ASL's Gesine Wegner Receives Publication Award for Excellence in Comic Studies

American Studies Leipzig is proud to announce that Gesine Wegner, doctoral fellow at ASL, is the recipient of the 2020 Martin-Schüwer Publication Award for Excellence in Comic Studies. The Martin-Schüwer Prize is presented annually by the Society for Comics Studies (ComFor) and the Committee for Comic Studies (AG Comicforschung) of the German Society of Media Studies (GfM). This year’s award recognizes Wegner’s research article “Reflections on the Boom of Graphic Pathography: The Effects and Affects of Narrating Disability and Illness in Comics” published in the Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies in 2020. The article is available online via the journal’s website.

The judges also made special mention of Joanna Nowotny’s research essay “Repetition oder Revolution? Posthumane Identitätsentwürfe im Superheldencomic der Gegenwart.” Joanna Nowotny is a postdoctoral researcher at the Professur für Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaft at ETH Zürich. Her 2019 essay was published in Closure, e-Journal für Comicforschung and is also accessible online.

We congratulate the laureate Gesine Wegner as well as Joanna Nowotny on their outstanding contributions!

The official award ceremony will take place on October 8, 2020, as part of the annual ComFor Conference 2020, where Gesine Wegner is going to hold a special online lecture introducing her research.