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Live Webcast for Conference: “Comics: Philosophy and Practice”

A live webcast will be available for this weekend’s conference, “Comics: Philosophy and Practice,” which runs from May 18-20. The conference brings together 17 world-renowned cartoonists to discuss the past and future of graphic narrative.

From the University News Office:

“This is a historic gathering of the generation of cartoonists who defined the contemporary field, and I’m so pleased it is taking place at a university that has been a longtime location for word and image studies,” said Hillary Chute, the conference organizer.

Chute, the Neubauer Family Assistant Professor in English Language and Literature, is a leading expert on the study of comics and the associate editor of Art Spiegelman’s MetaMaus. She is the author of Graphic Women: Life Narrative and Contemporary Comics, which analyzes the work of conference participants Lynda Barry, Alison Bechdel, Phoebe Gloeckner and Aline Kominsky-Crumb.

The free webcasts will be available via UChicago Live on Friday, May 18 from 6 to 7 p.m.; Saturday, May 19 from 9 a.m. to 7:15 p.m.; and Sunday, May 20 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. “Lines on Paper” will be webcast on Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

The conference is the first in an annual series of conferences sponsored by the Richard and Mary L. Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry, a major new arts initiative aimed at fostering creative innovation at the intersection of academic inquiry and artistic practice.

Learn more about the conference, participants, and the schedule of events here.

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