Friday, November 17, 2017

Simone Castaldi (Hofstra University) - University. A Walk Within Four Panels

Dear friends and colleagues,
After the amazing discussion we had yesterday on the magazine Resist!, get ready for our last event of the Fall Term. The Transnational Comics Studies Workshop invites you to a lecture and workshop with Simone Castaldi, Associate Professor of Romance Languages and Literature at Hofstra University.
A Walk Within Four Panels. A Methodological Approach to Teaching Italian Comics
Lecture: Thursday, November 30th, 3-5pm
Workshop: Friday, December 1st, 10-12pm
3308 Modern Language Building
This talk, covering the first 100 years of the history of Italian comics, focuses on four individual panels from four pivotal moments in the history of the medium in Italy: its infancy at the turn of the 20th century; the post-economic boom reconfiguration of the medium for an adult audience with the so-called "fumetti neri" (crime comics); the late-1960s birth of the auteur school and of a more literate and sophisticated readership; and the cannibalization of the historical avant-gardes of the postmodern, self-referential comics of the 1980s. Taking a moment of hesitation to focus on the reading instructions offered by a single panel, this kind of investigation encourages a deeper reading of the intimate structures that make up the panel as a basic unit of the comics' discourse. As a first step in the study of comics in a classroom setting, especially when students are confronted with a tradition whose history and culture is scarcely familiar to them, this kind of analysis consents to relate the study of the pictorial and micro-narrative elements within the frame to the cultural encyclopedia of the text, and to insert it within its historical background as a living part of a wider cultural context. As we investigate the panel's composition, the quality of the line, the indexical and symbolic value of its parts and their paradigmatic relations we lay solid foundations and prepare ourselves for a full reading.
This event is cosponsored by the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and the Department of History of Art, and hosted by the Department of German Languages and Literatures.
Please, shares widely and contact for RSVP and info.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Reading Workshop - Resist!

Der friends and colleagues,
After the amazing talk and workshop given by Art Spiegelman on Nov. 9th, be ready for our next meeting on November 16th, at 1:00-2:30pm in the Shapiro Design Lab on the ground floor of the Shapiro Undergraduate Library.
Our workshop will discuss the protest magazine Resist!, a free print publication of political comics and graphics where the slogan, "Women's voices will be heard," can come true. It was started after the November 2016 election by ​Nadja Spiegelman and Françoise Mouly, and its second issue came out this summer.
Please, join us, share the invite with other friends and colleagues, and don't forget that lunch and coffee will be provided!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Graduate Student Workshop - Hanah Stiverson: Radical World-Making. How Creator Ownership Makes Space For Othered Bodies

Dear friends and colleagues,
Thursday, Oct. 26th, at 1-2:30pm in the Shapiro Design Lab we will workshop Hanah Stiverson's paper Radical World-Making: How Creator Ownership Makes Space For Othered Bodies.
Hanah Stiverson is a PhD student at the University of Michigan in the department of American Culture who conducts fantastic research on comic studies, visual cultures, and race and gender studies. Her paper examines three ongoing works by Image Comics, which are either written or illustrated by female creators, and which reimagine notions of gender and race in fantasy realms. Working with Saga, co-created by Fiona Staples, Bitch Planet, created by Kelly Sue DeConnick, and Monstress, created by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda, Hanah considers ways in which world-making in comics allows for new meanings in racialized and gendered bodies.
In order to facilitate the discussion, we ask attenders to read the first issues of the above mentioned series. Our library holds multiple volumes of each series.
Please, RSVP to join our Google Group and get access to the workshop materials.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017


The Transnational Comics Studies Workshop would like to welcome everyone back! We have an exciting lineup of guests this academic year - and will be adding a few more - so please check out our schedule of events and stay tuned for more information!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Comic Books: A Pathway to Learning with cartoonist and educator Jerzy Drozd (January 25th)

Please join the Transnational Comics Studies Workshop on Wednesday, January 25th from 2:30-4pm in the 3rd floor Conference Room of the MLB (Room 3308) for a presentation on using comics in the classroom by cartoonist and educator Jerzy Drozd.

Comic Books: A Pathway to Learning 

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As teachers find a variety of uses for comics, graphicnovels and manga in the classroom, they need to understand the complex thinking and deep skills required to both read and create them. In this workshop, work with cartoonist Jerzy Drozd to explore the convergence of literary and artistic disciplines inherent in comics and see how comics can be a powerful way to build reading comprehension skills, such as prediction, inference, and fluency.

Copies of Drodz 64-page teaching kit will be distributed at the event. It contains example lesson plans for participants who want to take what they learned in the workshop into their own classrooms.

Bio: Jerzy Drozd is one of the artists of The Warren Commission Report. He leads cartooning workshops for children and teens in libraries and schools, as well as for teachers who want to bring comics to the classroom. He also podcasts about comics and how to make them. Drozd wrote and drew the graphic novel The Front, has worked on Antarctic Press’s Ninja High School and PPV: Pay-Per-View, and has drawn special projects for Glencoe/McGraw-Hill, Marvel Comics, VIZ Media, and others.

Please RSVP to Refreshments will be provided.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Conflict and Peace Initiative Lecture: Galvanizing Social Justice through Comics - A Talk by Award-Winning Graphic Novelist Joe Sacco

Thursday, January 19, 2017
5:00-7:00 PM
Michigan Theater

Leading graphic historical novelist Joe Sacco will chronicle how and why he uses the graphic novel format to catalyze social justice and human rights struggles in the U.S. and around the world. His award-winning novels include Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt (a portrait of some of the most marginalized communities in the United States, co-created with Pulitzer Prize-winner Chris Hedges); Footnotes in Gaza (a narrative of oral histories collected from elderly Palestinians who witnessed and survived a mass murder during the 1956 Suez War); and Safe Area Gorazde (an account of the brutal effects of the war in the former Yugoslavia on a besieged town that Sacco visited during and after the war). This presentation is part of a series on social justice-oriented graphic novels organized by the International Institute’s Enterprise-funded Conflict and Peace Initiative. The event is in partnership with the Penny Stamps Distinguished Lecture Series.

The Conflict and Peace Initiative was launched in the fall of 2016 and is funded by the International Institute Enterprise Fund. Its focus is to build a cross-disciplinary approach to peace and conflict studies that engages, challenges, and inspires new audiences.

This event is cosponsored by the Transnational Comics Studies Workshop.

Disability and Representation in Autobiographical Comics

Please join the Transnational Comics Studies Workshop on Friday, January 13th from 2:30-4pm in the Hatcher Library Gallery (Room 100) for a presentation by Dr. Frederik Byrn Køhlert on Disability and Representation in Autobiographical Comics.

Disability and Representation in Autobiographical Comics

As studies of disability have long pointed out, to be figured as disabled is in key ways to be seen, and to always be the subject of others’ curiosity. Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, influentially, has argued that in disability’s “economy of visual difference, those bodies deemed inferior become spectacles of otherness while the unmarked are sheltered in the neutral space of normalcy.” In the form of comics, this particular relationship with visual embodiment is placed front and center for the reader to engage with, through drawn imagery on the page. For autobiographical comics, especially, this relationship raises questions about how authors might employ various visual codes in order to elude the objectifying gaze commonly associated with looking at disability. Using as its case study Al Davison’s memoir about living with spina bifida The Spiral Cage, this talk examines the relationship between disability, representation, visuality, and autobiography in comics.

Bio: Frederik Byrn Køhlert is a Lecturer at the University of East Anglia. His research concerns issues of representation in literary and visual culture, with a special emphasis on comics and graphic novels. He is the author of several articles about trauma, gender, and representation in autobiographical comics, as well as a monograph on literary representations of Chicago. His most recent research focuses on political comics and cartoons, and he is currently working on projects concerning the intersection of comics and anarchism and the international reception of Charlie Hebdo in the wake of the shootings at the newspaper’s editorial office. His book Serial Selves: Identity and Representation in Autobiographical Comics is forthcoming from Rutgers University Press.

This event is generously cosponsored by the UM Disability Initiative and the Disability Studies Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshop.

Please RSVP to Refreshments will be provided.