World History Bulletin is seeking quality essays, lesson plans, and classroom activities for inclusion in its upcoming Fall 2022 issue, “Comics and Graphic Novels in the World History Classroom.” The deadline for submissions is August 29, 2022.
Guest-edited by Trevor R Getz, author of the graphic novel Abina and the Important Men, “Comics and Graphic Novels in the World History Classroom” explores the juncture of emergent popular forms of history and the traditional texts which have historically served as the backbone of history coursework. This point of overlap has caused friction, as shown recently with the banning of Art Spiegelman’s Holocaust-set Maus by a school board in the American state of Tennessee. The controversy over Maus has motivated conversations about the uses of comics and graphic novels in classrooms and the themes they depict, as well as raised questions about the limits on teaching curriculum.
Yet Maus is but one of many comics and graphic novels scholarly historians and instructors have used in their research and classrooms, from Perpetua’s Journey to The Arab of the Future and The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt, each are rich in historical context and detailed storytelling, as well as provide vivid windows into moments of historical significance that capture the imagination of students—while at the same time being controversial. It is clear, however, that the trend toward popularizing historical events in this medium is accelerating, and World History Bulletin’s upcoming issue sets out to capture some of the ways in which educators and researchers have used comics and graphic novels in their work.
World History Bulletin invites contributions to a thematic issue at the intersection of popular histories in the form of comics and graphic novels and world histories. We are especially interested in articles that share fresh research or historiographical perspectives on the use of popular histories; present innovative teaching at all levels that employ comics and graphic novels to explore world history themes; or explore the connection between student engagement with traditional history texts and the medium of comics and graphic novels. We welcome short interviews with designers, artists, writers, and scholars and small roundtables on a book, film, or other work.
Essays and questions should be directed to Joseph M. Snyder, Editor-in-Chief of the World History Bulletin, at firstname.lastname@example.org.