Comics in Academia?!

Comics in Academia?!

Comics in Academia?!

Join us for a 3-Day event with the author-artists team who created Lissa: A Story About Medical Promise, Friendship, and Revolution. 

Lissa brings anthropological research to life in fictional comic form, combining scholarly insights and accessible, visually-rich storytelling to foster greater understanding of global politics, inequalities, and solidarity.

Lissa follows the paths of two young girls, Anna and Layla, who strike up an unlikely friendship in Cairo that crosses class, cultural, and religious divides. Their friendship is put to the test when each faces a medical crisis that reveal stark differences in their perspectives…until revolutionary unrest in Egypt changes their lives forever. Using the grammar of comics – page, panel, gutters, image, dialogue, captions – to render ethnographic research in a multi-modal format, the authors have collaborated with artists to transform their research on kidney disease in Egypt, and breast cancer genetic screening in the US into a compelling human story about mortality, risk, and hope across cultures.

Tuesday, February 5,  12-1 pm

Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) Colloquium Room

Q/A with artists-illustrators on the collaborative process of creating the Graphic Novel

Co-sponsored by Visual Arts

Wednesday, February 6, 5-7:30 pm

Pacific Ballroom 

Film-Screening of "The Making of Lissa: Behind the Scenes"

Q/A with filmmaker, artists-illustrators and Panel with: Julia Lupton, Jonathan Alexander, Kat Lewin, Tarek Mohamed

Co-sponsored by Department of Anthropology, Global Middle East Studies, Dean of Social Sciences, School of Medicine and Medical Humanities 

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Thursday, February 7, 3:30-5 pm

Anthropology Colloquium

Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway, Room 1321

Roundtable discussion of Comics as Ethnographic Method

by Lissa team: Sherine Hamdy, Coleman Nye, Anne Brackenbury, Caroline Brewer, Sarula Bao, Francesco Dragone

Discussants: Johanna Shapiro, (Medical Humanities) Jonathan Alexander (English), Antoinette LaFarge (Visual Arts)

Co-sponsored by: Dean of Social Sciences, Department of Anthropology, Center for Ethnography

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Event Details

  • When: Tuesday, February 5, 12-1 p.m., Wednesday, February 6, 5-7:30 p.m., Thursday, February 7, 3:30-5 p.m.
  • Where: Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) Colloquium Room - 2/5; Pacific Ballroom, UCI Student Center - 2/6; Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway, Room 1321 - 2/7
  • Organizer: Cory Hodges (email)
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