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

Women’s & Gender Studies is proud to be a co-sponsor of the Global Studies Speaker Series’ presentation on Friday, February 17, 2023 at 2:00 pm.

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.

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.