Violence, Politics, and the Graphic Novel – Virtual Panel

A Virtual Roundtable with Hugo Frey, Hillary Chute, Mark McKinney, and Eszter Szep, moderated by Aubrey Gabel
UPDATE: The panel is available on youtube. I was the fourth speaker, and I talked about comics as “poetry + graphic design” (said by Seth) and how it enables us to rethink the concept of comics and the practices around it and show this on the example of a fantastic collection of comics made by graphic desing students studying at the American University of Beirut about the 2019 Revolution in Lebanon.

I am honored to be part of the Violence, Politics, and the Graphic Novel virtual panel that will be organized on 17 February 2022. It begins at 6 pm (CET), 5 pm (UK), or noon (EST).

The event is organized by Maison Francaise at Columbia University. You can register here, and the event will also be streamed on Facebook.

Here is the event description and the list of participants.

Image-text forms–like comics, caricatures, etc.–have long been a venue for depicting historical violence in wartime propaganda or in stand-out examples like Francisco Goya’s woodcuts. Since Art Spiegelman first made waves with Maus, graphic novels have become an important venue for representing historical violence, and this is especially the case in French, where popular graphic novels often represent conflicts as diverse as the Algerian War, the Lebanese Civil War, or the Iranian Revolution. This panel brings together several eminent specialists in comic and graphic novels studies and in French and Comparative Literature.

Hugo Frey is Director of the Institute of Arts and Humanities at the University of Chichester.
Hillary Chute is Professor of English and Art & Design at Northeastern.
Mark McKinney is Professor of French at Miami University of Ohio. 
Eszter Szep is Associate Lecturer at Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, Budapest.
Aubrey Gabel is Assistant Professor of French at Columbia.

This event is co-sponsored by Columbia Maison Française and The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities.


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