Staff Profiles

Dr Ian Hague

Associate Lecturer

Ian Hague is an associate lecturer and PhD student in the History department at the University of Chichester. His teaching and research focuses on cultural and media history. He teaches on the third year module ‘History in the Graphic Novel’, and has previously taught the second year module ‘Comparative micro-histories in contemporary Britain and the USA’, and on the first year module ‘The Material World: Interpreting Historical Objects and Environments’. His research interests include comics theory, the senses and technology.

Ian is the director of Comics Forum (, an annual academic event on comics that takes place in Leeds every November as part of the Thought Bubble sequential art festival ( The event aims to promote comics scholarship in the UK and around the world, and brings together a wide variety of speakers and thinkers to discuss the medium.

Ian did his BA in English at the University of Hull (2004-2007), his MA in Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds (2007-2008), and is at Chichester working on a PhD that looks at how comic strips and related forms (comic books, graphic novels etc.) engage all of the reader’s senses to communicate information and meaning.


‘Adapting Watchmen’, Framing Film: Cinema and the Visual Arts, ed. Steven Allen & Laura Hubner, Intellect (forthcoming 2012).
‘Beyond the Visual: The Roles of the Senses in Contemporary Comics’, Scandinavian Journal of Comic Art 1.1 (2012), pp.96-110.
Sketching in Lectures: An Interview with Mel Gibson’, Comics Forum Website (01/06/2012)
‘The Nimble Scholar: An Interview with Chris Murray’, Comics Forum Website (20/03/2012)
‘Interview with Thierry Groensteen’, Studies in Comics 1.2 (2010), pp.359-369.