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Comics and Graphic Novels on the Refugee Crisis
Comics about migration are not new. Even Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster’s Superman began with the flight from Krypton. Over the last half decade, there has been renewed interest in representing migrant experience, namely that of refugees, in comics and graphic novels. In particular, since 2011 and the start of the civil war in Syria, comics and graphic novels have become an essential forum for the representation of global forced migration. This talk examines the power of graphic narrative in recounting refugee experience with particular attention to the capabilities of the comic-book medium as well as to the form’s history of activism and social justice politics.
Elizabeth "Biz" Nijdam is assistant professor (without review) in German Studies in the Department of Central, Eastern, and Northern European Studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. She is also a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow at the University of Waterloo, working on her book manuscript Paneled Pasts: History, Media, and Memory in the German Graphic Novel (under contract with Ohio State University Press). Biz’s research and teaching interests include the representation of history in comics, comics and new media on migration, and comics as a feminist methodology. Biz also sits on the Executive Committee of the International Comic Arts Forum and the Executive Board for the Comics Studies Society.
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