Redrawing The Nation: Latin American Comics and The Graphic Construction of National Identity

Date:      Tuesday, April 05, 2005
Time:      3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Location: Troy Moore Library
               9th Floor GCB
              Georgia State University
              Corner of Decatur St. & Peachtree Center Ave.
              (2 blocks from Five Points Station)

Description of Event

This year's symposium will verse on Latin American comics and their impact on national identity, with guest scholars from Dartmouth College, the University of California, Santa Cruz, Temple University, York University in Toronto, the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), and the Universidade de São Paulo (USP), Brazil. Individual presentations will be twenty minutes long.

First Panel:

If Only I Knew Now What I knew Then: Method and Theory in Studying Comic Book Readers in Mexico
Anne Rubenstein is associate professor of history at York University in Ontario, Canada, where she teaches history and Latin American studies. She has published widely on Mexican comics and is author of Bad Language, Naked Ladies, and Other Threats to the Nation: a Political History of Comic Books in Mexico. She has also edited a volume entitled Fragments of a Golden Age: the Politics of Culture in Mexico Since 1940.

Positioning Identities: Comics and The Becoming of Mexican Culture
Ernesto Priego is a comic-art scholar, translator, critic, and curator. He teaches literature and critical theory at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (commonly referred to as UNAM). His writings on comic and cartoon art have appeared in many Mexican and international journals.

La historieta mexicana. El castillo de la impureza.
Ricardo Peláez, a comic artist and illustrator, was born on September 28, 1968 in Mexico City. He studied graphic design at the National School of Plastic Arts of the  National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Following an early award in a contest by the Museum of Popular Cultures of Mexico City, he became a comic artist, creating short stories for magazines such as El Gallito Cómics. He has also earned awards at the Encuentro Iberoamericano de Historietas in Havana, Cuba (for "Madre Santa"), and at the Semana Negra in Gijón, Spain (for "El antojo").  In 1998, a selection of his work was published in Fuego Lento. He is also the author of The Mongolian Plot Today, an adaptation of a Mexican classic of the 1970s.

The Bros. Hernández: The Latin Pulse in The Alternative U.S. Comic
Ana Merino is assistant professor of Latin American and Spanish literature and culture at Dartmouth College. She has published a scholarly work on comics titled El Cómic Hispánico (Cátedra, 2003) and four books of poetry. She has won the Adonais and Fray Luis de Leon awards for poetry. She is a member of the executive committee for the International Comics Art Festival and member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Comic Art. Her articles on comics—now numbering over 40—have appeared in Leer, DDLV, The Comics Journal, International Journal of Comic Art, and Hispanic Issues. She has served as curator for two comics exhibitions, one in the US titled Comics Release, and another in Spain dedicated to Fantagraphics for La Semana Negra (she was the author of the bilingual catalogue entitled Fantagraphics, creadores del canon).

First panel to be followed by brief Q&A session

4:30 pm Break (15 minutes)

Second Panel:

Cuban Cartoonists: Masters of Coping
Dr. John A. Lent, professor of communications at Temple University, has been teaching since 1960, in universities in Malaysia, the Philippines, and in various parts of America. His teaching and research interests are very broad, but center on international (Asia, Caribbean) and comic art topics. He is author/editor of 55 books, hundreds of articles, founding editor of International Journal of Comic Art, founding editor of Berita, founding managing editor of Witty World, founding chair of both the Asian Popular Culture Groups (within Popular Culture Association) and the Comic Art Working Group of IAMCR. He also edits Asian Cinema and chairs the Asian Cinema Studies Society. In spring 2000, he was the first Rogers Distinguished Chair at University of Western Ontario.

Condorito, Chilean Popular Culture and the Work of Mediation
Juan Poblete is associate professor of literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His focus is on Latin American literature with an emphasis on the history and social contexts of literature. He has studied the emergence of literary markets in Chile, the role subaltern readers play in influencing markets, and how cultural values influence curricular choices in schools, for example, the historical contexts of the recent downsizing of the humanities. Poblete earned his B.A. from the University of Chile and a Ph.D. from Duke University.

Brazilian Comics: Their Origin, Development and Future Trends
Waldomiro Vergueiro is professor at the School of Communications and Arts of the Universidade de São Paulo in São Paulo, Brazil. He is also the coordinator of the Center for the Research of Cartoon History of the Universidade de São Paulo. The University of São Paulo (commonly referred to as USP) is the largest institution of higher education and research in Brazil, and the third in size in Latin America.

Mônica Power; Comics, Society, Brazil
Dr. Eva Paulino Bueno earned a B.A. in English and Portuguese from the State University of Maingá, an M.A. in American Literature from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and a Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages and Literatures from the University of Pittsburgh. She has taught at universities in Brazil, US, and Japan. Dr. Bueno has published books and essays on subjects ranging from the naturalist novel in Latin America to the popular cultures of the Americas. She is currently a columnist with the monthly Espaco Acadêmico in Brazil.

Terry Caesar has published numerous articles on a wide variety of topics, most recently on faculty offices in Academe and postcolonialism in Journal X. He has written or co-edited with Eva Bueno seven books including three volumes of essays on the politics of academic life, the last of which is Traveling through the Boondocks (SUNY, 2000). He currently teaches at Palo Alto College and San Antonio College.

Second panel to be followed by brief Q&A session

Additional Event Notes

Refreshments will be provided. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Prof. Héctor Fernández L'Hoeste at 404.651.2265.