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Dr. Erin La Cour holds a PhD from the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, with a thesis entitled “The ‘Graphic Novel’: Discourses on the Archive” (2013). She was project advisor for the sequential art exhibition “Black or White” (Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven 2013) and is a former editor of the Scandinavian Journal of Comic Art and book review editor for Early Popular Visual Culture. She is currently faculty advisor for the creative writing and experimental image/text journal Expanded Field, is a member of the Nordic Network for Comics Research, and is the co-founder and co-director of Amsterdam Comics, an independent research consortium. Erin has co-edited the collections Comics and Power: Representing and Questioning Culture, Subjects, and Communities (Cambridge Scholars 2015), “Comics in Art/Art in Comics” (Image [&] Narrative 2016), "As Slowly as Possible" (ASAP 2019), "Drawing Yourself In and Out of It" (Digressions 2019), Key Terms in Comics Studies (Palgrave Macmillan 2022), and "Graphic Medicine" / Graphic Medicine (biography 2022 / UP Hawai'i 2022). Her current research focuses on both the intermediality and mediality of comics in several socio-historical cultural milieux. Her most recent publications on these topics include “Comics as a Minor Literature” (Image [&] Narrative 2016), “Social Abstraction: Toward Exhibiting Comics as Comics” (UP Liége and La Cinquième Couche 2019), "Alison Bechdel: Dykes to Watch Out For" (De Gruyter 2021), "Vluchtlijnen: Een herpositionering van de Nederlandse strip in (inter)nationaal perspectief” (DW B Literair Tijdschrift 2021) and "Face as Landscape: Refiguring Illness and Disability in David B’s Epileptic" (biography 2022). She is also currently completing her Comenius Teaching Fellowship from the Netherlands Initiative for Education Research, entitled "Opening a Dialogue about Mental Health through Comics and Creative Writing." The results of the project will soon be available at dialoguinghealth.com.


Dr. Erin La Cour holds the Basic and Senior Teaching Qualifications (BKO and SKO) and teaches in the BA programme Literature and Society, the MA programme Literature in a Visual Culture, and the RMA programme Literary Studies. She is also the faculty advisor for the creative writing and experimental image/text journal Expanded Field.

BA Courses:

  • Creative Writing
  • Creative Writing and the Publishing Industry
  • Literature in a Visual Culture

(R)MA Courses:

  • The Graphic Novel
  • Contested Spaces

She also supervises PhD projects and theses on all levels, and is particularly interested in projects about comics, image/texts, (inter)mediality, creative practice, and graphic medicine.

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Academic qualification

Cultural Analysis, PhD, ASCA, University of Amsterdam

Award Date: 11 Jun 2013


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