Friday 7th October, Main Council Chamber, 09:30 – 17:00
Lunch from 13:00 – 14:00 in MLANG Foyer
Workshop followed by a wine reception from 17:00 – 18:00 in MLANG foyer
The School will host a workshop of short papers exploring new directions in research on graphic novels/comics, with contributions from colleagues and doctoral students in the School of Modern Languages and the School of English, Communication and Philosophy.
Our keynote speaker will be Jan Baetens of Leuven University, Professor of Cultural Studies, practicing poet and critic with an international reputation as a comics and graphic novel specialist. Speakers will be considering some of the following debates and ideas in their papers:
- the transnational nature of graphic art/comic traditions and canons
- the intermedial connections and cultural hybridity of comics as text/image creations
- the interlingual and translational aspects of the comics community and the global circulation
Professor Baetens biography:
Jan Baetens teaches in the Cultural Studies program at KU Leuven, where he mainly works on word and image studies and cultural policy issues. Baetens has a background in contemporary French literature, with a special emphasis on modern poetry, and a strong interest in the relationships between writing, media and technology, which he discovered when he was teaching at Maastricht University. He has published widely on visual narrative, especially on narrative in so-called minor genres such as the photonovel, comics, and novelization. Most of his books are published in French, often at Les Impressions Nouvelles. Among his other hobby-horses are constrained writing and basketball. A list of Professor Baetens’ publications can be accessed here.
Please note that the workshop is open to MLANG staff, postgraduate students and invited guests only.