Dr. Woock

A few words of introduction…

I’m an assistant professor in the Department of English and American Studies at Palacky University in the beautiful city of Olomouc, in the Czech Republic. I’m happily occupying a little corner of the American Literature section of our department, where I teach courses on American and British history, comic book studies, medievalism, and late 19th or early 20th century American literature. My official university faculty member page can be seen here.

I used comics-based research methodologies (and other approaches!) to study medievalisms and history in general in comics, graphic novels, and popular media to come to a better understanding about how history is used in narrative. I hope to open conversations about how we tell narrativize history, how we tell stories through history, and how this impacts the ways popular media is used to teach history. 

Scroll down to see my full CV!

Medieval history

My primary interest is the establishment and function of female monastic communities in the 12th and 13th centuries, especially around Central Europe. However, I am a history omnivore, and I’ll happily cut my teeth on a range of related topics, including the politics of sainthood or storytelling, like fables. One long-term side project is the creation of medieval Latin comics at Picta Manent

Comics studies

As much as I love reading comics, I love translating my thoughts into sequential art, and it is my great pleasure to be able to feature comics and graphic novels as a main part of my research. Incidentally, there’s no shortage of medievalisms to investigate in popular, contemporary comics! I’m also very interested in the creating of comics and comics scholarship as we grow as a field, which you can see some reflections on at Scholarship in Short.

Selected recent publications:

Medieval Space in Comics: Affect and Ideology, (Palgrave Macmillan: expected September 2024).

This single-authored monograph provides a cultural analysis of the staging of medieval spaces in popular comics and graphic novels, and contextualizes this against the staging of space in medieval visual and literary sources.

 

“The Medievalist Simulacra of Kafka’s The Castle in Graphic Adaptations” in Medievalisms in a Global Age. Eds Angela Jane Weisl a Robert Squillace, (Boydell & Brewer: 2024).

This chapter examines the received visualization of historic spaces in a single text across international interpretations of medieval space. Each interpretation is contextualized within its own cultural habitus has historical heritage, which determines the graphics.

 

“Rubric and Metrics for Peer Reviewing Research Comics,” The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship Vol. 13 No. 1 (2023).

This single-authored article presents an outline for more ethical peer review practices evaluating the visual plane of research comics. The results also included a rubric to act as an easy-to-use tool for both peer reviewers and readers of academic comics, an innovative solution to fill the gap of guidelines for peer reviewing research comics.  

 

“Framing the Embodied Journalist,” Coauthored with  Stuart Medley, Sur le journalisme, Vol. 12 No. 2 (2023): Graphic Journalism: 71–87.

This illustrated, co-authored article examines the ethics behind illustration the journalist within a report or journalistic comics as a question of positionality and narrative, and presents options for more ethical journalistic comics practices.

 

“The Graphic ‘I’ in Research Comics,” INKS The Journal of the Comics Studies Society, Vol 7 No. 2 (2023): 150–167.

This single-authored article examines the ethics behind illustration of the research within an academic or didactic comics as a question of positionality and narrative and outlines best practice for the visualisation of the author in research comics.

 

 “History in Comics: Choice and Ethics,” Conference at Palacky University, 2022. 

This international conference hosted over 40 participants from four continents to engage on the topic of the representation of history in comics, and the ethical implication of those choices, as the first conference of its kind.

Curriculum Vitae (Czech language version below)

Professional Summary

As a researcher, illustrator, and public science communicator, I combine my training in fine arts with the fields of cultural analysis, narratology and religious history to explore new directions in the history of popular image and space and medieval studies. In addition to teaching and experimenting with arts-based research methodologies, I organize interdisciplinary and international opportunities for collaboration and seek to build bridges across specializations.

 

Education

2020                             Ph.D. from the Department of English and American Studies, Palacký University Olomouc, Faculty of Arts, Czech Republic. 

2013                             Mgr. double Major from the Departments of History and Latin Philology, Palacký University Olomouc, Faculty of Arts, Czech Republic. 

2008                            B.A. in Medieval Studies, Smith College, Massachusetts, USA.

2003                             Denver School of the Arts, Denver, Colorado: double major with honors, music (bassoon) and fine arts.

 

Dissertation and thesis work

Seeing the Middle Ages Through Transnational Lenses in American Comics and Graphic Novels (Advisor: Prof. Marcel Arbeit). Dissertation, Palacký University Olomouc, Faculty of Arts, 2020.

Reactions to the establishment of mendicant orders in Central Europe during the 13th century (Advisor: Doc. Jan Stejskal). Thesis work, Palacký University Olomouc, Faculty of Arts, 2013.

 

Current position

2019–present                 Assistant Professor Department of English and American Studies, FF Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic.

 

Employment (selected)

2016–present     Proofreader, copyeditor

2016–2020          Lecturer in English Language, Language Centre (formerly “Department of Applied Linguistics”), FF UPOL.

2015–2016           Lecturer, Department of History, FF UPOL. Undergraduate seminars “Monasticism in Context” and “Hagiography,” teaching in Czech language.

2010–2013           Project Assistant, Lakota Language Consortium, Bloomington, IL, USA. Lakhotiya Woglaka Po! Textbook series and the New Lakhota                                                  Dictionary.

 

Recent International Collaborations

2020-2023        Erasmus+ Key Action, Blended Intensive Program: “History in Comics.” 

I organized a team of experts in the field: Barbara Postema, Eszter Szép, Dragoş Manea, Mihaela Precup, and Johannes Schmid. The project held three informal colloquia, one international conference, one week-long workshop for Mgr. and Ph.D. students with partner universities Comenius University Bratislava and University of Graz.

 

Current International Collaborations

With John Miers (Kingston School of Art,), Ian Horton (University of the Arts London): Special issue of the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, “Drawing Conclusions: The Rise of Research Comics,” which will lead to the first comics-formatted issue of the journal.

With Johannes Babbe (University of Flensburg), Charlotte Lerg (University of Munich): Collective monograph HistorioGRAPHICS: Framing the Past through Comics (Routledge, expected in 2025), which explores global methodologies for analyzing topics from history using comics as a primary source.

With Amy Matthewson (University of Hull): “Comprehending Comics” international conference (September 2024) dedicated to the methodological concerns of applying image-based research to the social sciences and history.

 

Functions & membership in academic & non-academic bodies

Academic Associations Memberships

  • Comics Studies Society
  • Czech and Slovak Association of American Studies
  • Medieval Academy of America
  • International Society for the Study of Medievalism

Other committees

  • Two terms in the Research Ethics Committee FF UPOL (2021-present)
  • Vice-chairwoman of the faculty Senate FF UPOL (2020-2023)
  • International liaison for the executive board of the International Society for the Study of Medievalism (2024-present)
  • IGA grant evaluation committee member

 

Academic publications

Medieval Space in Comics: Affect and Ideology, (Palgrave Macmillan: expected September 2024).

“The Medievalist Simulacra of Kafka’s The Castle in Graphic Adaptations” in Medievalisms in a Global Age. Eds Angela Jane Weisl a Robert Squillace, (Boydell & Brewer: 2024).

“Rubric and Metrics for Peer Reviewing Research Comics,” The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship Vol. 13 No. 1 (2023).

“Framing the Embodied Journalist,” Sur le journalisme, Vol. 12 No. 2 (2023): Graphic Journalism: 71–87. Coauthored with Stuart Medley.

“The Graphic ‘I’ in Research Comics,” INKS The Journal of the Comics Studies Society, Vol 7 No. 2 (2023): 150–167.

“Visualizing the Author.” The Journal of the Comics Studies Society Vol. 7 No. 2 (2023): 168–173.

“Medievalist Comic Book Characters and Their Feminist Readers.” In 21st Century Medievalisms: Between The Global And Individual. Ed. Karl Christian Alvestad (Trivent, 2023).

“Nuns in Action: A Graphic Investigation into a Graphic Issue.” Comics Grid-Journal of Comics Scholarship Vol. 10 (2020): 1–10.

“Permission for Brutality.” Antae Journal Vol. 7 No. 1 (2020): 56–71.

“Antimendicancy in Central Europe and bishop Robert of Olomouc in historiography.” Mediaevalia Historica Bohemica Vol. 18 No. 2. (2015): 69–93.

“Nuns Having Fun: Popular Graphic Representations of a Historical Issue,” in Where Is History Today? New Ways of Representing the Past. Eds Ian Christie and Marcel Arbeit, (Palacky University Press, 2015).

 

Presentations at international conferences

Considering the Publication Cycle of Research Comics. 2024. Conference Paper. Third International Conference of Scuola Democratica. Cagliari, Italy. 03.–06.06.2024.

Saving the Day at Kalamazoo: Finding Comics for Medievalist Research and Teaching.  Workshop. 59th International Congress on Medieval Studies. Kalamazoo, USA. 09.–11.05.2024.

Better Teaching through Comics. 2023. Conference Paper. Better Living Through Comics The 2023 Joint Conference of the International Graphic Novel & Comics and the International Bande Dessinée Society. Cambridge, UK.  03.–07.07.2023 

Peer review for research comics. 2023. 9th Ethnography and Qualitative Research Conference. Trento, Italy. 07.–10.06. 2023.  

Covens, Convents, and Medievalist Girl Gangs. 2023. Conference Paper. Nextcomic festival 2023 “Fr / Enemy mine – Enmity and Friendship in comics,” Linz, Austria, 10.–13.03.2023.

Medieval warfare as aesthetic hyperobject in comics. 2023. Conference Paper. Historiographics: Framing the Past in Comics International Conference, Americahaus, Munich, Germany, 15.–17.06.2023.

The Bikini that Wouldn’t Die. 2023. Conference Paper. Comics Forum 2023: Reboots & Remediations,   Leeds Central Library, UK, 09.–10.11.2023.

The Planet of Knights on Shining Space Dragons. 2023. Conference Paper. The Medieval in Cyberspace,      Kent State University at Trumbull, Ohio, USA, 26.–2810.2023.

Fabricated Historicity in Graphic Appropriations of Edgar Allan Poe’s Classics. 2022. Conference Paper. 53rd Northeast Modern Language Association Convention, John Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA, 10.–13.03.2022.

What Hides Behind Authenticity in Medievalist Comics. 2022. Conference Paper. International Graphic Novel and Comics Conference, Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Ireland, 29.06–01.07.2022.

Medievalist Built Spaces in Sequential Art. 2021. Conference Paper. Medievalism Today: 36th Annual Conference on Medievalism, Delta College, Michigan, USA, 04.–06.11.2021.

Race War and Weapons of Mass Destruction: How Monstress Imagines a Post-apocalyptic Dark Ages. 2021. Conference Paper. Conference of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, 11.–14.11.2021

The Graphic ‘I’ in Academic Comics. 2021. Conference Paper. Comfor Annual Conference 2021: “Coherence In Comics,” Universität Salzburg, Austria, 14.–16.10.2021.

Nuns, Witches, Wenches and the Medievalist World. 2019. Conference Paper. Joint International Conference of Graphic Novels, Comics and Bande Dessineés, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK, 24.–28.06.2019.

Propaganda repeats itself: Medievalism in Alt-right comics. 2019. Conference Paper. Joint International Conference of Graphic Novels, Comics and Bande Dessineés, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, Ireland, 16.-–18.07.2019.

History As The Cloak Of Subversion – A Transnational, Transgenerational Conversation. 2018. Conference Paper. Retro! Time, Memory, Nostalgia: The Ninth International Graphic Novel And Comics Conference. Bournemouth University, Bournemouth, UK. 27.–29.06.2018.

Medievalism Made Me Do It: The Feedback Loop of Brutality in Comics. 2018. Conference Paper. EUPOP, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic 24.–26.07.2018.

The Transmission of Medievalism in American and Czech Underground Comics. 2017. Conference Paper. 28th Annual Conference on American Literature, Boston, MA, USA 25.–28.05.2017.

 

Academic exchange abroad

2022 Paris Lodron University of Salzburg, Austria, CEEPUS Freemover, 1-week, 6 teaching hours.

2019 University of Helsinki, Finland, Erasmus mobility for faculty, 1-week, 8 teaching hours.

 

Conferences and Workshops – Organizing

“History in Comics” Writing Workshop, 2023. Co-organized with Ivan Čipkár.

“History in Comics: Choice and Ethics,” Conference, Palacký University, 2022. Co-organized with Ivan Čipkár.

“23rd International Colloquium of American Studies / Biennial Conference of the Czech and Slovak Association for American Studies.”Conference, Palacký University, 2021. Co-organized with Michal Peprník.

“Biennial Conference of the Czech and Slovak Association for American Studies.” Conference, Palacký University, 2019. Co-organized with Michal Peprník.

“The English Drama group.” Workshop, 2019. Co-organized with Joanna Sio and David Livingstone.

 

Grants and projects

2024–2027     Erasmus+ Key Action, Blended Intensive Program: “History in Comics II.” 

2024                 Internal grant for faculty mobility (incoming)

2023                 Internal grant for faculty mobility (incoming)

2022–2023     S1 Internal grant for research, “New methods – comics based research”

2022                 IGA, “American comics studies: Choices in ethics and embodiment” 

2020–2023     Erasmus+ Key Action, Blended Intensive Program: “History in Comics.”

                    

Courses (since the year 2000)

KAA/BIS1(Bc) Diploma Seminar 1

KAA/AAHI (Bc) English and American History

KAA/BS1H (Bc) British History           

KAA/AS1H (Bc) American History

KAA/AML1 (Bc) American Literature 1880-1945         

KAA/AS2M (Bc) Modern American Society     

KAA/KAL1 (Bc) Introduction to comics and graphic novels

KAA/MIS1 (MA) Diploma Seminar 1   

KAA/KAL2 (MA) Chapters in Modern American Literature: Medievalism

KHI/EMS (M.A.) Methodology Seminar (Arts-Based Research)

PdF UPOL Summer School – Communication of Culture and History through Comics

 

Advising thesis works

2024 Bachelors theses:

  • Multimodal Portrayal of Queen Victoria in The Bulletin Magazine (Karolína Chybová)
  • Visual Narrative in Watchmen (Lukáš Pánek)
  • The Analysis of Theological and Philosophical Aspects of T. S. Eliot’s Ash-Wednesday (Terézia Uhrová)

2024 Masters theses:

  • Nonbinary Bodies in Contemporary Fantasy and Sci-fi Comics (Věra Ocisková)
  • Here Still Be Dragons: A Case for A Supernatural Reading of the Weird Canon (Jindřich Pastorek)
  • Transformation of the Horror Mode in the Context of New Media: Unveiling the Immersive Journey of the Digital Horror (Lada Prokešová)

2023 Bachelors theses:

  • The depiction of religious themes in American thrillers and horrors (Nikola Michalčáková)
  • Narrative in the game Dear Esther through the lenses of Reader-Response theory (Štěpán Václavík)

2023 Masters theses:

  • American Quirky Novel in the 21st Century (Kristína Granátová)
  • Youth Culture and Problems in Graphic Novels (Tereza Seidlová)
  • The Usage of a Fable in Gene Luen Yang’s Graphic Novel (Inés Mária Švajlenková)
  • The ‘Others’ in Post-Brexit Britain (Esther Van Der Veen)

2022 Bachelors theses:

  • Medievalist man-made space in The Lord of the Rings and A Song of Ice and Fire (Adéla Koblihová)
  • The Sublime in the Works of H.P. Lovecraft (Jindřich Pastorek)
  • The Influence of Objects in Joe Hill’s Locke & Key (Alina Maksimav)

2022 Masters theses:

  • Re-narrativization of In Cold Blood by Truman Capote and The Collector by John Fowles (Lenka Jirušová)

2021 Bachelors theses:

  • Feminism in Suzanne Collins’s Trilogy The Hunger Games (Veronika Němečková)
  • The Great Depression and working-class in novels by John Steinbeck (Tereza Kurfürstová)
  • Disabled Superheroes: What effects did the representation of the resilient and disabled superheroes have on people facing similar problems and on the normalization of the issues concerning disability? (Adéla Urbanová)
  • Character tropes in children’s literature with LGBTQ themes published between the years 1980 and 2000 (Věra Ocisková)
  • The new internet phenomenon: short horror stories written by amateur writers (Lada Prokešová)

 

Communication with the public in the field of science

 


CZECH LANGUAGE VERSION

 

Odborný přehled

Jako výzkumník, ilustrátor a komunikátor vědy, spojuji své vzdělání v oblasti výtvarného umění s obory kulturní analýzy, naratologie a náboženské historie, bych zkoumala nové směry v dějinách populárního obrazu, prostoru a ve studiích středověku. Kromě výuky a experimentování s metodologiemi výzkumu založenými na umění organizuji mezioborové a mezinárodní příležitosti ke spolupráci a snažím se budovat mosty napříč specializacemi.

 

Vzdělávání

2020                             Ph.D. Katedry anglistiky a amerikanistiky Filozofické fakulty Univerzity Palackého v Olomouci, ČR

2013                             Mgr. dvouoborové navazující studium Katedry klasické filologie a Katedry historie (obecné dějiny) Filozofické fakulty Univerzity Palackého v Olomouci, ČR

2008                             B.A. ve středověkých studiích, Smith College, Massachusetts, USA 

2003                           Denver School of the Arts, Denver, Colorado: dvouoborové studium diplom s vyznamenáním, hudba (hra na fagot) a výtvarné umění.

Seeing the Middle Ages Through Transnational Lenses in American Comics and Graphic Novels (Vedoucí: Prof. Marcel Arbeit). Disertační práce, Univerzita Palackého v Olomouci, Filozofická fakulta, 2020.

Reakce na aložení mendikantských řádů ve střední Evropě během 13. století (Vedoucí: Doc. Jan Stejskal). Diplomová práce, Univerzita Palackého v Olomouci, Filozofická fakulta, 2013.

 

Současná pozice

2019 – současnost          Odborná asistenkta na Katedře anglistiky a amerikanistiky, Filozofické fakulty Univerzity Palackého v Olomouci, ČR

 

Zaměstnání (vybrané)

2019–přítomnost           Odborná asistentka, Katedra anglistiky a amerikanistiky, FF UPOL

2016–přítomnost           Korektorka, překladatelka

2015–2016                    Lektorka, Katedra historie, FF UPOL. Bakalářské semináře “Monasticismus v souvislostech” a “Hagiografie,” výuka v češtině.

2015                             Tvůrce kurzu a instruktorka: historické komiksy, Erasmus Mundus Masters of Arts, IP 2015, Olomouc, Czech Republic.

2010–2013                    Projektová asistentka, Lakota Language Consortium, Bloomington, IL, USA. Učebnice Lakhotiya Woglaka Po!, Nový lakotský slovník New Lakhota Dictionary.

 

Vybrané nejnovější vědecké práce

 

Medieval Space in Comics: Affect and Ideology, (Palgrave Macmillan: předpokládaný 2024). 

Tato monografie podává kulturní analýzu inscenování středověkého prostoru v populárních komiksech a grafických románech a dává je do souvislosti s inscenováním prostoru ve středověkých vizuálních a literárních pramenech.

 

“The Medievalist Simulacra of Kafka’s The Castle in Graphic Adaptations” in Medievalisms in a Global Age. Eds Angela Jane Weisl a Robert Squillace, (Boydell & Brewer: 2024).

Tato kapitola zkoumá přijímanou vizualizaci historických prostor v textu napříč mezinárodními interpretacemi středověkého prostoru. Každá interpretace je kontextualizována v rámci vlastního kulturního habitu má historické dědictví, které určuje grafiku.

Tento článek, jehož pisatelem je jeden autor, zde představuji nástin etičtějších postupů recenzního řízení při hodnocení vizuální roviny výzkumných komiksů. Součástí výsledků je také rubrika, která má sloužit jako snadno použitelný nástroj pro recenzenty i čtenáře akademických komiksů, což je inovativní řešení, které má zaplnit mezeru v pokynech pro recenzování výzkumných komiksů.   

“Framing the Embodied Journalist,” Sur le journalisme, Vol. 12 No. 2 (2023): Graphic Journalism: 71–87. Spoluautorství s Stuartem Medleym.

Tento ilustrovaný článek ve spoluautorství zkoumá etiku ilustrací novináře v reportáži nebo novinářském komiksu jako otázku pozicionality a narativu, představuje možnosti etičtější novinářské komiksové praxe.

 

“The Graphic ‘I’ in Research Comics,” INKS The Journal of the Comics Studies Society, Vol 7 No. 2 (2023): 150–167. 

Tento jednoautorský článek zkoumá etiku ilustrace výzkumu v akademickém nebo didaktickém komiksu jako otázku pozicionality a narativity a nastiňuje osvědčené postupy pro vizualizaci autora ve výzkumném komiksu. 

 

 “History in Comics: Choice and Ethics,” konference u Univerzity Palackého, 2022. 

Tato mezinárodní konference hostila více než 40 účastníků ze čtyř kontinentů, kteří se jako první svého druhu zabývali tématem zobrazení historie v komiksu a etickými důsledky těchto rozhodnutí.

 

Nejnovější projekty

2020-2023        Erasmus+ Key Action, Blended Intensive Program: “History in Comics.” 

Zorganizovala jsem tým odborníků oboru: Barbara Postema, Eszter Szép, Dragoş Manea, Mihaela Precup a Johannes Schmid. V rámci projektu se uskutečnila tři neformální kolokvia, jedna mezinárodní konference, jeden týdenní workshop pro studenty Mgr. a PhD. s partnerskými univerzitami Univerzitou Komenského v Bratislavě a Univerzitou v Grazu.

 

Současná mezinárodní spolupráce

John Miers (Kingston School of Art,) a Ian Horton (University of the Arts London): Speciální vydání časopisu Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, “Drawing Conclusions: The Rise of Research Comics.” (“Vyvození závěrů: Vzestup výzkumných komiksů”.)

Johannes Babbe (University of Flensburg) a Charlotte Lerg (University of Munich): Kolektivní monografie HistorioGRAPHICS: Framing the Past through Comics (Routledge, expected in 2025), která se zabývá globálními metodami analýzy historických témat s využitím komiksu jako primárního zdroje.

Amy Matthewson (University of Hull): “Comprehending Comics” mezinárodní konference (září 2024) věnovaná metodologickým otázkám aplikace výzkumu založeného na obrazech v sociálních vědách a historii.

 

Funkce a členství v akademických a dalších orgánech

Vědecká společnost

  • Comics Studies Society
  • Česká a Slovenská asociace amerikanistů
  • Medieval Academy of America
  • International Society for the Study of Medievalism

Jiné komise a orgány

  • Dvě funkční období v etické komisi pro výzkum (2021 – současnost)
  • Místopředsedkyně fakultního senátu (2020-2023)
  • Mezinárodní kontaktní osoba pro výkonnou radu Mezinárodní společnosti pro studium středověku (2024-současnost)

 

Vědecké práce

Medieval Space in Comics: Affect and Ideology, (Palgrave Macmillan: předpokládaný 2024). 

“The Medievalist Simulacra of Kafka’s The Castle in Graphic Adaptations” in Medievalisms in a Global Age. Eds Angela Jane Weisl a Robert Squillace, (Boydell & Brewer: 2024).

“Rubric and Metrics for Peer Reviewing Research Comics,” The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship Vol. 13 No. 1 (2023).

“Framing the Embodied Journalist,” Sur le journalisme, Vol. 12 No. 2 (2023): Graphic Journalism: 71–87. Spoluautorství s Stuartem Medleym.

“The Graphic ‘I’ in Research Comics,” INKS The Journal of the Comics Studies Society, Vol 7 No. 2 (2023): 150–167. 

“Visualizing the Author.” The Journal of the Comics Studies Society Vol. 7 No. 2 (2023): 168–173.

“Medievalist Comic Book Characters and Their Feminist Readers.” In 21st Century Medievalisms: Between The Global And Individual. Ed. Karl Christian Alvestad (Trivent, 2023).

“Nuns in Action: A Graphic Investigation into a Graphic Issue.” Comics Grid-Journal of Comics Scholarship Vol. 10 (2020): 1–10.

“Permission for Brutality.” Antae Journal Vol. 7 No. 1 (2020): 56–71.

“Antimendicancy in Central Europe and bishop Robert of Olomouc in historiography.” Mediaevalia Historica Bohemica Vol. 18 No. 2. (2015): 69–93.

“Nuns Having Fun: Popular Graphic Representations of a Historical Issue,” in Where Is History Today? New Ways of Representing the Past. Eds Ian Christie and Marcel Arbeit, (Palacky University Press, 2015).

 

Konference, Workshop – Uspořádání

“History in Comics” Writing Workshop. 2023. Spoluřešitel Ivan Čipkár.

“History in Comics: Choice and Ethics,” konference u Univerzity Palackého, 2022. Spoluřešitel Ivan Čipkár.

“23rd International Colloquium of American Studies / Biennial Conference of the Czech and Slovak Association for American Studies.” 2021. Spoluřešitel Michal Peprník.

“Biennial Conference of the Czech and Slovak Association for American Studies.” 2019. Spoluřešitel Michal Peprník.

“The English Drama group.” 2019. Spoluřešitele Joanna Sio a David Livingstone.

 

Prezentace na mezinárodních konferencích 

Considering the Publication Cycle of Research Comics. 2024. Conference Paper. Third International Conference of Scuola Democratica. Cagliari, Italy. 03.–06.06.2024.

Saving the Day at Kalamazoo: Finding Comics for Medievalist Research and Teaching.  Workshop. 59th International Congress on Medieval Studies. Kalamazoo, USA. 09.–11.05.2024.

Better Teaching through Comics. 2023. Conference Paper. Better Living Through Comics The 2023 Joint Conference of the International Graphic Novel & Comics and the International Bande Dessinée Society. Cambridge, UK.  03.–07.07.2023 

Peer review for research comics. 2023. 9th Ethnography and Qualitative Research Conference. Trento, Italy. 07.–10.06. 2023.  

Covens, Convents, and Medievalist Girl Gangs. 2023. Conference Paper. Nextcomic festival 2023 “Fr / Enemy mine – Enmity and Friendship in comics,” Linz, Austria, 10.–13.03.2023.

Medieval warfare as aesthetic hyperobject in comics. 2023. Conference Paper. Historiographics: Framing the Past in Comics International Conference, Americahaus, Munich, Germany, 15.–17.06.2023.

The Bikini that Wouldn’t Die. 2023. Conference Paper. Comics Forum 2023: Reboots & Remediations,   Leeds Central Library, UK, 09.–10.11.2023.

The Planet of Knights on Shining Space Dragons. 2023. Conference Paper. The Medieval in Cyberspace,      Kent State University at Trumbull, Ohio, USA, 26.–2810.2023.

Fabricated Historicity in Graphic Appropriations of Edgar Allan Poe’s Classics. 2022. Conference Paper. 53rd Northeast Modern Language Association Convention, John Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA, 10.–13.03.2022.

What Hides Behind Authenticity in Medievalist Comics. 2022. Conference Paper. International Graphic Novel and Comics Conference, Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Ireland, 29.06–01.07.2022.

Medievalist Built Spaces in Sequential Art. 2021. Conference Paper. Medievalism Today: 36th Annual Conference on Medievalism, Delta College, Michigan, USA, 04.–06.11.2021.

Race War and Weapons of Mass Destruction: How Monstress Imagines a Post-apocalyptic Dark Ages. 2021. Conference Paper. Conference of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, 11.–14.11.2021

The Graphic ‘I’ in Academic Comics. 2021. Conference Paper. Comfor Annual Conference 2021: “Coherence In Comics,” Universität Salzburg, Austria, 14.–16.10.2021.

Nuns, Witches, Wenches and the Medievalist World. 2019. Conference Paper. Joint International Conference of Graphic Novels, Comics and Bande Dessineés, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK, 24.–28.06.2019.

Propaganda repeats itself: Medievalism in Alt-right comics. 2019. Conference Paper. Joint International Conference of Graphic Novels, Comics and Bande Dessineés, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, Ireland, 16.-–18.07.2019.

History As The Cloak Of Subversion – A Transnational, Transgenerational Conversation. 2018. Conference Paper. Retro! Time, Memory, Nostalgia: The Ninth International Graphic Novel And Comics Conference. Bournemouth University, Bournemouth, UK. 27.–29.06.2018.

Medievalism Made Me Do It: The Feedback Loop of Brutality in Comics. 2018. Conference Paper. EUPOP, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic 24.–26.07.2018.

The Transmission of Medievalism in American and Czech Underground Comics. 2017. Conference Paper. 28th Annual Conference on American Literature, Boston, MA, USA 25.–28.05.2017.

 

Pobyty v zahranici

2022 Paris Lodron University of Salzburg, Rakousko, CEEPUS Freemover, 1-týden, 6 vyučovací hodin.

2019 University of Helsinki, Finsko, Erasmus mobility pro zaměstnace, 1-týden, 8 vyučovací hodin.

 

Projekty, grantové soutěži

2024–2027        Erasmus+ Key Action, Blended Intensive Program: “History in Comics II.” 

2024                 Podpora na zahraniční mobilitu akademických pracovníků (incoming).

2023                 Podpora na zahraniční mobilitu akademických pracovníků (incoming). 

2022–2023        S1 Podpora přípravy vědeckých výstupů, “Nové metody – comics based research.”

2022                 IGA, “Americká komiksová studia: Volby a etika v zobrazení.”

2020–2023        Erasmus+ Key Action, Blended Intensive Program: “History in Comics.” 

                      

Kurzy (od roku 2000)

KAA/BIS1(Bc)  Diploma Seminar 1

KAA/AAHI  (Bc) Anglické a americké dějiny

KAA/BS1H  (Bc) Britské dějiny

KAA/AS1H  (Bc) Americké dějiny

KAA/AML1 (Bc) Americká literatura 1880-1945           

KAA/AS2M (Bc)  Moderní americká společnost

KAA/KAL1 (Bc) Úvod do komiksů a grafických románů

KAA/MIS1 (Mgr.) Diploma Seminar 1 

KAA/KAL2 (Mgr.) Kapitoly z moderní americké literatury: Medievalism

KHI/EMS (Mgr.) Metodologický seminář (výzkum založený na umění)

PdF UPOL Letní škola – Komunikace kultury a historie prostřednictvím komiksů

 

Vedení theses a diplomové práce

2024 Bakalářská práce:

  • Multimodal Portrayal of Queen Victoria in The Bulletin Magazine (Karolína Chybová)
  • Visual Narrative in Watchmen (Lukáš Pánek)
  • The Analysis of Theological and Philosophical Aspects of T. S. Eliot’s Ash-Wednesday (Terézia Uhrová)

2024 Diplomová práce:

  • Nonbinary Bodies in Contemporary Fantasy and Sci-fi Comics (Věra Ocisková)
  • Here Still Be Dragons: A Case for A Supernatural Reading of the Weird Canon (Jindřich Pastorek)
  • Transformation of the Horror Mode in the Context of New Media: Unveiling the Immersive Journey of the Digital Horror (Lada Prokešová)

2023 Bakalářská práce:

  • The depiction of religious themes in American thrillers and horrors (Nikola Michalčáková)
  • Narrative in the game Dear Esther through the lenses of Reader-Response theory (Štěpán Václavík)

2023 Diplomová práce:

  • American Quirky Novel in the 21st Century (Kristína Granátová)
  • Youth Culture and Problems in Graphic Novels (Tereza Seidlová)
  • The Usage of a Fable in Gene Luen Yang’s Graphic Novel (Inés Mária Švajlenková)
  • The ‘Others’ in Post-Brexit Britain (Esther Van Der Veen)

2022 Bakalářská práce:

  • Medievalist man-made space in The Lord of the Rings and A Song of Ice and Fire (Adéla Koblihová)
  • The Sublime in the Works of H.P. Lovecraft (Jindřich Pastorek)
  • The Influence of Objects in Joe Hill’s Locke & Key (Alina Maksimav)

2022 Diplomová práce:

  • Re-narrativization of In Cold Blood by Truman Capote and The Collector by John Fowles (Lenka Jirušová)

2021 Bakalářská práce:

  • Feminism in Suzanne Collins’s Trilogy The Hunger Games (Veronika Němečková)
  • The Great Depression and working-class in novels by John Steinbeck (Tereza Kurfürstová)
  • Disabled Superheroes: What effects did the representation of the resilient and disabled superheroes have on people facing similar problems and on the normalization of the issues concerning disability? (Adéla Urbanová)
  • Character tropes in children’s literature with LGBTQ themes published between the years 1980 and 2000 (Věra Ocisková)
  • The new internet phenomenon: short horror stories written by amateur writers (Lada Prokešová)

 

Komunikace s veřejností v oblasti vědy

  • Odborný host na České televize (v českém jazyce).
  • Veřejná akademická debata, později šířená jako podcast s názvem „Amerika na rozcestí“ (v českém jazyce).
  • Inicioval kanál Comics and Graphic Novels v podcastu New Books Network, kde se v současné době konají rozhovory s komiksovými vědci, které upozorňují na jejich výzkum pro veřejnost.
  • Ilustrátor webových stránek ScholarshipinShort.com, které prezentují výzkum a vědeckou práci v komiksové podobě.
  • Učast na Noc Vědců.