Comics and/as Resistance

comics and resistance

Comics and/as Resistance

Wednesday 21 - Friday 23 June 2023

In person at the University of Oxford (UK) and online




A conference at the University of Oxford and online


This conference brings together a wide range of scholars and creators to explore the poetics and politics of resistance within comics and graphic literature. It is organised by the Oxford Comics Network at the University of Oxford (UK), a research network exploring the power, politics, and potential of the comics form. The conference is generously supported by The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities and St Edmund Hall, Oxford.

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To register to attend selected panels online, please use the Eventbrite booking page here, or contact the conference organisers at You will receive a link to join the Zoom meeting in advance of the conference. Please note, we cannot accept any registrations after 16 June 2023.

Confirmed speakers do not need to complete a separate registration form.

Please find the abstracts and the biographies here.



“Why Do We Study Comics?”

A Round-Table Discussion on Teaching, Researching, and Learning from Comics

5pm-6.30pm British Summer Time (BST)

Summer Common Room, Magdalen College, Oxford (Oxford, OX1 4AU) and online.

If attending in person, please report to the Porters’ Lodge (main entrance, High Street), and the porters will direct you to the Summer Common Room. Accessibility information is available here:

If attending online, please email the Lead Convenor, Dr Alexandra Lloyd, at




All events on 22 and 23 June will take place at the Radcliffe Humanities Building

(Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Rd, Oxford OX2 6GG)

and the Taylor Institution Library (St Giles, Oxford, OX1 3NA).

Registration: 9.00am – 9.15am BST

Front Lobby, Radcliffe Humanities Building

Welcome and Introduction: 9.15am – 9.25am BST

Seminar Room, Radcliffe Humanities Building

The Conference Committee

Panels: 9.30am – 11.00am BST

Seminar Room

Chair: Cailee Davis

Colin Matthew Room

Chair: Alexandra Lloyd

Jane Tolmie [In person]

Queen’s University, Canada

Say Her Name: Teaching Persepolis after Mahsa Amini


Iria Ros-Piñeiro [In person]

Comics Against War: Resisting Oblivion and Trauma Through Art

Annegret Märten [In person] - cancelled

King’s College London / Humboldt, Berlin

Resisting Monstrosity, Monstrous Resistance: Zombies in Contemporary German-Language Comics

Teresa Ferreiro-Peleteiro [In person]

Universidade de Vigo

“Personal is Political”.  An analysis of the systematisation of misogynistic violence in culture through ˈfeminist testimonial comicsˈ

Break: 11.00am – 11.30am BST

Refreshments in the Common Room

Panels: 11.30am – 1.00pm BST

Seminar Room

Chair: Laura Bergin

Colin Matthew Room

Chair: Cailee Davis

Alexandra Lourenço Dias [In person]

King’s College London

Nódoa Negra [Bruise]: Drawn Words and the Poetics of Pain

Andrea Hoff [In person]

University of British Columbia, Canada

Comics for the Future: How Resistance to Planetary Devastation in the Anthropocene and Climate Activism are Being Expressed in Adolescent-Created Comics

Felicity Moffat and Sarah Yousri [In person/online]

King’s College London

Drawing the Unspoken: Resisting the Menopausal Narrative of Decline in Graphic Medicine

Logan Scott [In person]

University of East Anglia

Resistance and the Ecosystemic Comic: Communicating the Climate Emergency

Emily Oliver and Lindsay Smith [In person]

BeyondText and South London and Maudsley Trust

IF Comics Imagining Futures Beyond Self Harm With, By and For Young People

Ambika Raja [In person]

University of Warwick

Invaded Territories: Ecological resistance and resilience in 'La Borinqueña' and 'Aranyaka'

Lunch: 1.00pm – 2.00pm BST

Lunch provided in the Common Room

Panels: 2.00pm  3.30pm BST

Seminar Room

Chair: Carolin Gluchowski

Colin Matthew Room

Chair: Alexandra Lloyd

Bruna Martini [Online]


Graphic History

Arundhati Sethi [In person]

University of Otago

Resisting Structural De-humanisation in Hayfaa Chalabi’s graphic narrative Refugees Welcome

Ashitha Mary Christopher and Unni Krishnan Karikkat [In person/online]

Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), India

“The Boy in The Cupboard”: Children In Indian Comics And Their Resistance of Heteronormative Interpellation

Kamiab Ghorbanpour and Ali Khamseh [Online]

Uppsala University

A look at counter-narrative resistance in Iran's female-led comic book industry

Myfanwy Tristram [Online]

The Noisy Valley - true stories of resistance from the Rhondda Valley, in comic form

Amanda Roberts [Online]

University of Hertfordshire

Comics as catalysts for health activism: the development of palliative care patients as change agents

Break: 3.30pm – 3.45pm BST

Refreshments in the Common Room

Panels: 3.45pm – 4.45pm BST

Seminar Room

Chair: Laura Bergin

Colin Matthew Room

Chair: Alexandra Lloyd

Nina Mickwitz [In person]

University of the Arts London

Refugee comics: resistance, reproduction and the potency of narrative conventions

Clari Searle [In person]

University of the Arts London / Coventry University

Creating ‘Funnies’ for Resistance

Debanjana Nayek [Online]

Presidency University

Panels of Revolution and Solidarity: Building resistance through graphic narratives

Anna McCully Stewart [In person]

Newcastle University

‘Left School? No Job? No Money? Then F*** Off. - Gnatwest Bank' Resisting ‘the good life’: Viz and Lauren Berlant


NB: At this point we move to a different venue!


Workshop: 5.30pm – 6.45pm BST

Main Hall, Taylor Institution Library  

Comics Workshop – Drawing Resistance: Collaborative Comics Creation





Panels: 9.30am  11.00am BST

Seminar Room

Chair: Carolin Gluchowski

Colin Matthew Room

Chair: Cailee Davis

Karina Pe Benito [Online]

University of the Philippines Diliman

Comics as Narratives of Microresistance in Dead Balagtas Tomo 1: Mga Sayaw ng Dagat at Lupa (2017) by Emiliana Kampilan and Stuck Rubber Baby (1995) by Howard Cruse

Kristina Gedgaudaitė [In person]

University of Amsterdam

Mapping Resistance in Contemporary Greece:  From Critical Vocabularies to Contemporary Cityscapes

Amrutha Mohan [Online]

University of Kerala

“The Cries of Grannies Ring through the Air”: Memory and/as Resistance in Keum Suk Gendry-Kim’s Grass

Jamie Michaels [In person]

University of Calgary

Defiance and Constraint: Caricature as Resistance in Jewish Anti-Racist Comics

Lilith Cooper [Online]

University of Kent/Wellcome Collection

Resisting “Usefulness”: Comics Perzines at Wellcome Collection

Amrita Singh [In person]

University of Delhi

Sights/Sites of protest: Visualizing people’s movement in a graphic narrative



Break: 11.00am – 11.30pm BST

Refreshments in the Common Room

Panels: 11.30am – 1.00pm BST

Seminar Room

Chair: Alexandra Lloyd

Colin Matthew Room

Chair: Cailee Davis

Jacqueline Deirdre Pretorius [Online]

University of Johannesburg

“For the People”: Mzwakhe’s (Muziwakhe Nhlabatsi) contribution to the comic Down Second Avenue

Rituparna Sengupta [Online]

Ashoka University, Sonepat, Haryana, India

The Poetics of Graphic Resistance in 'Bhimayana'

Patrick Gwillim-Thomas [Online]

Goldsmiths College, University of London

Mediation as Resistance in Mizuki Shigeru's History of the Shōwa

Deblina Rout [Online]

IIT Hyderabad, India

Resistant visuality in comics: Analysing depictions of workplace harassment in "Drawing Power: Women's Stories of Sexual Violence, Harassment, and Survival"

Danielle Terceiro [Online]

Alphacrucis University College (Sydney, Australia)

Burrowing underground and untangling trauma: Two recent examples of Australian comic resistance

Hiyem Cheurfa [Online]

Larbi Tebessa University, Algeria

Arab Autographics: Cultural Memory, Historical Documentation, and Acts of Resistance in Contemporary Arab Autobiographical Comics

Lunch: 1.00pm – 2.00pm BST

Speakers and attendees to make their own arrangements.

NB: At this point we move to a different venue!

Panels: 2pm – 3.30pm BST [In-Person Only]

Room 2, Taylor Institution Library

Chair: Alexandra Lloyd

Main Hall, Taylor Institution Library

Chair: Carolin Gluchowski

Lena Henningsen [In person]

University of Freiburg and University of Oxford

Lu Xun, an Icon of Resistance: Modernist Author Turned Revolutionary Fighter?

Varsha Singh [In person]

IIT Jammu, India

The Utility of ‘Hinglish’ in Indian Comics

Richard Conyngham [In person]

Rediscovering lost voices of South African resistance through graphic history

Kremena Dimitrova [In person]

University of Portsmouth

John King and the Aesthetics of Historying Decolonial Resistance Through Comics

Johannes Valentin Korff [In person]

University College London

Ius Talionis. The Romani Genocide and Resistance in American Comics of the Cold War Period

Melanie Proulx [In person]

Queen’s University, Canada 

"Deer Woman": Indigenous Sexual Violence, Resilience, and Resistance

Break: 3.30pm – 3.45pm BST

Main Hall

Panel: 3.45pm – 5.15pm BST [In-Person Only]

Main Hall

Chair: Alexandra Lloyd

Joe Sutliff Sanders [In person]

University of Cambridge

The Gift Economy of Comics: How Comics Resisted the Categories Librarians Knew

Orla Lehane [In person] - cancelled

University of Galway

Imagining Alternative Futures: The Comics Gutter as a Space of Resistance

Enrique del Rey Cabero [In person]

University of Alcalá

Resisting the Book. Building, Breaking and (Un)folding Comics

Plenary and Thanks: 5.15pm – 5.30pm BST [In-Person Only]

Alexandra Lloyd

Drinks Reception: 5.30pm – 6.15pm BST

Main Hall






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