Registration is limited to 40 people per workshop and will begin on June 1st (check back here). Information and materials from the workshops will be available to all CSS members after the conference.
LUNCH WORKSHOP 1: “DESIGNING COMICS COURSES”
Facilitators: Susan Kirtley (Portland State University) and Jay Olinger (Portland Community College)
This hands-on workshop will guide participants through the process of designing comics courses, including developing goals and outcomes, planning the curriculum, choosing texts, crafting assignments, and scaffolding activities to help facilitate an enriching educational experience for students and instructors!
LUNCH WORKSHOP 2: “CULTIVATING PUBLIC SCHOLARSHIP”
Facilitators: Osvaldo Oyola (New York University) and Adrienne Resha (The College of William and Mary)
The “Cultivating Public Scholarship” workshop will focus on planning, organizing and structuring public-facing scholarly writing for the internet or popular press and on developing a best practices toolkit for social media. Osvaldo Oyola will lead a discussion of how the relative immediacy of the format allows for an on-going conversation between Comics Studies and current events that both various aficionados of comics (scholars, aca-fans, artist-researchers, etc.) and the more casual fan or scholar can use. As well, the workshop will explore best practices in making use of social media to promote and discuss such scholarship, and as a method to network with other scholars or academy adjacent writers, artists, and thinkers. Adrienne Resha will lead a discussion of how to develop a best practices toolkit for social media that will include community-building, politics (such as that of invisible labor and especially citational politics), and harassment in digital spaces concerning Comics Studies but also comics more broadly. Participants will be asked to produce and workshop micro public-facing, digital scholarship during the session, such as live-tweeting or blogging.
RESEARCH DRAWING JAM
open, no pre-registration required
Thursday July 25th 10:00-11:15am
Sponsored by the Graduate Students Caucus
Facilitator: Leah Misemer (Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow)
As increased attention to forms such as live-drawing, sketchnotes, and doodling in a wide range of disciplines and contexts demonstrates, visualization can be a powerful tool for thinking through ideas and representing them to others. Inspired by Lynda Barry’s philosophy that everyone can and should draw, the comics-based visual inquiry of this workshop has participants use drawing to consider the broader impacts of their research. In the workshop, students draw their research, explain their work to one another using those drawings, and then use each others' drawings as visuals to explain each others' work. In addition to helping participants communicate about their work to a broader audience in a way that can be useful for a variety of genres including grant applications, job documents, and interviews, the workshop builds community through conversations about research visualized in handmade comics.