The International Graphic Novel & Comics and The International Bande Dessinée Society Joint Conference – virtual (21-25 June)

I talked about “‘Letters to the Editor’: how to re-construct the socio-cultural profile of Italian comics readers in the 1980s.” In the period 1960s-1980s, Italian comics culture was characterized by the flourishing presence of auteur comics magazines. These magazines, which aimed at gathering and (re)publishing important Italian and foreign auteurs from the past and the... Continue Reading →

Transition 9. New Directions in Comics Studies Conference – virtual (8-10 April)

I talked about “Comics Magazines: Not only Comics but also Criticism”. In Italy, magazines have been instrumental in the development and dissemination of comics, from the pioneering Il Corriere dei Piccoli (1908) to the longest-running auteur comics magazine Linus (1965-). In particular, auteur comics magazines became the venue in which to publish comics productions imbued... Continue Reading →

Ed Talk – Comics literacy in Italian language courses: combining textual and visual elements to enhance students’ analytical skills (Notre Dame, 03/19)

In this talk, Sara will show how she integrated comics and cartoons into intermediate and lower advanced Italian language classes. She will also discuss how comics’ hybridity of text and image encourages students to look at works from different perspectives, therefore adopting a more holistic approach in their analysis. Moreover, through the review of her course on... Continue Reading →

Panels on Panels

The Indiana University Comics Studies Group is pleased to announce our first conference, Panels on Panels, to be held on Thursday, February 13th and Friday, February 14th, 2020 in the Global and International Studies Building (Indiana University). For this inaugural conference, we have the pleasure to host as keynote speaker Scott Bukatman, professor of Media Studies at Stanford University. Panels on Panels is a two-day interdepartmental... Continue Reading →

“Luigi Bernardi e l’immaginario Pop”

January 17th I will participate in the roundtable "Luigi Bernardi e l'immaginario pop" and I will talk about Luigi Bernardi and his experience as editor of comics (L'Isola Trovata and Orient Express). Here is the link to the website of the event.

Mediating Italy Summer School 2019

In June, I participated in Mediating Italy in Global Culture Summer School, which is sponsored by the University of Bologna, in collaboration with Brown University, Dickinson College, The University of Michigan, The Ohio State University and Wesleyan University. The second edition of “Mediating Italy in Global Culture” offers an intensive learning experience where graduate and post-graduate... Continue Reading →

Comics Studies Group at IU

Starting from this semester 2019, Indiana University has an (almost) official Comics Studies Group. In Frebruary we will hold our first conference, "Panels on Panels". Stay tuned for more details!!

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