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  • Croft, Janet B.
    I know there s some interest in graphic novels among our members, so I thought I would pass on this call for papers! Janet From: Allen Ellis
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 2, 2010
      Call for Articles-book-Graphic Novels/comics in education

      I know there’s some interest in graphic novels among our members, so I thought I would pass on this call for papers!




      From: Allen Ellis [mailto:ELLISA@...]
      Sent: Thursday, September 02, 2010 8:56 AM
      To: Popular Cultures Discussion Group
      Subject: [popculture-l] Call for Articles-book-Graphic Novels/comics in education


      CFP: Sequential Art, Graphic Novels, and Comics in Education
      Edited by Robert G. Weiner and Carrye Syma Texas Tech University Library
      In recent years the use of graphic novels, comics, and sequential art in
      education has exploded. This is due not only to the boom in superhero
      movies that are based on comic book characters, but also to the wide
      literary range that graphic novels now have. There are now literally
      hundreds of college and university courses all over the world that are
      using graphic novels in their curriculum. The days when comics were just
      seen as children’s trash, with no redeeming literary or educational value,
      are hopefully behind us. Contrary to the idea that comics “dumb” down
      material, it takes both sides of the brain to read and interpret
      sequential art stories: the right side to interpret the pictures and the
      left side to understand the narrative text. Our goal with this collection
      is to provide the educator and scholar with a collection of essays that
      show how graphic novels and comics are being used in the classroom today,
      as well as some historical pieces that detail how the educational fields
      often have and have had a “rocky” relationship with the use of comics in
      educational settings. We want both theoretical and practical essays
      showing how sequential art can be and is being used to teach and
      illustrate concepts and ideas. We are especially keen on pieces
      related to higher education, military and government uses of comics to
      educate, but all aspects of comics and education are under consideration.
      In addition, we would like to have educators from a wide spectrum of
      the educational fields from K-12, to undergraduate and graduate
      educational levels. Those using sequential art in adult education and
      pre-school are encouraged.

      Some possible questions/ideas that could be addressed include:
      -The Military’s use of comics to teach.
      -Graphic Novels and comics in library science education.
      -How relationships can be understood through the use of graphic novels in
      human science education.
      -Teaching mathematical concepts using graphic narrative.
      -Grade school use of comics.
      -Middle school use of comics.
      -High school use of sequential art (say something like Maus to teach the
      -Comics and Film to teach about blockbuster cinema.
      -Philosophical issues raised by graphic novels (The Watchmen in a
      philosophy class about ethics).
      -Biological and scientific concepts using graphic novels.
      -The use of mainstream superhero stories in the classroom.
      -Superman, Batman, Spider-Man to further understand the concept of the
      hero Mythology (i.e., Odysseys, Hercules etc.).
      -Graphic Novels and history, how effective a tool is the graphic novel in
      teaching a historical concept?
      -Sequential art in teaching foreign language or English as a second language.
      -Comics in literacy and adult education programs.
      -Graduate courses using graphic novels.
      -The History of sequential art in education.
      -Medical education using comics

      Please send 200 word abstracts by January 15th 2011 to Rob Weiner
      Rob.weiner@... Final papers will be due February 28th 2011. No
      exceptions. Please note the submission of an essay does NOT necessarily
      mean publication in the volume. Essays will be going through a rigorous
      peer review process and we have asked a number of scholars to serve in
      this capacity. We are striving to put together as an excellent collection
      with diverse viewpoints covering all aspects of comics and education.
      Authors are also expected to follow the editor’s style guide and be
      willing to have their work edited.

      Thank you
      Carry Syma
      Texas Tech University Library
      Rob Weiner
      Texas Tech University Library

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