Webcomics and Safdar Ahmed’s Villawood

  • Shannon Sandford (Invited speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


The possibilities offered by the Internet for new forms, platforms and technologies for writing have profound implications for both authors and readers. This lecture examines the fast-evolving form of webcomics using Safdar Ahmed’s Walkley-Award winning Villawood: Notes From an Immigration Detention Centre as a case study. How does access to digital tools of production and distribution open up new spaces? How might webcomics disrupt the material experience of reading? As part of its discussion, this lecture will consider how the drawn and digital elements of this hybrid form contribute particular perspectives and knowledge around asylum seeking in Australia. 

Lecture delivered as part of "Writing in the Twenty-First Century" third year undergraduate topic at Flinders University.
Period28 May 2021
Degree of RecognitionLocal