Category: Call for Papers

Call for Papers – “Japanese Pop Cultures in Europe Today”

Kobe University (Kobe, Japan) – June 12-13, 2015

Mutual Images – Third International Workshop
Japanese Pop Cultures in Europe Today: Economic Challenges, Mediated Notions, Future Opportunities

For the third Mutual Images workshop, we seek to explore the dynamic relations between Japan and Europe through contemporary popular cultures. These past decades, Japanese pop cultures (manga, anime on television and at theatres, video games, toys, gadgets, cosplay, fan-fiction, light novels, dramas and other forms of current entertainment) have been an important vector of Japanese culture on Europe. In the three sessions of this workshop, we will interrogate the commercial, media and cultural aspects of the development of Japanese popular cultures in Europe today. We particularly invite papers that consider the influence of Japanese popular culture on European societies and mentalities, within a wide range of cultural, social or economic aspects; e.g. from artistic media, such as literary productions, to eating habits. (more…)

Call for Papers – “Exploring 30 Years of Studio Ghibli: Spirited Discussions”

Cardiff University (Cardiff, Wales, UK) – April 18, 2015

Exploring 30 Years of Studio Ghibli: Spirited Discussions

2015 marks the 30th anniversary of Studio Ghibli, and with that anniversary it is time to reflect on the domestic and global success of Japan’s most famous animation studio. With the retirements of Studio Ghibli’s most famous director, Hayao Miyazaki, and it main producer, Toshio Suzuki earlier this year, the future of Studio Ghibli is in turmoil, provoking rallying cries from fans and critics alike. The Wind Rises may have been Miyazaki’s swan song, but this is not his first retirement. Despite Miyazaki’s professed departure, Ghibli’s other directors like Miyazaki’s founding partner, Isao Takahata, and Hiromasa Yonebayashi have produced recent hits of varying degrees for this powerful studio that suggest overlooked aspects of the Studio in need of further analysis and discussion. This anniversary year is therefore a pertinent time to celebrate and critically reflect on Studio Ghibli, not only exploring Miyazaki’s famous films, but also considering other facets of the Ghibli universe. This symposium explores a diverse range of topics, exploring the wide international appeal of Studio Ghibli and the cultural significance of everything from the studio’s canon to its more obscure local activities. (more…)

Call for Proposals – ‘Queers and Comics’

Queers and Comics: LGBT Cartoonists’ Conference
New York, NY – May 7-8, 2015

Queers & Comics brings LGBTQ cartoonists, comics writers, and artists together with scholars and fans in order to document the history and significance of queer comics. This conference spotlights the veterans of LGBTQ cartooning in North America and internationally, with forums for working artists to share their knowledge and to discuss how to navigate the comics industry.”

The conference welcomes submissions for “workshops, readings, presentations, portfolio reviewers, and preformed roundtables (with a minimum of 3 discussants) as well as proposals by individual roundtable discussants” on any topic related to the general theme of “how queer comics reflect and critique queer culture”. Manga and anime are specifically highlighted as possible topics for proposals.

Proposal requirements:

– Description of proposal (250 words or less)
– Biographical info (100 words or less) or one-page CV for each participant
– Audio-Visual requests

Proposal deadline: November 3, 2014

 

Call for Papers – ‘Parody, Satire, and Humor in Superhero Narratives’

Northeast Modern Language Association, 46th Annual Convention
Toronto, ON, Canada – April 30 – May 3

Comedy and Comics – Parody, Satire, and Humor in Superhero Narratives

Stan Lee bristles at calling them “comic books,” lest readers think they are only “funny books.” This panel identifies how humor operates in works centered around superheroes—as parody, satire, and comedy. Potential topics include comedic twists on the superhero archetype; “campy” TV and film adaptations of “serious” characters; webcomics and humorous children’s books; teaching satire through comics; and cross-cultural appropriation of the superhero motif.

This topic can include comedic, satiric, or parodic portrayals of superheroes as portrayed in manga, anime, Super Sentai, and more, whether Tiger and Bunny, Japanese adaptations of United States comics characters (Marvel Comics), or wackier fare such as Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo.

Abstract submission deadline (300 words) – September 30
Session chair: Derek McGrath (Stony Brook University)

Call for Papers: ‘Diversity and Representation in Comics and Related Media’

The University of Florida Comics Studies program is now accepting proposals for paper presentations at the 12th UF Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels. The dates for the conference will be April 10 to April 12, 2015, and the conference’s title and theme is “Comics Read but Seldom Seen: Diversity and Representation in Comics and Related Media”, and its overall goal is stated as “to celebrate and interrogate the representation of marginalized groups in comics and related media.”

As it has in previous years, the conference actively welcomes papers on Japanese cultural products. Some of the specific themes and topics that the conference’s organizers suggest include:

  • Representations of disability and disorder in manga
  • Representations of homosexuality, alternative sexualities, and related issues in manga
  • Representations of diverse races, ethnicities, nationalities, genders and sexualities in anime/manga
  • Anime adaptations of lesbian/gay/bisexual/transsexual/queer manga
  • Particular titles to examine include With the Light, Real, Revolutionary Girl Utena

The deadline to submit a proposal for the conference (200-300 words) is January 1, 2015.

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Call for Book Chapters – ‘Cultures of Comics Work’

“We welcome submissions from a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives and are particularly interested in underrepresented areas of comics scholarship, such as women in comics and comics outside the Anglo-American region.

Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Cultures and/or experiences of work in the comics production, distribution, promotion, and consumption circuit
  • Theorizing the cultural work of comics casualization
  • Freelance labor, feminization, and other employment inequality and precarity
  • Histories of comics work, how production has changed over time
  • Professional identities and self-identifications in the comics industry
  • New workflow/publishing models for comics in the digital age
  • Case studies of particular national/regional/local comics production cultures
  • Analyses of autobiographical comics and/or fictionalized narratives about the life of the comic book artist

Chapter proposals from authors with both academic and industry/practitioner backgrounds are welcome. Prospective contributors should submit

1) an extended abstract of 300-400 words
2) an indicative bibliography
3) a short biographical sketch

no later than November 30 , 2014

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AX 2014 Anime and Manga Studies Symposium – CALL FOR PAPERS

The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the 2014 AX Anime and Manga Studies Symposium, a unique track of academic talks, presentations and panels that will be an integral part of the live programming at the largest anime convention in the United States.

July 3 – July 6
Anime Expo 2014
Los Angeles Convention Center (Los Angeles, CA)

www.anime-expo.org

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Marc Steinberg (Concordia University, Montreal, Canada)

Submission Deadline: May 1, 2014 (more…)