenção: o sistema aceita envios até às 23:59 (GTM) do dia 9.02.2017.
O Comic Art Working Group (CAWG) foi criado há 32 anos pelo Professor John A. Lent, também responsável pelo IJOCA – International Journal of Comic Arts, uma das mais prestigiosas publicações na área.
Mais informações na página do evento, inclusive sobre bolsas e prêmios oferecidos pela Associação: