Lucia Cedeira Serantes

Lucia Cedeira Serantes Lic, MLIS, PhD works as an Assistant Professor (LDI) at the Faculty of Information and Media Studies, The University of Western Ontario. Her research focus resides at the intersection of teenagers/young adults, reading practices, and public libraries, with an emphasis on reading practices related to comics. She carried out her thesis work at The University of Western Ontario (Canada), exploring the reading experiences of London, ON young adult readers of comics, privileging their voices, and examining the interplay between identity, culture, and social structures to expose the complexity of a historically denigrated reading experience. This project was awarded the John A. Lent Scholarship in Comics Studies (International Comics Arts Forum) and in 2019 she published with Oxford University Press the book entitled Young People, Comics, and Reading: Exploring a Complex Reading Experience based on her thesis work. On top of her scholarly presentations, she has also contributed to talks and workshops at the Toronto Comics Arts Festival and New York Comic Con. Recently she has wrapped an ALA Carnegie Whitney Award project entitled SEEniors: Visual representations of older age in illustrated materials, hosted at in collaboration with scholar Dr. Nicole Dalmer.  


Cedeira Serantes, L., Emily Drew and Amie Wright (2020). International Comic Books and Graphic Novels. In John Ballestro (ed.) The Library’s Guide to Graphic Novels (pp.113-143). Chicago: ALA editions.   

Cedeira Serantes, L. (2019) Young People, Comics and Reading: Exploring a Complex Reading Experience. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press.    

Cedeira Serantes, L. and Nicole Dalmer (2019) Beyond Death, Disability, and Dependence: Depictions of Older Age in Comics and Graphic Novels. COMICS/POLITICS 2nd Annual Conference of the Comics Studies Society. Ryerson University, Toronto (Canada). July 25-27.    

Cedeira Serantes, L. (2019). Misfits, loners, immature students, reluctant readers: Librarianship participates in the construction of teen comics readers. In Anthony Bernier (Ed.), Transforming young adult services: A reader for our age. 2nd ed. Chicago: ALA-Neal-Schuman.   

Cedeira Serantes, L. (2018) The possibilities of comics reading: Uncovering a situated and complex reading experience in Canada. In Evelyn Arizpe and Gabrielle Cliff Hodges (Eds.), Young people reading: Empirical research across international contexts (pp. 19-38). London: Routledge. “The highly commended, runner-up” in the 2019 UKLA Academic Book Awards.   

Cedeira Serantes, L. and Amie Wright. (2018). Understanding Canadian Comics: Collection Development and Teaching with CanCon. Keynote at the Toronto Comics Arts Festival Librarian & Educator Day.  May 11. 

Cedeira Serantes, L. (2018) Comics and graphic novels. Contribution in Ross, Catherine Sheldrick, Lynne McKechnie, and Paulette Rothbauer. Why reading still matters (pp. 128-124). Westport, Conn: Libraries Unlimited.    Cedeira Serantes, L. (2018). A term “for BBC to quote”: Young adult readers define, struggle with and resist the “graphic novel.” Paper presented at Marantz Picturebook Research Symposium: Comics and the Graphic Narrative: The Future of the Movement. Kent State University, OH. August 5-7.  

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