Canan Marasligil is a writer, literary translator, editor and curator based in Amsterdam. Her interest is in challenging official narratives and advocating freedom of expression through a wide range of creative projects and activities, from literature to film and comics. She is the creator of “City in Translation”, a project exploring languages and translation in urban spaces, and a co-host of the Not Loud Enough podcast, with migrationlab founder Laura M Pana. Canan has worked with cultural organisations across wider Europe and has participated in residencies at the Free Word Centre in London (2013), at WAAW in Senegal (2015), at Copenhagen University (2015) and at La Contre Allée in Lille (2017).
Women in Comics Today: Ms. Marvel, Atomic Blonde, Monstress and Bitch Planet
These four comic books are examples of four different genres that all have women as their main protagonists, and it was about time: A Muslim Pakistani teenage superhero from New Jersey, a Cold War British spy working in Berlin right before the fall of the wall, a group of women sent to prison on another planet, and a fantasy epic set in a matriarchal war-torn universe.
Hannah Berry Takes Aim at Media and Politics in her Latest Graphic Novel: Livestock
Hannah Berry's third and new graphic novel, Livestock, is a painfully necessary satire on the media, politics and the celebrity-driven world we live in. It's also hilarious.
Reading Captain America today: Jason Dittmer on Superhero Narratives and Politics
Canan Marasligil talks to political geographer and comics scholar Jason Dittmer about his book, "Captain America and the Nationalist Superhero", written several years before Donald Trump's election. Today, Dittmer's book is more relevant than ever, in an age in which Superhero comics have been called the creators of contemporary myths.
Mona Eltahawy: Goddess of Solidarity
Canan Marasligil believes Mona Eltahawy is one of the most important feminist voices in the world today. She manages to link different issues around feminism from across the globe, moving away from the toxic West vs East dichotomy, showing that identity is fluid and complex.
Snapshots of a Comics Artist: Interview with Beldan Sezen
In the graphic novel, "Snapshots of a girl", Beldan Sezen depicts her coming of age, and her coming out as lesbian, in both western and Islamic cultures to friends, family, and herself.