Several members of the Scottish Centre for Comics Studies are based at the University of Dundee, including the Directorate, although there are many other members from across Scotland.
Professor Chris Murray
Director, Scottish Centre for Comics Studies
Chris is Chair of Comics Studies and Associate Dean for Knowledge Exchange and Partnerships at the School of Humanities, University of Dundee. He is Director of the Scottish Centre for Comics Studies and Dundee Comics Creative Space. He teaches several undergraduate courses on comics and the Comics & Graphic Novels MLitt/MDes. He also supervises several PhD students undertaking research on comics. His research focuses on British and American Comics. He has published on various aspects of comics, including:
- the British superhero;
- the relationship between American superhero comics, popular culture and propaganda during World War Two;
- the comics of Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman and Grant Morrison;
- horror comics;
- independent/small press comics (mini-comics);
- British comics, specifically DC Thomson.
Murray co-edits Studies in Comics, a peer-reviewed academic journal and is co-organiser of the International Graphic Novel and Comics Conference. He also works on Public Information Comics, and has authored several comics for research projects and public engagement purposes. He is Secretary of the Scottish Word and Image Group, and co-editor of UniVerse Publications titles such as Anthology and Tales of the UniVerse, which publish work by comics students. He is also on the Steering Committee of the Centre for Scottish Culture: http://dundeescottishculture.org/
Dr Golnar Nabizadeh
Golnar is a Lecturer in Comics Studies at the University of Dundee. Her research focuses on comics and visual studies and particularly on representations of trauma, migration, and memory in these fields. Golnar received her PhD in English and Cultural Studies from The University of Western Australia, and has a monograph with Routledge entitled Representation and Memory in Graphic Novels (2019).
Art Director, Scottish Centre for Comics Studies
Phillip is a Senior Lecturer at DJCAD. He is the Course Director for DJCAD’s MDes Comics & Graphic Novels and MSc Animation & Visualisation programmes, and is the creator and coordinator of the Level 3 Comic Art & Graphic Novels module.
Phillip has over 22 years’ experience in CG working as a 3D Animator and FMV Cutscene Producer. Phillip has worked on high profile licenses such as Braveheart, Star Trek, Deathtrap Dungeon, Urban Chaos, Tom and Jerry, Teletubbies, and Wallace & Gromit, subsequently working as a cut-scene producer for Farscape™, a Jim Henson production. He also worked on Brave™ and the highly successful State of Emergency™ franchise.
Phillip has also worked as a freelance animator and comics creator. He realised a lifelong ambition and worked with the creators of Judge Dredd on a video game project for Digital Animations. Most recently he completed all of the animation and front-end work on Superman for DC Comics/Warner Bros, a No.1 selling App on iOS.
Curator, Scottish Centre for Comic Studies
Dr Brian Hoyle
Dr Brian Hoyle is a lecturer in Films Studies at the University of Dundee. He teaches on the Comics and Film module, and is involved in various other Comics modules. His research interests include Film Adaptation, film-makers such as John Boorman, Ken Russell, John Huston, and Fred Zinneman. He has written on The Road to Perdition in The International Journal of Comic Art.
Dr Damon Herd
Damon Herd is lecturer in Communication Design at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design. His research area is life narratives told in the comics medium, with a particular interest in British comics, and the games authors play with truth. He has been published in Studies in Comics, and on The Comics Grid, and is a regular contributor to comics blog Graphixia. He produces his own comics including The Adventures of Ticking Boy, and is also the organiser of DeeCAP, a comics performance event based in Dundee.