12th Annual Illustration Research Symposium

Falmouth University is delighted to be hosting the 12th annual Illustration Research Symposium, “Transitus: Illustration as Crossing Ground”, an online, international conference taking place 15-16 July 2022. 

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Illustration Research symposium conference logo

Project details

Project lead Carolyn Shapiro
Start date Live online event 15-16 July, 2022
Project website Illustration Research


This symposium, hosted by the Falmouth School of Art, a leading institution in illustration research and pedagogy, considers how the conceptual theme of 'transitus' invites theoretical, pedagogical, thematic, and philosophical approaches to illustration, inspiring and hosting work that engages with important issues of today.

Symposium programme & speakers

Explore the symposium's programme and find out about our speakers by going through to the Illustration Research website.

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Falmouth and Illustration Research

This conference will be supported by three key areas of Falmouth's research agenda: Inequality and Storytelling, Environmental Futures and Design for Health & Wellbeing.

Project team

Carolyn Shapiro is the project lead for the symposium, working with colleagues Laurence North, Linda Scott, Hugh Frost and Camilla Kjaernet.

Support received

The project has been granted financial support by PGR Enhancing Research Culture at Falmouth University.


Dr Carolyn Shapiro

Associate Professor of Visual Culture

Carolyn Shapiro has been teaching at the Falmouth College of Art, University College Falmouth, and F...

Dr Carolyn Shapiro
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Laurence North

Senior Lecturer

I joined Falmouth University in 1991, I have taught across a number of courses including Art and Des...

Laurence North

Linda Scott

Senior Lecturer

Linda joined Falmouth University in 2004, relocating from London where she worked as a freelance Ill...

Linda Scott

Hugh Frost

Course Leader, MA Illustration: Authorial Practice

Hugh is the Course leader for MA Illustration Authorial Practice at Falmouth. He is also an Editor /...

Hugh Frost
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Camilla Kjaernet

Camilla Kjaernet, Technical Director

As one of the most experienced live event producers at the university Camilla has run multiple high-end conferences and symposiums on behalf of multiple departments.

Camilla Kjaernet, Technical Director

Partners & speakers

We are working with experts and leading academics within the field of illustration to bring a cutting edge symposium to all attendees.

Collaborators on this project:

  • Desdemona McCannon, Worcester University, editor of the Journal of Illustration
  • Adrian Holme, Camberwell College

Keynote speakers:

  • Olivier Kugler
  • Andrew Humphreys

Plenary speaker:

  • Hilde Kramer

With support from Mandy Jandrell, Director of the Falmouth School of Art.

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Desdomona McCannon

Editor of the Journal of Illustration: Desdomona McCannon

Desdemona McCannon is an illustrator, writer, lecturer, curator and academic. Her work often explores the affordances of the word ‘folk’ within contemporary visual culture. She is Principal Editor of the Journal of Illustration and is on the steering committee of the Illustration Research Network. She is currently Principal Lecturer in Illustration at the University of Worcester. She divides her time between Liverpool, Herefordshire and Devon.

E: d.mccannon@worc.ac.uk 


Go to Desdomona's portfolio website

Keynote and plenary speakers

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Andrew Humphreys, Keynote speaker

Andrew Humphreys is a journalist and writer who has lived and worked in Cairo, Tallinn, Beijing, Mumbai and Melbourne. He has written more than 20 guidebooks to places including Siberia, Central Asia, Egypt, Syria, Iran, Israel, Istanbul, Marrakech and Shanghai for publishers including Lonely Planet, National Geographic and Time Out. His journalism has appeared in the Financial Times, Sunday Times, Observer and Time Out magazine. He has written two books on intrepid early travellers in Egypt published by the American University in Cairo.

Andrew Humphreys, Keynote speaker
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Olivier Kugler

Olivier Kugler, Keynote speaker

Olivier Kugler is a German-born London-based editorial illustrator and visual journalist. He has travelled to Iran, Laos, Iraqi Kurdistan, Cairo, Ghana and many other places on assignment for a variety of publications including The Guardian, New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, French journal XXI and German GQ. He has done extensive reporting on Middle Eastern refugees in Europe and a book collecting this work called Dem Krieg Entronnen was published in German by Edition Moderne – and in the UK and North America as Escaping Wars and Waves.

Olivier Kugler, Keynote speaker
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Hilde Kramer

Professor Hilde Kramer, Plenary speaker

Hilde Kramer has been a Professor of Illustration at the Bergen Academy of Art and Design since 2014. She has illustrated a number of books, particularly picture books for children. Among other things, she has written the texts to her own books and worked on animated films. Kramer’s illustrations use various techniques such as drawing, graphics, painting and computer art. Kramer’s artistic research largely deals with identity and occupational roles in general, and with highlighting the illustrator’s role, identity and occupational opportunities in particular.

Professor Hilde Kramer, Plenary speaker


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Illustration Research symposium conference logo

Illustration Research

Illustration Research is a network of academics and practitioners with the purpose of promoting the cultural significance of illustration, and to create opportunities to share research into and through illustration.

Illustration Research
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Journal of Illustration

Journal of Illustration

This peer-reviewed journal encourages new critical writing on illustration, associated visual communication, and the role of the illustrator as maker, visualizer, thinker, and facilitator, within a wide variety of disciplines and professional contexts.

Journal of Illustration

Outcomes & outputs

A globally accessible online symposium material archive of current work in Illustration research, artistic practice, theory, and pedagogy.      

A special journal issue, “Transitus: Illustration as Crossing Ground,” for the internationally recognised Journal of Illustration to be edited by the Falmouth University 'transitus' team. 

Illustration by Hannah Matthews for The Promise
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The Promise 3 : Transitus

A webcomics project by BA and MA Illustration students at Falmouth University (UK) and KASK ( Ghent, Belgium).

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