Dr. Erin La Cour is a Lecturer in English Literature and Visual Culture at the Free University Amsterdam and holds a PhD from the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, with a thesis entitled “The ‘Graphic Novel’: Discourses on the Archive” (2013). She was project advisor for the sequential art exhibition “Black or White” (Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, 2013), is a member of the Nordic Network for Comics Research, is a former editor of the Scandinavian Journal of Comic Art, and is currently a book review editor for Early Popular Visual Culture. Her current research focuses on both the intermediality and mediality of comics in several socio-historical cultural milieux.
Rik Spanjers is on the verge of completing his PhD project, Comics Realism and the Maus Event, at the University of Amsterdam. He currently teaches in the Modern Dutch Literature department at both the University of Amsterdam and Utrecht University. In 2014, he worked as a researcher for the exhibition “Cool Japan,” which was staged in 2017 at the National Museum of Ethnology Leiden and in the summer of 2018 in the Tropenmuseum Amsterdam. He also writes reviews for Aniway and Stripschrift, two leading Dutch comics magazines.

Research Coordinator

Vasiliki (Vasso) Belia is lecturer and researcher in the Gender Studies Programme at Utrecht University, where she teaches feminist theory and research methods. Her research is on autobiographical graphic narratives, the politics of literature and comics, and intertextual and transmedial relationships between feminist literary works and graphic novels. Vasso studied Theatre and Literature at the University of Athens. She holds a master’s degree in Cultural Management from Panteion University and a research master’s degree in Gender Studies from Utrecht University.

Internship Director

Freija Camps is a lecturer in Literature and Society at the Free University Amsterdam (VU), editor-in-chief of the graduate journal Digressions, and Internship Director at Amsterdam Comics. Freija completed a two-year Master’s degree in Gender and Ethnicity Studies at Utrecht University, after receiving an MA degree in Literary Studies from the VU. Her research interests include graphic medicine, disability studies, and feminist visual culture. Recently, her research has brought together comics studies and affect theory to explore resonances of mania and depression in autobiographical comics.

The Fixer

Nicholas Burman is a writer, event assistant, and student from the UK, based in Amsterdam. He conducts interviews with the underground music scene for MusicMap, writes about the Dutch creative environment on the Skandl Notebook, and is a regular contributor for independent free-paper Amsterdam Alternative. He is currently studying Literature and Society at the VU Amsterdam, where he is also on the board for the Expanded Field creative writing journal and has most recently been the production assistant for the ASAP/Amsterdam Symposium 2018.


Doǧa Tekneci is a literature student and artist from Turkey currently based in Amsterdam. After growing up in Dubai in an international environment, she realized that she thrives in multicultural settings and pursued this by becoming involved with organizations such as the European Youth Parliament and Istanbul, a volunteer youth community dedicated to social issues. Doǧa has a huge passion for animal rights and environmental issues, as well as painting and creating short comic strips. When she occasionally uses her pen to write instead of draw, focusing mostly on academic and political issues.