(Symposium) Comics and Sacred Texts (Haverford College) (May 6, 2016)

comics and religion

Across religions, it’s state of the art. You can see the whole program here for this symposium at Haverford College on comics and sacred texts:

The last decade has produced critical and expressive studies in sacred canonical texts and comics. Witness, for example, the artistic works from R. Crumb’s The Book of Genesis (2009) and JT Waldman’s Megillat Esther (2005), as well as scholarly publications from Karline McLain’s India’s Immortal Comic Books (2009), A. David Lewis’s edited volume Graven Images: Religion in Comic Books & Graphic Novels (2010), and Samantha Baskind’s and Ranen Omer-Sherman’s editorial work for The Jewish Graphic Novel: Critical Approaches (2010).

The symposium Comics and Sacred Texts at Haverford College builds upon these focused studies to develop a broader landscape of religious graphic expression of the sacred. The symposium will engage Islamic, Jewish, Christian, Hindu, and Buddhist traditions, together with explorations of the superhuman body. The invited panelists will draw from their own disciplinary and cross-disciplinary perspectives—including religion, literature, theology, gender studies, art history, cultural theory, and anthropology—to energize a lively discussion about representations of the sacred in graphic narratives.

Comics and Sacred Texts is organized in conjunction with the Haverford-Swarthmore spring 2016 course “Reading Comics and Religion,” taught by Yvonne Chireau (Swarthmore) and Ken Koltun-Fromm (Haverford), and is presented by the John B. Hurford ’60 Center for the Arts and Humanities, its Tuttle Creative Residencies Program, the Distinguished Visitors Program, and the Gest Program Fund, Haverford College.

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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics. http://religion.syr.edu
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