Dr Ian Hague, BA (Hons), MA, PhD
Director, Comics Forum
Department of History, University of Chichester; Department of Film and Media Studies, Manchester Metropolitan University
Editorial Board Member, Studies in Comics; Peer Reviewer, The Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics
Committee Member, British Comic Awards 2013
International Bande Dessinée Society member; Popular Cultures Research Network external member
Postal Address: Department of History, University of Chichester, Bishop Otter Campus, College Lane, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 6PE
Biography and Research Interests
Dr Ian Hague is an associate lecturer in the Film and Media Studies department at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), and he has previously worked at the University of Chichester. His teaching and research focuses on cultural and media history. At Chichester he taught on the second year module ‘Comparative micro-histories in contemporary Britain and the USA’, and on the third year module ‘History in the Graphic Novel’. He has also taught on the first year module ‘The Material World: Interpreting Historical Objects and Environments’. His research interests include comics theory, the senses and technology. At MMU he works on the second/third year module ‘Reading the Graphic Novel’.
Ian is the director of Comics Forum (http://comicsforum.org), an annual academic event on comics that takes place in Leeds every November as part of the Thought Bubble sequential art festival (http://thoughtbubblefestival.com). The event aims to promote comics scholarship in the UK and around the world, and brings together a wide variety of speakers and thinkers to discuss the medium.
Ian did his BA in English at the University of Hull (2004-2007), his MA in Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds (2007-2008), and his PhD at Chichester (2008-2012). His PhD research looked at how comic strips and related forms (comic books, graphic novels etc.) engage all of the reader’s senses to communicate information and meaning.
Research interests: comics, graphic novels, materiality, media, senses, technology.
Additional publications are forthcoming.
‘Adapting Watchmen’, Framing Film: Cinema and the Visual Arts, ed. Steven Allen & Laura Hubner, Intellect (2012), pp.37-55.
‘Beyond the Visual: The Roles of the Senses in Contemporary Comics’, Scandinavian Journal of Comic Art 1.1 (2012), pp.96-110.
‘Sketching in Lectures: An Interview with Mel Gibson’, Comics Forum Website (01/06/2012)
‘The Nimble Scholar: An Interview with Chris Murray’, Comics Forum Website (20/03/2012)
‘Interview with Thierry Groensteen’, Studies in Comics 1.2 (2010), pp.359-369.
Conference Papers and Talks
[Forthcoming June 2013] ‘“I do love the smell of that old newsprint”: Smell and Nostalgia in Comics’ presented at the Joint International Comics and International Bande Dessinée Society (IBDS) Conference, University of Glasgow/University of Dundee, 24-28/06/2013.
Invited speaker on student experience panel at The PhD Journey, University of Aberdeen, 05/11/2012.
Invited speaker on concluding roundtable discussion at Transitions 3, Birkbeck, 03/11/2012.
‘Eye Like Comics: Ocularcentrism and the Ideal Perspective in Comics Studies’ presented at the 7th Annual Conference of the Gesellschaft für Comicforschung (Society for Comics Studies), Institute for Media Culture Studies, University of Freiburg, 28/09/2012.
‘Comics and the Senses’ presented at Life Beyond the PhD, Cumberland Lodge, Windsor Great Park, Berkshire, 30/08/2012.
‘Comics Forum: The Plan’ presented at The Third International Comics Conference: Comics Rock, Bournemouth University, 28/06/2012.
‘Comics as a Tactile Medium: Functions of Touch in Experiences of Reading’ presented at First International Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels: Sites of Visual and Textual Innovation, Instituto Franklin – Universidad de Alcalá, 10/11/2011.
‘“Comics is [not] a mono-sensory medium”: multisensory aspects of comics and graphic novels’; guest lecture presented at the University of Dundee, 28/10/2011.
‘Hearing Comics: Sound and Sequential Art’ presented at Joint International Conference of Graphic Novels, Bandes Dessinées and Comics, Manchester Metropolitan University, 05/07/2011. I was also a speaker on the plenary roundtable discussion at this conference.
‘Beyond the Visual: The Roles of the Senses in Contemporary Comics’ presented at Contemporary Comics: A Symposium, University of Copenhagen, 21/05/2010.
‘The Manhattan Perspective: Sequence and Simultaneity in Comics and Film’ presented at Framing Film: Cinema and the Visual Arts, University of Winchester, 06/09/2009.
‘Comics and the Linearity of Time’ presented at Timeframes: The Third Annual Dundee Comics Conference, University of Dundee, 28/06/2009.
Media and Public Appearances
Invited speaker at Cartoon County [Sussex cartoonists’ and comic artists’ organisation], Brighton, 26/03/2012. Available at http://mindlessones.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Ian-Hague.mp3, released 10/09/2012.
Interviewed for ‘In The Gutter: Creating A Comic Book’, Penny Drop Productions (University of Leeds), http://vimeo.com/36073123, released 02/02/2012.
Host of the Northern Sequential Art Competition Award Ceremony at the Thought Bubble sequential art festival 2011 convention, Leeds, 20/11/2011.
Guest on ‘The Thread: The Comic Book Page as a Skin of Drama’ on Resonance 104.4 FM, London, 19/05/2009.
General Editor: Comics Forum website – http://comicsforum.org; established in 2011, the site includes guest articles, columns, conference archives and scholarly resources.
Committee Member: British Comic Awards 2013.
Conference Director: Comics Forum 2013, Leeds, 21-22/11/2013.
Event Director: Comics Forum Presents… Death and the Superhero, Leeds, 25/03/2013.
Conference Director: Comics Forum 2012 (‘Multiculturalism and Representation: A Conference on Comics’), Leeds, 15-16/11/2012.
Event Director: Comics Forum Presents… Comics and Philosophy: From Maus to She-Hulk, Leeds, 29/03/2012.
Conference Director: Comics Forum 2011 (incorporating ‘Sculpture and Comic Art’, ‘Graphic Medicine: Visualizing the Stigma of Illness’, and ‘Materiality and Virtuality: A Conference on Comics’), Leeds, 16-18/11/2011.
Conference Director: Comics Forum 2010 (incorporating ‘Women in Comics II’ and ‘Theory and Practice: A Conference on Comics’), Leeds, 18-19/11/2010.
Conference Director: Research in Progress (Postgraduate Conference), University of Chichester, 15/05/2010.
Conference Director: Possibilities and Perspectives: A Conference on Comics, Leeds, 21/11/2009.