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Illustr4tio is a research group devoted to illustration studies. It was founded by 4 French academics and aims at bringing together illustrators, authors, printmakers, publishers, curators, collectors and researchers who have a common interest in illustration in all its facets from the 16th to the 21st centuries.

We welcome a variety of approaches, among which print culture, material culture, the history of the book and text/image studies. We are glad of a chance to delve into the practical and technical aspects of illustration and to get illustration practitioners involved. Our primary field of investigation is the Anglophone world but we are also open to other geographical spheres.

We hope to help make illustration and its ever expanding modes of practice a field of research in their own right, and to provide a stimulating framework for multifaceted and interdisciplinary research. Our goal is also to set up and develop an international and intermedial collaborative network of practitioners and researchers who convene regularly on the subject, discuss new innovative subject matter and contribute to research activities, resources and experimental approaches.

We are planning a first  series of symposia that will take place in each of our universities in 2014 and 2015 (Dijon, Mulhouse, Nancy and Valenciennes). These will be followed by a major international conference in 2016.

The working languages of our network are French, English and drawing.

We will publish the fruits of our research and activities online and in paper publications.

Please visit our website regularly and feel free to contribute by sending us information about current and upcoming events (conferences, seminars, exhibitions, etc.), reports on illustration-related events, calls for papers or for contributions, PhDs/Theses and post-doctoral research, recent publications, work in progress, notes and short articles or features, book reviews, interviews – anything that may contribute to the field of illustration and interest our visitors.


Sophie Aymes, Université de Bourgogne


Nathalie Collé-Bak, Université de Lorraine


Brigitte Friant-Kessler, Université de Valenciennes


Maxime Leroy, Université de Haute Alsace




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