Cradled in Caricature is a one-day multidisciplinary event approaching the notion of ‘caricature’ in its broadest sense, using it as a jumping-off point for discussions on exaggeration, stereotyping, representation, and characterisation. This year's symposium will be hosted 27 April at the University of Kent, England.
Attendance at Cradled in Caricature is free of charge, and they invite proposals for papers, organised workshops, roundtable discussions, readings, posters, films or performance pieces to be submitted by 3 March 2012. Prospective delegates may wish to consider the following problems:
- Why are societies framed by traditions of exaggeration and stereotyping?
- How does fiction convey meaning through caricature and the categorisation of types?
- How does political economy, psychology, and perception appropriate these processes?
- How far and with what consequences does the web construct cultural bias?
- Are all cultures (real, imagined; past, present) cradled in and constructed by caricature?
Please send proposals (circa 300 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org by 3 March 2012.
Further information about the CFP and delegate forms are available on CiC's website.
Travel bursaries, funded by the Paul Mellon Centre for British Art, are available to two postgraduate or early-career scholars of British Art speaking at the event. Details of this award can also be found on CiC's website.
Proposals may also be considered for adaptation and publication in a special Autumn 2012 edition of Skepsi, the University of Kent’s Interdisciplinary Online Journal of European Thought and Theory in Humanities and Social Sciences. The deadline for submission of articles is 1 June 2012. Further information can be found on the event application form.
For further announcements, you can follow them on Twitter @CinCaricature and #CiC12.
Cradled in Caricature is supported by the Faculty of Humanities, University of Kent, the Department of History of Art, University College London, The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, and the Graduate School, University of Kent.
Image: Pont (Graham Laider), The British Character: Patience in Adversity 1 December 1937 © The Cartoon Museum (UK).