‌•Comics Crossroads: Women as Comic Creators | Oct 2016

‘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.

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