IAMCR 2016 - Comic Art Working Group - CfP

It is our pleasure to inform you that the Comic Art Working Group of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) invites submissions of abstracts for papers and panel proposals for the 2016 IAMCR conference to be held from 27 -31 July, 2016 in Leicester, UK.

Conference theme: "Memory, Commemoration and Communication: Looking Back, Looking Forward"

See the conference key dates and deadlines: http://iamcr.org/leicester2016/keydates

See all Calls for Papers for IAMCR 2016: http://iamcr.org/leicester2016/cfp

Visit the conference website: http://iamcr.org/leicester2016

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The Comic Art Working Group (CAWG) is most probably the oldest working group in IAMCR, having been founded by John A. Lent at the 1984 conference in Prague. From its launch, it has been dedicated to finding a niche within mass communication scholarship for comic art, which it has succeeded in doing, and in a spirit of serious and pleasurable study and cooperation. Professor John A. Lent is also responsible for the International Journal of Comic Art (IJOCA), one of most prestigious journals in the field.

All aspects of comics and cartooning from around the world are open for discussion as well as critical approaches from all disciplinary perspectives. Academic and independent scholars are all equally welcome to collaborate. We also welcome submissions from early career researchers and veteran scholars alike.

During the last IAMCR meeting in Montréal, the CAWG promoted two extra activities "Beyond Charlie: Freedom of Speech, Resistance and Responsibility", a selection of three documentaries about the work of cartoonists in order to contextualize the discussion on controversial cartoons and the "pop-up" version of The Frameside Lounge Launch Event, organized by our colleagues Sanabelle Ebrahim and Mikhail Peppas (SanKofa Book & Design Fair Durban).

The CAWG also welcomes suggestions and ideas of extra activities for future meetings. In order to keep the dialogue flowing, we have created a group in Facebook. Feel free to join it! https://www.facebook.com/groups/588358041302782/?fref=ts

2016 IAMCR Conference theme  is Memory, Commemoration and Communication: Looking Forward, Looking Back. The theme seeks to explore the relationship between memory, commemoration and communication. It anticipates the 60th anniversary of the IAMCR in 2017 an organisation which has played a strong role in the development of media and communication studies. Although scholars have long been interested in memory and culture, advancements in technologies are providing new and innovative opportunities to think about how it is created, preserved, passed on, and archived. Within academia, we have witnessed increasing interest in cultural memory studies – from media represents the past, oral history projects and growing interest in digitizing data leading to the history of everything.

While scholars are interested in memory, there is evidence other public bodies too are engaged in this work. Across the globe, there are numerous examples of oral history projects, associations, and commemorative organisations and websites ranging on topics such as the Holocaust, the Armenian and Rwandan genocides, World Wars One and Two, immigration, oral literature, and popular memory. As a result, the growing interest in (mediations of) cultural memory provides a timely opportunity not only to look back at which memories get preserved or forgotten,  but to look forward to how cultural memories might be archived, remembered, (re)produced, storied, erased, modified and re-told across time and space.

The theme also opens up space to commemorate the IAMCR's history and contribution to the field of media and communication research. As a result, this year’s conference welcomes paper and panel proposals that engage with the way the concepts of memory and commemoration, and the ways the past is (re)mediated, historicised, documented, archived, remembered, forgotten and (re)told. It also welcomes submissions which commemorate the IAMCR as an organisation as well as the contributions its members have made over the years. Looking forward, papers might also want to address where the field is heading.

Submission of Abstracts

Submissions to the CAWG might focus on relevant aspects to the comics scholarship. Questions raised might include (but not be limited to): memory and colonialism; commemoration of historic events; the reproduction of culture through story-telling; the media’s role in (re)producing cultural narratives and commemorations; why and how do people/cultures/organizations/families share or hide memories through representation; how do individuals, groups, or cultures learn memories; how are events remembered, retold, preserved or erased differently in different locations, historic periods, spaces and cultures; how is storytelling conceived of as form of cultural memory; when looking to the future, what are the possible relationships between forms of memory and the technologies?


  • Abstracts should be between 300 and 500 words in length.
  • All abstract submissions must be made exclusively via IAMCR's OCS.
  • One (1) abstract will be submitted per person for consideration by the Conference. Under no circumstances should there be more than two (2) abstracts bearing the name of the same applicant either individually or as part of any group of authors.
  • Upon submission of an abstract, you will be asked to confirm that your submission is original and that it has not been previously published in the form presented. You will also be given an opportunity to declare if your submission is currently before another conference for consideration.

Submitted abstracts will be evaluated on the basis of:

  1. relevance of the submission to the CAWG
  2. theoretical contribution
  3. methods
  4. quality of writing
  5. literature review
  6. originality and/or significance of the work

Both individual and panel submissions are welcome. If you want to submit a panel proposal, please follow the OCS submission guidelines.

Please note also that the same abstract or another version with minor variations in title or content must not be submitted to other Sections or Working Groups of the Association for consideration, after an initial submission. Such submissions will be deemed to be in breach of the conference guidelines and will be automatically rejected by the Open Conference System, by the relevant Head or by the Conference Programme Reviewer. Such applicants risk being removed entirely from the conference programme.

Early submission is strongly encouraged.

Important dates and deadlines to keep in mind:

  • 1 December 2015 Open Computer System (OCS) available for abstract submission
  • 15 February 2016 Deadline for submissions
  • 1 April 2016 Notification of acceptances of abstracts
  • 15 April 2016 Deadline to apply for travel grants and awards
  • 28 April 2016 Deadline to confirm your participation
  • 20 May 2016 Last day to register at discounted early-bird fee
  • 30 June 2016 Deadline for full paper submission
  • 7 July 2016 Final conference programme published on the website
  • 27-31 July 2016 IAMCR 2016 Conference

Comic Art Working Group


Professor John A. Lent


Dr. Geisa Fernandes

See the conference key dates and deadlines: http://iamcr.org/leicester2016/keydates

See all Calls for Papers for IAMCR 2016: http://iamcr.org/leicester2016/cfp

Visit the conference website: http://iamcr.org/leicester2016


El Grupo de Trabajo sobre El Arte del Cómic de la IAMCR (International Association for Media and Communication Research ) 2015 invita al envío de ponencias para la conferencia 2015 que se llevará a cabo en Leicester (RU), del 27 -31 Julio, 2016.

El tema de la conferencia es: "Memory, Commemoration and Communication: Looking Back, Looking Forward" (Memoria, Celebración y Comunicación: Mirando para atrás y para adelante)

Envío de resúmenes: del 01 Diciembre 2015 – 15 Febrero 2016.  Cabe notar que el sistema aceptará ponencias hasta las 23:59 (GTM) del día 15 de Febrero.

El Grupo de Trabajo sobre el Arte del Cómic (CAWG) fue creado hace 31 años por el Profesor John A. Lent, responsable también de IJOCA (International Journal of Comic Arts) una de las más prestigiosas publicaciones en el área.

Para informaciones sobre la conferencia y fechas y sobre becas y premios ofrecidos por la asociación,  clave en el siguiente link: http://iamcr.org/leicester2016


Le groupe de travail Comic Art Working Group (CAWG) vous invite à soumettre vos résumés pour la conférence annuelle L’International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) qui aura lieu à Leicester (R.U.), du 27 -31 Juillet, 2016.

Thème de la conférence: "Memory, Commemoration and Communication: Looking Back, Looking Forward" (Mémoire, Célébration et Communication: en regardant le passé, en regardant vers le futur)

Soumission des résumés: 01 Décembre 2015 – 15 Février 2016. Veuillez noter que cette date ne sera pas prolongée. Le système OCS fermera à minuit GMT le 15 février 2016.

Le CAWG a été fondé en 1984 par le Prof. John A. Lent, lui aussi l´éditeur du jounal International Journal of Comic Art. Le IJOCA figure parmi les plus prestigieux journaux académiques de bande dessinée.

Pour des informations supplémentaires, inclus sur soutien au transport, veuillez consulter: http://iamcr.org/leicester2016


O Comic Art Working Group (CAWG) convida à submissão de propostas de trabalho para a reunião anual da Associação Internacional para a Pesquisa de Mídia e Comunicação (IAMCR), a ser realizada na cidade de Leicester (Reino Unido), de 27 a 31 Julho de 2016.

Tema da conferência: "Memory, Commemoration and Communication: Looking Back, Looking Forward" (Memória, Celebração et Comunicação: olhando para atrás, olhando para o futuro")

Envio dos resumos: 01 de Dezembro de 2015 - 15 Fevereiro de 2016. Atenção: o sistema aceita envios até às 23:59 (GTM) do dia 15.02.2016.

O Comic Art Working Group (CAWG) foi criado há 30 anos pelo Professor John A. Lent, também responsável pelo IJOCA - International Journal of Comic Art, uma das mais prestigiosas publicações na área.

Mais informações na página do evento, inclusive sobre bolsas e prêmios oferecidos pela Associação: http://iamcr.org/leicester2016