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Comics in Culture/Culture in Comics is a two-day conference to be held on June 3, 2016 at the SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw. The aim of the conference is to explore the relationship between comics and culture.



{magictabs}About conference::

The aim of the conference is to present a wide array of perspectives of different forms of comics and their role in culture. Comics, as a unique combination of literature and visual arts, spanning from child entertainment, through popculture, to independent artistic expression, are a great source of interdisciplinary research. This is why we welcome entries on variety of topics exploring the relations between them and culture.

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 We welcome proposals from all disciplines. Possible topics include (but are not limited to) the following themes and subject areas:

  • adaptations of comics
  • comic cons
  • comics and the culture of convergence
  • comics and the quotidian
  • comics as a medium of culture
  • comics as objects of study
  • DIY culture and comics
  • multicultural comics
  • subculture and comics
  • the culture of comics
  • the role of comics in culture
  • the role of culture in comics
Hebda 250 {pullquote}Comics are a rich source of cultural notions, a form that can be either mainstream or high art, that adapts itself easily to new mediums and practices. This is why they make a fascinating object of academic analysis.{/pullquote}

Joanna Hebda, M.A.

||||Call for papers:: 

250-word proposals should be submitted to by March 31, 2016. Notification of acceptance will be sent by April 15, 2016.

Proposals may be in Word, RTF, or PDF formats with the following information and in this order:

a) author(s),
b) affiliation,
c) email address,
d) title of proposal,
e) body of proposal,
f) up to five keywords.

E-mails should be entitled: Comics in Culture Abstract.

There will be a possibility to submit articles to Kultura Popularna (a call for papers in the field of comics is planned).


The conference fee is PLN 250 and includes the following: two lunches, coffee breaks, and conference materials. Accommodation and travel costs are not included.

||||Keynote speaker::

Dr Ian Hague (London College of Communication)

Dr Ian Hague is the author of Comics and the Senses: A Multisensory Approach to Comics and Graphic Novels (Routledge 2014) and the co-editor (with Carolene Ayaka) of Representing Multiculturalism in Comics and Graphic Novels (Routledge 2014). He has worked as an associate lecturer in the Film and Media Studies department at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), and at the University of Chichester. His teaching and research focuses on cultural and media history. At Chichester he taught on the second year module ‘Comparative micro-histories in contemporary Britain and the USA’, and on the third year module ‘History in the Graphic Novel’. He has also taught on the first year module ‘The Material World: Interpreting Historical Objects and Environments’. His research interests include comics theory, the senses and technology. At MMU he worked on the second/third year module ‘Reading the Graphic Novel’.

Ian is the director of Comics Forum (, an annual academic event on comics that takes place in Leeds every November as part of the Thought Bubble sequential art festival ( The event aims to promote comics scholarship in the UK and around the world, and brings together a wide variety of speakers and thinkers to discuss the medium.

Ian did his BA in English at the University of Hull (2004-2007), his MA in Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds (2007-2008), and his PhD at Chichester (2008-2012). His PhD research looked at how comic strips and related forms (comic books, graphic novels etc.) engage all of the reader’s senses to communicate information and meaning.

Ian is also the co-creator (with Chris Fox) of AB Positive, a small-press anthology comic (


Conference organizers:

SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
English Studies Research Group

  • Joanna Hebda
  • Emma Oki

Scientific committee:

  • Lucyna Aleksandrowicz-Pędich
  • Mirosław Filiciak
  • Ian Hague


SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities
Chodakowska 19/31