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Animated Media Scholarly Interest Group (Founded 2010)
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Animated Media

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

1. Mission

Animation figures prominently in pre- and early cinema studies, and before the digital shift, 'pure' animation was mainly arts-based painting, drawing, graphics or puppet animation. 

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. 


Yet 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 membership.  


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.

View members' group page/Join Now >

Contacts: (current as of 11/6/19)

Rayna Denison 

Christina Formenti

Jesse Anderson-Lehman (Graduate Student Representative)


Contact Us

Society for Cinema and Media Studies
640 Parrington Oval
Wallace Old Science Hall, Room 300
Norman, OK 73019
(405) 325-8075