Bruce Mutard, keynote speaker for the Comics Symposium, writes:
Hello you Inkers and Thinkers,
Rare is the chance to talk about comics in a refined, invigorating and intelligent manner. Just such an opportunity has arrived in the form of a one day comics symposium being held jointly by the University of Adelaide’s Discipline of Media and the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice. Yes, it’s called Inkers and Thinkers – The Evolution of Comics and is being held on Friday April 4th, 2014.
It is an inter-disciplinary symposium, so they want researchers from all disciplines, artists and writers to submit proposals for 20 minute talks about some aspect of the medium they feel needs to be discussed as we push on well into the 21st century. You all know the medium has become well entrenched in the cultural landscape in the past decade in ways some of us veterans used to dream about; comics are here to stay and only get better. So, being very happily chosen to give the keynote speech, I invite all of you to have a think about giving a talk and joining what will undoubtedly be a great day immersed in the medium of juxtaposed narrative images (my term).
Go to the site and follow the guidelines for submission. No, you do not need to be a professional scholar, but someone who cares about comics:
Lastly, it is on the Friday before Ozcomicon Adelaide next year, so you may want to go to that, too.