Aaron Humphrey

Aaron Humphrey
School of Humanities
Faculty of Arts

Dr Aaron Humphrey is a researcher at the University of Adelaide and teaches in the department of media. His research combines critical analysis with creative practice to investigate the relationships between images and texts, and between media and society. He was recently awarded the Dean’s Commendation for Thesis Excellence for his doctoral dissertation about comics and pedagogy.
His academic writing has been published in Media International Australia, Composition Studies, Digital Humanities Quarterly, The Comics Grid and The Conversation. As a cartoonist, his comics are currently used in digital rhetoric courses and for postgraduate medical education. As a filmmaker, his short films have screened in festivals in Australasia and North America.
His current research projects include the use of comics and “graphic medicine” for medical education, visual discourse about asylum seekers within Australia and the historical development of emoji.
He is a member of the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice and co-founder and co-organiser of ‘Inkers and Thinkers,’ Australasia’s annual academic conference devoted to comics and graphic narratives.

Connect with me

Aaron Humphrey

Dr Aaron Humphrey is a researcher at the University of Adelaide and teaches in the department of media. His research combines critical analysis with creative practice to investigate the relationships between images and texts, and between media and society. He was recently awarded the Dean’s Commendation for Thesis Excellence for his doctoral dissertation about comics and pedagogy.
His academic writing has been published in Media International Australia, Composition Studies, Digital Humanities Quarterly, The Comics Grid and The Conversation. As a cartoonist, his comics are currently used in digital rhetoric courses and for postgraduate medical education. As a filmmaker, his short films have screened in festivals in Australasia and North America.
His current research projects include the use of comics and “graphic medicine” for medical education, visual discourse about asylum seekers within Australia and the historical development of emoji.
He is a member of the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice and co-founder and co-organiser of ‘Inkers and Thinkers,’ Australasia’s annual academic conference devoted to comics and graphic narratives.

Appointments

Date Position Institution name
2013 Course Coordinator, Lecturer and Tutor (sessional) University of Adelaide

Awards and Achievements

Date Type Title Institution Name Amount
2016 Award Best Online Comics Studies Scholarship award
2016 Award Three Minute Thesis Finalist Faculty of Arts, University of Adelaide
2016 Award Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence University of Adelaide
2015 Achievement J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice Collaborative Arts Grant J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice $500
2014 Achievement J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice Collaborative Arts Grant J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice $500
2014 - 2015 Scholarship ThIncLab Research Commercialisation Accelerator Program Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Innovation Centre, University of Adelaide
2014 Achievement Mackay Hospital Foundation Grant Mackay Hospital Foundation $5000
2012 Scholarship Australian Postgraduate Award $75,894

Language Competencies

Language Competency
English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
Spanish; Castilian Can read, write, speak and understand spoken

Education

Date Institution name Country Title
2016 University of Adelaide Australia PhD
2005 Chapman University United States BA

Journals

Year Citation
2017 Humphrey, A. (2017). The Cult of Krazy Kat: Memory and Recollection in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 7, 1, 1-24.
10.16995/cg.97
2017 Humphrey, A. (2017). User Personas and Social Media Profiles. Persona Studies, 3, 2, 13-13.
10.21153/ps2017vol3no2art708
2017 Humphrey, A. (2017). Emotion and secrecy in Australian asylum-seeker comics: the politics of visual style. International Journal of Cultural Studies, OnlinePubl, 136787791770244-136787791770244.
10.1177/1367877917702447
2015 Humphrey, A. (2015). Multimodal authoring and authority in educational comics: introducing Derrida and Foucault for Beginners. R. Whitson (Ed.). Digital Humanities Quarterly, 9, 3, 1-25.
2015 Humphrey, A. S. & Carvajal, J. C. (2015). Visual and spatial language: the silent voice of Woodstock. Composition Studies, 43, 1, 19-30.
2014 Humphrey, A. S. (2014). Alternative modalities - a review of graphic encounters: comics and the sponsorship of multimodal literacy. The Comics Grid, 4, 1, 3-1-3-3.
10.5334/cg.am
2014 Humphrey, A. S. (2014). Beyond graphic novels: illustrated scholarly discourse and the history of educational comics. S. Turnbull (Ed.). Media International Australia, 151, 73-80.
2014 Humphrey, A. S. (2014). Robertson, Frances, Print Culture: From Steam Press to eBook, Routledge, Milton Park, 2012, ISBN 9 7804 1557 4174,168 pp., A$39.95. Media International Australia, 151, 1, 208-209.
10.1177/1329878X1415100143

Book Chapters

Year Citation
2016 Humphrey, A. (2016). Picturing placelessness: Online graphic narratives and Australia's refugee detention centres. In K. Barbour & M. Griffiths (Eds.), Making Publics, Making Places (pp. 49-73). University of Adelaide Press.
10.20851/publics-04

Curated or Produced Public Exhibition or Events

Year Citation
2014 Mutard, B., Cavcic, A., Pellegrin, A., Mayes, T. C., Viljoen, J. -. M., Macfarlane, E. ... Humphrey, A. S.; (2014); Inkers and thinkers: the evolution of comics; www.inkersandthinkers.com;
2014 Mutard, B., Cavcic, A., Pellegrin, A., Mayes, T. C., Viljoen, J. -. M., Macfarlane, E. ... Humphrey, A. S.; (2014); Inkers and thinkers: the evolution of comics; www.inkersandthinkers.com;

Industry Partnerships

Date Engagement Type Partner Name
2016 - ongoing Consultant Research Skill Development for Curriculum Design and Assessment, University of Adelaide

top