May events: comics and society, joys of discovery

Monday, 20 April 2015

A major symposium being held at the University of Adelaide next month will explore the importance of comics and how they help to shape society.

The Inkers and Thinkers Symposium (Friday 15 and Saturday 16 May) combines one day of discussion about the latest research emerging from the growing field of comics studies, with a day of practical, creative workshops focused on comic book production and content.

The Friday symposium will hear from experts and creators, such as Aurealis award-winning graphic novelist Pat Grant (creator of Blue). Grant will provide the keynote presentation and will lead audience discussion on comics' status as an alternative and subversive medium. Other speakers will address issues such as "alternative superheroes", the impact of digital technologies, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer themes in Turkish comics.

Creative workshops will be held on the Saturday – members of the public are invited to attend both events, but tickets are limited and bookings are essential.

This event is supported by the University of Adelaide's J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice and the Discipline of Media.

What: Inkers and Thinkers – Alternative Forms, Alternative Voices
Symposium: Tickets $10. Friday 15 May, 9.00am-5.00pm, Ira Raymond Room, Barr Smith Library
Workshops: Tickets $30. Saturday 16 May, 10.00am-6.00pm, Santos Lecture Room, Nexus 10 building


The University of Adelaide will also host a free public lecture next month – the Fulbright Distinguished Chair Public Lecture at the University's National Wine Centre.

Professor Richard Ziolkowski (Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Advanced Science & Technology) will present: My Road to Discovery – the Joys of Being a Physicist and an Engineer.

Professor Ziolkowski will share his unique journey, delving into the field of metamaterials and their multiple applications to our modern world. This event is sponsored by DSTO and supported by the Australian-American Fulbright Commission.

What: Fulbright Distinguished Chair Public Lecture
Where: The Vines Room, National Wine Centre, Adelaide
When: Tuesday 12 May, 6.30-7.30pm
Cost: Free, but please RSVP via email to:


Contact Details

Amy Maynard
Co-organiser, Inkers and Thinkers Symposium
and PhD student, Discipline of Media
The University of Adelaide
Mobile: + 61 (0)439 883 040

Mr David Ellis
Deputy Director, Media and Corporate Relations
External Relations
The University of Adelaide
Business: +61 8 8313 5414
Mobile: +61 (0)421 612 762