ACAG Call for Papers

Dec 26th 2005
International Conference on Asian Comics, Animation & Gaming (ACAG 2006)
Date: May 18-19, 2006
Venue: York University, Toronto, Canada
Themes: Cultural economy and transnational imaginary
CALL FOR PAPERS

Overview
The goal of the ACAG 2006 conference is to provide an international forum for presenting recent research on the emerging cultural markets in China and the Asian countries and to investigate the transnational issues of Asian cultural products, focusing on comics, animation and digital games in relation with the global world. The purpose of the conference is to promote scholarship and intellectual engagement between academics and cultural production professionals on the conference themes and topics from various backgrounds.

Topics
Papers that explore critical, philosophical and creative issues on Asian comics, animation, and digital games by drawing on the methodological and conceptual knowledge from a variety of disciplines are invited. Possible disciplines and topics may include, but are not limited to the following:
* Cultural economy, product, market and industry
* Cultural studies and cultural identity
* East Asian Studies, South Asian Studies, Asia-Pacific studies
* Anime and manga studies
* Gender studies and body
* Sociology, class and consumer cultures
* Critical theory and representation
* Human/cultural geography
* Cross-cultural comparisons
* Religious themes
* History and cultural change
* Aesthetic and creativity
* Film studies
* Fan culture and lifestyle studies
* Cyberspace and Internet world
* East and West Philosophy
* Psychology
* Localism, Globalism, Transnationalism

Presentation formats, guidelines and submissions
We invite proposals for concurrent session presentations at the International Conference on Asian Comics, Animation and Gaming 2006 to be held from May 18 to May 19, 2006 at York University in Toronto, Canada. Interested parties can send an abstract submission electronically in form of Word document to [email protected] with the subject heading 'ACAG abstract submission.' Each abstract should be no longer than 200 words with a cover page including the title (and subtitle if applicable), name(s) of the author(s), affiliations, mailing address(es), email address(es), two or three keywords that describe the submission and indicate one of the following:

A) Oral Presentation with Full Paper; OR B) Oral Presentation only A) Oral Presentation with Full paper
• Submission of abstracts: November 21, 2005 < Extended deadline: January 15, 2006
• Acceptance of abstracts: December 7, 2005 < Extended deadline: February 10, 2006
• Submission of full papers for review: March 1, 2006
• Acceptance of full papers with revisions: March 15, 2006 • Accepted papers due: April 3, 2006

After the peer blind review of the abstract, author(s) selected will be invited to submit a full paper (no longer than 3000 words) for a further review. The selected abstracts and full papers will be published in the conference proceedings in CD-Rom and website format. A general guideline for the full paper is as follow:
• MS Word for complete document
• Page setup for letter-size or A4 size paper
• All text single-spaced
• All notes as parenthetical text referencing (author year, page)
• Include References at the end
• 12-point type, Times Roman font
• 1-inch (20 mm) margins
• Include cover page with presenter's name, institution, and e-mail address, and paper title
• Length of the paper: no longer than 3000 words
• Submit to [email protected] with the subject heading ‘ACAG full paper’

If author(s) do not submit the full paper on time, they will automatically transfer to the Oral Presentation format. Each presenter will be allotted 20 minutes for the presentation and questions. Multimedia equipment will be provided.

B) Oral Presentation only
• Submission of abstracts: February 14, 2006
• Acceptance of abstracts: February 28, 2006

After the peer blind review of the abstract, author(s) selected will be invited to prepare an oral presentation at the conference. Selected abstracts will be published in the conference proceedings as above. Each presenter will be allotted 20 minutes for the presentation and questions. Multimedia equipment will be provided.

Keynote speakers
• Professor John A. Lent, Rogers Chair of Studies in Journalism and New Information Technology, Mass Media and Communication Program, Temple University, USA
• TBA

Organizer
This conference is organized by the York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR) at York University. YCAR is an institute for research to enhance the understanding of Asia and Asian diasporas. It promotes scholarship and education on Asian Studies through research, lectures, workshops, and other public events. Current event such as the Biennial Conference of Canadian Asian Studies Association and Canadian Council for Southeast Asian Studies was hosted by YCAR in mid-October 2005. YCAR also organizes ongoing brownbag seminars at York University, aimed at providing opportunities for scholars, researchers and gradate students to present their research on Asia.

Honorary advisors
• Professor John A. Lent, Rogers Chair of Studies in Journalism and New Information Technology, Mass Media and Communication Program, Temple University, USA
• Professor Frenchy Lunning, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, USA

International advisory board and review committee
• Christopher Bolton, Williams College, USA
• Lisa Drumond, York University, Canada
• Ted Goossen, York University, Canada
• Jay Goulding, York University, Canada
Marc Hairston, University of Texas at Dallas, USA
• Yomota Inhiko, Meiji Gaku-in University, Japan
• Thomas Lamarre, McGill University, Canada
• Livia Monnet, McGill University, Canada
• Judith Nagata, York University, Canada
Hajime Nakatani, McGill University, Canada
• Kin Wai Michael Siu, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
• Peter Vandergeest, York University, Canada

Co-sponsors
• International Journal of Comics Art
• Asian Cinema Studies Society Contact

For general enquiries or further information, please contact Conference Chair: Conference Chair: Dr. Wendy Siuyi Wong, Associate Director, YCAR; Department of Design, Faculty of Fine Arts, York University. Email: [email protected]

Conference website
Update on registration, accommodation and program will be announced in late January, please check YCAR's website and click to the conference website. http://www.yorku.ca/ycar

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