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Comics Crossroads

Comics Crossroads

Training for the Study of Comics, Cartoons and Drawn Images
Workshop and Conference
Friday 7 and Saturday 8 October
The Courtauld Institute of Art, London
14.00 – 18.00 and 10.00 – 18.00

Call for workshop participants/papers

The aim of this day-and-a-half event is to offer specific training for emerging scholars working with ‘the comic’ in an interdisciplinary manner.

On the first day, the group will engage with a selection of four original objects in different media under the guidance of an established scholar. The workshop leader will pose a series of methodological questions to the participants in relation to these objects, which will be discussed in small groups before presenting their findings in plenum. The questions may range, amongst others, from formal interpretations of the work to the interrelation between text and image and socio-political issues in different geographies. By applying a range of interpretations onto the same works, early-career researchers will not only become familiar with a greater range of media related to their own work, but also aim to forge an overall understanding of the contemporary and past significance of drawn art within popular culture and beyond.

On the second day, participants are invited to present their own research in a conference, including two keynotes from established scholars in the field.

If you would like to participate in the workshop, please send an abstract of 150 words to comicscrossroads@gmail.com covering your research area and intended presentation. The deadline for submissions is Friday, 26th August 2016. Application open to all. Priority is given to CHASE-funded students.

Conference attendance is free and open to all. 


The aim of ‘Comics Crossroads’ is to bring together a diverse group of postgraduates, early career researchers, and leading scholars working on comics, cartoons, caricature and drawn visual arts from different perspectives and different fields in the humanities. The burgeoning field of Comics Studies risks fragmentation as scholars entrenched in one tradition are unaware of the important contributions being made in others. We seek to counter such divisive trends by introducing cutting-edge research to a new generation of emerging scholars, and providing a space for both receptive and productive engagement with current trends and new avenues of scholarly interaction