The Department of Law is delighted to welcome renowned comic journalist Joe Sacco for the inaugural Queen Mary Conversation in Law and the Humanities. An on-stage interview with Joe Sacco will be conducted by Dr Maks Del Mar, Director of Queen Mary’s Centre for Law and Society in a Global Context.
The aim of the new flagship series is to invite scholars and practitioners working in the arts and humanities to discuss the role of law in their work, and to thereby showcase the most cutting edge practice and research in law and the humanities.
About the speaker
The founder of comic journalism, Joe Sacco has been at the vanguard of the comics medium for over 25 years. The author of award-winning books, such as Palestine, Safe Area Goražde, The Fixer, and Footnotes in Gaza, Sacco has never shied away from the extreme difficulty of depicting trauma, whether it be in Palestine or Bosnia. His works are in part visual histories and war reportage, and in part deeply honest, personal and self-reflective explorations of the process of investigative journalism and the making of historical and anthropological knowledge.
Sacco’s work is often said to be dense in detail and photo-realistic, while also playing in various ways with perspective, framing and ellipsis. His works take time to both draw and read. His vast landscapes invite the viewer’s eye to inhabit the spaces and lives of others - a style that echoes the work of Bosch and Bruegel. If this is journalism - and it is surely much more than that - it is ‘slow journalism’, very much an antidote to the ephemeral, thoughtless everyday news. It is also an antidote to un-critical history, which - unlike Sacco’s work - presents itself as transparent, as a window onto what really happened. Sacco is too sensitive to the instability of all knowing - to how it is full of emotion, desire, humour and all the foibles of the self - to fall into that trap.
Sacco’s work shows how important comics and the graphical form are to the ethics of knowledge, history-making, witnessing and in general relating to violence and suffering, past and present. Perhaps more than any other living graphic artist, he displays for us the entanglement of the visual form, the self and the trauma of others.
An on-stage interview with . The aim of the new flagship series is to invite scholars and practitioners working in the arts and humanities to discuss the role of law in their work, and to thereby showcase the most cutting edge practice and research in law and the humanities.