A new feature for Comics Academe! This post will be updated as needed.

Sometimes interesting Calls For Papers and Calls For Submissions come across my radar, and I need to share them with the incredible women I know who are in academia (or who are, like myself, academia-adjacent).

CFPs are organized in order of deadlines (soonest => furthest)

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Comics Academe is looking to host a roundtable on teaching Bitch Planet (by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine de Landro) this August. We are especially interested in marginalized voices within the academy. Please send an email to editors@wwacomics.com if you are interested in being a part of it.

Oh, and you don’t have to have read Bitch Planet or taught it previously to be a part of the roundtable. This is part of a larger project I’m hoping to start, getting women together who are interested in talking about approaches to teaching comics. And if you’re interested in talking about teaching a particular comic other than Bitch Planet and think it would make a good follow up–pitch me!

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CFP: Monstrous Women in Comics: an Interdisciplinary Conference on Women in Comics and Graphic Novels

The University of North Texas is hosting a conference in May 2017 on Monstrous women in comics. Of interest to comics scholars, and fandom scholars who focus on communities of women:

Building on the work of postmodern scholars like Donna Haraway, and following from recent iterations of Monster Studies, we seek to critically engage with, and re-evaluate, monstrous women in comics. For Haraway, the figure of the monster is one who simultaneously illuminates and threatens boundaries; the monster is a creature who resides in borderlands and embodies transgression; she is the imbrication of text, myth, body, nature and the political—she is neither “self” nor “other.” To be deemed monstrous is to be situated in the margins, to be placed outside, and yet the monster is one who always threatens those margins, who promises to leak into and over. Constructively engaging with the monstrous can ultimately lead us into an “imagined elsewhere,” the monster can be full of promises. Therefore, we are seeking interdisciplinary examinations of monstrous women in comics not only in order to critically question and contest normative boundaries, but also to begin to imagine how the relationship between women and comics might be otherwise.

Abstracts are due September 1st. 

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Call for Papers: The Comics of Allison Bechdel

Janine Utell is editing a collection of essays on the work of Allison Bechdel for the Critical Approaches to Comics Artists series at University Press of Mississippi.

The collection takes as its starting point the phrase “from the outside in,” and proposes to look at Bechdel from several perspectives: Bechdel as an outsider and her changing position in the world of comix/comics and beyond; her investigation of interior life and its relationship to the outside world; and her many modes of drawing, writing, and performing queerness. Essays from interdisciplinary perspectives are encouraged, including critical approaches from comics studies, art history, cultural studies, material culture, print culture, visual culture, women’s writing, life writing, queer studies/theory/history, lesbian studies/theory/history, trauma studies, psychoanalytic theory, history of sexuality, archive studies, and adaptation studies.

Abstracts are due Dec 1st.