American Univesity of Beirut

Online Exhibit: Comics: A very serious Matter- Comics in the Curriculum


The University Libraries, Archives, ​and Special Collections Department, in collaboration with the Sawwaf Comics Initiative at AUB, launches an online exhibit, entitled “Comics: A very serious Matter; Comics in the Curriculum”.

The online exhibit showcases the AUB Libraries’ rich comics collection, and highlights  the great potential and ability that comics have to capture the “pulse of the time”, to support liberal arts curricula at academic institutions by shedding light on many questions, concepts, ideas, historical periods, social and economic issues, power relations, etc. across disciplines: comics and classics; comics and politics; comics and literature; comics and history; comics and gender; comics and urbanism; comics and architecture, etc. Through comics, a plethora of subjects and perspectives open up to educators and students alike, in a novel, engaging, contextual and meaningful manner.

This exhibit focuses on some of these questions from the perspective of Arab comics, digging into the wealth of material afforded to us through our growing University Libraries’ Comics collection, hoping to open up a realm of discovery onto worlds of comics to be enjoyed and to be taken very seriously!

Exhibit Curators: Kaoukab Chebaro and Hana Sleiman.

Acknowledgments: Many thanks go to the Mu’taz and Rada Sawwaf Arabic Comics Initiative for supporting the physical exhibit and the development of our AUB Library comics collection, on which this exhibit is based.

Special thanks go to Ghofran Akil for the long hours she put in the design products, to Sara Jawad for her support in design, to Yasmine Younes for her background research, patience and support; and most of all, to Lina Ghaibeh for her relentless hard work and unwavering support throughout the planning and realization of the exhibit, for her leadership with the Comics Initiative at AUB, and for her contagious enthusiasm and passion for Arab comics!

Click here to read about the initial exhibition that was held in West Hall last spring.

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