See some of our events listed below.
Buenos Aires 2022
In June 2022 the research team visited Buenos Aires to gather materials for the project. They undertook research in the Biblioteca Nacional, where they also visited the Centro de Historieta y Humor Gráfico. During their stay in the city, they also visited the CEDINCI, the comics bookstore Punc, and met with Lucía Brutta, one of the project artists.
In August 2022, the Researchers and Artists of CORALA held their first meeting in the city of Lima, Peru. For one week the team met in Espacio los Únicos with the aim of discussing how comics have reproduced and engaged with discourses of race in Latin America. The activities carried out by the team aimed to encourage the exchange of knowledge and experiences of each of its members.
- Racial Histories in Latin America
- Historical contexts in Colombia, Peru and Argentina
- Approaches and questions about the material culture of Peruvian fanzines
- Adventure comics
- Comics made for the bicentennial of Peru
- Comic as a collaborative practice. Workshop for for cultural facilitators (reading wichí / Spanish)
- Editing a collective fanzine
The research team also carried out archival research, held informal talks with the comic community in Lima and participated in academic talks with Peruvian universities and researchers.
Archives and collections visited:
- Collection Espacio los Únicos
- Personal collection Sara la Torre
- Personal collection Carla Sagástegui Heredia
- Biblioteca Nacional del Perú
- Instituto Bartolomé de las Casas IBC
- Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú: Round Table on comics, history and racial identities in conversation with Carla Sagástegui
As result, three fanzines were produced by the team and a public zine showcase was organized in collaboration with Espacio Los Únicos.
In March 2023, Researchers and Artists of CORALA held their second meeting in Colombia. After a few days in Bogotá, the team travelled to Cali to discuss research findings and socialize the zines created by the artists. As part of the research trip and in partnership with the Banco de la República and the comic platform Entreviñetas, a series of public activities focused on Colombian comics and racialized subjects were organized.
- Meeting with local artists at the Banco de la República Cali.
Workshops at the Nuevo Latir Cultural Center & Public Library:
- Comics and Wichí culture
- Music and comics
- The memory portraits project
- Skin Colour Workshop
- Asian communities and comics in Peru
- Comics from the Bicentennial collection of the Ministry of Culture of Peru
The research team also carried out archival research, interviews with comic artists and academic talks in collaboration with universities and researchers in Cali and Bogotá.
Archives and collections:
- Entreviñetas Comics Collection
- National Library of Colombia
- Collection of Fanzines Banco de la República Cali
- Center for Research in Popular Education CINEP
- UNAL: The representation of racial difference in Latin American comics
- Universidad de Valle: Documentary/journalistic cartoon and ethnic-racial identities in conversation with Colectivo Leche
- ICESI: Racialized Identities in Literature and Comics in Colombia in conversation with Velia Vidal
On January 25 and 26, 2024, the CORALA team will hold an academic conference on Comics and Race in Latin America at The University of Manchester. The conference will explore how comics have engaged with racist and anti-racist discourses. Despite legislative advances and growing awareness that racism is a widespread problem, Latin America is still shaped by persistent racial hierarchies, often obscured by celebrations of mestizaje and multiculturalism.
The CFP invites the academic community to participate with presentations on all topics related to racialized identities and comics anywhere in Latin America, including papers that address, among other topics the following questions:
- how do artists use comics to address race in different ways?
- How have depictions of race in comics changed over time?
- Are approaches similar or do they differ across the region?
- How does the treatment of race in Latin American comics compare to comics from other parts of the globe?
- And, ultimately, how might comics help us imagine and enable anti-racist discourses?
If you want to know more about the CFP please download the document
- ‘“When our voices go silent”: Webcomics and Memory in the Ecuadorian Amazon’. 6th World Conference of the International Federation for Public History (IFPH2022) Berlin, Freie Universität, 16-20 August 2022.
- ‘Domitila in Transit: Comics, Popular Education, and Liberation Theology in Colombia and Peru (1970-1980)’. HistorioGRAPHICS: Framing the Past in Comics, Munich, Germany, 15-17 June 2023.
- Between “chinos” and “palomillas”: Comics, Race and Childhood in Colombia and Peru (1920-1940)Comics, the Children and Childishness conference, Ghent University, Belgium, 18-19 September 2023.
- ‘Queering Las Américas: Centring Critically Embodied Social Justice through Art Activism’. Keynote note for Cuiring the Américas: (Dis)Organizing the Body Politic in Latin America. lgbtQ+@cam, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Cambridge, 2023.
- ‘Marcos desdibujados: Un recorrido por la historieta latinoamericana contemporánea’. Escuela Provincial de Bella Artes Tomás Cabrera, Salta, 18 September 2023.
- ‘Tracing the Racial Frontier: Tracing the Racial Frontier: Indigeneity, Development, and Nineteenth-Century Expansionism in Argentine Comics’. HistorioGRAPHICS Conference, Berlin, 16 June 2023.
- ‘Racial Ambiguities: Racism and Anti-Racism in Latin American Comics’. Comics Up Close. University of Manchester, 21 February 2023.