Department of Asian Studies
Department of Asian Studies

Seminar Series: Mara Thacker on "Superfan!: Exploring Comics Culture at Comic Con India"

Thu, October 4, 2018 | Meyerson Conference Room (WCH 4.118), UT Austin Campus

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Seminar Series: Mara Thacker on

Mara Thacker, South Asian Studies & Global Popular Culture Librarian, University of Illinois, will speak on "Superfan!: Exploring Comics Culture at Comic Con India" as part of the Fall South Asia Seminar Series

“Superfan!: Exploring Comics Culture at Comic Con India” seeks to understand the current status and perception of comics in India from the point of view of different stakeholders including publishers, artists, scholars, and fans. While comics studies has become an accepted field within academia, studies of Indian comics are comparatively scarce apart from historical and cultural analyses, many of them focusing only on the most prolific publisher of Indian comics, Amar Chitra Katha. This study goes beyond those studies to understand how comics are being consumed in India, the ways they are used by casual readers and scholars alike, and what is at stake if Indian libraries and cultural institutions do not collect and preserve these materials.

The seminar series theme is "PUBLIC | POPULAR | PULP: form and genre in South Asian cultural production," convened by Mary Rader, UT Libraries' South Asia Librarian. A light reception will precede the event at 3pm.

This talk is FREE! and open to the public.

Sponsored by: South Asia Institute

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