Call for Papers: “Graphic Medicine in/during Troubled Times: Health, Social Justice, and Human Rights”

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A Call for Papers has been issued for “Graphic Medicine in/during Troubled Times: Health, Social Justice, and Human Rights”, taking place 16th – 19th July 2020 in Toronto, Canada, organised by Graphic Medicine.

The 2020 Graphic Medicine conference aims to encourage critical dialogues and interventions in/during troubled times with a specific emphasis on social justice and human rights. This year’s theme seeks connections between health, equity, and justice in an era of rapid ecological and societal upheaval.

The organisers invite submissions that address the relationship between health and such upheavals, as revealed through comics in its many forms (for example, graphic novels, memoir, comic strips, manga, mini comics, web comics).

Graphic Medicine LogoPresentations are invited that explore the following themes (as well as others that are not listed): Social determinants of health; Environmental racism and slow violence; Institutional racism and other forms of structural violence; Queer health; Food insecurity; Securitisation of borders; Indigenous health and healing; Patriarchal medicine; Prison justice; Opioid crisis; Care work and disability justice; Migrant and refugee rights; Market capitalism; and Health care access 

Presentation Formats: 

  • Lightning talks: These five-minute presentations should provide an engaging and concentrated synopsis of new, ongoing, or completed scholarly, creative, or professional work in Graphic Medicine. This format is designed with the promotion of sustained conversation in mind.
  • Oral presentations: These 15-20 minute presentations are largely for work that requires and engages a longer presentation format than a lightning talk.
  • Panel discussions: These 90-minute interviews or presentations by a panel of speakers are meant to be collaborative, interdisciplinary, or address a single topic from a variety of perspectives.
  • Posters: Proposals for posters should include a title and an abstract with accompanying images if necessary.
  • Workshops: These 90-minute, hands-on, activity-driven sessions are for participants who wish to obtain particular skills with regard to comics. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to: drawing for health; accessing personal stories; comics and storytelling; and mini-comic tutorial 

Proposal abstracts should not exceed 300 words and may be submitted in Word or PDF format. Please include the following information in this order: author(s), affiliation, email address, phone number, title of abstract, body of abstract, sample images or web links to work being discussed (if applicable), presentation format preference (see options above), equipment needed (e.g. AV projection, whiteboard, easel, etc.)

Abstracts will be peer-reviewed by an interdisciplinary selection committee. Notification of acceptance or rejection will be completed by the week of 15th March 2020. While the organisers cannot guarantee that presenters will receive their first choice of presentation format, they will attempt to honour preferences, and they will acknowledge the receipt of all proposals.

Presenters are responsible for costs associated with their session (e.g. handouts and supplies) and personal expenses (travel, hotel, and registration fees). All presenters must register for the conference. Discounted rates and some limited scholarships will be available for students, artists, and others in need.

• Proposals should be submitted by 31st January 2020 to | More about the Toronto 2020 Conference on Graphic Medicine#GraphMed2020 

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  1. What is “Queer health”? I recall a Stanley Holloway monologue about someone who fears he might be dying, with the title: “My word, you do look queer”. And there is the TV series Colonel March of Scotland Yard, who heads “The Department of Queer Complaints”; although the ones he comes across are seldom medical ones.

    I would like to see a Call for Papers: “Graphic Medicine in/during Troubled Times: Health, Social Justice, and Human DUTIES”

  2. I usually have an ‘angle’ on most things………

  3. On BBC2’s “Only Connect” quiz programme this week, the clues in one round went: “Involuntary reaction; Slow to understand; Not left; (e.g.) Intense”. Your natural reflexes will have brought you to the right answers.
    I was sharply taken back to school geometry lessons, with plastic protractors, wooden rulers, HB pencils and grubby rubbers. And being taught by Claud Digby Thornton Owen, our Grammar School headmaster.

  4. A name not to be forgotten! I know he was right about one thing: I was not suitable Oxbridge – or any other university – material. When in the army, in one unit we had a Major Francis Xavier Shakeshaft Carrus! I know – I was documentation clerk.

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