CFP: Comics as Scholarship

Hello fellow HASTAC-ians,

Below is information on a CFP which invites proposals that focus on "Comics as Scholarship" that some of you may find interesting. If you have questions about the CFP, please contact Anastasia Salter at or Roger Whitson at

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Comics as Scholarship: Digital Humanities Quarterly Special Issue

Edited by Anastasia Salter and Roger Whitson

Full Text Version of the CFP

We seek a series of articles in the form of sequential art (digital, interactive or traditional) from a variety of critical and disciplinary perspectives that may address one or more of the following questions:

  • How can a problem in your field of humanities scholarship be addressed, re-contextualized or explored using the affordances of the comics form?
  • How can we use the comics form (as redefined and extended through interactive media) to reflect on our processes of scholarship?
  • How do you peer review visual media like comic panels?
  • What can the comic medium contribute to scholarly debates?
  • How does digital technology make comics scholarship easier to make?
  • How can scholars who aren’t adept at illustration engage in comics scholarship?
  • How can we make comic writing more ubiquitous?
  • What forms of digital comics can be important for scholarship?


Timeline and Submission Guidelines

January 1st, 2013 -- Abstracts due! Submit a 300-500 words abstract to asalter - at - and roger.whitson - at - Your summary should include your intended medium and any technical requirements to display your work (server-side technology, HTML5 or Javascript, Flash, etc.). Feel free to contact us in advance with ideas and review the guidelines for interactive submissions at Digital Humanities Quarterly.

May 1st, 2013 -- Peer review ready submissions due, including:

  • 1 to 5 page Statement of Purpose that identifies the creators, provides an overview of the work, discusses the original contribution of the work, and discusses its reception or evaluation, where suitable. The Statement should place the work in a theoretical, technical and historical context.
  • 1 to 5 sample images of the finished work
  • Storyboard of the complete comic or interactive sequential art
  • Script of the complete work

Finished versions of accepted works will be requested based on the peer review timeline forDHQ

About the Editors

Anastasia Salter is an assistant professor of Science, Information Arts and Technologies at the University of Baltimore. Her primary research focuses on digital narratives and electronic literature as storytelling is transformed and remediated by emerging technologies. She holds a Doctorate in Communications Design from the University of Baltimore and a MFA in Children's Literature from Hollins University. She writes about technology and pedagogy for ProfHacker, a group blog hosted by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Roger Whitson is an assistant professor of 19th Century British and Anglophone Literature at Washington State University. He is coauthor of William Blake and the Digital Humanities: Collaboration, Creativity, and Social Media, forthcoming from Routledge at the end of 2012. He graduated in 2008 with a Ph.D. in English at the University of Florida and held a Brittain Fellowship at the Georgia Institute of Technology and an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at Emory University's Digital Scholarship Commons (DiSC).

Illustrated CFP by Anastasia Salter; Banner by Roger Whitson. Please redistribute freely!


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