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Ink and Motion #1 ·  International Conference on Animation and Comics

Porto, Portugal
Organization: Universidade Católica Portuguesa – School of Arts
Categories: Comparative, Popular Culture, Comics & Graphic Novels, Aesthetics, Cultural Studies, Film, TV, & Media, History
Event Date: 2020-04-23 to 2020-04-24 Abstract Due: 2020-02-14

This conference aims at constituting a pioneering cross-disciplinary platform in Portugal for a fruitful dialogue between the fields of Animation and Comics. Responding to a growing artistic and academic interest in these two media and to the new conceptual, practical and theoretical challenges they pose, we feel the need to provide a space for academics and artists to share ideas about these subjects.
These are very dynamic, and often under recognized areas in the arts, even though they often underlie some of the most successful cinematic productions of our time. As such, they are moving more and more into the mainstream consciousness, and attracting extensive audience and critical acclaim.

Keynote Speakers:
R. Kikuo Johnson*
Michaël Dudok de Wit
Ivan Maximov
Kin Wai Chu

*To be confirmed


Ideas for submission:
We invite your contributions on the following general and more specific subjects, but we are open for other subjects as well that explore Animation and Comic from fresh and innovative perspectives:
2D, 3D and mixed media Animation
Experimental Animation and Emerging Formats
Subsidiary Animation (in games and interactive media)
Genres and Narrative in Animation/Comics
Characters in Animation/Comics
Sound and speech in Animation/Comics
Mainstream vs. Independent Animation/Comics
Political and gender issues in Animation/Comics
Animation, Comics and Cinematic adaptations 
Technological issues and production processes in Animation
Uncanny Valley 
Aesthetic languages in Animation/Comics - from stylisation to realism
Drawing and line in Animation/Comics
Colour and lighting  in Animation/Comics
Animation History 
Contemporary issues in Animation/Comics
Animation styles throughout the World
Rhythm, pacing and movement in Animation
Pop Culture and Animation/Comics
Documentary Animation
Animation and subversion of norms
Animation as language of resistance 
(Im)materialities of Animation 
Interdisciplinary approaches to studying Animation/Comics
Author voice vs Market hegemony in Animation/Comics
New modes of spectatorship/readership of Animation/Comics
Medium specificity of Animation/Comics

Submission guidelines:
All submissions must be in English and include:
Title of the paper
Abstract (~300 words)
Keywords (7)
Biographical note (~300 words)
Abstract Submission/Biographic note - 14th February 2020
Notice of acceptance - 28th February 2020
Conference - 23/24th April 2020
Submission to CITAR Journal  - May 22nd



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