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Anti-Racism, Inclusion, and Diversity in Comics and Comic-Inspired Media

Our seminar will explore the world of comic books, graphic novels, comic-inspired film, television, and popular culture, through topics of anti-racist and inclusive education. We will delve into both the content of our texts/media and the pedagogy of how we are teaching the content. With this in mind, each day will focus on issues of anti-racism, diversity and inclusion within comic-based works (texts, film and television) connected to a teaching strategy adaptable to diverse higher-education learning spaces. We will focus on a variety of comics and characters (primarily Marvel and the Marvel Cinematic Universe) in connection with various themes on the intersections of Afrofuturism, neurodiversity, environmentalism, multilingualism, gender and sexuality, racial justice and more. During this week, we will also be in dialogue with guest speakers (comic artists and experts), participate in a field trip experience in NYC, and create original comic activist-art.

Seminar Schedule. Seminars run Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with a midday communal lunch. Seminar conveners may adjust the class schedule in response to participant needs. Special events may also be held during the week. Participants are required to attend the full week of seminar meetings and maintain 90% attendance overall.

Seminar Materials. Eligible participants are provided with all required seminar materials (books, articles, laboratory equipment, and entrance fees).

Accommodations & Meals. Limited housing accommodations are provided to participants who live more than 50 miles from the program site. All admitted participants are provided with some meals during the program period.

Application Procedure. Applicants should submit the completed application along with all of the following:

  • A statement of intent that indicates how the seminar participant will apply what is learned at the home institution
  • A current CV
  • A letter of support from either the division dean or department head, who is well-acquainted with the applicant’s area of research
  • Their institutional liaison officer’s approval