Out-of-this-world events look to the moon for inspiration (Being Human 2020)

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

The moon has fired the imagination of storytellers for centuries and the extravagant tales of alien life they created will help explore what it means to be human at the University of Dundee next month. Dundee is once again a key part of Being Human, the UK’s national celebration of the humanities, which takes place from 12-22 November. The programme will be built around the theme of ‘The Lunar City’, with events linking to scholarship at the University. Despite Covid-19 restrictions, more than 200 workshops, talks, screenings and readings will take place across the UK. The University is h...

Fybromyalgia comics goes bilingual

| Comics, English, Humanities

The worldwide success of a University of Dundee comic raising awareness of a common but poorly understood medical condition has led to a Spanish version of the publication being launched. ‘Fibromyalgia and Us: Living with Fibromyalgia’, created by writers, artists and health professionals from the University and NHS Tayside, in conjunction with those living with the condition, has been downloaded around 13,000 times since it was published in December 2017. Two thousand paper copies are also in circulation. The comic explores the long-term condition which can often cause intense pain and/or fati...

Comicsopolis – a public appeal to unearth more of Dundee’s comics history

| Comics, Engage Dundee, English, Humanities

An academic at the University of Dundee is researching the rich history of comics in Dundee, and is appealing for the help of the public in unearthing memories and details of publications which have long since disappeared. Christopher Murray, the world’s first Professor of Comics Studies, is in the process of writing Comicsopolis – A History of Comics in Dundee, and is interested in hearing from anyone who reads, collects, or creates comics in Dundee, or has in the past. “I think of Dundee as not only the Juteopolis, but also the Comicsopolis – the city of comics,” said P...

Comic helps young people cope with grief

| Comics, English, Humanities

Teenagers from across Scotland have shared their experiences of bereavement for a new comic aiming to help other young people deal with their grief. Produced in conjunction with academics from the Universities of Dundee and Strathclyde, When People Die: Stories from Young People is a 40-page publication filled with images, stories and insights that arose from a series of workshops held at HMYOI Polmont and the charities Richmond's Hope and Children's Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS). The intention of the year-long project was to explore how comics can help generate reflective and confident life stories for ...

Historical ‘Poet’s Box’ shop relived for festival

| Comics, Engage Dundee, English, Humanities

A pop-up shop in Dundee’s Wellgate Centre, inspired by the Poet’s Box where Dundonians of yesteryear performed and printed their latest creations, will serve as the regional headquarters of a national festival taking place this month. The University of Dundee is the Scottish hub for Being Human, the UK’s national celebration of the humanities, which takes place from 14-23 November. The programme is built around the theme of ‘The Aquatic City’, with events showcasing the range of scholarship at the University. The Festival HQ, hosting a series of events in partnership with Dund...

Rail tragedy inspires Hailey's 'Commando' debut

| Comics, English, Humanities, Students

An American student who came to Dundee with no experience of writing comics has become one of the first female writers in over 30 years to have a story published in the legendary Commando war comic. Hailey Austin, a PhD student and graduate of the MLitt in Comics and Graphic Novels course at the University of Dundee, has written ‘Steel Inferno’, a fictionalised version of a true World War II story of bravery and sacrifice, which will be published as Commando #5241 tomorrow. Steel Inferno is inspired by the Soham Rail Disaster which took place in the early hours of June 2 1944. As Britain prepar...

Laydeez do Comics - and they're proud of it

| Comics, English, Humanities, Students

An international organisation championing female comics creators will host its first event in Dundee, the spiritual home of the British comics industry, later this month. The newest chapter of Laydeez Do Comics (LDC) has been formed by Hailey Austin, Rachel Davis and Grace Wright, postgraduate students at the University of Dundee. The first of four events planned for 2019 will take place at Dundee Comics Creative Space on Friday 31 May and will be based on University lecturer Dr Golnar Nabizadeh's new book Representation and Memory in Graphic Novels. Laydeez Do Comics supports female-identifying comics cre...

Comic to raise awareness of coeliac disease

| Comics, Engage Dundee, English, Humanities, Students

The University of Dundee’s renowned comics artists and writers have produced a new publication raising awareness of the serious and much misunderstood autoimmune condition coeliac disease. ‘Understanding Coeliac Disease’ will be launched on Thursday 16 May to mark Coeliac Disease Awareness Week. The 24-page comic seeks to make more people aware of what it is like to live with coeliac disease, the only treatment for which is a strict life-long gluten free diet. Professor Jenny Woof, of the University’s School of Life Sciences, proposed a collaboration with the comics team to help pr...

Dundee among world's best for impact on society

| Comics, Creative Writing, Engage Dundee, English, European Studies, History, Humanities, Languages, Philosophy

The University of Dundee has been placed 20th in the world for its impact in a new global ranking. The Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings recognise that the role of universities extends beyond research and teaching to a third mission revolving around engagement, knowledge transfer and innovation for societal good. These rankings measure the global higher education sector’s success in delivering the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Dundee was ranked 20th in the inaugural survey. The University was placed 3rd in the world for SDG 12 – Responsible Consumpt...

New book, comics, film and poems prove Frankenstein is no creature of habit

| Books, Comics, English, Film Studies, Humanities,

An exciting new series of works produced in celebration of the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein, and author Mary Shelley's links to the city of Dundee, will be launched later this month. ‘The Frankenstein Showcase’ takes place at the Tower Building Baxter Suite, University of Dundee, on Thursday 28 March. A new Dundee edition of the classic text will be unveiled at the event alongside work across film, poetry and comics. Edited by Dr Daniel Cook, of the University’s School of Humanities English team, the book comprises the complete 1818 text of the ground-breaking science fiction novel ...