Call for Papers for Comics Up Close at LICAF 2021

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The following blog post is a call for submissions by Comics Up Close – New Perspectives in Comic Art as part of the Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2021. At this event, Dr Anna Feigenbaum is going to be presenting our own research alongside other comics-based academic projects. If you are an academic with interests relating to comics and graphic novels, this could be a valuable opportunity for you to present your work at an award-winning comics festival

A Call for Papers for Comics Up Close – New Perspectives in Comic Art, the opening event of Lakes International Comic Art Festival on 15th October 2021, has just been announced by the team from LICAF and ReOPeN, Lancaster University’s graphic novels and comics pedagogy, research and engagement network.

We welcome the submission of abstracts for short papers that explore any aspect of comic art or graphic novels. For comics-inspired academics, this is an opportunity to share your current or recent project with other researchers, illustrators, writers and teachers in the field, as well as members of the general public passionate about comics. These papers will be part of sessions inspired by the PechaKucha
presentation method: participants are asked to speak for eight
minutes, with eight slides.

Areas of interest include but are not restricted to: comics for empowerment, social justice and change, comic histories, comics and
the reinterpretation of literature, the politics of comic art, international
comics, graphic narratives, comics and horror, cinema, education, and
science fiction.

If you are interested in taking part, please submit a title
and an abstract of up to 150 words.

The deadline for submission of extracts is 5.00pm, Monday 13th September 2021 and should be sent to Lancaster University’s:
Dr. Andrew Tate (a.tate@lancaster) and
Dr. Natasa Lackovic (,
who head up the university’s graphic novels and comics pedagogy,
research and engagement network, ReOPeN.


Confirmed Comics Up Close speakers include:
Prof. Andrew Miles, University of Manchester
Dr. Anna Feigenbaum, Dept. of Communications & Journalism at
Bournemouth University.
Helen Jones, Institute of Education at University College, London.
Dr Joe Sutliff Sanders, Faculty of English at Cambridge University.

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