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Dr. Biz Nijdam
Faculty of Arts
Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies
Elizabeth "Biz" Nijdam is Assistant Professor (without review) in German Studies in the Department of Central, Eastern, and Northern European Studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. She is also a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow at the University of Waterloo in Germanic and Slavic Studies, working on her book manuscript Paneled Pasts: History, Media, and Memory in the German Graphic Novel (under contract with Ohio State University Press). Biz’s research interests include the representation of history in comics, comics and media on migration, and comics as a feminist methodology, which is the subject of her next book project under contract with Routledge. In addition to founding the University of Michigan’s first comics studies working group, the Transnational Comics Studies Workshop, Biz was formerly Secretary and is now Treasurer for the Executive Committee of the International Comic Arts Forum and President of the Comics Studies Society's Graduate Student Caucus. Her recent publications include articles in The Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, ImageText, World Literature Today and International Journal of Comic Art, and chapters in Class, Please Open Your Comics (2015) and the forthcoming Comics of the New Europe: Intersections and Reflections with University of Leuven Press and The Routledge Companion to Gender and Sexuality in Comic Book Studies, edited by Frederick Aldama. Biz is also currently co-editing a special issue of the Canadian German Studies journal Seminar on German comics and social justice.