Animation and Public Engagement Symposium (APES) 19

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Call for Papers
September 19, 2019 to September 21, 2019
Texas, United States
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Childhood and Education, Film and Film History, Health and Health Care, Public Health

APES gathers scholars and practitioners concerned in advancing and promoting animation as therapeutic practice, educational technique, and as a tool for social engagement. It encourages groundbreaking research on the intersection of animation arts and public engagement to identify new fields of inquiry and study vis-à-vis the connection of animation and the public sphere. 

Keynote speakers:  Dr. Bella Honess Roe, (University of Surrey) and Dr. Dan Torre (RMIT, Melbourne).

Inclusival, an International Festival for films by people with Learning Difficulties and/or Disabilities will take place at the time of the Symposium

APES invites scholars and professionals to propose papers, presentations, short film screenings, photographic essays, and interactive talks. Submissions are sought that respond to one or more of the following themes related to animation: 
•Audiences   •Reception   •Activism   •Social Impact   •Cultural Practice   •Policy  •Cross-Platform Communication   •Health and Well-Being   •Social Institutions •Art Therapy/Psychotherapy   •Education (as and for)   •Therapy       •Artifacts 
•Political Essay
Call for Paper  and Session Proposals: 
Deadline: May 31, 2019.

The symposium is endorsed by HEART U.K, the Animation Academy (U.K) and the School of Arts, Drama and English, Loughborough University. It is sponsored by the TTU Office for Research and Innovation, Talkington College of Visual and Performing Arts, TTU, the Art History Area in the Texas Tech School of Art, and the Society of Animation Studies (SAS).

Contact Info: 

 Jorgelina Orfila ( and Francisco Ortega (

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