Drawing Disability, Framing Activism: Comics and Graphic Narratives for Interdisciplinary Teaching and Research

Sponsored by ProQuest
Recorded on 09/14/2021

Posted in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility (DEIA)

How can comics and graphic narratives act as academic resources and tools for advocacy?

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Contemporary comics and graphic narratives have emerged as increasingly versatile and sophisticated sites for storytelling, sociopolitical commentary, and historical inquiry. Whether about disability or not, comics can act as powerful tools in placing students within critical discussions of personal and political storytelling as a means of advocacy.

Join this webinar to hear literature and disability studies scholar Crystal Yin Lie offer an introduction to graphic narratives as academic resources, focusing on their utility for framing urgent discussions around topics such as bearing witness to trauma, social injustice, and identity politics. Dr. Lie will draw from her areas of specialization (disability studies/health humanities/contemporary literature and life writing) to demonstrate how the comic medium uniquely—and critically—reframes narratives of disability, illness, and health.

The presentation will also include a brief overview of some of the materials in Underground Comics and World of Archie that can be used to support initiatives around diversity, equity, and inclusion. 


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    Crystal Yin Lie, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professorat California State University, Long Beach

    Crystal Yin Lie received her PhD in English Language & Literature with a graduate certificate in Science and Technology Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is currently an assistant professor of Comparative World Literature at California State University, Long Beach, where she teaches courses in comics & graphic narratives, disability studies, health humanities, and literature & medicine. Her research focuses on contemporary life writing and literature (including comics) about dementia and the memory of historical trauma. She is co-editor of the anthology, Sex, Identity, Aesthetics: The Work of Tobin Siebers and Disability Studies, and her forthcoming work on comics and disability can be found in The Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies as well as Biography: An Interdisciplinary Journal.