Student catalogues treasure trove of comics

| Comics, English, Humanities, Students

An American student was delighted to find rare comics, some dating back to the 1800s, amongst thousands of comics she catalogued at the University of Dundee. Hailey Austin says she has found comic gems including Punch magazine, first issues of rare DC and Marvel comics, as well as drafts and proofs of early DC Thomson comics amongst the materials donated to the University’s Archives. Hailey, a 24 year-old PhD student from Colorado, said that the mammoth task of cataloguing the majority of the collections took over three months but she would happily do it all over again because of the value these...

Students create suicide awareness comic to address the stigma of mental health

| Comics, Engage Dundee, English, Humanities, Students

Students and staff from the University of Dundee have produced a comic to raise awareness of suicide in an attempt to reduce the stigma around mental health. ‘Let’s Talk About Suicide’ will launch on Wednesday 10 October to coincide with World Mental Health Day. The dynamic storybook deals with a sensitive and under-resourced health issue in an engaging way. The visually driven publication addresses inequality, stereotypes and other factors associated with mental health and suicide. By using the comic style, potential barriers in traditional healthcare communications, such as sight, liter...

Fates of Frankenstein

| English, Humanities

Dr Daniel Cook, Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Dundee, will be giving the plenary lecture at the 'Fates of Frankenstein' conference at Edinburgh Napier University next month.  The two-day conference, running from 23-24 November 2018, is about adaptations and appropriations of Shelley’s novel, and is part of a series of events organised by The Age of Frankenstein Project to commemorate the bicentenary of Frankenstein’s publication. The conference explores Frankenstein’s myriad cultural fates, in which it not only inspires new narratives and creativ...

New comic shares the gift of organ donation

| Comics, English, Humanities

The tragic death of a University of Dundee lecturer’s son, whose organ donation renewed the lives of nine strangers, has inspired a new comic that aims to get the public talking about life after death. The new comic is a collaboration between the University of Dundee and the NHS, and seeks to get high school-aged children and the wider public thinking about organ donation. Entitled The Gift, it will be launched on Monday 3 September to kick-off Organ Donation Week in Scotland. The 32-page book, written by recipients of organ donation, the families of donors as well as University and NH...

Additional funding announced for arts and humanities research based in Scotland

| Creative Writing, English, History, Humanities, Philosophy

The next generation of research professionals working in the Arts and Humanities in Scotland are to benefit from substantial funding awarded to the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (SGSAH) by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Scottish Funding Council (SFC). The Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (SGSAH) is one of 10 consortia across the UK to have received a share of £170 million AHRC Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) funding. The funding awarded to SGSAH will support 190 PhD students over the next five years. Additional funding will be provided...