CH here. I'm proud to have helped organize the International Comic Arts Forum, or ICAF, since way back in 1997 when it was the International Comics and Animation Festival at Georgetown University in D.C. In fact Craig and I have both served on the ICAF's organizing committee. Now it's in Chicago, still going strong, and gearing up for its fourteenth meeting. And I'm still in the thick of it. On behalf of ICAF, then, I thought I'd help blow the trumpets:
Call for Proposals
The 14th Annual International Comic Arts Forum, or ICAF 2009
October 15-17, 2009
ICAF, the International Comic Arts Forum, invites scholarly paper proposals for its fourteenth annual meeting, to be held at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois, from Thursday, October 9, through Saturday, October 11, 2008.
The deadline to submit proposals is March 20, 2009. Proposals will be refereed via blind review.
As it says on the ICAF website,
ICAF brings together scholars and artists from diverse nationalities and disciplines for collegial discussion of comic art in all its aesthetic, cultural, social, and historical dimensions. The longest-lived refereed conference in comics studies, ICAF is the only annual scholarly event explicitly dedicated to an international perspective on comics, and enjoys an unparalleled reputation for academic rigor.
To see the entire Call for Proposals and learn more about ICAF, see here.