Comic Art Working Group - CFP 2018

It is our pleasure to inform you that the Comic Art Working Group of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) invites submissions of abstracts for papers and panel proposals for the 2018 IAMCR conference to be held from 20 - 24 June, 2018 in Eugene, Oregon (USA).

The Comic Art Working Group (CAWG) is most probably the oldest working group in IAMCR, having been founded by John A. Lent at the 1984 conference in Prague. From its launch, it has been dedicated to finding a niche within mass communication scholarship for comic art, which it has succeeded in doing, and in a spirit of serious and pleasurable study and cooperation. Professor John A. Lent is also responsible for the International Journal of Comic Art (IJOCA), one of most prestigious journals in the field.

All aspects of comics and cartooning from around the world are open for discussion as well as critical approaches from all disciplinary perspectives. Academic and independent scholars are all equally welcome to collaborate. We also welcome submissions from early career researchers and veteran scholars alike.

The COA WG also welcomes suggestions and ideas of extra activities within the group for future meetings. Beginning with the Leicester 2016 conference, the group announced the launching of the annual best paper award. In order to be considered, papers must be thoroughly researched, written in or translated into excellent English and follow closely the International Journal of Comic Art style ( for style guidelines, please check or the IJOCA blog).

In order to keep the dialogue flowing, we have also created a page for the group in Facebook.

Feel free to join us!

Call for Proposals

The Comic Art Working Group of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) invites submissions of abstracts for papers and panel proposals for the IAMCR 2018 conference to be held 20-24 June at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon, USA. The deadline to submit abstracts is 23:59 GMT on 31 January 2018.

Proposals for consideration by IAMCR’s thematic sections and working groups must be submitted via the Open Conference System at

Conference theme: Reimagining Sustainability: Communication and Media Research in a Changing World

Submission of Abstracts:

Abstracts should be submitted from 9 November 2017 through 31 January 2018. Both individual and panel submissions are welcome and early submission is strongly encouraged.

Deadline for submissions:

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 31 January 2018 and will not be extended.

Decisions on acceptance of abstracts will be communicated to applicants by their Section or Working Group Heads no later than 15 March 2018.

Guidelines for Abstracts:

Abstracts should be between 300 and 500 words in length. All abstract submissions must be made via IAMCR's Open Conference System. There are to be no email submissions of abstracts.

It is expected that for the most part, only one (1) abstract will be submitted per person. However, under no circumstances should there be more than two (2) abstracts bearing the name of the same author either individually or as part of any group of authors. Please note also that the same abstract or another version with minor variations in title or content must not be submitted to more than one Section or Working Group. Such submissions will be deemed to be in breach of the conference guidelines and will be rejected by the OCS system, by the relevant Head or by the Conference Programme Reviewer. Authors submitting them risk being removed entirely from the conference programme.


All abstracts could be submitted in any of the official languages of the IAMCR (English, Spanish, French).

Criteria for Evaluation

Submitted abstracts will generally be evaluated on the basis of:

1. theoretical contribution
2. methods
3. quality of writing
4. literature review
5. relevance of the submission to the work of the Section or Working Group
6. originality and/or significance

Sections and Working Groups may use additional criteria and may assign different weights to the above criteria. Consult the specific CFP or contact the Chair of the Section and Working Group you want to submit to if you have questions.

Important dates and deadlines to keep in mind:

  • 9 November 2017 – Abstract submission system (OCS) opens

  • 31 January 2018 – Deadline for submissions

  • 8 March 2018 – Registration opens

  • 15 March 2018 – Notification of decisions of abstracts

  • 20 March 2018 – Deadline to apply for travel grants and awards

  • 3 April 2018 – Deadline to confirm your participation

  • 7 May 2018 – Last day to register at discounted early-bird fee

  • 28 May 2018 – Deadline for full paper submission

  • 1 June 2018 – Final conference programme published on the website

  • 20–24 June 2018 – IAMCR 2018 Conference

For any question about this call for proposals, please contact us:

Comic Art Working Group

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