Background and activities

Dr. Lukas R.A. Wilde is Associate Professor at the Department of Art and Media Studies of the NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. He studied theatre and media; Japanese; and philosophy at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany, and the Gakugei University of Tokyo, Japan. From 2017 to 2022 he was a research associate at the Collaborative Research Unit 923 „Threatened Order: Societies under Stress“ and the Department of Media Studies of the Eberhard Karls University Tübingen, Germany.

His media studies dissertation on the functions of ‘characters’ (kyara) within everyday communication of contemporary Japanese society was awarded the Roland-Faelske-Award 2018 for the best dissertation in Comics and Animation Studies as well as the GIB Dissertation Award 2021 of the Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Pictures. His article „Material Conditions and Semiotic Affordances: Natsume Fusanosuke’s Many Fascinations with the Lines of Manga“ was recognized with an Honorable Mention for the 2021 Martin Schüwer Publication Prize for Outstanding Comics Studies.

He is the Vice President of the German Society for Comic Studies (ComFor) and a member and former spokesperson of the Committee for Comic Studies (AG Comicforschung) of the German Society of Media Studies (GfM). Lukas Wilde is also one of the organizers and founders of the digital artists initiative Comic Solidarity and the GINCO Award (The German Inclusive Comic Award of the Independent Scene).

Main research points:

Comic/manga theory and narratolgy;
Transmedia character theory;
Emoji research;
Japanese popular culture;
Webcomics and digital comics;
Media theory and intermediality research;
Pictorial semiotics;

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