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[Commlist] CFP: participation and communities in comics symposium
Thu May 02 21:41:19 GMT 2019
Please see below the EXTENDED CFP DEADLINE for the symposium
Participation and Communities in Comics. DL for the proposals is on 8 May.
Anna Vuorinne & Laura Antola
Coordinators of the network Comics and Society: Research, Art, and
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
PARTICIPATION AND COMMUNITIES IN COMICS
28 July – 4 August 2019
We invite scholars, students, artists, and other professionals working
with comics to the second symposium of the network Comics and Society:
Research, Art, and Cultural Politics (2019-2021). Comics and Society is
an interdisciplinary three-year initiative that aims to cultivate our
understanding of comics as a social and socially defined phenomenon and
to strengthen the status of comic art and comics scholarship in the
Nordic-Baltic region. Through academic discussion, artistic work, and
social engagement we explore how comics take part in making sense of
societies, social phenomena, and societal changes especially, but not
exclusively, in the Nordic and Baltic countries.
In our second symposium Participation and Communities in Comics we will
explore comics and comics cultures as a form of participation and
building of communities. Throughout their history comics have taken part
in making of, for example, national and cultural communities by
establishing communal identities and communicating generally accepted
values. On the other hand, comics have always been used for critical
social commentary and building of subcultures and alternative communities.
People engage with comics in many different ways. Reading, making fan
art and fan fiction, blogging, cosplaying, writing on forums and message
boards are all parts of today’s participatory cultures around comics.
Participation and cooperation are important to not only fans and readers
of comics, but to the creators as well. Comics associations, societies
and other initiatives help creators with networking, publishing, and
promoting. Similarly, comics are often made by teams of two or more
people. Communities around comics can be inclusive and exclusive at the
same time. A fan community can feel very welcoming to certain people,
while others are marginalized. The aim of the symposium is to
investigate how comics as well as reading and creating them establish
communities, create sense of belonging, and support social empowerment
especially, but not exclusively, in the Nordic-Baltic region.
Some of the questions we would like to address in the summer symposium
– What is the significance of gaining support from a network and working
– Are comics still building communities based on nationality or are we
living in the times of transnational comics cultures?
– What is the relationship between comics and social activism? How have
comics been used and what makes comics useful for the purposes of activism?
– Can comics and comics workshops support social empowerment? What kind
of communities are built around comics workshops and what is the role of
the community in the process?
– How are fan communities built and what kinds of meaning do they carry
for those who engage in them? What is the role of comic cons and
festivals in participatory comics cultures?
– How do comics tackle the questions of inclusion and exclusion in
communities and in society? How can these questions be addressed by
scholars, artists, fans etc?
We welcome proposals from scholars, students, artists as well as other
practitioners working with comics. The basic length of a presentation
will be 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes discussion. We also welcome
proposals for longer participatory workshops. If you would like to
organize a workshop, please discuss the details individually with the
coordinators. Please send a proposal (max. 300 words) and a short
biographical statement to Laura Antola ((lahean /at/ utu.fi)) and Anna Vuorinne
((ahvuor /at/ utu.fi)) by 1 May 2019. This is also the deadline for the
application of scholarships and grants (for details, see below). If you
would like to attend the symposium without presenting your work, please
send us a biographical statement and briefly explain your interest in
participating. However, priority is given to applicants who will present
their work. The preliminary programme will be announced in mid-May at
www.nordic.university. There you will also find more information about
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