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Emma Rossby


Emma Rossby is a dual-title PhD candidate in French and Francophone Studies and Visual Studies. With a focus on contemporary Belgium, her research examines how forms of visual and multimodal storytelling circulate as tools for teaching and learning outside of academic spaces. How, for instance, are bandes dessinées used as pedagogical tools by museums and other cultural institutions to mediate conversations around race, gender, and colonial histories? How do participatory art initiatives illustrate aspects of the history of urbanization and immigration in Brussels? This dissertation is grounded in on-site research in Belgium and brings together tools from visual studies and comics studies, particularly as they intersect with critical race and feminist theories.