Comics and Popular Arts Conference

The Comics and Popular Arts Conference (CPAC) is an annual academic conference for the studies of comics and the popular arts, including science/speculative fiction and fantasy literature, film, and other media, comic books, manga, graphic novels, anime, gaming, etc. CPAC presentations are peer reviewed.

7th Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, August 29-September 1, 2014

with the support of

The Institute for Comics Studies
Comic Book Convention Conference Series

and

Dragon*Con
“The largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film in the universe!”

This conference takes place at Dragon*Con is part of the Institute for Comics Studies’ mission to promote the study, understanding, and cultural legitimacy of comics and to support the discussion and dissemination of this study and understanding via public venues.

Participants must register for the convention.

Call for Participation / Call for Abstracts

Please submit a proposal that engages in substantial scholarly examinations of comic books, manga, graphic novels, anime, science/speculative fiction, fantasy, or other parts of popular culture. A broad range of disciplinary and theoretical perspectives is being sought, including literary and art criticism, philosophy, linguistics, history, and communication. Proposals may range from discussions of the nature of the comics medium, analyses of particular works and authors, discussions of the visual language of comics and manga, comics and pop culture in the classroom, cross-cultural and cross-medium comparisons, and more. We’re open to any topics relevant to the study of comics and the popular arts.

Submission instructions: We seek 100-200 word abstracts for a variety of proposal formats. Please submit at most 1 proposal for an individual oral presentation or poster AND at most 1 proposal to participate in group panel, roundtable, workshop, or book session.

For individual presentations, fill out the online form as normal. For group proposal formats such as a roundtable or workshop, fill out form listing all co-presenters and their contributions, and describe the general theme of the proposal. For panel proposals consisting of multiple presentations, please make one submission for the panel as a whole describing the overall theme, and one submission for each individual presentation.

Submit your proposals here.

EXTENDED DEADLINE: May 1, 2014

Send any questions to: cpac@thehangedman.com

Conference Organizers:

  • Matthew J. Brown, University of Texas at Dallas, Philosophy, History of Science, and Comics Studies
  • Richard Scott Nokes, Troy University, Literature, Medieval Studies
  • Damien Williams, Kennesaw State and Oglethorpe, Philosophy and Religious Studies
  • Johnathan Flowers, SIU Carbondale, Philosophy and Eastern Religions
  • Vickie Willis, Georgia State University, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Rhetoric

Program Committee:

  • Robin Zebrowski, Beloit College, Philosophy and Cognitive Sciences
  • Stephanie Noell, University of Texas at Arlington, Philosophy and Library Science
  • Curtis Forbes, University of Toronto, Philosophy of Science
  • Tracey Berry, University of Texas at Dallas, Humanities, Literature and Science Fiction Studies

Useful Links

Past Program