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PD Dr. Jörn Ahrens

PD Dr. Jörn Ahrens
Professor in Sociology at the University of Giessen. 2006 Habilitation in Cultural Studies & Cultural Sociology at Humboldt-Universität, Berlin; 1999 Ph.D in Sociology at Freie Universität Berlin. Research and Teaching Interests: Modern Societies and Culture; Popular Culture and Media; Questions of the Self, Violence, Subjectivity, Mythology, Bioscience, and Labor; 20th Century Social Theory. Recent Publications: (with Arno Meteling, ed.s) Comics and the City: Urban Space in Print, Picture, and Sequence, London/New York 2010: Continuum; Imagine Reality: Negotiating Comics along David B.’s Epileptic, in: ImageTexT: Interdisciplinary Comic Studies (forthcoming)

Roberto Bartual

Roberto Bartual (b.1976) is a translator, writer and scholar. He is the author on numerous articles on popular literature published in Diario El Sur, República de las Letras and Despalabro, dealing with authors such as Alan Moore, Robert L. Stevenson, Jim Thompson and the hard-boiled genre. He translated an edition of Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights illustrated by Balthus (Artemisa, 2007) and the Spanish version of Alan Moore and José Villarrubia?s The Mirror of Love (Kraken, 2008). Also a fiction writer, his short stories can be found in diverse anthologies, including Ficciones (Edaf, 2005). He is the co-author of the postmodern revisiting of Lorca’s classic La Casa de Bernarda Alba Zombi (Cátedra, 2009). His articles on the origins of sequential art and its relationship with sculpture, painting, engraving and cinema can be found in Revista Digital Universitaria de la Universidad Autónoma de México and the publication Studies on Comics (in press).

Paul Gravett

Paul Gravett is a London-based freelance journalist, curator, lecturer, writer and broadcaster, who has worked in comics publishing and promotion since 1981. Man at the Crossroads in the Fast Fiction days of the London Small Press scene and founder, editor and publisher of the comics magazine Escape (1983-1989). Director of the The Cartoon Art Trust 1992-2001, curator of numerous comics-related exhibitions and the co-author with Peter Stanbury of a number of books on comics, including Manga: 60 Years Of Japanese Comics (2004), Graphic Novels: Stories To Change Your Life (2005) and Great British Comics: Celebrating A Century Of Ripping Yarns & Wizard Wheezes (2006).

Ian Hague

Ian Hague is an MPhil/PhD student working on the theory of comics at the University of Chichester under the supervision of Dr Hugo Frey. He did his BA in English at the University of Hull (2004-2007) and his MA in Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds (2007-2008). In November 2009 he directed Possibilities and Perspectives: A Conference on Comics as part of Leeds’ annual sequential art festival, Thought Bubble. His research interests are wide ranging and include semiology, psychoanalysis, critical theory, literature, art, film and postmodernism.

Hee Holmen

Hee Holmen is an artist-researcher in animation media, and has been teaching computer animation at universities in Norway, Denmark and USA. She is working on her PhD project on dynamic character in Digital Comix framework at Design and Management of Information Technology, Roskilde University.

Dyfrig Jones

Dyfrig Jones works as a lecturer at the School of Creative Studies and Media, Bangor University, Wales. He is currently in the 2nd year of his PhD, looking at politics in superhero comics.

Rachel Luria

Rachel Luria is an Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition at Florida Atlantic University’s Wilkes Honors College. She is also a creative writer who has published works of short fiction and comics. She is a two-time winner of the South Carolina Fiction Project and her short story comic, Natural Disasters, appeared in the Spring 2008 issue of The Florida Review. Her essay Nothing Left but Skin and Cartilage: The Body and Toxic Masculinity appears in the anthology Sexual Rhetoric in the Works of Joss Whedon and she is currently co-editing the forthcoming Neil Gaiman and Philosophy. 

Anne Magnussen

Anne Magnussen, PhD, is an Associate Professor at the Institute of History and Civilization, University of Southern Denmark. She has published a series of articles in Danish and English about comics, including (in English) “Imagining the dictatorship, Argentina 1981 to 1982.” Visual Communication, London, Sage. Vol 5, No. 3, 2006, p. 323-344; “Spanish Comics and Family.” International Journal of Comic Art, Vol. 5, No. 2 (Fall 2003), p. 66-84, and being co-editor with Hans-Christian Christiansen of Comics and Culture. Analytical and Theoretical Approaches to Comics. Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press 2000.

Martin Petersen

Martin Petersen, assistant professor, Korean Studies, University of Copenhagen is currently working on the research project: ‘The politics of 21st century manhwa in the two Koreas’. The project presents a comparative approach to the social agency of comics in current South and North Korea. Main part of the research will be conducted in Japan and Korea in the fall, 2010. Martin Petersen has previously been working on issues of material culture, ethnographic collecting and cultural representations. With “Collecting Korean shamanism – Biographies and Collecting devices” he obtained the PhD degree from University of Copenhagen in 2009 on the topic.

Ernesto Priego

Ernesto Priego is  writing a PhD thesis at the Department of Information Studies, University College London in the subject of comic books and digital media. He wrote his master's thesis on Art Spiegelman's Maus (UEA Norwich 2003) and my undergraduate dissertation on Watchmen (UNAM, Mexico, 2000). Since 1994 his writings about comics have been published in The Comics Journal, Library Journal, Nieman Storyboard, Paul Gravett's PG Tips and several national magazines and newspapers in Mexico. He was a cultural advisor and translator for Jessica Abel's La Perdida graphic novel (original and collected versions) and translated it into Spanish for Astiberri Ediciones.

Jacques Samson (keynote)

Jacques Samson lives in Montreal (Canada). After a career in teaching (comics, film, literature), his passion for comics is kept alive through articles in various journals including Neuvième Art (Angoulême), for which he has been a member of the editorial board since 2001. With Pierre Fresnault-Deruelle, he co-directed Poétiques de la bande dessinée (‘Poetics in Comics’), L'Harmattan, Paris, 2007. And with Benoît Peeters, he has recently published Chris Ware. La bande dessinée réinventée (‘Chris Ware. Comics reinvented’), Les Impressions Nouvelles, Bruxelles-Paris, 2010.

Greice Schneider

Greice Schneider is currently conducting PhD research on boredom and contemporary graphic novels at the Department of Literature at K.U. Leuven (Belgium) under the supervision of Prof. Jan Baetens. Her main interests lie in the field of visual studies, with particular interest in the relations between image and narrative.

Steven Surdiacourt

Steven Surdiacourt is a PhD-fellow of FWO-Flanders at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium). His research concerns the narratology of the graphic novel.

Fredrik Strömberg

Fredrik Strömberg is a PhD-student at Malmö University. He is the president of the Swedish Comics Association, one of the editors of the magazine Bild & Bubbla and one of the professors at the Comic Art School of Malmö. Strömberg has written several books, like Black Images in the Comcis, The Comics Go to Hell, Comic Art Propaganda and Swedish Comics History.

Chris Ware

Chris Ware is the cartoonist behind Jimmy Corrigan - The Smartest Kid on Earth (2000), Quimby the Mouse (2003) and the ACME Novelty Library Report to Shareholders (2005). Most of his comics are serialised in his long-running comics series ACME Novelty Library, of which he has released 19 issues between 1994 and today. In it he is currently at work on two major comics series, Rusty Brown and Building Stories. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Village Voice, the Yale Review, Esquire and many other publications. He was selected for the Whitney Biennial in 2002, the Masters of American Comics show at the Jewish Museum in New York in 2006-2007, and had a monographic show dedicated to him at Museum of Contemporary Art in his hometown of Chicago in 2006. In addition to numerous Eisner and Harvey Awards, he was the recipient of the 1999 Reuben Award, the Guardian's Book of the Year Award in 2001, and the Angoulême Alph'Art for book of the year in 2002. He also is the designer of Fantagraphics Books' reprint series of George Herriman's Krazy & Ignatz and Drawn & Quarterly's ditto of Frank King's Walt & Skeezix.