Comics Crossroads

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Comics Crossroads

The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London

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  • Friday 7 October 2016
    PLEASE NOTE: This Date Has Passed
    5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

    with registration from 16.45

    Research Forum Seminar Room, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 0RN

  • Saturday 8 October 2016
    PLEASE NOTE: This Date Has Passed
    10:00 am - 6:45 pm

    with registration from 09.30

    Research Forum Seminar Room, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 0RN


  • Dr. Kasia Murawska Muthesius - Birkbeck Univeristy of London

Organised by

  • Julia Secklehner - The Courtauld Institute of Art
  • Fred Francis - University of Kent
  • Dieter Declercq - University of Kent

‘Comics Crossroads’ is an emerging scholars conference that brings together a diverse group of early career researchers, artists and leading scholars working on comics, cartoons and caricature from different perspectives and different fields in the humanities. As the burgeoning field of Comics Studies risks fragmentation as scholars entrenched in one tradition are unaware of the important contributions being made in others, the conference seeks to counter such divisive trends by providing a space for receptive and productive engagement with current trends and new avenues of scholarly interaction. In line with the two keynotes, held by Katarzyna Murawska-Muthesius (Birkbeck) and Gavin Parkinson (Courtauld), the conference presentations focus on intersections between caricature and gender and comics and ‘high art’, as well as on approaches towards a new ‘comics methodology’ and the significance of archives in the comics preservation.

Day 1: Friday, 7 October
Closed workshop for invited participants only followed by a keynote lecture open to the public

17.00 – 18.00: Keynote lecture – Open to all, free admission. (Research Forum Seminar Room. Access via the back door of the Institute, in Somerset House courtyard)

Dr. Kasia Murawska Muthesius (Birkbeck): Ladylike: Caricature, Comics and Gender

Day 2: Saturday, 8 October
Emerging Scholars Conference,
free and open to all (with advance booking required). Research Forum Seminar Room.   Access via main entrance door.

09.30 – 10.00: Registration

10.00 – 11.30: 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

11.30-12.00:  Coffee Break (provided in the student cafe, lower ground)

12.00 – 13.30: 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?)

13.30 – 14.15: Lunch (provided for the speakers and chairs only, in the student cafe, lower ground)

14.15 – 15.15: Keynote by Dr. Gavin Parkinson (Courtauld): Pogo, Pop and Politics: Robert Benayoun on Comics and Roy Lichtenstein

15.15 – 15.30: Refreshment Break (provided in the student cafe, lower ground)

15.30 – 17.00: 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

17.00 – 17.30: Coffee Break (provided in the student cafe, lower ground)

17.30 – 18.45: 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

18.45: Reception (in the student café, lower ground)

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