Dr Nina Mickwitz
BiographyLecturer in Contextual and Theoretical Studies at University of the Arts London (UAL) and founding member of the Comics Research Hub@ UAL;
My current research engages with how storytelling (narrative and representation) is applied as a tool for social (in)justice agendas across a range of genres. This involves attention to unstable yet important delineations between categories such as genre and factual/fiction discourse, but also the quotidian and institutional contexts through which such narratives are circulated. Where storytelling conventions (as historical and culturally situated processes) intersects with epistemic possibilities/constraints is emerging as a particular point of interest.
I am also interested in questions of cultural value, and in the transnational, entrepreneurial and precarious networks of creative producers.
My contribution to academic communities includes regular peer reviews for academic journals and publishers and contributions to conferences in the UK and internationally. I have also given talks at public events, including the Nordic Comics Now! Event at the British Library in 2020.
- Mickwitz N. “True Story”: The Aesthetic Balancing Acts of Documentary Comics (2019)
- Mickwitz N. Documentary Comics: graphic truth-telling in a skeptical age. (2015)
- Mickwitz N. El Volcán: Forging global comics cultures through alliances, networks and self-branding (2020)
- Hague I, Horton I, Mickwitz N. Introduction: Contexts of Violence in Comics (2020)
- Mickwitz N, Horton I, Hague I. Introduction: Representing Acts of Violence in Comics (2020)
Current research students
- Paul Jackson, The illustrator-as-interface: what can an interface-led approach tell us about the role of drawing and storyworld construction in illustration practice? (Joint supervisor)
- Clari Searle, Creating Funnies with Incongruity Theory for Higher Education Pedagogy (Joint supervisor)
- Meher Shiblee, Considering Issues of Representation and Authenticity in Muslim Superheroines (Lead supervisor)