Call for Presenters: 2014 Comics and Medicine Conference

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Department of Art as Applied to Medicine in collaboration with Graphic Medicine invites papers for the fifth Comics & Medicine conference, a gathering of healthcare professionals, artists, academic scholars, comics enthusiasts, students, and various stakeholder groups. The conference will take place on June 26-28. Stay tuned for information by subscribing to the site at the link on the top right of the homepage. Additional information on the conference is available on the conference home page.

The theme of this year’s conference, From Private Lives to Public Health, aims to highlight the relationship between comics, personal health narratives, and public health issues such as barriers to healthcare and the stigma of illness. We invite the submission of a wide variety of abstracts focusing on medicine and comics in any form (e.g. graphic novels, comic strips, manga, webcomics) including:

  • the relationship between comics, personal health narratives, and public health issues
  • comics in practitioner research and as a method of reflection
  • the use of comics in medical education and illustration
  • the role of graphic pathographies in depicting illness and disability from the perspective of patients and caregivers
  • the application of communication theories to comics in patient communication and public health campaigns
  • comics as a means of representing the role of healthcare professionals and communicating medicine and the health sciences to the public
  • the role of comics in provider/patient communication
  • ethical implications of creating comics for patients and the general public
  • trends in, and history of, the use of comics in healthcare and public health initiatives
  • the interface of graphic medicine and popular culture


  • Lightning talks: 5-minute presentations with up to 15 slides. This new format is meant to encourage submission of short presentations to share your work (e.g. comics, new research projects, new ideas) in a concise format.
  • Oral presentations: 15- to 20-minute presentations.
  • Panel discussions: 90-minute interviews or presentations by a panel of speakers
  • Workshops: 90-minute sessions intended to be “hands-on” interactive workshops for participants who wish to obtain particular skills with regard to comics and medicine. Suggested subjects for workshops are:
    • creating comics
    • understanding, reviewing and critiquing comics
    • getting comics published
    • teaching and learning with comics

For more information about submission, visit the Conference site and the Call for Papers announcement.

2014 Comics and Medicine Conference Poster

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