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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Call for Papers on Comics & Medicine: Navigating the Margins Abstracts Due Feb 28, 2012

Lots of opportunity here for comics dealing with DS issues

Call for Papers on Comics & Medicine: Navigating the Margins
Abstracts Due Feb 28, 2012

22-24 July 2012
Toronto, Canada

Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
Biomedical Communications Program, University of Toronto

Office of the Vice-Principal, Research, University of Toronto Mississauga

The third international interdisciplinary conference* on comics and medicine
will continue to explore the intersection of sequential visual arts and
medicine.  This year we will highlight perspectives that are often
under-represented in graphic narratives, such as depictions of the Outsider
or Other in the context of issues such as barriers to healthcare, the stigma
of mental illness and disability, and the silent burden of caretaking.

The conference will feature keynote presentations by comics creators Joyce
Brabner and Joyce Farmer. Brabner, a comics artist and social activist,
collaborated with her late husband Harvey Pekar on the graphic novel Our
Cancer Year (1994), which won a Harvey Award for best graphic novel. Farmer
is a veteran of the underground comics scene who nursed her elderly parents
through dementia and decline as shown in her graphic memoir Special Exits
(2010), which won the National Cartoonists Society award for graphic novels.

We invite proposals for scholarly papers (20 minutes) or panel discussions
(60 minutes) focusing on medicine and comics in any form (e.g., graphic
novels, comic strips, graphic pathographies, manga, and/or web comics). In
particular, we seek presentations on the following-and related-topics:

           . Graphic pathographies of illness and disability
           . The use of comics in medical education
           . The use of comics in patient care
           . Depictions of the illness experience from the perspective of
loved ones and family caregivers
           . The interface of graphic medicine and other visual arts in
popular culture
           . Ethical implications of using comics to educate the public
           . Ethical implications of patient representation in comics by
healthcare providers
           . Trends in international use of comics in healthcare settings
           . The role of comics in provider/patient communication
           . Comics as virtual support groups for patients and caregivers
           . The use of comics in bioethics discussions and education

We also welcome workshops (120 minutes) by creators of comics on the
process, rationale, methods, and general theories behind the use of comics
to explore medical themes. These are intended to be "hands-on" interactive
workshops for participants who wish to obtain particular skills with regard
to the creation or teaching about comics in the medical context.

We envision this gathering as a collaboration among humanities scholars,
comics scholars, comics creators, healthcare professionals, and comics

300-word proposals should be submitted by Friday, 28 February 2012 to

Proposals may be in Word, PDF, or RTF formats with the following information
in this order:

           . author(s)
           . affiliation
           . email address
           . title of abstract
           . body of abstract

Please identify your presentation preference:

           . oral presentation
           . panel discussion
           . workshop

While we cannot guarantee that presenters will receive their first choice of
presentation format, we will attempt to honor people's preferences, and we
will acknowledge the receipt of all proposals submitted.  Abstracts will be
peer-reviewed by an interdisciplinary selection committee. Notification of
acceptance or rejection will be completed by 14 March 2012.

Please note: Presenters are responsible for session expenses (e.g. handouts)
and personal expenses (travel, hotel, and meeting registration fees). All
presenters must register for at least the day on which they are scheduled to

*Information about the 2010 conference, "Comics and Medicine: Medical
Narrative in Graphic Novels," in London, England, and the 2011 conference,
"Comics and Medicine: The Sequential Art of Illness," in Chicago, Illinois,
USA, can be found at <>

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