Category: Call for Papers

Call for Papers – Transnational Comics: Crossing Gutters, Transcending Borders

University of Florida (Gainesville, Florida)
April 8-10, 2016

The Call for Papers for the upcoming 13th University of Florida Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels is now open. The theme of the conference is “Transnational Comics: Crossing Gutters, Transcending Boundaries”, and the list of suggested topics specifically includes “Comics that have been translated and/or disseminated across countries (for example, the translation and reception of manga and bande dessinée in the US)”, as well as a number of others, such as “comics that deal with border-crossings” and “the effect of globalization on comics industries” that can include Japanese comics.

Proposal maximum length: 300 words
Submission deadline: January 15, 2016

Send proposals to

The program of this year’s 12th Conference, “Comics Read but Seldom Seen: Diversity and Representation in Comics and Related Media” included a dedicated session on “Representation in anime & manga”, consisting of:

“The existence of emotion is nothing but a burden:” Emotional repressions as (re)presentations of psychological disorders in anime and manga
– Kathy Nguyen, Texas Woman’s University

Queer cooking: Fumi Yoshinaga and queer existence in modern Japan
– Andrew John Smith, Indiana University of Pennsylvania)

Yamete kudasai! Romanticized rape, humiliated homosexuality: A deconstruction of patriarchal values in yaoi and gay manga
– Janardana Hayton, Florida State University

See below for the full Call for Papers.


Call for Papers – Traumics: Comics Narratives of Trauma

The academic journal ImageTexT: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies is currently inviting papers for an upcoming “Traumics: Comics Narrative of Trauma” special issue of the journal. The CFP specifically mentions “Trauma and manga” as a potential suggested topic, with the works of Osamu Tezuka and Moto Hagio as possible examples. Submissions from faculty, graduate students, undergraduates, and independent scholars are welcomed. The deadline for submissions is November 1, and papers must be between 6,000 and 10,000 words. Additional information about the journal, its review process, and specific formatting guidelines is available at Submissions.

Published by the University of Florida Department of English (which offers a PhD with a track in “comics and visual rhetoric”), since its first Spring 2005 issue, this open-access journal has featured several papers on topics related to Japanese comics, including The queering of Haruhi Fujioka: Cross-dressing, camp, and commoner culture in Ouran High School Host Club (Summer 2009), Shakespeare Manga: Early- or Post-Modern? (Winter 2013) and Erotic grotesque redemption: Transgressive sexuality and the search for salvation in Katsuya Terada’s The Monkey King Volume 1 (2015), as well as a full “Anime and Utopia” special issue. The department also hosts an annual Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels; “Traumics: Comic Narratives of Trauma” was the theme of last year’s 11th Annual Conference

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Call for Papers – 30 Years of Studio Ghibli

Call for Papers – ‘Asian Popular Culture’

Journal of Popular CultureThe Journal of Popular Culture, a peer-reviewed scholarly journal that is an official publication of the Popular Culture Association is currently accepting papers for an upcoming special issue on Asian popular culture. The CFP notes that “‘Asian popular culture’ has become synonymous with the ideas, images, and phenomena of East Asia and specifically with Japanese animation and Chinese martial arts cinema”, and aims to expand the scope of the special issue very broadly in terms of both geography (East, Southeast, and South Asia) and topics, such as film, television, music, literature, sports, videogames, youth culture, and fan activities in general.

The Journal of Popular Culture has been published since 1967. Over the years, it has consistently welcomed scholarship on anime/manga. Just some of the articles that have appeared in it include Adams, Kenneth Alan & Hill, Lester, Protest and rebellion: Fantasy themes in Japanese comics (1991); Grigsby, Mary, Sailormoon: Manga (comics) and anime (cartoon) superheroine meets Barbie: Global entertainment commodity comes to the United States (1998), Ito, Kinko, A history of manga in the context of Japanese culture and society (2005), Madeley, June M., Transnational transformations: A gender analysis of Japanese manga featuring unexpected bodily transformations, and, just earlier this year, Maser, Verena, Nuclear disasters and the political possibilities of shōjo (girls’) manga (comics): A case study of works by Yamagishi Ryōko and Hagio Moto. Because of its history and status, it can comfortably be considered one of the highest-profile and most prestigious venues for English-language academic writing on Japanese animation/Japanese comics.

The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2015, and papers must be between 5,000 and 7,500 words. (more…)

Call for Papers – ‘Animation/Anime’

Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association
2015 Annual Conference

Cincinnati, OH (October 1-4, 2015)

The Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association seeks proposals for papers and panels on animation and anime for its 2015 Conference, to be held ThursdaySunday,1-4 October 2015 at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza in Cincinnati, OH.  The conference seeks papers on Western animation, Japanese animation (anime), and animation from other cultures.  As animation and anime cover all kinds of storytelling, topics may include but are not limited to the following suggestions:

  • Social and political themes in animation and anime (environmentalism, gender roles, ethnic and cultural stereotypes, political corruption, etc.)
  • Using animation and anime in the classroom
  • Genres of (and in) animation and anime (love and romance, fantasy, horror, erotica, science fiction, crime and mystery, historical dramas, etc.)
  • Ethical criticism of animation and anime
  • History of animation and anime
  • Comedy, parody, and pastiche in animation and anime
  • Creating and producing animation and anime (adapting books and manga, visual styles, music, voice casting, translating and subtitling, etc.)

Please send submissions directly to Full details are available on the official CFP at Graduate students are invited to apply for one of the MPCA/ACA’s competitively awarded travel grants at

Abstract/proposal submission deadline: April 30
Subject Area Chair: Prof. Mark Gellis (Kettering University)

Call for Proposals – “Critical Approaches to Comics Artists – Osamu Tezuka”

UPM LogoThe University Press of Mississippi has consistently been one of the most active publishers of English-language scholarship on comics, including manga. UPM is now accepting proposals for books in a series of collections of “original, multidisciplinary essays by established and emerging scholars on a major cartoonist or graphic novelist.” And, one of the cartoonists/graphic novelists that the call for proposals specifically identifies as being of interest is “God of Manga” Osamu Tezuka. (more…)

Call for Papers – “The Future in Comics”

Stockholm University (Stockholm, Sweden)
September 3-5

Future in Comics

“This conference aims to investigate ways in which comics explore the idea of ‘future.’ Its goal is to gather scholars from the field of comic studies and related fields, such as linguistics, philosophy, literary studies, cultural studies, sociology, anthropology, film studies as well as others that can discover a conceptual connection to the rigorous study of comics. Given our broad and yet specific purpose, we aim to discuss work on comics originating from all major traditions: French bande desineé, American and British comics, Italian fumetti, Japanese manga, and so on. In pursuing this cross-cultural approach, we wish to discuss not only how different conceptions of the future in comics can be compared and analysed, but also how comics offer unorthodox modes of representation that allow for creative, intellectual freedom that may be different from literature and cinema. In particular, we are interested in, but not limited to, discussing these themes:

  • The cross-roads between utopia and dystopia (e.g. Gundam‘s Universal Century, Transmetropolitan‘s representation of life in “the city”, Harlock‘s 30th century, the world of Rogue Trooper);


Call for Papers: AX 2015 Anime and Manga Studies Symposium

ANIMEExpo Logo 500pxwideI am pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the AX Anime and Manga Studies Symposium, an integral part of this year’s Anime Expo convention.

Call for Papers / Call for Speakers

2015 AX Anime and Manga Studies Symposium

July 2 – July 5
Anime Expo 2015
Los Angeles Convention Center (Los Angeles, CA

Submission Deadline: April 15, 2015

The AX Anime and Manga Studies Symposium is the premier international forum for academic discussion about Japanese visual culture and the worldwide popularity and impact of anime and manga. It welcomes a wide range of interpretations and approaches, draws on different disciplines and methodologies, and can involve academics, industry professionals, independent scholars, and fans/enthusiasts. The goal of the Symposium is to bring together speakers from diverse backgrounds, fields and areas to exchange ideas, explore new directions, and contribute to building a community of anime and manga studies.

The Symposium is an integral part of the program at Anime Expo, the largest anime convention in North America, which last year attracted over 80,000 attendees. Participating in it will give speakers an opportunity to present their research and scholarship directly to a public, non-academic audience, to interact with fans of anime and manga from around the world, and to join in this celebration and appreciation of Japanese popular culture. In turn, the Symposium also serves to introduce convention attendees to the ideas and practices of academic study of anime, manga, and other aspects of Japanese visual culture.

Speakers interested in participating in the 2015 AX Anime and Manga Studies Symposium are invited to submit a proposal title, an abstract no more than 300 words, and a CV to (more…)

Call for Papers – Ecocritical Reviews of Studio Ghibli Films

“The Media Review section of Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities calls for reviews that apply ecocritical and Green cultural studies approaches to the field of Japanese animation.

2014 was a watershed year for Studio Ghibli, arguably the leading anime studio, because it marked the retirement of the founding directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata. who issued their swan-songs The Wind Rises and Princess Kaguya. To honor this moment and attract more critical attention to anime, we are soliciting reviews of the following:

Miyazaki’s films, especially Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, and Ponyo.

Takahata’s Ken the Wolf Boy, Heidi: Girl of the Alps, Pom Poko aka “Tanuki Wars,” Grave of the Fireflies, and Princess Kaguya. (more…)

Call for Papers – “Fandom and Neomedia Studies”

Dallas, Texas – June 6-7, 2015

Third Annual Fandom and Neomedia Studies Conference

“We are pleased to announce a CFP for submissions to the Third Annual Fandom and Neomedia Studies (FANS) Conference in Dallas, TX, on 6 and 7 June 2015.

Fandom for us includes all aspects of being a fan, ranging from being a passive audience member to producing one’s own parafictive or interfictive creations. Neomedia includes both new media as it is customarily defined as well as new ways of using and conceptualizing traditional media.

Ours is an interdisciplinary group, including historians, psychologists, geologists, writers, and independent scholars. We welcome contributions from all disciplines and from all levels of academic achievement. Submissions are welcome from professors, students, and independent researchers. Topics may come from anime, manga, science fiction, television series, movies, radio, performing arts, or any other popular culture phenomenon and their respective fandom groups.” (more…)