Comics Studies: Beyond the Canon?

Wednesday 11th May 2016

The study of comic books, graphic narratives and sequential art has been a significant focus at Birkbeck in recent years, with new scholarship emerging alongside the annual symposium Transitions. In this special panel, comics practitioner John Miers (Central Saint Martins) will share the stage with leading scholars in the field Harriet Earle (Birkbeck), Nina Mickwitz (London College of Communication) and Tony Venezia (Birkbeck), to discuss the current state of comics studies and where it might be going next. We will ask whether comics studies are now moving beyond a familiar canon (from Art Spiegelman to Alison Bechdel); what are the current gender politics of the comics field; how theory and practice relate; and where new creativity and criticism are happening in comics.

Venue: B04, 43 Gordon Square

Time: 6-7:30pm

All those with an interest in the field are welcome to attend and join the discussion.


Image by Richard Stevens, Diesel Sweeties, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 2.5 Licence.



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