6 Jul 2022 - 7 Jul 2022 All day Donald McIntyre Building, Faculty of Education, Hills Road, Cambridge



  • Andrea Aramburú Villavisencio (University of Cambridge)
  • Joe Sutliff Sanders (University of Cambridge)


Comics and the Global South will be a two-day conference devoted to exploring the intersections of comics studies and decolonial theory. With an emphasis on the comics form, its distribution, and its circulation, this conference is interested in probing the medium’s potentialities for producing decolonised knowledge and carrying out inter/trans-medial dialogues of South-South solidarity.

The conference attempts to question and challenge the idea that the advent of a cross-cultural comics scholarship requires Europeans to ‘cross borders’. Instead, we propose to reflect on how those ‘borders’ have already been crossed during a long colonial history. We suggest, further, that the international dimension of comics ought to be placed within a larger discussion ‘from the south’, that is, by taking into account the processes of hegemonic domination lived in postcolonial regions.

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Comics in the Global South

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6 July 2022
8.45 - 9.00

Opening remarks:  
The global south and “southering” comics studies

Andrea Aramburú Villavisencio
University of Cambridge

Joe Sutliff Sanders
University of Cambridge

9.00 - 10.30

Session 1A:

Rathna Ramanathan (she/they)
Central Saint Martins/University of the Arts London

‘Comics, music, theater, film: Angelo Agostini’s transmedia creations in early 20th century modernity in Brazil’Ciro Inácio Marcondes (he/him)
Catholic University of Brasilia (UCB) and visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge

‘Global south comics and the crisis of postcolonial masculinity: case studies from Bangladesh and India’
Dibyadyuti Roy (he/him)
University of Leeds

Swarnima Banerjee (she/her)
Indian Institute of Technology

‘The student graphic rebellion: internet memes, comics and graphic expressions of social protest in Latin America in the student movements in Chile and Colombia in 2011’
Nicolas Roa Vargas
Independent Scholar

Session 1B:

Janek Scholz (he/him)
Universität zu Köln

‘Birthing across borders: the role of comics in Dadaab refugee camps’
Jen Bagelman (she/her)
Newcastle University

Carly Bagelman (she/her)
Liverpool Hope University

Josephine Gitome
Kenyatta University (online presentation)

‘From the pole to the metropole: displacement and identity in ‘Groenland Manhattan’ and ‘Minik’
Camilla Storskog (she/her)
University of Milan

‘Making room for Monga, the gorilla woman: from character re-appropriation to indie-publishing’
Tai Cossich (she/her)
Royal College of Art

10.30 - 11.00


11.00 - 12.00

Keynote Lecture One:

A Ramayana for the dark age of Kali: superheroes and myth’
Roma Chatterji
(Delhi School of Economics, author of Graphic Narratives and the Mythological Imagination in India and others)

Moderator: Joe Sutliff Sanders

12.00 - 13.30


13.30 - 15.00

Session 2A (online presentations):

Javiera Irribarren-Ortiz
Columbia University

‘”My daughter’s hands!”: amputation and embodiment in Mai and The Bite of the Mango’
Tehmina Pirzada (she/her)
Texas A&M at Qatar

‘Drawing (de)colonisation: violence and trauma in Malik Sajad’s Munnu: A Boy from Kashmir’
Amrutha Mohan (she/her)
S.N college, University of Kerala

‘Bystander anthology: a case study in alternative comics publishing and collaborative practices from South Asia’
Shreyas R. Krishnan (she/her)
Washington University, St. Louis

Session 2B:
Zine workshop

15.00 - 15.15


15.15 - 16.45

Session 3A (online presentations):

Fernanda Díaz-Basteris (she/her)
Cornell College

‘Digital graphic narratives and activism against femicide in Puerto Rico’
Fernanda Díaz-Basteris (she/her)
Cornell College

‘Las tumbadoras and intensa: gender projections and feminist activism in two Argentine comics’
Javiera Irribarren-Ortiz
Columbia University

‘Homo sacer, femicide and human trafficking in Beya (Le viste la cara a Dios)’
Ximena Venturini (she/her)
Sarah Lawrence College, New York


Session 3B:

Dibyadyuti Roy
University of Leeds

‘Comics as radical pedagogy: retelling the history of settler colonialism at the zenith of New Zealand’s neoliberal reforms’
Emma Gattey (she/her)
University of Cambridge

‘Picturing words and reading pictures with Tara books’
Rathna Ramanathan (she/they)
Central Saint Martins/University of the Arts London

‘Anti-colonial and anti-imperialist knowledge from the Atlantic: Luso-African and Latin-American entanglements in comics from the 1970s and 1980s’
Janek Scholz (he/him)
Universität zu Köln

7 July 2022
9.00 - 10.30

Session 4A (online presentations):

Amrutha Mohan (she/her)
S.N college, University of Kerala

‘Image-making in the global city: speculative urbanisms & water politics in capetonian comics’
Dom Davies (he/him)
City, University of London

‘Decolonial discourse(s): analysing Munnu: A Boy from Kashmir through a historiographical lens’
Jaya Yadav (she/her)
University of Delhi

‘Decoding the asian voices of comics manifested during the pandemic’
Dwaipayan Roy
National Institute of Technology Mizoram India

Shuchi Kaparwan
National Institute of Technology Mizoram India

Session 4B:

Artists roundtable (online): comics & the Global South pop-up exhibition

10.30 - 11.00

Art workshop: ‘Draw yourself as…’

11.00 - 12.00

Keynote Lecture Two (online):

Ties of rejection: practices and politics of making comics and fanzines from South America’
Sara La Torre (Founder of Soma Publicaciones (Perú) and Zinebiosis)Moderator: Andrea Aramburu-Villavisencio
12.00 - 13.30


13.30 - 15.00

Session 5A:

Paul Humphrey (he/him)
Colgate University

‘Decolonizing comics of/and nuclearity: resisting strategic nuclear imaginaries through ecojustice’
Dibyadyuti Roy (he/him)
University of Leeds

Souvik Kar (he/him)
Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad

‘Appropriation and decolonial imagination in Bef’s Uncle Bill
María Porras Sánchez (she/her)
Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Love and memory between Junot Díaz’s This is How You Lose Her and Jaime Hernandez’s The Love Bunglers
Valentina Monateri (she/her)
The University of Turin – Università degli Studi di Torino


Session 5B:

James Scorer
University of Manchester

‘’Not Building Statues’: Considering Comics as Archives of Loss’
Lucy Dawes Durneen (she/her)
University of Cambridge

‘Chaos on campus: representation of political violence in Jenny White’s and Ergün Gündüz’s Turkish Kaleidoscope (2021)’
Ege Altan (she/her) (online)
Penn State University

‘Contra a escravidão pela liberdade – propaganda and pedagogy in Angolan comics’
Alexandra Lourenço Dias (she/her)
King’s College London


15.00 - 15.15


15.15 - 16.45

Session 6A (online presentations):
Roundtable: Papa Mfumu’eto and the significance of a Congolese comic archive

Moderator: Nancy Rose Hunt (she), University of Florida

‘Papa Mfumu’eto and the significance of a Congolese comic archive’
Pedro Monaville (he/him)
New York University, Abu Dhabi

Dan Reboussin (he/him)
University of Florida

‘The domestic and the magic – looking at Papa Mfumu’eto’
Tom Hart
The Sequential Artists Workshop

‘Mfumu’Eto, the artist betwixt and between several worlds’
Kristien Geenen (she/her)
Archives Générales de l’Etat

‘Papa Mfumueto as lingala artist’
Michael Meeuwis (he/him)
Ghent University


Session 6B:

María Porras Sánchez (she/her),
Universidad Complutense de Madrid

‘Representing women students’ activism through decolonial African comics’
Jennifer I. Ossi (she/her)
Independent Scholar and Illustrator (online presentation)

Zibah Nwako (she/her)
University of Bristol (co-author, not presenting)

‘Sea ontologies, gender and the trans* Atlantic in contemporary comics of the Caribbean diaspora’
Paul Humphrey (he/him)
Colgate University

We are also hosting a pop-up digital exhibition at the venue showcasing work from our invited artists:

María-Augusta Albuja Aguilar (she/her) (Ecuador/Spain)  & Verónica Albuja Aguilar (she/her) (Ecuador/France)

Emre Altindag (he/him) (Turkey)

Amalia Alvarez R (Indigenous Lickanantay nation, Chile/Sweden)

Sally Campbell Galman (Japan/USA) (she/her/hers)

Francisco De la Mora (Mexico) & José Luis Pescador (Mexico)

Kremena Dimitrova (she/her) (UK/Bulgaria)

Julia Hayes (she/her) (UK)

Shreyas R. Krishnan (she/her) (India/USA)

Pritika Yvonne Lal (she/her) (Aotearoa, New Zealand)

Promina Shrestha (she) (Nepal)

Stuti Mamen Lowang (she/her) (India)

Osarenkhoe Ogbeide (UK/Nigeria)

Reetika Revathy Subramanian (she/her) (India/UK) & Maitri Dore (she/her) (India/Sweden)

Nash Tysmans (Philippines/Belgium)

Zak Waipara (Aotearoa, New Zealand)

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