Conference Team

Dave Huxley

Dave Huxley

Senior Lecturer on the MMU BA (Hons) Film and Media Studies course. His subject specialisms are the Graphic Novel and the Comic Strip, Censorship, Hollywood Film and Animation. He is the author of Nasty Tales: Sex, Drugs and Rock n Roll in the Underground (1990) and has written widely on American and British generic comics, and has written and illustrated a range of adult and children’s comics. He has supervised a wide range of PhDs in the fields of the graphic novel and the comic strip, horror, genre and national film and examined a wide range of Phds in film and media studies. He is the editor of the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics (Routledge, 2010-).

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Chris Murray

Dr Murray’s research interests are in comics, film and popular culture, specifically the theorisation of how popular visual culture relates to other discourses (literature, art, and politics).

Chris has published on various aspects of comics, including:

        • the relationship between American superhero comics, popular culture and propaganda during World War Two;
        • the comics of Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman and Grant Morrison;
        • Independent/small press comics (mini-comics);
        • British comics, specifically DC Thomson.

Chris is editor (along with Dr Julia Round) of the peer-reviewed comics journal, Studies in Comics (Intellect Books).

He is Secretary of the Scottish Word and Image Group, which researches aspects of the relationship between verbal and visual representation.

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Golnar Nabizadeh

Golnar Nabizadeh joined the University of Dundee as Lecturer in Comics Studies in September 2016. Her research focuses on comics and visual studies and particularly on representations of trauma, migration, and memory in these fields. Golnar received her PhD in English and Cultural Studies from The University of Western Australia, and has a monograph forthcoming with Routledge entitled Representation and Memory in Graphic Novels.

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Julia Round

Principal Lecturer in the Faculty of Media and Communication at Bournemouth University, UK, where she is programme leader for MA Literary Media and teaches on the BA (Hons) Communication and Media and BA (Hons) English degrees. Her teaching and research areas include comics, children’s literature and Gothic.  She is Convenor of the University’s Narrative Research Group and Co-Convenor of the AHRC Digital Reading Network.

Julia edits the academic journal Studies in Comics and has published and presented work internationally. Her recent publications include her monograph Gothic in Comics and Graphic Novels: A Critical Approach (McFarland, 2014) and the co-edited collection Real Lives, Celebrity Stories (Bloomsbury, 2014). She holds a PhD in English Literature from Bristol University and an MA in Creative Writing from Cardiff University, and has previously taught at Central St Martins College of Art and Design, London, and Bristol University. Her current project focuses on the British girls’ comic Misty (IPC, 1978-80), made up of a critical book Misty and Gothic for Girls in British Comics (UP Mississippi, 2018) and searchable online database of writers, artists and stories at

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Joan Ormrod

Senior lecturer teaching units in Science Fiction, Trash Aesthetics, Youth Subcultures and Fantasy on Film and Media BA Hons in The Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Her publications and research includes publications on subcultures, promotional culture and gender in comics. Her recent outputs include two edited collections:

•Superheroes and Identities (with Mel Gibson and David Huxley, Routledge, 2015).

•Time Travel in Popular Media (with Matt Jones, McFarland and Co. 2015).

She has also written several book chapters including:

• “Bodies in Wonder Woman of the 1990s: Good Girls Bad Girls and Macho Men”. Helford, E. R., Gray-Panesi, S., Carroll, S. and Howard, M. (eds) Engaging the Woman Fantastic in Contemporary American Media Culture (University of Mississippi Press, 2016).

She is currently researching and writing a book on Wonder Woman and a book on romance comics.

She edits Routledge’s Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics (

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Laurence Grove

Laurence Grove (pictured centre) is Professor of French and Text/Image Studies and Director of the Stirling Maxwell Centre for the Study of Text/Image Cultures at the University of Glasgow.  His research focuses on historical aspects of text/image forms, and in particular bande dessinée.  He is President of the International Bande Dessinée Society (‘’).  As well as serving on the consultative committees of a number of journals, he is joint-editor of European Comic Art.  Laurence Grove has authored (in full or jointly) eleven books, including Comics in French (Berghahn, 2010 and 2013) and approximately sixty chapters or articles.  He co-curated Comic Invention and Frank Quitely: The Art of Comics and is co-author of their accompanying books. He is currently working towards the creation of a National Comics Centre for Scotland.

Matthew Screech

Matthew Screech is a senior lecturer in French at the Manchester Metropolitan University.  He is a founder member of the International Bande dessinée Society and he sits on the editorial board of European Comic Art.  Matthew published the monograph Masters of the Ninth Art (LUP, 2005).  He has published articles on Baudoin, Loustal, Tintin in political cartoons, adaptations of Voltaire, and Carrollian nonsense effects in Philémon, plus a chapter on how later artists used Hergéen Clear Line (in The Comics of Hergé, UPM, 2016).  His most recent article is on the myth of May 1968 in bandes dessinées (Belphegor 15.2. 2017).  Matthew has been invited to speak about BDS at Dartmouth College New Hampshire, USA  (2016), The Musée Hergé, Louvain la neuve, Belgium   (2017) and the Cité internationale de la bande dessinée et de l’image, Angouleme, France (2018).