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CFP: Comics Get Medieval at Kalmazoo (9/1/07; Kalamazoo 5/8-11/08)

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  • Michael Torregrossa
    THE COMICS GET MEDIEVAL AT KALAMAZOO: A WORKSHOP ON THE COMICS MEDIUM IN THE MEDIEVAL STUDIES CLASSROOM AND MEDIEVALIST RESEARCH (WORKSHOP) Sponsored by The
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 26, 2007
      THE COMICS GET MEDIEVAL AT KALAMAZOO: A WORKSHOP ON THE COMICS MEDIUM
      IN THE MEDIEVAL STUDIES CLASSROOM AND MEDIEVALIST RESEARCH (WORKSHOP)

      Sponsored by The Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages
      Session to be held at the 43rd International Congress of Medieval
      Studies, Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, MI), from 8-11 May
      2008
      Proposals due by 9/1/07

      THE SOCIETY FOR THE STUDY OF POPULAR CULTURE AND THE MIDDLE AGES
      <http://PopularCultureandtheMiddleAges.org> invites proposals for
      10-minute papers on medieval-themed comics to be included in a session
      to be held at the 43rd International Congress on Medieval Studies,
      which convenes at Western Michigan University from 8-11 May 2008. In
      addition, submissions will also be considered for inclusion in an
      essay collection on the same topic.


      Like most forms of modern popular culture, the comics medium makes
      ample use of medieval themes, though, unlike other medias (such as
      film), the comics have been largely neglected by medievalists as a
      venue for research and discussion. The goal of the Society for the
      Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages is to foster
      communication between medievalists and popular culture research, and
      the comics are an ideal medium to opening such discussion. As
      established on The Medieval Comics Project web site, the comics have
      much to offer to medievalists interested in studying popular
      representations of the Middle Ages, as the corpus has appropriated a
      wide variety of medieval themes, including historical figure and
      events, literary and mythological texts, adaptations of post-medieval
      texts set in the Middle Ages, and establishing new visions of the
      medieval in both medieval and post-medieval settings.

      The primary purpose of this workshop is to continue the work begun at
      the various "The Comics Get Medieval" sessions held annually at the
      Joint Conferences of the National Popular Culture and American Culture
      Associations, and we offer this workshop as a means to introducing the
      rich corpus of medieval-themed comics to an audience already receptive
      to using medievalisms in their teaching and research. At present, it
      is expected that the workshop will consist of an information session
      devoted to the following topics: introducing the comics medium,
      introducing medieval-themed comics, and finding and cataloguing
      comics. The remaining time will serve as an open forum related to
      teaching and researching this material.

      Please submit abstracts of 500 to 1000 words to the organizing
      committee at the following address; please also submit a completed
      abstract cover sheet (found at
      <http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/submissions.html>) with your
      proposal.

      Michael A. Torregrossa
      34 2nd St
      Smithfield, RI 02917-3627
      Popular.Culture.and.the.Middle.Ages-at-gmail.com
      http://PopularCultureandtheMiddleAges.org


      --
      Michael A. Torregrossa, M.A.
      Co-Founder, The Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages
      http://PopularCultureandtheMiddleAges.org
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