Andrew Lesk is organizing another academic comics conference to coincide with this year’s TCAF:

New Narrative VI: Seeing is Believing!

University of Toronto, 10 May 2013
Human beings display worlds to others in performances that engage and generate images. The spectacle of performance leads to many kinds of reflection–from performativity to epistemology, from theories of history to literary and aesthetic theory, from cultural criticism to palaeography. It extends ultimately to examining the role of reflection (speculation) and criticism of images and their worlds.
We are again soliciting papers on a wide range of issues that fall generally under the rubric of “Seeing is believing!” The focus of the New Narrative has been graphic novels, comic art, and related visual media; but we also welcome papers from a variety of fields: English, Philosophy, History, Art, Film, Cultural Studies, and Political Science (among others). Essays may engage the following (incomplete) list:
-representation and photography
-illustrated and multi-media works
-web design and on-line comix
-historical repertoires of images
-Guy Debord and the spectacle
-images in archives
-political manipulations of images
-the speculative and the spectacular
-bande dessinée & European comix
-illustrations in (literary) novels
Proposals should be 400-500 words and must clearly indicate significance, the line of argument, principal texts considered, and relation to existing scholarship (or originality). One email copy of the proposal, and a 50 word bio note must be included, as an attachment in MS Word (in .doc or .rtf, not .docx).
Deadline for proposals is 31 March 2013 (responses by 15 April 2013) – Questions? Submissions? Email me! Dr Andrew Lesk, Department of English, University of Toronto –
Here’s an interview our own Salgood Sam conducted with Andrew at last years conference.
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