HISTORY IN COMICS CONFERENCE and WORKSHOP Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech Republic, Sept. 12-16, 2022

Representing History in/as Comics: Ethics and Choice

We are hosting a 5-day combined conference, with traditional paper presentations and workshops, as well as round table discussions and practical workshop sessions, to address questions of ethics and choice in the depiction of history, the use of history, or historicizing elements appearing in graphic novels, comic books, comic strips, editorial cartoons, and newer forms of image/text such as webcomics and Internet memes. We welcome a broad interpretation of the topic, to be examined by scholars and comics creators alike. This event will take place in blended form, with both in-person and remote options for participation. Students and doctoral candidates receive 3 ECTS credits for their participation, and there will be no registration fees.

We now invite proposals for 20-minute PAPERS for the conference part of the event. Possible themes include, but are not limited to:
• Regional history in comics • Significant historical events • Representation of perpetrators • Family history • Big history • Ethics and the Anthropocene • Natural history and the history of humans in nature • War and conflict • National mythologies • Biographical and autobiographical comics • Comics journalism • Documentary comics • Ethical concerns of the comics format • Artistic choice in representation • Multimodality and ethics • Comics used in teaching history.

We are also accepting proposals for other types of submissions:

● For the round table discussions, please submit up to three question proposals to be addressed by the round tables, related (but not limited) to the themes above. Please include the term “ROUND TABLE QUESTIONS” in your email subject line.

● Posters, especially welcome for students or first-time conference participants, on any of the themes listed above. Please include the term “POSTER SESSION” in your email subject line. Please submit your question proposals, paper proposal (200 words or less), along with a short biography (100 words or less) by email to elizabethallyn.woock@upol.cz by April 1st 2022. Please specify if you anticipate attending in person or remotely.
In the case of pandemic restrictions, the event will be moved fully online.

Keynote speaker and guests to be announced; please follow updates at Historyincomics.org.

For further information please contact:
Elizabeth Allyn Woock: elizabethallyn.woock@upol.cz
Dragos Manea: dragos.manea@lls.unibuc.ro
Mihaela Precup: mihaela.precup@lls.unibuc.ro
Ezster Szep: eszterszep@gmail.com
Barbara Postema: b.postema@rug.nl
Johannes Schmid: johannes.schmid@uni-flensburg.de

Organized by Palacky University and the Erasmus+ BIP project “History in Comics”

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