The John C. Hench Division of Animation & Digital Arts

The University of Southern California and the School of Cinematic Arts is proud to host


The 25th Annual Conference for the Society for Animation Studies 2013

June 23th – 27th, Los Angeles California


NEW DEADLINE: December 10, 2012

In the ever evolving field of animation and digital arts, creative and technical innovation continues to expand the meaning of the art form and establish new ways to perceive, understand and express the world around us.

Animation is the core language of twenty-first century digital art practice. From Hollywood Motion Pictures to trans-media networks, to gallery artists and cutting edge scientific research, nearly every field is finding that animation can contribute and enhance communication and research across industry, academia and the arts.

Unique in its ability to visually communicate complex ideas and unseen worlds, animation is ubiquitous in creative and information rich fields. How does animation penetrate these fields? What is the future of animation?

Redefining Animation invites scholars, researchers and artists to present, address and critique the expanding art form across disparate media and to contribute their papers, ideas and observations engaging the variety of topics below.

Conference Schedule:

Sunday, June 23 – Book Signing and Cocktail Reception

Monday, June 24 — PAPERS and MICRO-TALKS

Tuesday, June 25 — PAPERS and SAS Annual General Meeting

Wednesday, June 26 — PAPERS and MICRO-TALKS

Thursday, JUNE 27– (optional event with additional fee) Dream Works Studio/Warner Bros. Archive tours

(NOTE: Poster sessions will be on-going for selected papers)


The Conference hotel rates and campus housing options will be sent in another email soon.


The Society for Animation Studies (SAS) invites submissions for 20-minute conference presentations and/or 5-minute micro-talks* for its 25th Annual Conference, which will be held in Los Angeles, California at the School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California, June 23th – 27th, 2013.


  • Animating the Intangible: The Animated Soul

  • DIY – Distribution/Streaming Animation on the web-YouTube, Vimeo, Blogs and Websites (Viral Animation)

  • Artifacts of Mobility – Residue of Mobile Technology

  • Environmental Wearable Animation

  • Large-scale Architectural Animation (Projection Mapping, LED Technologies etc.)

  • Animation Infiltration of other Art Forms (In Galleries and on Stages, Music, Dance, and Theater)

  • Virtual Reality, Real-Time, Immersive, Interactive, Experiential

  • Visualizing Science and Animation

  • Documentary Animation

  • Animation within Social Movements

  • Stereoscopy and Perception

  • Facial Gesture, Emotional Resonance through Animation and Cinema

  • Consciousness and Sound

  • Death, Time and Animation

  • Robotics and Artificial Intelligence

  • Animated Holography

  • Historical Devices in Contemporary Animation: (Stage Projections and other Optical Illusions)

  • Creating Worlds: Augmented Reality

  • Redefining Character Animation

  • Animation for Games and Embodied Performance

  • 3D Printing from Animation and Sound – Virtual to Physical

  • Scale: Animating the Microscopic to the Gigantic

  • Generative Animation

  • Experimental Motion Capture

  • The Animated Brain

  • Animation: Redefining Drawing

*Micro-talk: a timed PowerPoint or Keynote presentation that can include images, clips, and text to communicate a Redefining Animation conference topic in a mere five minutes. There will be no Q & A period for the micro-talks. Micro-talks are based on Pecha Kucha, a Japanese game-like presentation format in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each.


Please include with your individual submission the following:

  • An indication of whether you wish to present a 20-minute paper or a 5-minute micro-talk and the topic(s) you have selected from the list above.

  • Title and abstract of no more than 250 words (suitable for publication)

  • A brief biographical statement of no more than 150 words (suitable for publication) including research background.

  • Complete contact information, including name, institutional affiliation (if any), postal address, e-mail address and telephone number.

  • A high resolution head shot photo of yourself (suitable for print publication). (Optional)

  • Evidence (such as a scanned image of your receipt) that you have joined or renewed your SAS membership for 2013.

  • Membership/renewal in the Society for Animation Studies for 2013 is mandatory for all conference attendees and presenters. SAS members gain access to the SAS Discussion Group on the SAS website, where conference-related details and updates are first posted. For more information on the Society, go to its webpage at or contact the SAS treasurer, Robert Musburger, at

Late proposals and non-members of SAS at the time of submission will be given lower consideration. Papers not accepted for presentation will be considered for poster sessions during the conference. Poster sessions allow scholars to present their papers in print form and to respond to questions individually.


December 10, 2012

Submit to:


December 17, 2012

Conference Committee:

Kathy Smith, Chair, Animation & Digital Arts

Christine Panushka, Professor

Lisa Mann, Instructor of Cinema Practice


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