Cartoons in WW1 – A Conference

NUI Galway, November 10

Hardiman Research Building, 4pm – 6pm

The rather handsome Hardiman Research Building

For the centenary of the Armistice, the Galway Cartoon Festival presents a conference and exhibition exploring the impact of cartoons during WW1 in Europe, to be hosted in NUI Galway in collaboration with the French Department and the Embassy of Belgium.


The conference takes place on Saturday 10th of November in Room G011 of the Hardiman Research Building (near the college library).

Prof. Grace Neville of UCC, recipient of the Légion d’Honneur, will discuss the influence of press cartoons in Ireland after 1916.

Philip Dine of NUI Galway will explore the post-Armistice world order as portrayed in Hergé’s famous Tintin adventures, while colleague Coralline Dupuy will focus on the politics of gender representation in French-speaking cartoons published during the First World War.

French Honorary Consul Catherine Gagneux will give a presentation on the rise, use and influence of cartoons since WW1, using original drawings that will be part of the exhibition. 

Renowned Belgian comic author Jean Claude Servais will also speak at the launch. Mr Servais will explain the creative process behind his comics, with an emphasis on the stories set during WW1. This presentation is sponsored by the Belgian Embassy and Wallonie-Bruxelles International.

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The associated exhibition will explore such issues as:

  • The evolution of cartoons and comics during WW1.
  • The use of cartoon as propaganda.
  • Political cartooning in Ireland from 1916 to 1918.
  • The reactions of cartoonists to the 1918 Armistice and subsequent peace initiatives in Europe.

As a link and follow up, there will also be a small exhibition on ERASMUS.

Comic Art Workshop

On Thursday 15th of November, NUIG will also invite students from secondary schools in Galway to explore issues through drawing, in an art workshop led by professional cartoon and comic artists.

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