In Quebec, as elsewhere, caricature as a medium is being used increasingly to depict society as it evolves. Caricaturists are popular; they have become real stars by appearing on television, with some even hosting their own shows! They also have a strong presence on the Web and their published works top the bestsellers lists. For some time now, caricaturist’s work has been (re-)discovered as a source for studying society. Under the influence of those comic editorialists and their biting and caustic humor, representations are built that inspire, provoke, entertain or incite conversation. On this basis, a society may transform, crystallize, laugh or cry at itself. In this thematic issue, we endeavor to broaden reflection and research about caricature by specific examples or methodological and theoretical reflection drawn from the history of those drawings in Quebec, to see how caricature carried and created the moods of a society in different periods of its history.
Recherches sociographiques publishes original study projects about Quebec and French Canada. Given its interdisciplinary nature, sociologists, historians, demographers, economists, anthropologists, political scientists and literary academics collaborate to the journal.
The issue will be published in French, but propositions and articles in English will be evaluated. Authors of accepted articles will have the responsibility to produce a professional translation of their article. Comparative studies are also welcome, providing that Quebec or French Canada is one of the two subjects of the study.
Deadline to submit a publishing project (400 words): April 1st 2013
Call for papers available here: http://www.academia.edu/2558100/Call_for_papers_for_Recherches_sociographiques_Picturing_Quebec_with_Caricatures._Moods_and_Humor_of_a_Society_Through_Time
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