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Global Studies seminar: Making a Splash: Women Cartoonists in France

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


In her talk “Making a Splash: Women Cartoonists in France,” Dr. Cynthia 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.

Cynthia Laborde is an assistant professor of modern languages at the University of Texas at Arlington. She holds a PhD from the University of Iowa (2015) and an MA in language, literature and translation from UWM (2010).

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 but registration is required. See that event on the calendar for more details.