This year’s Society for Animation Studies conference will be held at the University of Southern California (one of my alma maters), June 23-27, under the theme of “Redefining Animation.” It is being held under the auspices of The John C Hench Division of Animation and Digital Arts of USC’s School of Cinematic Art.
There is a bevy of keynote speakers plus a talk by DreamWorks Animation’s CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg at the opening reception. The keynoters include: story artist and animator Tom Sito (“Moving Innovation, A History of Computer Animation”), visual effects supervisor Mike Fink (“Visual Effects Paridiso”), video installation artist Davide Quayola who will talk about his work, game designer Tracy Fullerton (“Dream Worlds: Imagining the Worlds of Walden and The Night Journey”) and robotics designer David Hanson (“Intelligent, Embodied Animation—when art comes to life, literally).
More important are the usual wide range of papers being given by scholars and filmmakers from around the world. I am delighted to be co-presenting a paper with my wife, Victoria, on “Rethinking the Metanarrative of Character Animation.” I am also proud that two of my students, Maureen Monaghan and John-Michael Kirkconnell, will also be there as well. Some presentations that also caught my fancy include:
- Rose Bond, “Poetics & Public Projection: Layered History – Redrawn Memory”
- Donald Crafton, “Inside and Outside the Toon Body: Somatic Integrity Throughout Animation History”
- Charles daCosta, “Cracking the frame: Oral Tradition as a reflection of non-cinematic animation in sub-Saharan West-Africa”
- Ruth Hayes, “Quantifying and Visualizing Animators’ Styles of Motion: an analytical and pedagogical tool”
- Susan Ohmer, “Mass-Production and High Art: Disney and the Courvoisier Gallery c. 1940”
- Caress Reeves, “Animation as Political Radicalism: Black Animators in the Field”
- Gunnar Strom, “Industrial Animation: Boring Information or Communication Art?”
- Reza Yousefzadeh, “Inter-cultural Communication and Subversive Realism:Iranian socially?engaged animation”