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The Animation Research Gang (ARG!) is excited to announce that for the 3rd consecutive year we will convene the animation studies chapter at the Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA) conference.

Proposals for papers and panels are now being accepted for the 2021 conference. ARG considers proposals that discuss a wide range of topics related to animation practice and theory and brings together animation scholars and practitioners, fans, and specialists from a diversity of disciplines whose research intersects with animation.

Possible topics for proposals include, but are not restricted to:
  • Popular, commercial and experimental animation
  • Optical toys, mechanical contraptions,
  • Animated adaptations,
  • Documentary animation, non-fictional animation,
  • Voice and sound in animation,
  • Animation and therapy,
  • Advertising,
  • Animated television series, online animation,
  • Animation education and Educational animation,
  • Didactic approaches to the teaching of animation,
  • Animation and science,
  • Animation in video games,
  • Animation history,
  • Animation and architecture,
  • Animation theory,
  • CGI and animated special effects,
  • Anime,
  • Animation and globalization...


For the 2021 Conference, SWPACA is going virtual!

Due to concerns regarding COVID-19, we will be holding our annual conference completely online this year. We hope you will join us for exciting papers, discussions, and the experience you’ve come to expect from Southwest.

Proposals for papers and panels are now being accepted for the 42nd annual SWPACA conference. One of the nation’s largest interdisciplinary academic conferences, SWPACA offers nearly 70 subject areas, each typically featuring multiple panels.
For a full list of subject areas, area descriptions, and Area Chairs, please visit:

The conference will take place the week of February 22-27, 2021.
Submissions Open September 1, 2020
Submission Deadline: November 13, 2020

Individual proposals for 15-minute papers must include an abstract of approximately 200-500 words. For information on how to submit a proposal for a roundtable or a multi-paper panel, please refer to the FAQs and Tips link bellow.

All proposals must be submitted through the conference’s database at

For details on using the submission database and on the application process in general, please see the Proposal Submission FAQs and Tips page at

Student Awards.

In addition, please check out the organization’s peer-reviewed, scholarly journal, Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy, at

Registration for the conference will be open and available in late fall.
Watch your email for details!

contact the area coordinator:
Francisco Ortega, PhD
Texas Tech University

We look forward to receiving your submissions.
ARG to you all!