SAS Symposium, Color in Animation, Comics and Literature: Call for Papers

The academic symposium "Color in Animation, Comics and Literature"  will take place during  the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film 2015 (6 May 2015).

The symposium is organized in collaboration with the Society for Animation Studies, the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University Singapore, the Institute of Media Studies at Eberhard Karls University Tübingen and the Literaturhaus Stuttgart.

This one-day symposium welcomes papers, which negotiate the role and use of color in the fields of literature, illustration, graphic storytelling and animation.

The symposium invites abstracts for 20-minute presentations and welcomes proposals on all aspects of color in book illustration, comics (graphic novels) and animation/film in general.

The call is open to all interested scholars, researchers and practitioner. Proposals, which relate to the symposium topics in the wider sense will be preferred.

Topics can include, but are not limited to:

  • Color and visual storytelling
  • Color as a dramatic tool in animation and comics
  • Use of color in book illustrations
  • The role of color in adaptations for comics and/or animation/film
  • Socio-cultural context of color in illustration, animation and comics
  • Techniques of coloring in comics and animation
  • Comparative studies of digital coloring versus traditional methods

Please e-mail abstracts of 250 words maximum (excluding title) to the attention of the conference review committee at:

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Abstracts should include name, affiliation, e-mail address, and the title of proposed paper. Please do also provide a short CV, with a maximum of 300 words as a separate document.

The deadline for submissions is Monday, March 9, 2015. Authors of accepted papers will be notified in the last week of March.


Accepted speakers as well as visitors of the symposium will need to get an accreditation for professionals at the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film 2015.


This will allow full access to the symposium as well as to the complete program of Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film for a very moderate fee. Details will follow closer to the conference date.



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