The Mu'taz and Rada Sawwaf Arabic Comics Initiative
The Mu'taz and Rada Sawwaf Arabic Comics Initiative is an academic body for the study of Arabic Comics at the American University of Beirut. It aims to elevate and facilitate the interdisciplinary research of Arabic comics, promote the production, scholarship and teaching of comics, and develop and maintain a repository of Arabic comics literature. The initiative builds on AUB’s rich resources including its diverse body of scholars and professors from various disciplines, its reputation of excellence in the region and its professionally equipped and staffed library with its archiving and digital curating services.
The Initiative will also host an annual conference to promote and advance the field of comics, and to encourage the publication of artistic and scholarly works on comics in the region. The conference will be held in conjunction with the Mahmoud Kahil Award, which will recognize great Arab talents in the field of comics, editorial cartoons and illustration.