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To use comics and graphic novels as educational media for intercultural learning in a multicultural context
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Music and Art. (LNUC Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies)
2014 (English)In: 34th World Congress of the International Society for Education through Art (InSEA): abstracts - oral presentations, Melbourne: ICMS Australasia , 2014, 371-371 p.Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Migration is one of the main global issues influencing daily life for people all over the world. Some people even call it one of the big traumas of today (Wiman 2013). At the same time as migration is related to shelter and new possibilities for refugees, it also causes distance from cultural roots and need for adaptation. The newly arrived have much to give to the new cultural context in which they settle down, but they also need to understand the new cultural context and also make themselves understood. When newly arrived immigrants and local residents meet, both fruitful discussions and problematic confrontations may occur. One multicultural meeting place of great importance is the school, where young people can learn about each others way of life and construct intercultural understanding. Comics and graphic novels have in recent years gained a rising interest as media for a great variety of stories. They have often been autobiographical (El Refaie 2012). Famous examples of this phenomenon are Marjane Satrapis Persepolis and Aya from Yopougon by Marguerite Abouet and Clément Oubreire. These stories also tell their readers about the culture they come from, and they can be studied in schools with an intercultural purpose. Pupils in schools can also learn from drawing and writing comics themselves, to tell about their lives and what is important for them. I have studied the use of educational comics in Senegal, West Africa, where students from my university have been staying for field studies in art education, and in Sweden where I live and teach. This presentation will show how comics and graphic novels can be used for educational purposes. I will argue that comics and graphic novels are well suited to be used as educational media in the way that it helps the reader to construct intercultural understanding.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Melbourne: ICMS Australasia , 2014. 371-371 p.
Keyword [en]
Comics, Graphic Novels, intercultural, learning, multicultural
National Category
Art History Educational Sciences
Research subject
Humanities, Art science; Pedagogics and Educational Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-37509OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-37509DiVA: diva2:772416
Conference
InSEA 2014, 34th World Congress of the International Society for Education through Art: "Diversity Through Art - Change, Continuity, Context", Melbourne, Australia, 7-11 July, 2014
Available from: 2014-12-16 Created: 2014-10-07 Last updated: 2015-03-30Bibliographically approved

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