Re-Reading, Re-Thinking, and Re-Seeing Comics: Language, Cognition, and Culture



“Re-Reading, Re-Thinking, and Re-Seeing Comics: Language, Cognition, and Culture”

March 24 – 25, 2017


March 24, 2017 Location:       Room 4-153 (UCHI, Homer Babbidge Library)
5:30 – 6:45 PM
Opening Reception
7:00 – 8:30 PM
 Hillary Chute (Keynote): “Time, Space, and Reading the Visual in the Graphic Novel”
March 25, 2017 Location:       Room 4-153 (UCHI, Homer Babbidge Library)
10:30 – 11:00 AM
Coffee Hour/Meet & Greet
11:00 – 12:15 PM
Gene Kannenberg, “Architecture of the Comics Page” (Presentation)
12:15 – 12:30 PM
Lunch / Break
12:30 – 1:45 PM Ken Foote, “Narrating Space/Spatializing Narrative: Insights of Graphic Narrative for Cartographic Visualization” (Presentation)
1:45 – 2:00 PM Coffee Break
2:00 – 3:45 PM

#1: Sara Johnson, “A Weapon Called Poseidon and a Lost City Called Xerxes: Exotic Worldbuilding with Western Classics in Japanese Manga and Anime”

#2: Andrea Kantrowitz, “What Artists Do (& Say) When They Draw”

3:45 – 4:00 PM Coffee Break

4:00 – 5:45 PM


#1: Harry van Der Hulst, “Re-Reading Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics: Thoughts on Formal Properties of the Language of Sequential Graphic Narrative.

#2: Eduardo Urios-Aparisi, “Representing Modern Spain: Javier Mariscal’s Comics and Design”


March 24-25, 2017
This interdisciplinary workshop builds on the discussions facilitated by the UGNI Study-Reading Group (hosted by the UConn Humanities Institute (UCHI)); it brings practitioners from across campus (inclusive of different departments, colleges, and schools) into conversation with recognized scholars from other institutions. The two-day workshop will commence with a keynote address by Hillary Chute on March 24, 2017, 7 PM.  The following day, March 25, 2017, includes a discussion of short position papers by invited academic experts and UConn scholars from multiple disciplines.  (Maxine – you could probably break-out the highlighted info in a more graphic way)
Featured Visiting Speakers:
Frederick Luis Aldama (Professor, Department of English, Ohio State University) has published numerous articles and monographs; he co-edits the series World Comics and Graphic Nonfiction (University of Texas Press) as well as Cognitive Approaches to Literature and Culture (University of Nebraska Press) and Global Latino/a Studies (also with University of Nebraska Press). He is author of Multicultural Comics: From Zap to Blue Beetle (2010), Your Brain on Latino Comics: From Gus Arriola to Los Bros Hernandez (2008), and Why the Humanities Matter: A Common Sense Approach (2008).
Hillary Chute (Associate Professor, Department of Visual Arts, University of Chicago) is the Associate Editor of Art Spiegelman’s MetaMaus (2011) which won the National Jewish Book Award and an Eisner Award. She is author of Graphic Women: Life Narrative and Contemporary Comics (2010), Outside the Box: Interviews with Contemporary Cartoonists, and Disaster Drawn: Visual Witness, Comics, and Documentary Form (2016).
Gene Kanneberg (graphic artist) co-hosts the Comics Alternative podcast, which features book reviews and interviews with cartoonists ( and His book 500 Essential Graphic Novels was published by Collins Design in 2008, and he has provided editorial and production assistance on several other studies of comic art.
Andrea Kantrowitz (Assistant Professor of Art Education and Community Arts Practices, Temple University) is an artist, researcher, and educator who has lectured and given workshops on art and cognition. As director of the Thinking through Drawing Project at Teachers College, Columbia University, Professor Kantrowitz organized a series of international drawing and cognition research symposia (

Homer Babbidge Library 4th floor – Room 4-153

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