Animation and the Cinema Conference

Friday, March 30, 2007 - 12:00am to Saturday, March 31, 2007 - 12:00am
Animation and the Cinema is the fourth Graduate Cinema Conference at the University of Chicago, a two-day event bringing together new work by graduate students on cinema history, theory, and historiography and feature two screenings of classic and experimental animation. Animation is usually situated as a children's genre, and while this conference will address this historical development, it also seeks to explore animation in its most inclusive sense of how cinema creates and stages motion. Recently, scholars such as Tom Gunning, Lev Manovich, Esther Leslie, Joanna Bouldin and others have used animation to reframe arguments in classical film theory regarding cinematic representation, as well as provide a counter-history of the cinema that is not based in photographic indexicality. The status of animation in film has become a fundamental site of investigation for scholars interested in the role of the digital in film and in digital and media theory, shedding light on animation's ability to order the world depicted in film in a different way—one which both references the real world and yet surpasses it, presenting a world that we recognize as simultaneously other and the same. Panels include: Animated Bodies (10:00-11:00 am), Animation/Live Action Hybrids (11:15 am-12:45 pm), Animation and the Film Industry (2:00-3:30 pm), and Experimental Animation (3:45-5:15 pm). Keynote Address: The Thing Is, or, Animation, Alterity, and Indifference Lecture by Nic Sammond (Assistant Professor of English and Cinema Studies, University of Toronto)

Co-sponsored by The Franke Institute, the Committee on Cinema and Media Studies, and the Mass Culture Workshop.