Please note that small changes to the programme may still be made.

Update 4/9/2018: we regret that Dr Victoria Mills (Victorians in togas (and top hats): Gilbert Abbott A’Beckett’s The Comic History of Rome) and Dr Olga Śmiechowicz (Old Ancient Comedy in comics) are no longer able to speak at the conference. The schedule for day two has been rearranged accordingly.

Day One – Monday 10 September 2018

Senate House ROOM G22/26


10.00     Dr Christopher Bishop
The Silver Surfer (Odysseus redux)

10.30     Dr Charlotte Northrop
Comic Reception and Engagement in the Digital Age: the case study of Happle Tea

11.00     Dr Tony Keen
‘In our midst … an immortal!’: Hercules in 1960s Marvel comics

11.30-11.50  BREAK

11.50     Dr David Anderson
“The Aliens from 2,000 B.C.!” – Or, How Comic Books Have Paved the Way for Pseudoarchaeology

12.20     Zofia Guertin
Creating comics illustrations for public engagement in Roman Aeclanum: comics as pedagogical tools for discussing social inequality and female representation

12.50     2 x 5 min posters:
Dr Sonya Nevin – Marathon
Charo Rovira – Imagining a city. Rome in history comics

13.00-14.00 LUNCH

14.00     Glynnis Fawkes
The Homeric Hymns in comics form

14.30     Dr Dan Potter
“Doctor Fate and the Blood of the Pharaohs”: The Reception of Ancient Egypt in Comics

15.00     Dr Eva Miller
Making Sargon Great Again: Reuse and Reappropriation of Ancient Mesopotamian Imagery in Fan-Art, Iconography, and Visual Storytelling of the Alt-Right

15.30-16.00 BREAK

16.00     KEYNOTE
               Hannah Sackett and John Swogger
               Making Archaeological Comics: A Practical Workshop

17.00     Networking event

(including drinks & workshop output review)

18.30-?  Reading group at the Marquess of Cornwallis pub, 31 Marchmont Street

(reading can be accessed here on Leen’s Google Drive – a limited number of  hard copies will be provided)

Day Two – Tuesday 11 September 2018

Senate House ROOM G22/26


09.30     Murray Dahm
A Hero for All: Beowulf in comics

10.00     Prof James Hegarty
Osamu Tezuka’s Buddha: from Ancient South Asia to Contemporary Japan and Back Again

10.30     Dr Guillaume Molle
The Myth of Mu or the Negation of Indigenous Identities: the Representations of Pacific Islanders Traditional Cultures in European Bande Dessinée Pacific Islanders

11.00-11.20 BREAK

11.20     Dr Giacomo Savani
Hannibal’s Hound: Animality and the Reception of Classical Antiquity in Andrea Pazienza’s Storia di Astarte

11.50     Dr Michael Goodrum and Jordan Newton
“How would you like to go back through the ages – in search of yourself?”: Time Travel Comics & the American Century

12.20     Charo Rovira and Richard Wakeman
A place of mystery and wonders: the British Museum in comics

12.50-14.00 LUNCH

14.00     Dr James Townshend
“Fighting evil by moonlight; quoting Virgil by daylight”: An unexpected reference to Virgil in Sailor Moon

14.30     Dr Sonya Nevin
Our Mythical Childhood (European Research Council-funded project)

15.00     3 x 5 min posters:
Dr Karen Pierce – Defining Helen’s beauty: drawing “the face that launched a thousand ships”
Kristin Donner and Laura K. Harrison – Mix, mold, fire! An exploration of the chaine operatoire through the eyes of an apprentice potter
John Swogger – Strange and Present Lives: Depicting the “other-ness” of prehistory in community heritage comics

15.15(ish)-16.00 BREAK

16.00     Closing remarks and open discussion: where to go from here?

17.00 FINISH


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