Announcement

Art History and Comics:
A UC Davis Graduate Student Symposium

Call for Papers

The roots and development of comics and graphic novels can be traced across centuries and across cultures. Comics and graphic novels often employ both image and text to convey their narratives, inviting exciting interdisciplinary analysis and discussion from scholars. Despite receiving generous attention in adjacent disciplinary fields for several decades, the study of comics and graphic novels in art history is a relatively recent development. This conference aims to further the investigation and conversation of the contributions of comics and graphic novels across disciplines by highlighting exciting graduate student research that provide insight into what the unique textual and visual properties of such mediums can teach us.

The symposium is open to UC Davis graduate students in any program or discipline and will be held in person at UC Davis on Friday April 14, 2023 in Art Annex 107.

Graduate students are invited to submit a proposal for 15 – 20 minute papers on the topics of comics, graphic novels, or manga. The selection committee is interested in these topics understood in a broad manner framed by a variety of theoretical, methodological, and historical approaches from the disciplines of art history, anthropology, literature, among others.

Please send the following materials to the selection committee as a single email attachment (not as multiple attachments) addressed to: stunic@ucdavis.edu:

• Brief C.V. (2 page maximum)

• Cover sheet with name, title of paper, and name of graduate department

• 1 page (250 – 350 word) abstract

Please be sure to indicate “Comics Symposium” in the subject line of your email. To be considered, proposals must be received by Friday, Feb. 3, 2023. Invitations to participate will be sent out by email no later than the end of February.

If you would like further information, please contact the selection committee: Dr. Katharine Burnett, Hunter Kiley, Xuying Liu and Srđan Tunić from the Department of Art and Art History.

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