Dr Nina Mickwitz

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Lecturer in Contextual Studies School of Design

London College of Communication

Biography

Nina Mickwitz is a media and cultural studies researcher, whose interest in popular seriality involves different media forms, with particular focus on comics and television. Originally from an art & design background, she holds a first degree in Illustration. Nina completed her doctoral research into comics and documentary in the School of Film, Television and Media at the University of East Anglia, and has taught media and cultural studies, as well as contextual studies, at several HE institutions.

An active participant in the academic community, Nina has presented at numerous conferences and contributed to academic forums and publications, both online and in print. Topics to date have included documentary comics, comics history and advertising, Iraq war comics, autobiographical comics and women’s animation film history. Nina’s monograph Documentary Comics: graphic truth-telling in a skeptical age (2015) is published by the Palgrave Studies in Comics series. She is a peer reviewer for the journal Studies in Comics (Intellect). 

Research interests

Popular culture; cultural hierarchies; popular seriality and serial form; comics; documentary; television drama; cultural politics of representation; the negotiation of normative values; identity as social process; collective memory.

Research statement

My work on comics and television that began with a focus on documentary discourse has more recently given way to questions around topicality in fiction and drama. Yet my overarching interest remains story-telling in popular culture, especially in serial form, and its agency in terms of producing, re-producing, negotiating and contesting normative values. Informed by the understanding that while politics of representation are of undiminished relevance, they cannot be divorced from specific contexts of production and circulation, my current research concerns the configuration of European identities in contemporary television drama, and the symbolic inclusions and exclusions iterated in these texts. I am especially interested in those serials and co-productions that deliberately aim for or have otherwise achieved trans-national distribution across borders and broadcasting contexts.

Selected research outputs