SAS 2012 — The Animation Machine

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The 24th Annual Society for Animation Studies Conference will be held June 25-27, 2012 at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. The Call for Papers notes:

The theme of this year’s conference, ‘The Animation Machine’, reflects the wide range of processes, technologies, histories and structures in animation. As movement is an essential aspect of animation, whatever creates that movement may constitute an animation machine and one could conceive that animation is itself a machine. The animation machine can be considered from both the production process and the end product. Therefore, it refers to the machines of animation presentation, be these pre-20th century animation devices, movie or video screens, or even automata. The animation machine also relates to the multitude of animation production processes – from animating technologies (animation stands, cameras, computers), through to the animator’s individual creative practice. Ultimately, the animation machine can be described quite broadly and we welcome your own interpretations.

With the centenary of Australian animation approaching, the 2012 conference will also provide an opportunity to highlight some of Australia’s animation heritage. The conference will coincide with the Melbourne International Animation Festival (MIAF) and a number of crossover events are planned.

Proposals, which will accepted through December 12th, are invited “on a wide range of animation topics on all aspects of animation history, theory and criticism.” (The Call for Papers can be found here.)

Tomotaka TakahashiThis year’s keynote speakers include: Thomas Lamarre, Professor of East Asian Studies, Art History and author most recently of The Anime Machine: a Media Theory of Animation (University of Minnesota Press, 2009) and Robogarage Co., Ltd. CEO and Research Associate Professor of The University of Tokyo Tomotaka Takahashi who, creates, designs, and invents unique and original humanoids.”

While you’re at it, check out the Society for Animation Studies website here.