Comics Crossroads II: Emerging Scholars Conference
Comics Crossroads II: Emerging Scholars Conference

Comics Crossroads II: Emerging Scholars Conference

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The Courtauld Institute of Art


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We are pleased to advertise this day-and-a-half CHASE-funded event to offer specific training for a select group of emerging scholars working with ‘the comic’ in an interdisciplinary manner. The aim of this event is to allow postgraduate researchers to become familiar with a range of media related to their own work, and to stimulate an overall understanding of the contemporary and past significance of drawn art within popular culture and beyond.

On the first day, starting in the afternoon, Dr Nick Hiley (Head of Special Collections and The British Cartoon Archive, University of Kent) will lead a workshop on working with the archive. The aim of this workshop is to explore new avenues for research through the archive, working with original material from the BCA. This workshop will also allow researchers to familiarize themselves with some of the holdings of the Courtauld Institute of Art. Issues about working with the archive and its materials will be discussed in small groups first, after which findings will be compared in plenum. We will close the day with a keynote by Dr Kasia Murawska-Muthesius (Birkbeck) on comics, cartoons and gender. On the second day, participants will present a 20-minute paper (with ten minutes for Q/A) about their own research on comics (presentations about working with and re-exploring the archive are particularly welcome). We will close the event with a keynote by Dr Gavin Parkinson (Courtauld), whose presentation will include a focus on Robert Benayoun and Roy Lichtenstein in relation to the comic.

Conference attendance on the Saturday is free and open to all.

Day 1: Friday, 7th October 2-6pm

The viewing of materials from the Drawings collection and the workshop is for invited workshop participants only. The keynote lecture is free and open to all.


2.00-2.30pm               Viewing of selected material from the Courtauld Drawings collection

(Prints and Drawings Room)


2.30-4.15pm               Comics and the Archive closed workshop for selected participants, led by the director of the British Cartoon Archive, Dr. Nick Hiley (University of Kent) (Sackler Research Forum)


4.15-4.30pm               Coffee Break


4.30-5.30pm               Keynote by Dr. Kasia Murawska Muthesius (Birkbeck): Ladylike: Caricature, Comics and Gender (Sackler Research Forum)


5.30-8.00pm               Dinner for workshop participants



Day 2: Saturday, 8th October 9.30-6.30pm

Emerging Scholars Conference, Sackler Research Forum. Free and open to all.


9.30-10.00am             Registration


10-11.30am                Panel I: Comics and Gender


Catherine Wild (Winchester): Misty Comics and the liminal Stage of Puberty


Penelope Mendonça (Central St Martins): The Single Mother, the Sketchnote and the Comic


Fionnuala Doran (Teeside): Artist Talk: Women as Creators in the English-language Comic Industry


11.30-11.45am           Coffee Break


11.45-1.15pm             Panel II: Comics and the Archive


Nicola Streeten (Sussex): We Are Our Own Archives


Michael Connerty (Central St Martins): Un-archiving the other Jack B. Yeats


Kim L. Pace (UAL): Cult Fiction - Art & Comics (Can We Be Serious?)


1.15-2.00pm               Lunch


2.00-3.00pm               Keynote by Dr. Gavin Parkinson (Courtauld): Pogo, Pop and Politics: Robert Benayoun on Comics and Roy Lichtenstein


3.00-3.15pm               Refreshment Break


3.15-4.45pm               Panel III: Between ‘high’ and ‘low’?


Guy Lawley (Central St Martins): Real Ben Day dots, so-called Benday dots and the comic book aesthetic: did Roy Lichtenstein really paint Ben Day dots?


Laura Nuti (Università per Stranieri di Perugia): The influence of comics in Fellini’s films


Tobias Yu-Kiener (Central Saint Martins): The mythologisation of iconic fine artists in graphic novels and comics


4.45-5.00pm               Coffee Break


5.00-6.30pm               Panel IV: Towards a Comic Methodology


John Miers (UAL): Visual metaphor, narrative drawing, and embodied cognition


Alex Turton (UEA): Adapting digital text mining methods for the comics medium


Paul Fisher Davies (Sussex): The Logical Structures of Comics: Parataxis, Hypotaxis and Text Worlds


6.30-8.00pm   Drinks reception

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