Drawing Gender: Women and French-language Comics

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum
Jean and Charles Schulz Lecture Hall - Room 220
1813 N. High Street
Columbus, OH 43210

February 28, 2020 6:00 PM - February 29, 2020 7:00 PM
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Julie Delporte, This Woman’s Work (2019)
Image reproduced with permission of Drawn and Quarterly.

This symposium celebrates the richness of women’s comics production and the representations of gender in French-language comics from around the world. Montreal-based artist Julie Delporte, along with scholars from France, Belgium, the US and the UK will present their work on gender throughout the history of bande dessinée.

This program is co-sponsored by The Ohio State University Department of French and Italian and is made possible by a generous gift from Engie-Axium.

If you would like to attend, please click the RSVP button below. Please respond by February 14, 2020.



Symposium Program
(all sessions in Schulz auditorium, Sullivant Hall)

Friday Feb 28, 2020:

Billy Ireland Museum Galleries open until 6pm

6:00-7:00pm Artist Keynote: Julie Delporte 

Introduction: Caitlin McGurk, The Ohio State University

7pm Book signing and reception

Saturday Feb 29, 2020:

Reading room open house 12-1:30, 5-6

Galleries open 12-6

8am-9am Coffee and Tea service – social hour

9am-9:15am Welcome and opening remarks by Maggie Flinn, The Ohio State University

9:15am-10:45am Session 1: Representations: Women in and of History

Chair: Kirby Childress, The Ohio State University

Véronique Bragard, Université Catholique de Louvain, “The Women behind the Woman Behind the Man: Women’s Collective Stories on the Page in Pénélope Bagieu’s Culottées & Emilie Plateau’s Noire” (via video conference)

Isabelle Delorme, Sciences Po Paris “Catel: Portrait d’une artiste féministe du 21e siècle en auteure de biographies dessinées” (Presentation in French)

Jacques Dürrenmatt, Sorbonne Université, Paris, La Sorbonne “Les premières bandes dessinées ont-elles apporté quelque chose de nouveau dans la représentation des femmes (Töpffer, Cham, Gustave Doré)?” (Presentation in French)

10:45am-11:00am coffee break

11:00am-Noon Session 2 Engaged Francophone Feminists in North Africa and the Middle East

Chair: Johanna Sellman, The Ohio State University

Jennifer Howell, Illinois State University “Gender Equality? Hshouma! Women, Sexuality, and Comics Activism in Morocco”

Alexandra Gueydan-Turdek, Swarthmore College, “Revolutionary Comics: Samandal’s Feminist Stance in the Arab World”

Noon – 1:30pm lunch break

1:30pm-3:00pm Session 3 Bodies, experiences, and locations 

Chair: Isabelle Choquet, Denison University

Michelle Bumatay, Florida State University, “The Feminine Plural in Africa and the Diaspora: Quartets of Women in Aya de Yopougon and La vie d’Ébène Duta

Armelle Blin-Rolland, Bangor University, “Female narratives of and from Brittany: gender and environment in contemporary Breton women’s comics writing”

Catriona Macleod, University of London in Paris, “Unveiling IVG: Representations of women’s experiences of abortion in the contemporary bande dessinée

3:15pm-3:30pm coffee break

3:30pm-5:00pm Session 4 Industry and Audience Histories

Chair: Morgan Podraza, The Ohio State University

Jessica Kohn, Université Paris 3, “Women Cartoonists, a New Avenue to Understand a Little-Known Profession?”

Sylvain Lesage, Université de Lille, “Women in Color: The Ninth Art’s Unknown Colorists”

Benoît Crucifix, University of Ghent, “Between Okapi and Ah! Nana

5:00pm-6:00pm Reception

6:00pm-7pm Closing Roundtable
Jared Gardner, The Ohio State University
Michal Raizen, Ohio Wesleyan University
Frederick Aldama, The Ohio State University
Lucille Toth, The Ohio State University at Newark


Photo of Caitlin McGurk Caitlin McGurk
Associate Professor