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Transitus issue 2:

Embodiment and affect in a transitional moment in illustration research

Issue 10.2

Editors dr Carolyn Shapiro and Dr. Nanette Hoogslag

The work in ‘Transitus issue 2’, a great deal of which was presented at the 12th Annual Illustration Research Symposium hosted online by Falmouth University in July 2022, responds to our conjured concept of ‘transitus’. We felt that this term might speak to a core quality of illustration being a vibrant mode of crossing over, and of transition. One cluster of papers gathered by the term ‘transitus’ welcomes a new sensory paradigm of illustration which takes into consideration the body as material template.


The articles in this issue comprehend a transitional moment within illustration practice, theory and scholarship today that takes illustration into sensory experiences that include digital interfaces, neurodivergent pathways, curious bodies, graphic medicine, tangible drawing, embodied hybridity and affective ‘bloom spaces’, building upon the traditional values and qualities of illustration also reflected in this issue. 

CAROLYN SHAPIRO- (Editorial) Transitus issue 2: Embodiment and affect in a transitional moment in illustration research

NIGEL OWEN- The storyteller as time traveller: Turning the page and the influence of ‘alternative bindings’ on the development of narrative structure

SUBIR DEY AND MONIKA- Transitioning from suffering to drawing alopecia: A classroom experience through illustration

JOHANNA ROEHR- Sharing meaning across the neurodivide: Research through illustration alongside people with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities (PIMD)

GEORGIE BENNETT- Drawing from virtual travel: Regret, danger and magic

TÂNIA A. CARDOSO- Curious transcriptions: Turning online meetings into illustrated spatial atmospheres

NICOLA HAY- From indoors to the great outdoors: An augmented reality-illustrated scavenger hunt

BILL PROSSER- Stéphane Mandelbaum: Mixed-up kid

DEANNE FERNANDES AND NINA MARTINEZ- I tell, therefore you are: Notes on The Handmaid’s Tale and its graphic adaptation

CECILIA HEI MEE FLUMÉ- Illustrating betweenship as experienced by Korean adoptees


JOHN VERNON LORD- ‘Mere’ illustration'


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Aims & Scope

The Journal of Illustration provides an international forum for scholarly research and investigation of a range of cultural, political, philosophical, historical, and contemporary issues, in relation to 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.

This title is indexed with the Web of Science’s Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI).

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