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APES 2019

Animation and Public Engagement Symposium 2019

September 19-21
Texas Tech University — Lubbock, Texas

Call for Papers and Session proposals.
Animation and Public Engagement Symposium APES 19

APES is an annual forum for professionals (scholars and practitioners) concerned in advancing and promoting animation as therapeutic practice, educational technique, and as a tool for social engagement. The symposium offers an alternative view of the potential of animation beyond artistic expression, entertainment or publicity, and identifies new terrains in the interface of animation with society.

Intrinsically interdisciplinary, APES 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. APES brings together scholars and researchers from areas such as health/wellbeing; social impact and activism; therapeutic studies, including art and psychotherapies; and educational initiatives.

Key Note Speakers:

Dr. Bella Honess Roe

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Director of Film Studies
(University of Surrey, U.K)

Dr. Dan Torre

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Senior Lecturer
School of Media and Communication
(RMIT, Melbourne, Australia)

APES 19 will take place on September 19/21 at the TTU Lubbock campus. Since 2014 APES has been organized by two U.K. organizations and research groups associated with Loughborough University: Healing Education Animation Research Therapy (HEART) and the Animation Academy. From now on, APES will be host in the USA and the U.K every other year.

APES invites scholars and professionals from a variety of fields who identify with the cross-disciplinary nature of animation to propose papers, presentations, short film screenings, photographic essays, and interactive talks. APES encourages submissions from disciplines outside of film and animation that show a cross-disciplinary nature and that propose alternative presentation styles.

Submissions are sought that respond to one or more of the following themes related to animation:

  • Audiences
  • Reception
  • Activism
  • Social impact
  • Cultural Practice
  • Cross-Platform communication
  • Health and Well-Being
  • Political Essay
  • as, and for, Education
  • Policy
  • Therapy
  • Social Institutions
  • Artifacts
  • Art Therapy/Psychotherapy

Call for Paper Proposals

Proposals for 20-minute presentations should be no more than 250 words long and include 6 keywords identifying your discipline and topic(s). Please provide author(s) name(s) and affiliations as well as the email(s) in the proposal. Your submission email should be headed: APES19 Paper. Please submit all proposals in .docx or .pdf formats to francisco.ortega@ttu.edu or jorgelina.orfila@ttu.edu. Accepted participants will be notified by June 15.

Call for Session Proposals

All proposals must be complete, comprehensive and deemed relevant and timely to the conference’s audience. Ideally each session should have 3 or 4 participants. The session chair may shorten a presentation, increase and/or reduce the number of presenters, select alternate presenters from among those proposed and/or combine the submitted presentation with other proposed presentations, at its sole discretion. The submitter should not complete the proposal without the acceptance of participation of all proposed presenters/moderators. Submission with CVs of all the participants (no more than 2 from the same institution) will be favored.

Proposals for 80-minutes sessions should not exceed 250 words and should include 6 keywords identifying the disciplines and topic(s) proposed. Include the titles of the papers in the session as well as the names, affiliation, and email addresses of all the presenters. The session chair(s) also needs to provide name(s) and email(s) in the proposal. Your submission email should be headed: APES19 Sessions. Please submit all proposals in .docx or .pdf format to francisco.ortega@ttu.edu or jorgelina.orfila@ttu.edu. All session participants will be notified of the organizing committee's decision by June 15.

Additional Events

  1. Mentoring workshop for graduate students: It will consist of 5-minute presentations where students will explain their dissertation or thesis topic, and the methodology and theoretical framework they will apply in their research. Indicate in the application e-mail if you want to be part of this activity

  2. Inclusival 2019: The International Animation Festival for People with Learning Difficulties and/or Disabilities

    Festival Date: Friday 20th September 2019
    Festival Location: TBA, Loughborough, U.K

    The Award Ceremony Friday 20th September 2019 at 2.00pm and live screened to the Animation for Public Engagement Symposium (APES), Lubbock, Texas USA

    Call for Entries COMING SOON ...

    About the Festival:
    ‘Inclusival’ is an international animation festival that showcases the work of filmmakers with learning difficulties and/or disabilities.
    The festival originates from Homefield College and is organized in collaboration with Loughborough University, Healing Education Animation Research Therapy (HEART), and Texas Tech University, USA.
    The festival is part of HEART’s annual international symposium-- Animation for public Engagement (APES)--and will be hosted in Loughborough the home of the Animation Academy (a world leading center for animation research, scholarship, practice and exhibition), the Loogaborooga Festival, (a festival for children’s illustrated literature), and the original home of Ladybird Books. The city's long association with storytelling, creativity and the arts makes it the perfect place to showcase the talents of children, young people, adults and professionals in animation.

    For more information about how to participate contact Melanie Hani (email) at Home Field College (UK).


Extended Deadline for abstracts: June 10, 2019
Selected participants will be notified by Saturday, June 15.
Registration Fee :: $20 (US dollars)

The Symposium (Comprehensive Schedule)

Travel Grants

This is the second time SAS sponsors APES which allow the organizers to offer competitive travel grants to junior professionals in the early stages in their career and graduate students. Information on how to apply coming soon.

Travel and Lodging suggestions: Continental, American Airlines, and Southwest are the major airlines which connect Lubbock to other places in the US via Dallas. We will hold rooms for conference participants at a hotel that is within walking distance of campus. The cost at that hotel will not surpass $ 100 per night inclusive of local tax.

Organizers, Endorsers, and Sponsors

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, the Art History Area, School of Art, TTU and the Society of Animation Studies (SAS).

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USA: Jorgelina Orfila (TTU), Francisco Ortega (TTU)
U.K: Roberta Bernabei, (Loughborough University), Melanie Hani (Homefield College, U.K)