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Global Comics Series: Dr. José Alaniz


Thursday, January 30, 2020, 4:00PM - 5:30PM


"Elephants and DJs: Disability in Post-Soviet Russian Comics" by Dr. José Alaniz, Slavic and East European Global Comics Scholar
Dr. José Alaniz, professor at the University of Washington, will present a brief overview of the situation for people with disabilities in Russia after the 1991 collapse of communism as depicted by non-disabled and disabled comics artists, with an emphasis on the Putin era. How do these artists represent the disabled body as site of contention and human dignity? How do their visions coincide with and complicate the rhetoric of disability rights movements in Russia? How do the visual-verbal strategies of comic art uniquely communicate the experiences of lives too often lived in the shadows; lives of frequent hospitalizations, chronic illnesses, bodily pain and social exclusion?
Sponsored by: The Ohio State University’s Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Slavic and East European Studies, and East Asian Studies Center, with funds from the U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant, and the Area Studies Department, University Libraries.
About the Series: University Libraries Area Studies Department’s Global Comics Series is a transnational lecture series on global comics scholarship.

Location : 165 Thompson Library
Contact : Nena Couch

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