Lukas R.A. Wilde
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Dr. Lukas R.A. Wilde is a research associate at Tübingen University's Department for Media Studies, Germany. He studied theatre and media; Japanese; and philosophy at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg and the Gakugei University of Tokyo, and is a fellow of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes). 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 of the digital artists initiative Comic Solidarity and the GINCO Award (The German Inclusive Comic Award of the Independent Scene).

Lukas R.A. Wilde's site at Tübingen University's homepage

Main research focus:

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