NIneteenth-century American literature; gender studies; new media; comic book studies
Transnational Americas, Popular Culture, Cultural Studies, comic books, music, collection, sound studies, identity
Dr. A. David Lewis is a college educator and comics studies scholar, most recently co-editing Muslim Superheroes: Comics, Islam, and Representation with Martin Lund. He is also the co-editor of Graven Images: Religion in Comic Books and Graphic Novels as well as Digital Death: Mortality and Beyond in the Online Age. Dr. Lewis also serves on the board of NuDay Syria and has expanded his work to include the field of Graphic Medicine, specifically the representation of cancer in comics narratives.
Tahneer Oksman is Assistant Professor of Academic Writing at Marymount Manhattan College. Her research and teaching interests include autobiography studies, graphic novels and comics, Jewish American literature, and writing studies. In addition to her academic work, Tahneer has published reviews and interviews related to her interests in publications like The Forward, Public Books, The Comics Journal, and The Los Angeles Review of Books, and she is the graphic narratives reviews editor for the online literary journal, Cleaver Magazine (http://www.cleavermagazine.com/).
Visiting professor in American Studies, University of Hamburg; American newspaper comics scholar (and fan); I hold a PhD in American Studies and wrote my post-doctoral thesis on one of the first popular, serial comic figures: the Yellow Kid (the manuscript is going to be published with Ohio State UP); co-editor of New Perspectives on American Comic Books and Graphic Novels (a special issue of the scholarly journal Amerikastudien/ American Studies, 2011) and Transnational Perspectives on Graphic Narratives: Comics at the Crossroads (2013). I am currently working on Palmer Cox’s Brownies stories and on the newspaper serials by various artists, published between 1909 and 1939 (in The American Weekly).
I am a Biblical Studies tutor in Theology & Religious Studies at the University of Glasgow. My research is based in comic book adaptations of biblical material, reception history of the Bible, Bible and literature, Bible and art, women in the Bible/women and the Bible, gender in the Hebrew Bible. I studied at the University of Glasgow for my undergraduate degree, graduating in 2013. I also attained my MTh (title: “Sequential Art in the Seventeenth Century: An Analysis of Wenceslaus Hollar’s Etchings of Genesis 12-24”) and most recently my PhD (title: “Drawing (non)Tradition: Matriarchs, Motherhood and the Presentation of Sacred Texts in “The Book of Genesis, Illustrated by R. Crumb”) from the University of Glasgow. In my first year as a biblical studies tutor, I have created and developed a new Honours-level course on Women and Gender in the Bible and the Ancient World, and I also teach biblical Hebrew language, an introduction to the Bible course, Texts & Cultures of the Bible, and Honours-level courses in Genesis, Wisdom Literature and Old Testament/Tanakh. I also co-run a Comics Reading Group at Glasgow which runs every fortnight (you can follow us on @gucomicsrg on twitter) and we have a weekly podcast which caters to both academic and non-academic audiences.
Comics Studies, American Literature, Transnational Literature, Holocaust Literature, Whedon Studies, Singaporean Theatre, Shakespeare
andré carrington is a scholar of race, gender, and genre in Black and American cultural production. He is the Beatrice Shepherd Blane Fellow in the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University (2018-2019) and Associate Professor of African American literature at Drexel University. His first book, Speculative Blackness: The Future of Race in Science Fiction (Minnesota, 2016) interrogates the cultural politics of race in the fantastic genres through studies of science fiction fanzines, comics, film and television, and other speculative fiction texts. He is currently at work on a second book-length research project, Audiofuturism, on the cultural politics of race in science fiction radio drama and literary adaptation in a transatlantic context. carrington’s writing appears in journals (American Literature, Souls, and African & Black Diaspora), books (A Companion to the Harlem Renaissance, Black Gay Genius: Answering Joseph Beam’s Call), and blogs (Black Perspectives). He is also a contributor to the forthcoming collections Digital Pedagogies in the Humanities and After Queer Studies: Literary Theory and Critical Interpretation. With cartoonist Jennifer Camper, he co-founded the biennial Queers & Comics international conference in 2015. He teaches courses in African American and Global Black Literature, Literary Theory, Black Liberation Movements, LGBT Literature & Culture, Comics & Graphic Novels, and Science Fiction. He’s also a birder.
I hold MAs in Modern Languages and Literature (UCLouvain) and Literary Theory (KU Leuven) and I am currently pursuing a PhD degree at the University of Liège and at UCLouvain, under the support of a F.R.S.-FNRS fellowship (Aspirant). My thesis focuses on comics memory in the contemporary graphic novel, with a particular emphasis on material acts of reframing and redrawing. My research has appeared in peer-reviewed journals as Filter, The Comics Grid, European Comic Art, Mémoires du livre, Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, Inks and Recherches en communication; and I have written about comics for critical platforms as du9, Graphixia, Sekvenser, Gorgonzola and Töpfferiana. I am a member of the ACME Comics Research Group and of the editorial team of Comicalités: Studies in Graphic Culture.
Margaret Galvan is Assistant Professor of visual rhetoric in the Department of English at the University of Florida. She is currently at work on a book, In Visible Archives of the 1980s: Feminist Politics and Queer Platforms, under contract with the Manifold Scholarship series of the University of Minnesota Press, which traces a genealogy of queer theory in 1980s feminism through representations of sexuality in visual culture. Her published work, which analyzes visual media culture through intersectional archival approaches, can be found in journals like WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly, Archive Journal, and Australian Feminist Studies and in collections like The Ages of The X-Men (2014) and Disability in Comic Books and Graphic Narratives (2016).