The Comics Studies Society

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The Futures of the Field
The 1st Annual Conference of the Comics Studies Society | August 9-11, 2018
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Comics Studies Society invites submissions of scholarly paper proposals for its first annual conference, “MIND THE GAPS! The Futures of the Field,” to be held from August 9-11th, 2018, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

This inaugural conference seeks to bring together scholars, artists, and other members of the international Comics Studies community for critical conversations about the futures of the field, in all its multidisciplinary and transcultural formations. Presentations should focus on gaps and opportunities in existing scholarship and may choose to address one or more of the following questions:

  • What are the overlooked, understudied, and emerging areas of comics studies?
    How might comics studies expand its methodologies? What disciplines should comics studies engage with more fully?
    How can comics studies foreground issues of representation, equity and justice?
    How might new technologies and platforms change the way we define, read, teach, draw, and write about comics?
    What are the significant challenges and opportunities for the futures of comics studies?

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Regional gaps and understudied geographic areas
    Historical gaps and recovered cartoonists and comics
    Comics, illustration, and art history
    Collaboration in comics and comics scholarship
    Comics pedagogy and classroom canons
    Scholarship in comics form
    Comics, conflict, and geopolitics
    Webcomics and digital technologies
    Critical race theory, ethnicity studies and comics
    Queer theory, sexuality studies and comics
    Postcolonial theory, settler studies, and Indigenous comics
    Science in/and comics
    Disability studies and comics studies
    Educational, governmental, and religious comics

Guidelines for Submission

We are accepting submissions for:

  1. Individual papers
    2. Panels of three papers
    3. Roundtables of short (5 min.) presentations by 4-5 presenters followed by discussion

below for the conference submission templates.

The deadline for all submissions is
January 1, 2018. BY POPULAR DEMAND, now January 15, 2018

A presenter’s name may appear twice in the program.

All proposals should be sent as Word files or PDFs by email to:

The conference organizers will send out notifications of acceptance by February 15, 2018.

Conference presenters need to be current members of CSS in 2018 at the time of registration.