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Extended deadline (8 Jan) to submit to the upcoming Society for Animation Studies conference  (Montreal, 19-21 June 2018), with "Then Now Next" as the conference topic.

The Society for Animation Studies has announced both the place and the framework topic for its 30th annual conference (19-21 June 2018). Hosted by Concordia University, the Montréal conference (18-22 June 2018), exploits temporality, one of the cornerstones of animation.

Then | Now | Next is an invitation for reflection, prognostication, and critical reflection. It is an opportunity both to think about the state of union of animation production and animation studies, and a chance to suggest new directions for the next 30 years.

A complete description:

Animation has always been a critical component of rethinking the stability and politics of the moving image and recorded sound. How might it unpredict or undo the future, critically deform the past, and reinvent the present? This conference seeks interrogations into the temporalities of animation, the past/present/future of animation practices, the spatial locations of its creation and study, and the orientations of animation theory and practice. How can we reinfect our discipline with new narratives about the present, for the present, and into the future? How can these narratives reverberate outside animation studies into the social, cultural, technological, and political spheres?


In popular understanding the past often seems settled, and the future itself has becomes predictable. How might animation practice and historical scholarship unsettle the past, interrogate the present, and reorient the future?

Call for papers are invited in the following areas:

● animation temporalities
● histories and genealogies of animation or animation studies;
● geographies of animation
● colonialism & cultural appropriation
● afrofuturism and animation
● Indigenous animation
● neurodiverse animation
● community, care & activism
● animated sound
● animation and futurity
● animation and indie game design
● animation's​ media ecologies
● animation and sustainability
● animation and media industries
● plasmaticity and (the future of) special effects

Recommended specifications for proposals:
● 6min microtalks: 150-word abstracts
● 20min conference papers and/or applications for the emerging researcher seminars* (please specify): 350-word abstracts + 3-5 keywords
● 90min pre-constituted panels: 150-word panel abstracts + bios and 350-word paper abstracts/participant
● Screenings/workshops/exhibitions: Proposals should be maximum 1 page with project descriptions and links to support material. Please indicate the duration of the event, the number of participants expected, and its requirements, including the facility (projection room, computer lab, studio with sinks, etc.), equipment, software, materials and the number of assistants (and skills) needed.  SAS welcomes applications for curated screenings, but request that accepted proposers secure exhibition rights from filmmakers or distributors. SAS may be able to offer small artist fees, but cannot cover travel and accommodation costs.

Please send all applications in text format (eg Word) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. by  15 December 2017. All applications should be accompanied by a 100-word bio with a second anonymized version of abstracts and keywords to facilitate blind review.

Letters of Acceptance
All letters of acceptance will be sent out by mid-March to facilitate applications for funding and travel visas. (Non-presenting participants who require travel visas should contact organizers by email as soon as possible, so SAS can write letters of invitation).

*Emerging Researchers Seminar (Monday, June 18)
Pre-circulated papers will be discussed in small seminar-style sessions mentored by established scholars. Participants must submit papers (10-15 pages in length) by June 1 for re-distribution and advanced reading by workshop mentors and other participants. SAS encouragse applications from students at all levels (including your best undergraduates!), as well as recent graduates, new faculty members and independent researchers. Please indicate your affiliation and position. Participants may apply to present during the regular conference (June 19-21) with the same abstract, but please indicate if you have a preference. SAS will try to organize seminars according to topics and hope to offer financial assistance to some participants. Fees for Monday activities will be included in conference registration fees.


Conference: June 19-21, 2018
Emerging Researchers Seminars & Workshops: June 18, 2018
Post-conference field trip: June 22, 2018
ABSTRACT DEADLINE: Dec 15, 2017  8 Jan 2018

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