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Cynthia Laborde, “Making a Splash: Women Cartoonists in France”

February 17, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Making a Splash Event FlyerMaking a Splash: Women Cartoonists in France

Cynthia Laborde, Modern Languages at the University of Texas at ArlingtonPhD University of Iowa, 2015; MA University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2010

Friday, February 17, 20232:00-3:30pmLubar Entrepreneurship Center, Room 107

In her talk “Making a Splash: Women Cartoonists in France,” Dr. Laborde will focus on the impact of women cartoonists/graphic novelists in France in the 21st century. She will trace how this new generation has been making their own rules and claiming their space in a traditionally male-dominated industry. Her analysis will focus on the socially and politically engaged aspects of their work, concentrating especially on how they approach issues related to women. She will demonstrate that comics as a medium are able to articulate and disseminate feminist perspectives in new ways, and that artists (such as Pénélope Bagieu and Emma, among others) are having a real-life impact, as the lines become more and more blurred between the individual and the artist via social media.

Hosted by the Department of Global Studies; co-sponsored by Digital Arts and Culture; the MA in Language, Literature, and Translation; the Center for 21st Century Studies; Women’s and Gender Studies; and the Women’s Resource Center. This event is partially funded by the U.S. Department of Education Title VI NRC Grant.

This event will be followed later in the day by the opening film of the 26th annual UWM Festival of Films in French, February 17-26, 2023. Please join us there as well!

While at UWM, Dr. Laborde will also present a French immersion workshop, “Enseigner (avec) les bandes dessinées en français/Teaching (with) graphic novels and comic in French,” on Saturday, February 18, 1:00-4:00 pm. Free; registration is required. For more information, read about the event here.


February 17, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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