For an overview of the CORALA Conference, held in Manchester in January 2024, please visit CORALA Conference.

For details of the CORALA workshops and other presentations please see the list 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.

Lima 2022

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 

Reading comics:  

  • 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: 

Academic talk: 

As result, three fanzines were produced by the team and a public zine showcase was organized in collaboration with Espacio Los Únicos.

Bogotá/Cali 2023

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. 


Reading comics:  

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: 

Academic talks: 

  • 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 Vida

As part of the outputs of the project six fanzines were produced and a Zine festival was organized in the Obeso Mejía Mansion with the collaboration of the Museo la Tertulia.

Other Talks

Malena Bedoya

  • ‘“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.


Abeyamí Ortega

  • ‘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.


James Scorer

  • ‘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.