Visual Research Methods - Comics

Code: , Offered By: Social Sciences DTP

Social Sciences Researchers Only

Participants are introduced to various approaches to researching comics. We look at how comics can be used to carry out research, and then how they are used to communicate research findings. We consider how comics provide ways of critical thinking and explaining complex ideas to diverse audiences. We also look at ways of actually doing research on and with comics as communicative objects that intersect with different cultural contexts. There is a strong practical element throughout: everyone will make comics to explore these aspects.


The day is divided between presentations from comics researchers and practical drawing exercises/workshops. Each section focuses on specific approaches to doing research through or with comics. Participants will be encouraged to critically reflect on these methods and will leave with a broad understanding of possible approaches to working with comics. It should be fun and thoughtful!


All participants are asked to read a short journal article and be prepared to discuss it: Muna Al-Jawad’s 2013 paper 'Comics are Research: Graphic Narratives as a New Way of Seeing Clinical Practice' from Journal of Medical Humanities (URL:

Other Information

This is a one day course for Social Science PhD students only.

Places are limited. It is important that if you register for this course you must attend.

Course duration 10:00am to 4:30pm

Staff Contact

Dylan Yamada-Rice  


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