Comics and the Latin American City
|Dates:||25 June 2019 - 26 June 2019|
|Times:||09:00 - 19:00|
|What is it:||Conferences|
|Organiser:||School of Arts, Languages and Cultures|
Conference of the Leverhulme-funded project. With invited speakers and comics artists from Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Peru, and the USA.
About this Event
Over the past couple of decades Latin American comics have been undergoing something of a renaissance, evident in growing numbers of publications, festivals, and digital communities. Though we still cannot refer to comics industries, burgeoning transnational comics enterprises are shaping a regional comics discourse, and there is increasing international recognition for and collaboration with the region’s artists and producers.
In this conference we will explore how the region’s comics address the Latin American city. As the world’s most urbanized region, Latin America offers a unique opportunity for thinking about how the popular cultural form of comics, which grew up with the modern metropolis, tackles the challenges posed by urban life characterized by inequality, social fragmentation, and precarious infrastructures.
We want to ask: how do artists use the comics form to address urban life? What different approaches to the city are evident in comics across the region? How has the representation of the city in comics changed over time? Is there something particular about the way that Latin American comics address urban life in comparison to comics from other parts of the globe? And, ultimately, can comics help us imagine and enable alternative urban futures?
Programme TBC shortly.
The conference is free to attend but registration is required: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/comics-and-the-latin-american-city-tickets-62310324859?err=29
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