Members

Viviane Alary (Management Committee, Chair)
Clermont Auvergne University (France)
French Hispanist and Director of the research team «Ecritures et Interactions Sociales» (EIS) at the Centre de Recherche sur les Littératures et la Sociopoétique (CELIS) of the Université Clermont Auvergne. Her research focuses on comics and the contemporary Spanish novel.

Jesús Jiménez Varea (Management Committee, Vice-Chair)
University of Seville (Spain)
Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Advertising at the Universidad de Sevilla. His areas of expertise are the intersections of popular culture, ideology, narrative, and visual studies, particularly comics, along with genres like humor, horror, and superheroes across media. He is co-MR of the Research Project ‘Interactions between Cognitive Values and Aesthetic Properties in Contemporary Seriality’ (RTI2018-096596-B-I00) and leads EIKON (Research Team on Image and Visual Culture in the Field of Audiovisual Communication).

Antonio Lázaro-Reboll (Management Committee, Science Communication Coordinator)
University of Kent (UK)
Reader in Hispanic Studies at the University of Kent. His research interests are in Spanish cultural studies, film studies, and Spanish comics cultures, with a particular focus on the cross-cultural dialogue between Spain and other territories.


 

Hugo Almeida
NOVA University of Lisbon (Portugal)
Post-doctoral researcher at the Interuniversity Center for the History of Science and Technology (CIUHCT), with a PhD in Molecular Biology. His current research focuses on science in visual culture, comics, and the Anthropocene. Under the pen name Mao, he is a member of the artists collective and label MASSACRE, with whom he organizes exhibitions and publishes various forms of printed matter, including comics.

Cristina Álvares
Minho University (Portugal)
Associate Professor of French Literature at the University of Minho. Holder of a PhD in medieval narrative literature (the gaze in the courtly roman, 1180-1250).
She has recently published several articles about Tintin and Spirou in Revue Romane, Cincinnati Romance Revue, Synergies Espagne and Carnets.

Eduard Baile López
University of Alicante (Spain)
PhD in Catalan Philology and he is a teacher in the Department of Catalan Philology at the University of Alicante, where he is also the director’s of Aula de Cómic.
https://web.ua.es/es/aulacomic/aula-de-comic-universidad-de-alicante.html

Jessica Burton
Luxembourg University (Luxembourg)
PhD researcher at the Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C²DH) in Luxembourg, working on the PopKult60 project, and analysing the relationship between American and European comics in the 1960s. She specialises in Comics Studies, and obtained her Masters in the subject from the University of Dundee in 2014.

Jorge Catalá Carrasco
Newcastle University (UK)
Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies at Newcastle University. At the University of Valencia he graduated in Hispanic Philology and English Philology. His research areas include cultural studies, popular culture and cultural history in periods of crisis, with a focus on comics in Spain and Latin America.

Sébastien Farré
University of Geneva (Switzerland)
Executive director of the Maison de l’histoire at the University of Geneva and co-director of the Histoire et Cité Festival. His work focuses on the history of humanitarianism, contemporary Spain and immigration to Switzerland.

Florica Faur
Vasile Goldis Western University (Romania)
Provided with a Bachelor’s degree, in which she had extensive course of philology as a Romanian -French specialization, she was permitted to accomplish the career of an Educator in a Romanian University.

Virginie Giuliana 
Clermont Auvergne University (France)
Associate Professor in Hispanic Studies at Clermont Auvergne University and member of the CELIS. She specialises in visual arts (painting, comic and cinema) and text-image relationship.

Julio Gracia Lana
University of Zaragoza (Spain)
University professor and doctor in Art History. He participated in the coordination and authored chapters and books, including Magazines as Las revistas como escuela de vida. Diálogos sobre el cómic adulto (1985-2005), within the Grafikalismos collection (University of León and Eolas Editions).

Arūnas Gudinavičius
Vilnius university (Lithuania)
Associate professor at the Department of Digital Cultures and Communication at Faculty of Communication, Vilnius University. Also, he is managing director at the Vilnius University Press.

Catherine Kanellopoulou
Freelance educator, author, researcher and EFL book editor. She holds a BA in English Literature from the University of Athens (UoA), and an MSc in Transportation Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA).

Daniela Kuschel
University of Mannheim (Germany)
Academic Staff Member at the Department of Romance Studies: Literature and Media. PhD on the representation of the Spanish Civil War in popular media culture (Spanischer Bürgerkrieg goes Pop, transcript 2019).

 

Mihai Iacob
Bucarest University (Romania)
Professor in the Department of Romance, Classical and Modern Greek Languages and Literatures at the University of Bucharest, where he teaches Visual and Verbovisual Narration (paintings, miniatures, comics), Rhetoric, Postmodern Spanish Narrative, Intersemiotic Translation: Film Adaptation, and Translation Resources in Paratextual Zones.

Jakub Jankowski
University of Warsaw (Poland)
Assistant professor at the Institute of Iberian and Ibero-American Studies at the University of Warsaw, comic book translator (from Spanish, Portuguese, English), member of the Polish Comic Book Association. Currently working in three major fields: 1) Theory and practice of translating comic books from Portuguese, Spanish and English; 2) Comic book as a didactic tool (from translation exercises to classroom use); 3) Socio-political problems in the PALOP countries and their reflection in artistic production (comic books, satirical drawings, films).

Anne Magnussen
University of Southern Denmark (Denmark)
Associate Professor at the Department of History, University of Southern Denmark and holds a PhD degree from University of Copenhagen (2001). A considerable part of Magnussen’s research is centered on Spanish and Latin American comics in the 20th and 21st centuries, including her PhD about Spanish comics 1970s-1990s.

Santiago Martín
University of Ljubljana (Slovenia)
He studied Spanish Philology and Literature at the Faculty of Arts of the Radboud University in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. In the decade of the ninenties he worked in Tarazona (nearby Zaragoza, Spain) in the “Translators’ House” together with the poet and translator Francisco Javier Úriz.

Olga Michael
University of Cyprus (Cyprus)
Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Cyprus. Her research interests include refugee and migration comics, and the representation of human rights violations, trauma and gendered violence in contemporary graphic life narratives.

Benoît Mitaine
University Paul Valéry-Montpellier 3 (France)
Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish at the University Paul Valéry-Montpellier 3. He co-edited Autobio-graphismes: bande dessinée et représentation de soi (2015); Comics and Adaptation (2018) and Scoops en stock. Journalisme graphique et BD-reportage (2021).

Agatha Mohring
University of Angers (France)
Associate professor in the University of Angers, in France. She holds the agrégation and a doctorate in Hispanic and Hispanic American Studies from the University of Toulouse-Jean Jaurès.

Olga Nowak
Gdansk University (Poland)
PhD in Theory of Literature and Comparative Literature from the Pedagogical University (Krakow), where, in 2015, she defended the thesis: Generation X from a woman’s perspective. Authors and their literary creation during the last decade of the 20th century. Her academic production addresses various aspects of the literary creation of Spanish narrators belonging to the so-called Generation X, the writing of women, as well as the problems surrounding historical memory (memory and post-memory) in Spanish comics.

Mariano Paz
University of Limerick (Republic of Ireland)
Lecturer in Spanish and Subject Head for Spanish at the School of Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics, University of Limerick, Republic of Ireland. He holds a BA in Sociology from the University of Buenos Aires (Argentina) and a PhD in Screen Studies from the University of Manchester (UK).

Miguel Ángel Pérez-Gómez (Media Manager)
Seville University (Spain)
Lecturer, Department of Media and Advertising (Universidad de Sevilla). His research focuses on different aspects of participative culture, fandom, cinema, spanish popular culture or comics. He is a researcher in ADMIRA (Research team on Analysis of Media, Images and Audiovisual Stories in its History for Social Change). He has done extensive work to disseminate the comic from media such as Rockdelux or Entrecomics , as well as from his weblog El lector bicéfalo.

Michaela Pexová
She graduated from high school in the field of Library and Information Systems and Services, where she specialized in working with comics in libraries. She transferred her experience to the field of museum pedagogy, where she worked as a guide and teaching assistant at the Hussite Museum in Tábor and then as an external lecturer at the National Museum in Prague.

Álvaro Pons
Valencia University (Spain)
Associate Professor at the University of Valencia. He has done extensive work to disseminate comics from media such as El País, Cartelera Turia or Levante, as well as from his weblog La Cárcel de Papel.

Lisa Maya Quaianni Manuzzato
Master’s degree cum laude in Performing Arts, Cinema, and Multimedia Communications (Università degli Studi di Milano, 2010) with a dissertation on History of Animation. She is Communications Manager at WOW Spazio Fumetto – Museo del Fumetto di Milano, where she has led exhibitions and events related to Japanese Culture and DIY comics. Member of the Editorial Committee for Neuróptica. Estudios sobre el cómic, she collaborates to the comics critic website Lo Spazio Bianco.

José Rovira-Collado
University of Alicante (Spain)
PhD in Educational innovation. Teacher in Didactics of Spanish Language and Literature and Coordinator of Unicómic in the University of Alicante (DIFD).http://unicomic.blogspot.com/

Ana Matilde Sousa
University of Lisbon (Portugal)
Visual artist and scholar from Lisbon, where she lives and works. In 2012, she co-founded the Portuguese zine label Clube do Inferno, and began to put out her comics under the pseudonym Hetamoé.

José Manuel Trabado 
University of León (Spain)
Associate Professor of Theory of Literature and Comparative Literature at the University of León. He has published books as Antes de la novela gráfica. Clásicos del cómic en la prensa norteamericana (2012); La novela gráfica. Poéticas y modelos compositivos (2013). He has also edited volumes as Género y conciencia autoral en el cómic español (1970-2018) (2019); Encrucijadas gráfico narrativas. Novela gráfica y álbum ilustrado (2020) y Lenguajes gráfico narrativos. Especificidades, intermedialidades y teorías gráficas (2021).

Eva Van de Wiele
Ghent University (Belgium)
She has published in Cuco, Tebeosfera and reviews comics for 9ekunst.nl. Currently, she is working as a PhD student on the ERC project Children in Comics. Her doctoral thesis focuses on seriality and the spread of (inter)national comics in early Italian Corriere dei Piccoli and Spanish TBO.


Marie-Cécile Charles
Luxembourg national archives


Philippe Marion
Louvain-la-Neuve University

Francesca Crippa
Cattolica del Scaro Cuore University

Jean-Philippe Martin
Comics international city in Angoulême

Daniel Vazquez Tourino
Masaryk University

Matteo Stefanelli
Cattolica del Scaro Cuore University

The Management Committee is supported by Mickael Pero (Science Officer) and Svetlana Voinova (Administrative Officer) at the COST Association in Brussels, Belgium.

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