CfP: Narrative Structures and Visual Storytelling

Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film / Literaturhaus
April 27, 2016
Stichtag: 28.03.2016

An academic symposium at the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film 2016 in collaboration with the Society of Animation Studies, the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University Singapore, the Institute of Media Studies at Eberhard Karls University Tübingen, the AG Animation and the Literaturhaus Stuttgart.

The symposium is aiming to be highly interdisciplinary and international in nature, bringing together scholars, students, academics and artists from diverse fields of research and professional practice.

Call for papers:
This one-day symposium welcomes papers, which negotiate narrative structures and visual storytelling in comics. We intend to embrace academic and practice-based presentation from diverse angles. The examples below just provide some examples of possible topics, but are by no means intended to be limiting in terms of thematic scope.

The symposium invites abstracts for 20-minute presentations and welcomes proposals on all aspects of narrative structures and storytelling in book illustration, comics (graphic novels) and animation/film in general. Proposals, which relate to the symposium topics in the wider sense will be preferred.

Topics can include, but are not limited to:

  • Writing for animation and comics
  • Dramaturgy in comics, animation and illustration
  • Composition and dramaturgy
  • Color and visual storytelling (e.g, the role of the color script )
  • Storyboarding
  • Layout and storytelling in comics and animation
  • Comparative studies between narrative structures in comics and animation
  • Adaptation studies about animation/comics/Illustration
  • Socio-cultural context of visual storytelling in illustration, animation and comics
  • Narrative aspects of illustration
  • Hybrid forms of visual narratives: motion comics, narrative illustration, comic techniques in animation

Please e-mail abstracts of 250 words maximum (excluding title) to the attention of the conference review committee at:

Abstracts should include your name, affiliation, e-mail address, and the title of your proposed paper. Please do also provide a short CV, with a maximum of 300 words as a separate document.

Submission Deadline
The deadline for submissions is Monday, March 7, 2016. Authors of accepted papers will be notified in the last week of March.

Eligibilty and Conference Fee
The call is open to all interested scholars, researchers and practitioners. Accepted speakers as well as visitors of the symposium will need to get an accreditation for professionals at the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film 2016. This will allow full access to the symposium as well as to the complete program of Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film for a very moderate fee. The cost is 30 Euro for the early bird accreditation (in case you intend to come to the festival anyways) or 47 Euro for the regular accreditation (academic) – in case you can only confirm the attendance after notification of paper acceptance.

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