The Canadian Society for the Study of Comics/Société canadienne pour l'étude de la bande dessinée
Welcome to the official website for the Canadian Society for the Study of Comics (CSSC). Founded in October of 2010, the aims of the CSSC are to bring together those of us interested in the study of comics, in Canada and abroad, both by putting us in touch with each other through our membership network, and also by creating vibrant forums and events for our dialogue and research. We are currently pursuing the possibility of conferences under the aegis of the Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, the leading arts research venue in Canada, as well as in conjunction with the Toronto Comics Arts Festival, one of the most important independent and small-press comics events worldwide. The CSSC is a bilingual and multidisciplinary organization committed to approaching the comics field from a wide variety of cultural and theoretical vantage points.
Bienvenue sur le site officiel de la Société canadienne pour l'étude de la bande dessinée (SCEBD). Fondée en Octobre 2010, la SCEBD vise à réunir ceux parmi nous qui s'intéressent à l'étude de la bande dessinée, au Canada et à l'étranger, à la fois en nous mettant en contact les uns avec les autres grâce à notre réseau de membres, et aussi par la création de forums animés et d’évènements pour promouvoir le dialogue et la recherche. Nous explorons actuellement la possibilité d’organiser des conférences sous l'égide du Congrès des sciences humaines, le chef de file pour la recherche sur les arts au Canada, ainsi qu’en lien avec le Toronto Comics Arts Festival, l'un des évènements le plus important de la bande dessinée indépendante et de petite presse dans le monde. Le SCEBD est un organisme bilingue et pluridisciplinaire engagé à aborder le domaine de la bande dessinée à partir d'une grande variété de points de vue théoriques et culturels.
The CSSC held its first conference in May of 2011 as part of the New Narrative conference, at the University of Toronto.
La SCEBD a tenu sa première conférence en mai 2011 dans le cadre du New Narrative Conference, à l'Université de Toronto.
About Us / À propos de nous
The CSSC was first formed in October of 2010 by Sylvain Rheault of the University of Regina. The members of the current Executive Committee, elected in May 2014, are:
- J. Andrew Deman (University of Waterloo), President
- Barbara Postema (Ryerson University), Secretary-Treasurer
- Kalervo A. Sinervo (Concordia University), VP Communications (English)
- Christian Reyns-Chikuma (University of Alberta), VP Communications (French)
La SCEBD a été fondée en octobre 2010 par Sylvain Rheault de l’Université de Regina. Les membres du Comité exécutif actuel, élus en mai 2014, sont les suivants :
- J. Andrew Deman (University of Waterloo), Président
- Barbara Postema (Ryerson University), Secrétaire-Trésorier
- Kalervo A. Sinervo (Concordia University), Vice présidente – Communications (anglais)
- Christian Reyns-Chikuma (University of Alberta), Vice présidente – Communications (français)
Conference / Conférence
We are pleased to announce that the 2015 Conference will be held May 7-8, once again in partnership with the Toronto Comic Arts Festival.
A full program for the conference can be found here. All events will take place in the Beaton Auditorium at the Toronto Reference Library.
The 2014 Conference was held May 9-10 at the Marriott Bloor/Yorkville, in partnership with TCAF.
Full 2014 programme available here (download PDF)
The first CSSC conference was held in association with “The New Narrative” Conference at the University of Toronto, May 4-6, 2011.
La première conférence du SCEBD a eu lieu en association avec la Conférence du Nouveau Récit (The New Narrative Conference) à l’Université de Toronto, du 4 au 6 mai 2011.
La CSSC/SCEBD vise à organiser une conférence sur une base annuelle, qui sera également l’occasion de tenir notre Assemblée générale annuelle.
Our Call for Papers:
The annual conference of the Canadian Society for the Study of Comics invites proposals for papers on any and all aspects of comics, graphic narrative, picture books, and textual-visual arts. Special panels are also planned on comics and education and on comics by women. The conference will be held in collaboration with the Toronto Comics Arts Festival, a major international exhibition of independent comics artists and small publishers partnered with the Toronto Reference Library, May 7-8, 2015. Proposals from academics and independent scholars in all fields are welcome.
Please submit a proposed paper title and 200 word abstract, along with a brief 30-50 word biography and contact information, to email@example.com by December 15, 2014.
Appel à communications :
La conférence annuelle de la Société canadienne pour l’étude de la bande dessinée invite les candidats à soumettre des propositions qui portent sur n’importe quel aspect de la bande dessinée, du récit graphique, du livre d’images et des arts visuels textuels. Des panels spéciaux sont également prévus sur la bande dessinée et l’éducation ainsi que sur la BD au féminin. La conférence se tiendra en collaboration avec le Festival des arts de la bande dessinée de Toronto, une importante exposition internationale à laquelle participeront des artistes indépendants de la bande dessinée ainsi que de petits éditeurs en partenariat avec la Bibliothèque de référence de Toronto (Toronto Reference Library), du 7 au 8 mai 2015. Des propositions d’universitaires et de chercheurs indépendants dans tous les domaines sont les bienvenues.
Veuillez, s’il vous plaît, soumettre un titre proposé pour la communication et un résumé de 200 mots, accompagnés d’une courte biographie de 30 à 50 mots et vos coordonnées au plus tard le 15 décembre 2014, à l’adresse suivante : firstname.lastname@example.org.
Membership / Adhésion
Fees for the 2014-2015 cycle are: $25 for regular members, $10 for student members, and $0 for the financially challenged. To become a member, please contact our president, J. Andrew Deman, at email@example.com
Les frais d’adhésion pour la période 2014-2015 sont les suivants : 25 $ pour les membres réguliers, 10 $ pour les membres étudiants et 0 $ pour les personnes en difficulté financière. Pour devenir membre, veuillez s’il vous plaît contacter notre président, J. Andrew Deman, à firstname.lastname@example.org
Membership forms / Formulaires d’adhésion:
English & French [Adobe Acrobat PDF - 242.76 KB]
Version française ci-dessous
Article 1. Name
The society shall be called the Canadian Society for the Study of Comics/La Sociéte canadienne pour l'étude de la bande dessinée.
Article 2. Purpose
The purpose of this Society shall be to promote the study of comics in all periods and languages, and its relationships with other disciplines and cultural contexts when applicable. The official languages of the Society shall be French and English.
Article 3. Membership
3.1 The following may become members of this society: persons involved in the teaching of and research in aspects of comics or any other person subscribing to the aims and purpose of this society. Canadian as well as international members are welcome.
3.2 Membership shall be renewed annually and shall follow upon receipt of a properly completed application and payment of annual dues. The membership are those members who have paid their fees to the Society for the current year.
3.3 Members shall be eligible to vote at the Annual General Meeting (AGM). If a paid-up member attending the conference cannot attend the meeting, he/she may authorize a proxy vote. Authorization of the substitution and the name of the representative must be confirmed by consultation with a member of the Executive Committee.
Article 4. Governance
Article 4.1. Executive Committee
4.1.1. There shall be an Executive Committee of the Society which shall, subject to the plenary power of the general meeting of members, manage the affairs of the Society between meetings of members.
4.1.2 The membership of the Executive Committee shall consist of the President, the Vice-President of Communications (English), the Vice-President of Communications (French) and the Secretary-Treasurer.
18.104.22.168. The President shall normally serve for a term of two years and assume office by virtue of having served a two-year term as Secretary-Treasurer. The President shall preside at all meetings of the society, and represent its interests in the academic community. In consultation with the Executive Committee and the Advisory Board, the President shall arrange the program for the annual conference and meeting of members. In consultation with the Executive Committee, the President shall determine the agenda for the Annual General Meeting.
22.214.171.124. The Vice-Presidents of Communications shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting for a term of two years. The Vice-Presidents of Communications shall undertake initiatives to publicize the society and to recruit new members, and shall send such materials as a poster, brochure, and call for papers to people who may be interested in the affairs of the society. The Vice-Presidents of Communications shall know how to create and manage a web site.
126.96.36.199. The Secretary-Treasurer shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting for a four-year term, which shall begin with a two-year term as Secretary-Treasurer. Upon completion of the term, the Secretary-Treasurer will normally assume the functions of the President. He/she shall manage the finances of the society, keep the books and membership lists, and record the minutes of meetings for the Executive Committee and the members. He/she shall present a financial statement at the Annual General Meeting.
188.8.131.52. Elections should be held on even years, when possible.
Article 4.2. Advisory and Nomination Committees
4.2.1. The Advisory Committee shall consist of five persons, one of whom shall be a student. These members should represent as equitably as possible the various fields contributing to the study of comics and at least one member should be francophone or bilingual. This committee shall assist the President in determining the program for the annual conference by vetting the proposals of those wishing to present papers at the conference.
4.2.2. The Nomination Committee shall consist normally of the Executive Committee.
Article 4.3. Nomination Procedure
4.3.1. The Nominating Committee shall solicit suggestions from the membership for nominees to the positions of Secretary-Treasurer and Vice-Presidents, and to membership on the Advisory Committee. The President or his/her designate shall serve as the chair of all meetings of the Nomination Committee. The committee will secure the agreement to stand of all nominated candidates and shall prepare a report for presentation to the AGM.
4.3.2. Nominations from the floor of the AGM shall be considered constitutional if the nominee is present and agrees to stand or has made known that he/she would agree to stand.
Article 5. Committees and Appointments
5.1 The Executive Committee and any general meeting of members are each empowered to establish from time to time such committees as may be deemed advisable and to appoint the membership thereof.
Article 6. Meetings of Members
6.1. There normally shall be an annual conference.
6.2. The date and the place of the conference will be decided at the AGM.
6.3. The AGM, usually to take place concurrently with the annual conference of the society, shall be held once a year. A general meeting may also be called by a decision of the Executive Committee, or upon the request of at least 25% of the membership, but no meeting may be held unless all the members receive at least six weeks' notice.
6.4. The agenda for meetings of members shall be distributed to the membership by electronic mail at least l4 days prior to the meeting.
6.5. A quorum for meetings of members shall be 75% of the members of the Executive and Advisory Board or 25% of the members at large.
6.6. Minutes shall be kept of all general meetings.
Article 7. Amendment of the Constitution
The constitution may be amended by two-thirds of the members present and voting at the AGM. The minimum six weeks written notice shall apply and members will be given six weeks to submit responses before the vote at the meeting.
Article 8. Virtual Voting of Members
8.1. When deemed appropriate by the Executive Committee, members may be requested to vote on matters important to the Society at times other than the AGM.
8.2. Matters to be voted on may include amendment to the Constitution.
8.3. The quorum for virtual voting is established at half the membership plus one. This supersedes the requirements of two-thirds of the members in Article 7. The membership are those members who have paid their fees to the Society for the current year.
8.4. The President shall act as the compiler of votes.