Eszter Szép is a scholar, educator and curator, researching embodied engagement with comics in acts of drawing and reading. Eszter holds a PhD in contemporary English and American literature and culture from Eötvös Loránd University. She curated the first comics exhibition on the history of Hungarian comics in the National Széchényi Library in 2018 and has edited a catalog of the above exhibition (2018). She is the co-founder of the Narratives of Culture and Identity Research Group, a research group addressing young academics from any university of Hungary. With friends and colleagues from the research group Eszter co-edited Gendered Identities in Contemporary Literary and Visual Cultures (2018). Eszter is a reviewer for the academic journal Studies in Comics and is an advisory board member of Panel by Panel: Critical Comics Studies with the University of Nebraska Press. Her monograph, Comics and the Body: Drawing, Reading, and Vulnerability, is forthcoming with the Ohio State University Press (Nov 2020). She is the main organizer of the yearly International Comics Festival, Budapest and is the head of the Ninth Art Foundation (Kilencedik Művészet Alapítvány) aimed at promoting the culture of comics in Hungary. She is co-founder of Hungary’s first community comics library. In her free time, Eszter enjoys cycling, hiking, and talking about science fiction in literature, comics, film, and animation. Further info at eszterszep.com.
Subjects: English Literature, Comics Studies
Division: Arts and Humanities
Position: Mentor, Module leader
Years: 2019-2020, 2020-2021