Nick Sousanis: Unflattening: A dissertation in comics form reimagines scholarship

Sponsored by The Graphic Narrative Project, a Geballe Research Workshop with the Stanford Humanities Center, organized by Modern Thought & Literature committee faculty and graduate students.


Wednesday, May 1, 2013
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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Nick Sousanis, an interdisciplinary doctoral candidate at Teachers College, Columbia University will discuss his dissertation – the first undertaken entirely in comic book format – which argues through its very form for the importance of visual thinking in teaching and learning. This visual-verbal work expands the possibilities for engaging comics within academia while ultimately challenging and reimagining what scholarship can be. In addition to sharing extensive visuals from the dissertation, Sousanis will also delve into the distinct ways that comics present meaning and engage the audience in a comics-making exercise.

Nick Sousanis cultivates his creative practice at the intersection of image and text. A doctoral candidate at Teachers College, Columbia University, he is writing and drawing his dissertation entirely in comic book form – the first of its kind. Before coming to NYC, he was immersed in Detroit’s thriving arts community, where he co-founded the arts and cultural web-mag; served as the founding director of the University of Michigan’s Work:Detroit exhibition space, and became the biographer of legendary Detroit artist Charles McGee. His comics have been infiltrating the academic realm through numerous publications and he furthers his advocacy for the medium as a powerful tool for thought in the comics course he developed for educators at Teachers College.