Dr AARON HUMPHREY
Aaron’s dissertation demonstrates that comics and graphic novels can be complex and sophisticated tools for education. This is shown through historical research, pedagogical analysis and practice research involving the creation of a comic book that was used to improve physician wellbeing at a hospital in Queensland. Several chapters of the thesis are also presented in the form of original comics.
With Amy Maynard and Troy Mayes, Aaron is a co-organiser of Inkers and Thinkers, Australasia’s leading research symposium dedicated to comics and graphic narratives, which has been jointly sponsored by the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice and the Department of Media. He is the Australian events editor of The Comics Grid.
Aaron’s research was recently spotlighted in The Adelaidean: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/adelaidean/issues/76665/news76686.html
His recent publications include:
Humphrey, A., ‘Lecture and Authority in Educational Comics: Derrida and Foucault for Beginners.’ Digital Humanities Quarterly 9(4), December 2015
Humphrey, A., ‘The Imaginary Sounds of Woodstock: Using comics’ visual and spatial modalities to investigate the phatic properties of speech and text.’ Composition Studies 43(1), Spring 2015.
Humphrey, A., ‘Beyond Graphic Novels: Illustrated scholarly discourse and the history of educational comics.’ Media International Australia 151, May 2014.
Amy Louise Maynard is a PhD candidate whose thesis focuses on modern Australian comics production as a creative industry. Her research interests and specialisations include artistic scenes and subcultures, creative labour, social network markets, knowledge economies, media convergence, and independent publishing models. She is the co-founder of the Inkers and Thinkers Interdisciplinary Symposium, and has taught media studies and cultural theory at the University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia.