Margareta Wallin Wictorin
I have a PhD in Art History and Visual Studies from the University of Gothenburg, 2004. My dissertation is about graphic art, graphic artists and an artist network active in a modernist field of art, seen from an aesthetic, a cultural-sociological and a gender perspective. From an initial focus on graphic art as material I have extended my research into combinations of word and images, such as popular prints and imagery, press images, book illustrations, comics and graphic novels, and contemporary art, often with educational, feminist and postcolonial perspectives.
Before my present employment at Karlstad University as senior lecturer in Cultural Studies, beginning in the fall of 2015, I had a tenured position as senior lecturer in Art History and Visual Studies, at Linnaeus University in Växjö, Sweden, where I took part in the research program Concurrences –Narrating simultaneous and conflicting voices, a multidisciplinary research project, supported by the Swedish Research Council for the years 2011-2014. I’m still affiliated to Linnaeus University Centre for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies. Within this context I do research on West African comics and graphic novels and contemporary African art, especially about Dak’Art, the Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary African Art in Dakar.
I also do research on methodological and theoretical perspectives on comics, on gaps in the narrative media literature and graphic novels, on comics about migration and on “the Swedish Comics Miracle”, the vibrant contemporary Swedish comics scene where feminist and political subjects are frequently discussed and visualized.
I am a member of the research project ”A multidisciplinary study of feminist comic art”, funded by the Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies 2018-2020. Project leader is Kristy Beers Fägersten, Södertörn University, and members of the group are also Anna Nordenstam, Gothenburg University, Elizabeth Nijdam, University of British Coulmbia, Leena Romu, University of Tampere, José Alaniz, University of Washington.
I am also a member of the research project Contemporary Swedish Feminist Comics as Medium for Political Activism and Critique, funded by the Swedish Research council 2019-2021 (VR2018-01165). Project leader is Anna Nordenstam, University of Gothenburg, and members of the group are also Mike Frangos Linnaeus University, Maria Margareta Österholm Stockholm University and Kristy Beers Fägersten, Södertörn University.
I am a member of KuFo (the culture studies research group), one of Karlstad University's prioritized research groups, since 2015.
I teach and supervise in Cultural Studies and Art History and Visual Studies. Programme coordinator for the Culture, Policy and Management Programme (Kulturvetarprogrammet).
Comic Art and Feminism in the Baltic Sea Region - Transnational Perspectives. Co-editor. Routledge, 2021.
"Feminist Comics - An Expanding Field", page 1-14 in Comics Art and Feminism in the Baltic Sea Region - Transnational Perspectives. Routledge, 2021.
"Swedish Feminist Comics and Cartoons at the Turn of the Millennium: Joanna Rubin Dranger and Åsa Grennvall (Schagerström)", page 17-39 in Comic Art and Feminism in the Baltic Sea Region: Transnational Perspectives, Routledge, 2021.
"Comics Craftivism: Embroidery in Contemporary Swedish Feminist Comics". In: Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, ISSN 2150-4857, E-ISSN 2150-4865. Together with Anna Nordenstam, Full text: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/21504857.2020.1870152
”Women’s Liberation. Swedish Feminist Comics and Cartoons from the 1970s and 1980s.” in European Comic Art. Vol. 12, Issue no. 2, Year: 2019, p. 77-105. Together with Anna Nordenstam.
”Tecknade serier: ett medium för klassrummet.” i Lindell, Ingrid & Öhman, Anders (red.), För berättelsens skull: Modeller för litteraturundervisningen, Natur & Kultur, 2019. S. 139-167. Together with Anna Nordenstam,
“Expressionisms in Sweden – anti-realism, primitivism and politics in painting and print.” In Isabel Wunsche (ed.) The Routledge Companion to Expressionism in a Transnational Context, Routledge, Page 206-221. London/New York, 2018.
“Queer visibility and visual resistance against homophobia at Dak’Art, The Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary African Art in Dakar 2014.” In Pemunta, Ngambouk Vitalis (ed.), Concurrences in Postcolonial Research – Perspectives, Methodologies, and Engagements. Page 199-216. Hannover: Ibidem-Verlag. 2018.
”An African Woman Coming to Voice Through a Multimodal Artwork.”. In Diana Brydon, Peter Forsgren, and Gunlög Fur (eds)., Concurrent Imaginaries, Postcolonial Worlds. Toward revised histories. Brill Rodopi 2017, p 211-226.
“The Future in Swedish Avant-Garde Comics”, in Francesco Ursini, Adnan Mahmutovic & Frank Bramlett (eds.), Visions of the Future in Comics: International Perspectives. P. 211-228. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, 2017. Together with Anna Nordenstam.
“Editorial: Writing Comics into Art History and Art History into Comics research.” Journal of Art History, Vol 86, no 1, 2017. (Together with Ylva Sommerland)
”Afrika i tecknade serier: Ett postkolonialt perspektiv”, (Africa in comics: A postcolonial perspective), in Andersson, Maria & Druker, Elina, eds., Mångkulturell barn- och ungdomslitteratur: Analyser.(Multicultural literature for children and youth: Analyses), Lund: Studentlitteratur, 2017, pp.127-144.
“Comics in postcolonial Senegal – Suggesting and Contesting National Identity”, in La Cour, Erin, Magnussen, Anne & Platz Cortsen, Rikke (eds.), Comics and Power: Representing and Questioning Culture, Subjects and Communities, Cambridge Scholar Publishing, 2015, pp. 244-262.
”To use comics and graphic novels as educational media for intercultural learning in a multicultural context.” In Proceedings of the 34th World Congress of the International Society for Education through Art. Diversity through Art | Change, Continuity, Context. 7-11 July 2014. Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Victoria Art Education Inc. 2015.
“Dak’Art, the Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary African Art in Dakar – a Platform for Critical Global Views”, Third Text: Critical Perspectives on Contemporary Art and Culture, vol 28, issue 6, December 2014.
“Dak’Art , The Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary African Art in Dakar. A site charged with political issues.” In CIHA2012 Nürnberg The Challenge of the object. Congress Proceedings Part 3. 33rd Congress of the International Committee of the History of Art. P. 1084-1087. Nuremburg, Verlag des Germanischen Nationalmuseums, 2014.
”West African Tellings with Images and Words – Comics from Senegal”. International Journal of Comic Art, Vol. 15, No. 2, .Fall 2013, p. 145-166.
”Perspektiv på tecknade serier – visuella konventioner, autofiktiv narration och postkolonialt berättande”, (Perspectives on sequential art – visual conventions, autofictive narration and postcolonial storytelling.) Valör, konstvetenskapliga studier, nr 2 2011, p. 26-36.
”Bilder i läroböcker”(Illustrations in educational books), in Ammert, Niklas (ed.), Att spegla världen. Läromedelsstudier i teori och praktik, (To reflect the world. Studies on Educational books in theory and practice.) Lund: Studentlitteratur, 2011, p. 219-232.
”Kvinnlig lättja som motiv i ballad och bild”, (Female sloth as a motif in ballads and visual art) in Elleström, Lars (ed), Intermediala perspektiv på medeltida ballader, (Intermedial perspectives on medieval ballads.) Hedemora: Gidlunds förlag, 2011, p. 217-236.
“Genusperspektiv på pressbilder – identiteter och stereotyper”, (Gender perspectives on press images – identities and stereotypes). in Angelfors, Christina & Schömer, Eva (eds.) En bok om genus .Växjö: Växjö University Press, 2009. p 123-140.
Föreningen Original-Träsnitt, Grafik och grafiker på ett tidigt modernistiskt konstfält, (The Swedish Society of Original Wood Engraving. Graphic Art and Graphic Artists in an Early Modernistic Field of Art). diss., Gothenburg Studies in Art and Architecture nr 18, Acta Universitatis Gothoburgensis, Göteborg, 2004.