July 11-13, 2019
Hosted by Brighton and Sussex Medical School,
at the Sallis Benney Theatre,
The Graphic Medicine conference is back in Brighton. We first hosted this conference in 2013 and we are looking forward to welcoming friends old and new to participate in 2019.
Our conference title is deliberately tricky. We hope this draws you in, not shuts you out. This year marks the formation of the Graphic Medicine collective, and this is the first conference under this banner. To us this represents an opportunity to query or question what graphic medicine is about. The time for blind evangelism is past: let’s critically explore our field.
To frame this exploration, we are interested in what it might mean to queer graphic medicine. ‘Queering’ is about refusing binaries and giving a voice to those who are usually silenced through not belonging. It can refer to gender, sexuality, and intersexuality, but it can also be a lens through which to understand other forms of personal, cultural, and political subversion. Queer can be an insult, a reclaimed word, a theoretical standpoint depending on which speech bubble it sits in.
We have lots more questions we hope will be raised and debated through this conference. We invite the submission of a wide variety of abstracts focusing on health, medicine, and comics in any form (e.g. graphic novels and memoir, comic strips, manga, mini comics, web comics) that might explore the following questions, or others you feel are relevant to our field:
• What is Graphic Medicine?
• Are ‘graphic’ and ‘medicine’ exclusive terms?
•How might these terms be queried or queered to open up possibilities for the field and genre?
• Who gets to speak?
• Why use comics in healthcare education?
• What can a Gender Studies perspective offer to the practice, teaching, or creation of graphic medicine?
• How can comics critically address issues of power in healthcare? • How do comics help us question paradigms and assumptions?
• How might comics reveal everyday sexism?
• Can comics help with the idea that feminism is for everybody (i.e. intersectionality)?
• Do comics have something to say about the power and paradigms that swirl around the healthcare of trans people?
• Does our sexuality plays a part in our art and in our experiences of healthcare?
• What makes a good ally?
• How can we avoid offence while still encouraging debate on issues around gender and sexuality?
• Do comics have something to say about homophobia and transphobia?
• Lightning talks: These 5-minute presentations should provide an engaging and
concentrated synopsis of new, ongoing, or completed scholarly, creative, or
professional work in Graphic Medicine. This format is designed with the promotion of
sustained conversation in mind.
• Oral presentations: These 15-20 minute presentations are largely for collaborative,
interdisciplinary, or other work that requires and engages a longer presentation
• Panel discussions: These 90-minute interviews or presentations by a panel of speakers
are meant to address a single topic from a variety of perspectives.
• Workshops: These 90-minute, hands-on, activity-driven sessions are for participants
who wish to obtain particular skills with regard to comics. Suggested topics include,
but are not limited to:
o drawing for health
o accessing personal stories
o comics and storytelling
o mini-comic tutorial
Proposal abstracts should not exceed 300 words and may be submitted in Word or PDF format. Please include the following information in this order:
• email address
• phone number
• title of abstract
• body of abstract
• sample images or web links to work being discussed (if applicable)
• presentation format preference (see options above)
• equipment needed (e.g. AV projection, whiteboard, easel, etc.)
Proposals should be submitted by January 31st, 2019 to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Abstracts will be peer-reviewed by an interdisciplinary selection committee. Notification of acceptance or rejection will be completed by the week of March 15. While we cannot guarantee that presenters will receive their first choice of presentation format, we will attempt to honour preferences, and we will acknowledge the receipt of all proposals.
Please note: Presenters are responsible for costs associated with their session (e.g. handouts and supplies) and personal expenses (travel, hotel, and registration fees). All presenters must register for the conference. Discounted rates and some limited scholarships will be available for students, artists, and others in need.
Proposals should be submitted no later than January 31st, 2019.
Our Host City
Brighton and Hove (/ˈbraɪtən …
will be the Sallis Benney Theatre on Grand Parade, part of the Art School.
Getting to Brighton.
Getting to Brighton & Hove is easy. It’s just under an hour by rail from London and only half an hour from London Gatwick Airport.
The city is also served by a direct rail link from the Eurostar Service at St Pancras, as well as easily accessible from the major ports of Dover, Portsmouth, Southampton and the local port of Newhaven. National Express coaches also regularly service the city.
Find out more about the different ways to travel to Brighton using the links below:
Make a break of it and book your Brighton Accommodation now!
Brighton and Hove is a green city, which means that public transport is plentiful and good value, while car parking is rather expensive.
The city centre is easy to explore on foot, and the conference venue is in the heart of town. There are walking maps here.
Taxis are plentiful and good value. We recommend the local drivers’ cooperative Streamline Taxis. on +44 1273 202020
For information on travelling around Brighton & Hove for people with disabilities, visit the Visit Brighton Accessibility section.
LGBT & Gay Brighton
Brighton & Hove is a friendly and welcoming city which encourages a large number of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender visitors.
You’ll find that the whole city is LGBTQ+ friendly but if you are looking for gay Brighton then you’ll discover that Kemptown is the bustling heart of the LGBT community, with a relaxed village feel.