2015 Comics & Medicine Conference

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6th International Comics & Medicine Conference: Spaces of Care
Culver Center of the Arts
University of California, Riverside
July 16-18, 2015

The theme of this year’s conference, Spaces of Care, invites us to think about space as a critical element in health care and comics. Receiving medical treatment can affect how we relate to and interact with each other and our environments. Medical care is often thought of as taking place primarily in clinical spaces. A strength of comics is their ability to visualize care beyond these settings to include geographic, physical, ideological, imaginative, temporal, and social spaces.


General Registration

  • $130 general registration
  • $80 students and unwaged attendees

Payments processed online through our secure campus webpay service (major credit cards only.) Onsite registration will also be processed through the web link (no cash or checks.)

For questions about registration email: katharine.henshaw@ucr.edu

CANCELLATION POLICY: Requests for refund of the registration fee from June 15 to July 1 will be subject to a $10 cancellation fee. After July first and through July 16th, registration will be refunded up to 50%. After July 16th, registration is non-refundable.

Marketplace Registration

The Marketplace will be a plenary session from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM on Saturday July 18th, where attendees can sell and/or show their work at tables like a mini comic convention.

Juried Exhibit

All pieces in the exhibit will be part of a silent auction to help raise money for the Vesalius Trust, a Comics & Medicine Conference Sponsor that supports student scholarships and continuing education activities in medical visual communication.


➤ Download Program Summary
Includes times of presentations; titles and presenters

➤ Download Detailed Program
Includes detailed information on sessions


We have reserved room blocks at the following hotels for a limited time only, so early registration encouraged!

Mission Inn

Hyatt Place


Conference Venue

Culver Center of the Arts
3824 Main Street
Riverside, CA 92501
Tel: (951) 827-4787

Parking lot rates are reasonable and in effect from 9-5, Mon-Fri. Parking is free before and after that time period and on weekends.

Restaurants & Attractions

The Culver Center of the Arts is closely located to many restaurants and attractions in Downtown Riverside.  Download the Walking Guide and Dining Guide for the list of restaurants and attractions. For more information visit the Downtown Riverside Directory.



  • Ontario International Airport (ONT) 17.3 mi
  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) 69.8 mi
  • John Wayne Airport (SNA) 44.3 mi

It is recommended to fly into Ontario, as it is closely located to the hotels and conference venue in Downtown Riverside.

➤ Download Directions from Airports to Culver Center

Travel to and from Airport

The following shuttle services are not endorsements, but we have successfully used them in the past:

  • SuperShuttle – For Reservations call 1-800-258-3826 or visit supershuttle.com.
  • Go Sedan – For Reservations call 1-800-991-7433 or visit gosedan.com.


We gratefully acknowledge the support from our sponsors

Center for Ideas and Society
Culver Arts Center
This conference was supported by the Lemelson / Society for Psychological Anthropology Conference Fund, made possible by a generous donation from The Robert Lemelson Foundation.
APGF logoThe sponsorship for Carol Tyler and Jared Gardner was made possible with a grant from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation.

Vesalius Trust

Penn State University Press
Center for Health Communities
UCR School of Medicine
Department of Anthropology
CSU San Marcos
UCR Graduate Division
Graphic Medicine
UCR Tomás Rivera Endowed Chair
UCR Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies
Sphinx Comics
UCR California Center for Native Nations
Rupert Costo Endowment

Conference Organizers

The 2015 conference, hosted by Juliet McMullin (UCR, Anthropology), is presented in association with the Graphic Medicine group. More information about the group can be found at graphicmedicine.org.