Jonathan Swift at 350: Lost and Found (Being Human Festival 2017)

| Comics, Creative Writing, Engage Dundee, English, Film Studies, Humanities

Join us for the Being Human Festival 2017 - 17-25 November The world’s greatest satirist, Jonathan Swift, turns 350 in November 2017. Lost amid a series of fantastical places, the narrator of his most famous work, Gulliver’s Travels, enthrals everyone he meets with his adeptness in lying – storytelling, in short. Through a series of hands-on activities and immersive events centred on tall tales in Dundee, the City of Discovery, Jonathan Swift at 350: Lost and Found engages with the extraordinary legacy of a writer who found wondrous and shocking perspectives on being human like no one els...

Double dose of Dee Con for Dundee

| Humanities, Comics, English

Thousands of costumed characters will provide a colourful welcome to this year’s new University of Dundee students when Dee Con, the city’s largest ‘geek-off’ returns next month. Superheroes, video game stars and anime characters will bring a splash of colour to the city next month when Dee Con will be held as part of the new THIS Festival in the West Ward Works, a former comic printing factory, on Saturday, 9th September. The new intake of almost 3,000 students from around the world will be arriving in Dundee in the week leading up to the event. Dee Con has traditionally been held ...

No jokers, Dundee wins big at Comic Awards

| Comics, English, Humanities, Students

Comics students and alumni from the University of Dundee have won a host of awards at the Scottish Independent Comic Book Awards, held as part of Glasgow Comic Con. Dundee students past and present had been nominated in all of the categories, and duly picked up a string of successes. The winner of the ‘Up and Coming Talent’ award went to Catriona Laird for her comic `Stinger’. Catriona is a graduate of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design (part of the University), and completed a comics module in 2015. She is now one of the studio members at Ink Pot Studios, which is part of ...

Funded postgraduate places to be made available

| Comics, English, Humanities

Dozens of fully funded postgraduate places ranging from sustainability to comics are to be made available at the University of Dundee. The Scottish Funding Council (SFC) has made 60 places available on ten specific Masters courses that cover energy, engineering and the creative industries in order to help develop a high-level skills base in key sectors in the Scottish economy. The places cover all tuition fees associated with the programmes and applicants classified as Scottish or EU for fee purposes are eligible to apply. This is the initiative’s fourth year and over 150 graduates have been helped i...

An interview with the world's first Professor of Comic Studies, Chris Murray

| Books, Comics, English, Humanities

In a fascinating recent interview with the Times Higher Education (THE) team, Chris Murray, the world's first Professor of Comic Studies, discussed ‘Mickey Mouse’ degree accusations, lessons on wartime alliances and the perils of eating cheese before bedtime. A University of Dundee academic and researcher in comics, primarily UK and US publications, Chris has become a global authority in his field. His book The British Superhero was published this month by the University Press of Mississippi.  See the full interview here Find out about studying comics at the University of Du...