Comics and the Anthropological Imagination

A Centre for Imaginative Ethnography “Imaginings Project”

curated by Stacy Leigh Pigg and Cristina Moretti

Every Monday starting November 9, 2015

Comics and the Anthropological ImaginationCan you imagine reading The Nuer in a graphic novel format? Or representing some of your fieldwork through a series of comic panels? Comics take readers into social and subjective worlds by staging image, gesture, words, and perspective. What are some of the unique advantages and challenges of this form for ethnographers?  How can comics, with their imagistic narratives, offer more effective ways to introduce students to different anthropological perspectives and to the jarring complexities of social life? What could happen when anthropology and graphic novels meet? 

What is the place of graphic anthropology in the larger field of graphic non-fiction and graphic journalism?