Scholarly Interest Group
Founded in 2010, the
Animated Media Scholarly Interest Group membership includes interdisciplinary
specialisms in animation, performance, Early Cinema, anime, film theory, new
media, film history, cultural studies, sci-tech, fine art, philosophy, spatial
politics, film aesthetics and more. Animated Media aspires to offer a dynamic
academic network for those working on, or curious about, animation as an
increasingly relevant moving image form in Cinema and Media Studies and beyond.
Ghost Algebra, Janie Geiser, 2009
|Block Print, George Griffin, 1977|
Street of Crocodiles Quay Brothers, 1986
Still from Motion Painting no. 1, Oskar
Fischinger, 1947 (c) Center for Visual Music
figures prominently in pre- and early cinema studies, and before the digital
shift, 'pure' animation was mainly arts-based painting, drawing, graphics or
Contemporary commercial, independent and experimental
animation now reach audiences across a wide range of moving image media
platforms that include and extend beyond cinema screens. As cinema increasingly moves towards digital
production, the number of higher education institutions offering practice-based
and/or theoretical animation and digital media programmes is rising. This
pervasiveness is generating rapidly growing academic engagement within Film and
Media Studies, Art & Design, and other Humanities disciplines.
many cinematic artworks created withanimated media have yet to be rigorously
explored in academia. The Animated Media SIG supports scholarly research, idea
exchange, generates debate and discussion, shares resources and builds
networks, both within CM Studies and internationally. It provides a platform
for establishing initial contexts towards collaborative projects and
publications. It also offers opportunities to CM Studies members with a to
explore their interest in animation and digital media and gain knowledge from
the SIGS's constituency.
The two main objectives of
the Animated Media SIG Mission are:
1. to provide a forum and network for
international scholars, students and practitioners to support academic research
in animated media studies at CM Studies and its conferences.
2. for the SIG members to meet annually at CM Studies conferences to
discuss current and future projects and plans and to work collaboratively to
achieve its aims and objectives.
Further aims and objectives of the SIG:
1. to work with The CM Studies Executive and
Conference Programme Committees and other CM Special Interest Groups to
strengthen and consolidate animated media studies in the Society and with its
2. to collectively organize screenings,
panels, special events, workshops, and pursue international collaborations with
Network for Cinema Studies (NECS), Society for Animation Studies (SAS) and other institutions and organizations.
3. to promote and increase academic
publications in collaboration with Cinema Journal
and other Film and Media publications.
4. to especially encourage and foster graduate
and postgraduate students working in the field.
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Mihaela Mihailova mihaela.mihailova[at]yale[dot]edu
Kirsten Moana Thompson kirsten.thompson[at]vuw.ac.nz
Eric Herhuth (graduate student representative) eherhuth[at]uwm[dot]edu