APES 19 Animation And Public Engagement Symposium, 19-21/9/2019

Deadline | Event Dates (period)
19/09/2019 - 21/09/2019
Lubbock, USA
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APES is an annual forum for professionals (scholars and practitioners) concerned in advancing and promoting animation as therapeutic practice, educational technique, and as a tool for social engagement. The symposium offers an alternative view of the potential of animation beyond artistic expression, entertainment or publicity, and identifies new terrains in the interface of animation with society.

Intrinsically interdisciplinary, APES encourages groundbreaking research on the intersection of animation arts and public engagement to identify new fields of inquiry and study vis-à-vis the connection of animation and the public sphere. APES brings together scholars and researchers from areas such as health/well-being; social impact and activism; therapeutic studies, including art and psychotherapies; and educational initiatives.

Keynote speakers:
Dr. Bella Honess Roe (Surrey University, UK)

Dr. Dan Torre (RMIT, Melbourne, Australia)


USA: Jorgelina Orfila, Francisco Ortega / UK: Roberta Bernabei, Melanie Hani

APES invites scholars and professionals to propose papers, presentations, short film screenings, photographic essays, and interactive talks. Submissions are sought that respond to one or more of the following themes related to animation:

  • Audiences
  • Reception
  • Activism
  • Social Impact
  • Cultural Practice
  • Policy
  • Cross-Platform Communication
  • Health and Well-Being
  • Social Institutions
  • Art Therapy/Psychotherapy
  • Education (as and for)
  • Therapy
  • Artifacts
  • Political Essay

Call for Paper Proposals

Proposals for 20-minute presentations should be no more than 250 words long and include 6 keywords identifying your discipline and topic(s). Please provide author(s) name(s) and affiliations as well as the email(s) in the proposal. Your submission email should be headed: APES19 Paper. Please submit all proposals in .docx or .pdf formats.

Call for Session Proposals

All proposals must be complete, comprehensive and deemed relevant and timely to the conference's audience. Ideally each session should have 3 or 4 participants. The submitter should not complete the proposal without the acceptance of participation of all proposed presenters/moderators. Submission with CVs of all the participants (no more than 2 from the same institution) will be favored.

Proposals for 80-minutes sessions should not exceed 250 words and should include 6 keywords identifying the disciplines and topic(s) proposed. Include the titles of the papers in the session as well as the names, affiliation, and email addresses of all the presenters. The session chair(s) also needs to provide name(s) and email(s) in the proposal. Your submission email should be headed: APES19 Sessions. Please submit all proposals in .docx or .pdf format.

Selected participants will be notified by Saturday, June 15th. Travel grants are available for students whose contributions are accepted.

Additional Events

  • Mentoring workshop for graduate students.
  • Inclusival: The International Animation Festival for People with Disabilities will take place synchronously at Loughborough University and TTU at the time of the symposium.


  • More information here or at the Texas Tech University website
  • Send your proposals to Jorgelina Orfila (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Francisco Ortega (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
  • Deadline: May 31,  June 10, 2019
  • Submission fee: $20

The symposium is endorsed by HEART U.K, the Animation Academy (U.K) and the School of Arts, Drama and English, Loughborough University. It is sponsored by the TTU Office for Research and Innovation, the Art History Area in the Texas Tech School of Art, and the Society of Animation Studies (SAS).


Event Dates

  • From 19/09/2019 to 21/09/2019

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