Big news from the University of Calgary!

In an effort to establish itself as one of the top five universities in Canada, in 2011 the University of Calgary launched a “vision and strategy” called Eyes High, which focuses on “innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community of Calgary” in order to “sharpen focus on research and scholarship” and “enrich the quality and breadth of learning.” One of the ways Eyes High is achieving its goal is by supporting exciting graduate (especially doctoral) research in emerging fields.

Well, it turns out that Bart Beaty is a professor at the University of Calgary. His list of comics scholarship credits includes:

  • Frederic Wertham and the Critique of Mass Culture, 2005.
  • Unpopular Culture; Transforming the European Comic Book in the 1990s, 2007
  • Comics vs. Art: Comics in the Art World, 2012
  • Translator, Theirry Groensteen’s The System of Comics (2007)
  • Translator, Jean-Paul Gabilliet’s Of Comics and Men (2010)
  • Various articles and book chapters

Beaty’s work is excellent overall, and I think Comics vs. Art–while not making all the headlines–is a seminal work in the discussion about comics studies’ place in the academy.

And you can get paid to work with him!

The Eyes High Doctoral Recruitment Scholarship will fund students for four years, at $25,000/year for Canadian students and $30,000/year for international students. Students must begin their program in either September 2014 or January 2015…

In addition to this funding, the Department of English offers competitive funding opportunities that include teaching responsibilities. Teaching duties would augment this Scholarship with an additional $16,000 per year (approximately – wages are set annually as a result of collective bargaining).

The successful candidate will be eligible to receive at least $41,000 in funding for four years ($46,000 if non-Canadian) to pursue a PhD in English [pursuing comics studies] at the University of Calgary under the supervision of Dr. Bart Beaty

I’m very jealous of the lucky students who get to take advantage of this excellent opportunity…and I’m also excited about the increasing institutional profile of graduate and doctoral comics studies research!

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