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

Our working languages are English and French. We run regular conferences and seminars and we edit collective books. We would like to contribute to making illustration a research field in its own right, and to build an international network connecting practitioners and researchers.

We welcome a variety of approaches, among which print culture, material culture, the history of the book and text/image studies. We are also interested in creative processes and techniques. Our primary field of study is the English-speaking world but we are open to other areas as well.

Please visit our website regularly and feel free to contribute by posting information about current and upcoming events (conferences, exhibitions, etc.), calls for papers and for contributions, academic research, illustrated books, works in progress, book reviews, interviews – anything you think is worth sharing with us and our visitors!

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Sophie Aymes is a senior lecturer at the Université de Bourgogne Franche-Comté in Dijon, France, where she teaches British literaure and visual culture. She is co-editor of the bilingual journal Interfaces and her research focuses on intermediality, printmaking, performance and illustration in Britain in the first half of the 20th C.

Nathalie Collé is a senior lecturer in English Studies at the Université de Lorraine in Nancy, France. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the International John Bunyan Society and the editor of The Recorder, its newsletter. She is the author of a doctoral thesis on the illustrated editions of The Pilgrim’s Progress and she specialises in the illustration of classics of English literature. The fields covered by her research include book history, reding and reception, and text-image relationships.

Brigitte Friant-Kessler is a senior lecturer in English Studies at the Université de Valenciennes et du Haut-Cambrésis, France, where she teaches courses on visual culture. She is a Sterne scholar who has specialised in word and image studies, and her research topics cover graphic arts in general, political caricature, as well as contemporary graphic novels. Her recent publications include articles and book chapters on graphic satire, the epistemology of laughter, graphic afterlives and intermedial artforms that picture literature through time.

Maxime Leroy is a senior lecturer in English Studies at the Université de Haute-Alsace in Mulhouse, France. He is a member of the reading committee of the online journal Polysèmes. He is the author of a doctoral thesis on authorial prefaces from Walter Scott to Joseph Conrad. His research examines the status and significance of authorial paratexts such as prefaces and illustrations in Victorian and Edwardian fiction.