• CXC Symposium

2018 CXC Scholarly Symposium

In the Gutter:
The Public Work of Comics

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For the 2018 CXC Symposium we are focusing on how comics enter public spaces to do social, transformative work. Whether in the classroom, the clinic, the library, the community center, or the protest march, comics are not just for private consumption or production anymore - if they ever were. How do comics and their creators adapt to, intervene in, and direct public discourse about pressing contemporary and historical social issues? What gaps in such discourses can the medium and comics professionals fill? And what happens when the medium enters new realms of the public sphere? We are soliciting papers that consider any aspect of the public work of comics, including but not limited to:

  • comics & education
  • comics & citizenship
  • comics, inequality, & resistance
  • comics & community
  • comics & healthcare
  • comics & librarianship
  • comics & social memory
  • comics journalism & documentary comics
  • comics publishing, retail, and accessibility
  • anthologies (Resist!, Love is Love) and collectives (Graphic Medicine)
  • histories of social work and activism in comics
  • social institutions that make or mediate comics

In addition to panels and roundtables we hope to offer are discussions on current comics pedagogy, community building, convention planning, professional development, marginalized peoples in comics history and culture, and recent transformations in the many worlds that comprise our shared medium and social world.

Send 250-500 word abstract and 2-page CV to cxcsymposium@gmail.com by March 18, 2018.

CXC 2018 will be September 26-28. More information about the Cartoon Crossroads Columbus festival can be found at www.cartooncrossroadscolumbus.org.

This year's Symposium is hosted by Columbus College of Art & Design’s Comics & Narrative Practice program and by the Ohio State University’s Popular Culture Studies program, in partnership with the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, Sol-Con: the Brown + Black Comics Expo, and the Comics Studies Society.