Global Comics Lecture Series: Comics and the Humanization of the Middle Eastern Experience (Virtual Event)

April 19, 2021 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
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In the world of Middle Eastern cartoons and graphic novels, the artists often focus their discussions on politics, government, war, protesters, etc., which are all important topics. Very few artists, however, address the actual people who are living these experiences. Join International and Area Studies at The Ohio State University Libraries for our next installment of the Global Comics Lecture Series featuring Iasmin, a Middle Eastern, Muslim, queer and trans comics artist, who will address:

  • Humanizing Middle Eastern people and our stories in a world that politicizes us, and how we can convey these things through comics
  • The intersection of queer, trans and Middle Eastern identities past, present and future, and the importance of representation in art
  • Healing trauma through comics (and art in general)

About our Speaker

Iasmin Omar Ata is a Middle Eastern, Muslim, queer and trans comic artist, game developer and illustrator who creates art about coping with illness, understanding identity, dismantling oppressive structures and Islamic futurism.

Iasmin’s graphic novel Mis(h)adra has resonated with both readers and reviewers alike for its searingly honest depiction of the epileptic lived experience. Iasmin has produced a video game called Being about the Palestinian past, present and future as well as other comics and games. Iasmin is an Ignatz Award winner and Excellence in Graphic Literature Award finalist. They have been interviewed and reviewed by Kirkus Publishers Weekly, Electronic Intifada, Library Journal and NPR.

If you require an accommodation such as live captioning or interpretation to participate in this event, please email as soon as possible. Requests made at least one week prior to the event will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date. 

The Global Comics Series is a lecture series on global comics scholarship. In this series, scholars present on transnational issues from distinct area studies’ regional perspectives. Topics include global comic scholarship on immigration/migration, nationalism, identity and culture, feminism, political censorship, technology disruption and more. The series is presented by The Ohio State University’s Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Slavic and East European Studies and East Asian Studies Center, with funds from the U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant, the Area Studies Department, University Libraries, Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum and Asian American Studies.

For more information on this series, please contact Nena Couch, Head, Area Studies and Thompson Library Special Collections.

The Moderator for this event is Johanna Sellman

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