Speakers

Alham Almohissen is a Ph.D. candidate at Leeds University, and interested in sociolinguistic, discourse analysis, and multimodality. Her research is about Saudi cartoons and how narrativity creates humor in such cartoons that makes readers engage with such humor. 

John Bateman is Professor of English Applied Linguistics at Bremen University, Germany. He has been investigating the relation between language and other semiotic systems for many years, focusing on accounts of register, genre, lexicogrammatical description and theory, multilingual and multimodal linguistic description, and computational instantiations of linguistic theory. Current work involves multimodal semiotics and theories of discourse as well as the development of empirical methodologies for robust multimodal analysis. Publications include works on multimodality and genre (2008, Palgrave), text and image (2014, Routledge), and a textbook on multimodality (2017 in English and 2020 in German, de Gruyter, with Janina Wildfeuer and Tuomo Hiippala).

Neil Cohn is an American cognitive scientist best known for his research on the cognition of comics and language. His latest book Who Understands Comics? (2020), was nominated for a 2021 Eisner award, and integrates over 40 years of scientific research on comics comprehension. He is an Associate Professor at the Department of Cognition and Communication at Tilburg University in The Netherlands. His work can be found online at www.visuallanguagelab.com.

Since 2019, Barbara “Eggy” Eggert works as a postdoctoral researcher with the University of Art and Design Linz / Department of Art and Education. Her research, teaching, and curatorial projects focus mainly on comics. Since 2020, she is responsible for the symposium at NEXTCOMIC, Austria’s annual comics festival. In her habilitation project, Eggert investigates the functional spectrum of comics in exhibitions focusing mainly on Austria, Germany, and Switzerland. She also works as a curator, writes cenarios for comics, and blogs for Karikaturmuseum Krems. Together with comic artists Victoria “Jacky” Braith and Dagmar Wyka (Austrian Super Heroes), she has participated in various exhibitions including two solo shows.

Elisabeth (Lisa) El Refaie is a Reader in Visual Communication at the School of English, Communication and Philosophy, Cardiff University. The main focus of her research is on (verbo-)visual forms of metaphor and narrative. She is the author of Autobiographical Comics: Life Writing in Pictures (2012) and Visual Metaphor and Embodiment in Graphic Illness Narratives (2019). In recent years, she has also been working on several projects that use drawing workshops to encourage disadvantaged groups of people to express their views and emotions on sensitive health topics, and to share these messages with their peers and other stakeholders (https://drawing.out).

Martin Foret, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor at Department of Media and Cultural Studies and Journalism, Faculty of Arts, Palacky University in Olomouc, Czech Republic. As the coordinator of activities of Centre for Comics Studies of ICL CAS and FA PU in Olomouc he participated in the preparation of the two-volume History of Czechoslovak Comics of the 20th Century (2014) and co-wrote the introductory treatise In Panels and Speech Balloons. Chapters from the Theory of Comics (2015). He is one of the authors of the book Before Comics: The Formation of the Czechoslovak Picture Story in the Second Half of the XIX Century (2016). He is also a contributor of collective monograph Comics of the New Europe: Reflections and Intersections (2020). The latest result of his interest in semiotics of comics is the article Gelächter im stummen Kode. Darstellungen des Lachens im Comic (Zeitschrift für Semiotik, 2015).

Amadeo Gandolfo (1984) holds a PhD in Social Sciences from the University of Buenos Aires. He was doctoral and postdoctoral fellow for CONICET. He is assistant professor in the Sociology Department of the University of Buenos Aires. He’s currently a postdoctoral fellow for the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation of Germany, working in the Lateinamerika-Institut of the Freie Universität Berlin. He was also a postdoctoral fellow in the Iberoamerican Institute of Berlin. He edits, alongside Pablo Turnes, the magazine of comics criticism Kamandi (www.revistakamandi.com). He has curated exhibitions on comics in Buenos Aires.

Carolina González Alvarado is a professor and researcher in graphic narratives. She has a master’s degree in Modern Literature and graduated with honors at Universidad Iberoamericana, in Mexico City. She completed her doctoral studies at UIA, at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, and at the University of Almeria, Spain. She also has a diploma in “Pedagogy of Comics” awarded by École Européenne Supérieure de l’image, in Angoulême, France. She is a contributor at the comics magazine Comicosity, since 2015, and she is a columnist at Marvin Magazine, where she writes the column “El conejo blanco” about Latin American comics. Winner of the Film Criticism Competition at My French Film Festival, in the eleventh edition (2021).

 

She is an associate professor at the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, at undergraduate level, where she teaches Contemporary literature, art, and mythology in English language. She leads the Seminars “History of Graphic Narratives” and “Expanded Visual Narratives” at Postgraduate level, in the master’s in Graphic Narratives, in the city of Guadalajara, Jalisco.  

Irmak Hacımusaoğlu M.Sc. is a Ph.D. student at Tilburg University and a doodle artist. Her primary research interests include cognitive neuroscience, cultural memories, cognitive aspects of visual narratives (e.g., mimicry and the visual language) and the cognition of drawing. She is currently studying the cross-cultural relationship between depictions of motion and paths in comics and in linguistic typology.

Tina Helbig has worked as a research assistant at the Department of English at Saarland University, professorship Transcultural Anglophone Studies. Before, she has taught visual and media literacy at the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Göttingen, graphic fiction and film studies at the English Department in Göttingen, media and communication studies courses at the University of Mannheim and English literature courses at the Free University of Berlin. She holds a Master’s degree from the University of Mannheim and is currently a Ph.D. student at the English Department at the University of Göttingen, writing about Indigenous Australian literature.

By day Mark Hibbett is a mild-mannered PhD student at UAL, writing a thesis about Doctor Doom’s emergence as a transmedia character during ‘The Marvel Age’ (1961-1987). By night he is the self-proclaimed international rock star MJ Hibbett, author of songs such as ‘Hey Hey 16K’ and ‘The Lesson Of The Smiths’

Scott Jordan, Ph.D., is a cognitive psychologist who studies the neuroscience, psychology, and philosophy of cooperative behavior. With over 150 publications, he regularly contributes to Sperling’s Popular Culture Psychology series and other outlets to reveal connections between pop-culture narratives, psychology, and the realities of lived life. Examples include, Exploring the hidden kingdoms of assumption: Interview with Christopher Priest on Black Panther, culture, and the art of changing minds (Black Panther Psychology), and The welcoming Spiderverse: Finding your ‘self’ in a web of others(Pop Mythology). He has published a peer-reviewed, scientific song about the ‘self’ (It’s hard work being No One), (song), which received a positive review in Discover Magazine. He is a co-member of the WGLT Psych Geeks podcast and has appeared on the bodyselfmind podcast. He produces the Dark Loops Productions channel on YouTube, where he hosts discussions of lived-life, science, art, the humanities, and all things pop-culture. He is also extremely proud of his international comic-book collection.

 

Writer. Publisher. Graphic Designer. Educator.  Victor Dandridge is a leading voice for innovation and production within the self-publishing market.  He’s found acclaim with his own imprint, Vantage:Inhouse Productions, writing award-winning and critically regarded titles like The Trouble w/Love, The Samaritan, and Wonder Care Presents: The Kinder Guardians. His insights on narrative structure, comic book illustration, and publishing are honed, weekly, through the internet review series, Black, White & Read All Over,  and is often the ‘creator in residence’ for the pop culture podcast, Hall of Justice.  Wanting not only to entertain, but also to educate, Victor launched his U Cre-8 Comics line — a unique bridge between comics and classroom fundamentals.  Through this program, Dandridge has guided more than three thousand students on the basic instructions of how to ‘Cre-8’ in

Bien Klomberg is a Ph.D. student at Tilburg University, excited to combine her lifelong love for stories and linguistics with an equally long passion for drawing and comics. She has previously studied stylistics, rhetorics, literature, and cognitive linguistics, with figurative language and point of view as special interests. She currently researches the cognition of conceptual metaphor and blending in comics comprehension.

Martha Kuhlman is Professor of Comparative Literature in the Department of English and Cultural Studies at Bryant University where she teaches courses on the graphic novel, Central European literature, and Critical Theory. She coedited The Comics of Chris Ware: Drawing is a Way of Thinking with the University Press of Mississippi (2010) with Dave Ball, and Comics of the New Europe (2020) with José Alaniz.  Her articles have appeared in The Journal of Popular CultureEuropean Comic Art, and the International Journal of Comic Art, and she has contributed chapters to the Cambridge History of the Graphic Novel, The Cambridge Guide to the Graphic Novel, and the MLA volume Approaches to Teaching the Graphic Narrative, among other works.

Lenneke Lichtenberg is a Research Masters student in Language and Communication at Tilburg University with an interest in metaphor, bilingualism, and cognitive neuroscience. She plans to continue her studies as a Ph.D. student in the future.

Rita Maricocchi is a second-year student in the MA degree program National and Transnational Studies at the University of Münster. She completed her undergraduate studies at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, majoring in German, French, and Political Science. Before coming to Münster she spent one year as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant at a secondary school in Dresden. Her current MA thesis project focuses on the graphic novels of Birgit Weyhe, seeking to interpret their portrayal of German identity through a postcolonial lens. Her additional research interests broadly include multilingual literature, adaptation studies, and the intersection of autobiographical writing and gender performance. She is particularly interested in increasing dialogue within the university
about decolonial topics, reflected in her involvement in the student-initiated Arbeitskreis Postkolonialismus at WWU Münster, for which she co-organizes a bilingual reading group engaging with questions of language, identity, and colonial continuities.

Mihaela Precup is Associate Professor in the American Studies Program at the University of Bucharest, where she teaches American visual and popular culture, contemporary American literature, and comics studies. She has co-edited (with Rebecca Scherr) three special issues of the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics (on War and Conflict and Sexual Violence). She is the author of The Graphic Lives of Fathers: Memory, Representation, and Fatherhood in Autobiographical Comics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020).

 

Dragoş Manea is Lecturer at the University of Bucharest, where he teaches American literature, cultural memory studies, and film studies. His main research interests include the adaptation of history, cultural memory, and the relationship between ethics and fiction. Relevant publications include “Western Nightmares: Manifest Destiny and the Representation of Genocide in Weird Fiction” (Studies in Comics 8:2, 2017) and “Infantilizing the Refugee: On the Mobilization of Empathy in Kate Evans’s Threads from the Refugee Crisis” (with Mihaela Precup, a/b Auto/Biography Studies 35:2, Spring 2020).  He is a recipient of the Sabin Award for Comics Scholarship (2017).

Stephan Packard is Professor for Popular Culture and Its Theories at Cologne University, Germany.
Research interests include semiotics; comics studies; censorship and other forms of media control; transmediality; narratology; as well as concepts of fiction and virtuality. He is co-editor of the journal Medienobservationen. Publications include Anatomie des Comics. Psychosemiotische Medienanalyse (Göttingen 2006); Comics & Politics (Berlin 2014, ed.); Charlie Hebdo: Nicht nur am 7. Januar 2015! (2018, ed. with Wilde); and Comicanalyse. Eine Einführung (2019, with Rauscher, Sina, Thon, Wilde, Wildfeuer).

Pedro Réquio has a degree in History at the Faculty of Arts, University of Coimbra and a Master in Contemporary History by the same institution. His Master’s thesis was entitled Cultural and Political Change of the Academy of Coimbra: The case of Via Latina (1958-1962). He is a junior researcher in the 25AprilPTLab project and is currently doing his PhD in “Discursos: Culture, History and Society”. His dominance focuses on political and cultural history and the links between art, ideologies and the exercise of power.

Chiao-I Tseng is a multimodal linguist based in Berlin. She has been developing and publishing theoretical methods for multimodal and transmedia discourse analysis, such as frameworks for analysing cohesion, event types, narrative space in narratives across audio-visual and graphic media. Her expertises are integrating linguistics-informed multimodal analysis, empirical methods and cultural issues such as genre, stylistics, narrative complexities.

Xiaolan Wei is a PhD student in the College of Foreign Languages and Literature at Fudan University, Shanghai, China. Her main interests lie in multimodal discourse analysis, systemic functional linguistics, and social semiotics. She has presided and participated in several projects in the field of multimodal discourse. Her publications include several journal articles on multimodal discourse and three of them were published in top journals. She has won many awards, such as the Xianghui Scholarship (1%), the National Scholarship for Graduate Students (3%) and the Academic Star Award of Shanghai University (less than 1%).

Dr. Lukas R.A. Wilde is a research associate at Tübingen University’s Department for Media Studies, Germany. He studied at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg and the Gakugei University of Tokyo. His media studies dissertation on the functions of ‘characters’ (kyara) within everyday communication of contemporary Japanese society was awarded the Roland-Faelske-Award 2018 for the best dissertation in Comics and Animation Studies as well as the GIB Dissertation Award 2021 of the Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Pictures. He is the Vice President of the German Society for Comic Studies (ComFor) and one of the organizers of the digital artists initiative Comic Solidarity and the GINCO Award (The German Inclusive Comic Award of the Independent Scene).
Straddling two fields—Medieval Studies and American Literature—Elizabeth Allyn Woock is an assistant professor at Palacký University, in Olomouc, Czech Republic. Her research is primarily concerned with 13th century monastic movements, as well as investigating medievalisms in modern day comic books. Her current research work looks at elements of narrative in comic books and medievalisms in the Gothic and horror.