Open call: Cartoon Conflicts and Caricature Wars

Jul 2, 2021 | Highlights

Cartoon Conflicts and Caricature Wars

Deadline for proposals: 31 December 2021

Editors: Richard Scully (University of New England) and Paulo Jorge Fernandes (IHC — NOVA FCSH)

 

7 January 2015 was a watershed for political cartooning across the world. The terrorist attack on the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo killed 12 and injured 11, and prompted the worldwide Je suis Charlie campaign, focused on issues of freedom of speech and freedom of expression. The attack had deep roots, stretching back to the 2005 Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy, the resurgence of terrorism from 2001, and beyond, to Charlie Hebdo’s long history of challenging cartoon commentary.

While the fallout from that event is still being felt, the twenty-first century has seen a number of other significant conflicts over the nature and significance of cartoons, as well as many in which cartoons have been used as weapons in ideological, ethnic, religious, gendered, class, and cultural contests. Previous eras have also seen their fair share of cartoon-based controversy.

Cartoon Conflicts and Caricature Wars aims to bring analysis of these controversies various together for the first time, and to go further – exploring the significant cartoon conflicts that have animated the art and practice of cartooning over the centuries.

The editors invite proposals for chapters concentrated on significant cartoon conflicts, or caricature wars, from any and all global contexts, and time periods. Joint authorship is encouraged, as this volume is intended to showcase the collaborative and cross-disciplinary scholarship that is so characteristic of cartoon studies. Contributions may take historical, literary, art-historical, legal, linguistic, media studies, or other approaches.

It is anticipated that the volume will be published by a major scholarly publisher by early 2023 (likely presses include Palgrave Macmillan’s ‘Studies in the History of the Media’ or Ohio State University Press’ ‘Studies in Cartoons and Comics’). Chapters should be planned at a maximum of 10,000 words (including references), and contributors are encouraged to utilize as much cartoon and comic art as appropriate (taking into consideration the costs of obtaining permissions, as well as relevant cultural sensitivities).

Abstracts of 300 words, together with a short author biography of 150 words, should be emailed to the editors by 31 December 2021. Our expected timeline is as follows:

  • 31 January 2022: result of this CfP announced;
  • 31 May 2022: delivery of full draft texts;
  • 30 June 2022: final manuscript delivered to the publisher for peer-review.

Any general inquiries should also be directed to the editors (Richard Scully – rscully@une.edu.au; Paulo Jorge Fernandes – paulojorgefernandes@sapo.pt)

 

Image: “Je suis Charlie” wall at Palais de Tokyo, in Paris. (Credit: Jean-Pierre Dalbéra licensed under CC BY 2.0)

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