How to (seriously) talk about illustration today? – free talk by Emilia Sitzia

Illustration is sometimes misunderstood as a light art form and object of study. Saturday, May 29 2021 at 13:00 h. Prof. Dr. Emilie Sitzia focuses in this free English spoken talk on identifying the reasons behind such a misunderstanding. She explores issues related to the words we use when talking about illustration, matters related to illustration’s interdisciplinary and the complicated relationship illustration has with (art) history, Moreover she talks about concerns related to the research and teaching of illustration. She wants to examine why it is important (and possible) to talk seriously about illustration today.

Significance of illustration

The significance of illustration is often misread at a deep level: its essential role in building identities (individual or collective), its fundamental part in writing and shifting the history of art, its affirming function in representing minorities or silent histories, its social position asking difficult questions or presenting dissonance in a (very) public realm.

Emilie Sitzia

Emilie Sitzia (FR, 1987) is an associate professor at the Department of Arts and Literature at Maastricht University and professor by special appointment of Illustration at the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Faculty of Humanities. She focuses on the history of the relationship between word and image and on increasing academic attention to the relationship between books and art. More about Emilie Sitzia at the website of the UvA.