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CALL FOR CONTRIBUTORS: Comics in the Time of COVID-19 (edited collection)

An edited collection on graphic medicine and graphic storytelling related to the COVID-19 global pandemic

Editors:

Alexandra P. Alberda

Anna Feigenbaum

William Proctor

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to infect millions, kill people around the world, dismantle political, economic and cultural infrastructures, and disrupt our everyday lives, we have seen a surge in amateur and professional creative activity in the comics medium. From blogs to Instagram, superheroes to public health, educational comics to graphic memoirs, etc., artists are engaging with a variety of genres, narratives, platforms and styles to tell stories.

This edited collection seeks to bring together a range of creative work, along with practice-based and critical reflections on what it means to make, share and read comics in the time of COVID-19. Bridging the fields of comics studies, memoir studies, graphic medicine and data storytelling, this collection also aims to explore our definitions of ‘what counts’ as graphic medicine and graphic storytelling.

We invite submissions in the form of comics, graphic chapters, interviews and other alternative formats, along with more traditional academic chapters.

Themes include but are not limited to:

-Histories, Comics and Global Health

-Comics, Superheroes and COVID-19

-Graphic Memoir and Self-Narrative

-Data Comics and COVID-19

-Political cartoons and other types of commentary

-Genre, narrative and style in COVID-19 comics

-Online publishing platforms and environments

-Shifting economies of comic creation and distribution

This collection aims to take a transdisciplinary and transnational perspective, with contributions written for the broadest audience. We particularly encourage submissions from comics artists, PhD and early career scholars, those from underrepresented communities in academia and people from the Global South.

For a gallery of existing COVID-19 comics graphicmedicine.org is a great resource: https://www.graphicmedicine.org/covid-19-comics/ Also, check out the hashtag #covid19comicsforgood

Please submit a 300-word abstract, script or description of your proposed contribution to covid19comics@bournemouth.ac.uk by May 31st, 2020.

Call for Presenters: Second Annual FMC Postgraduate Researcher Conference 2018

After the success of last year’s conference, we warmly invite you to the Second Annual FMC Postgraduate Researcher Conference 2018 on the 5th December 2018. This all day conference is open to all Postgraduate Researchers from the Faculty of Media and Communication, so whether this is your very first conference, or you are a seasoned presenter, we want to hear from you.

This year’s conference aims to be more diverse and dynamic than ever before, so whatever your research, there’s never been a better opportunity to share your work with us in a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

We are accepting 15-minute presentations, 30-minute workshops, or if you are a first year postgraduate researcher, a shorter 3-minute introduction to your research topic. The deadline for applications is the 2nd November 2018, now less than two weeks away; so don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to share your research with us.

Please email your presentation or workshop title enclosed with a 250-word abstract to mbrown@bournemouth.ac.uk by no later than the 2nd November 2018.

Can’t make the 5th December? Don’t miss out.

We appreciate that this may be a busy time for researchers across the faculty, so for the first time we will also be accepting the digital submission of papers. We welcome researchers to submit video uploads of papers, or to present remotely. If you would like more information about digital submission, or delivering a paper remotely please do get in contact with a member of the organizing team.

With a fantastic line-up of papers, workshops, and events don’t miss out on your chance to add your voice to this faculty-wide showcase. We look forward to receiving your submissions very soon.

– Steve

on behalf of the

The conference team

Alexandra P. Alberda

Graphic Medicine and Curatorial Practice

T: @ZandraAlberda

Stephen Allard

Socio-digital Poetics

T: @fictiondissy

Melanie Brown

Copyright Law and Cultural Heritage

mbrown@bournemouth.ac.uk