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Posted 13 May, 2016

Sunday 26 June
University of Kent
10.00 – 18.00

Registration is now open for Comics Crossroads. At this one-day symposium, participants will discover some of the best and most cutting-edge research into comics, cartooning and drawn images. Eight invited speakers will present a 30-minute paper on their recent research, followed by a prepared critical response from an invited respondent and questions from the audience. The event is designed to bring together ideas from around the field of Comics Studies, provoke critical and forward-thinking discussion between researchers and research disciplines, offer input for new and current researchers, and engage with the potential for interdisciplinary work.

The burgeoning field of Comics Studies is necessarily interdisciplinary, yet it risks fragmentation as scholars entrenched in one tradition may be unaware of the important contributions being made in others. We seek to counter such divisive trends, providing a space for both receptive and productive engagement and new avenues of scholarly interaction.


  • Catharine Abell
    Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, The University of Manchester
  • Elisabeth El Refaie
    Senior Lecturer in English, Communication & Philosophy, Cardiff University
  • Hugo Frey
    Professor of Cultural and Visual History, University of Chichester
  • Ian Horton
    Coordinator for Contextual & Theoretical Studies, London College of Communication
  • Anne Magnussen
    Associate Professor of History, University of Southern Denmark
  • Aaron Meskin
    Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Leeds
  • Roger Sabin
    Professor of Popular Culture, Central Saint Martins
  • Paul Williams
    Senior Lecturer in English, University of Exeter

Registration fees are £10 waged and £6 unwaged/student, and include lunch and refreshments.

To register, please follow the link. For enquiries, please contact

Comics Crossroads is the last in a series of events attached to the exhibition There is an Alternative!: Critical Comics and Cartoons. The exhibition is open to the public at the University’s Templeman Gallery until July 2nd (08.00-21.00, Monday to Sunday)

Comics Crossroads is organised by Dr Antonio Lazaro-Reboll, Dieter Declercq, Fred Francis and Julia Secklehner. It is supported by two research consortiums:

  • Eastern ARC

and the following bodies at the University of Kent:

  • The Faculty of Humanities Research Fund
  • The Aesthetics Research Centre
  • The Centre for Comic and Popular Performance
  • The Centre for Film and Media Research
  • The School of Arts Graduate Studies Committee



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