CFP: Comics and Science

Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS) and FMX 2019
Literaturhaus Stuttgart
May 1, 2019
Stichtag: 11.03.2019

This one-day symposium welcomes papers, which negotiate the topic of science in animation, comics and illustration. We intend to embrace academic and practice-based presentations 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 science in animation/film, games, comics (graphic novels) and illustration. Proposals, which relate to the symposium topic will be preferred.

Selected conference papers additionally have the chance to be considered in substantially expanded form (after the conference) for the potential book “Animation and Science” in the book series Palgrave Animation published by Palgrave Macmillan.

To encourage a high number of quality submissions we also welcome proposals that negotiate the conference topic in a wider sense. We are looking at the idea of “science” from many different possible angles, not restricted to natural sciences – but also encompassing the humanities and other fields.

Topics can include, but are not limited to:

  • Interdisciplinary papers in general that address the topic of science in animation, games, comics or illustration
  • Using scientific approaches for animation studies, theory and practice
  • Animation, comics and illustration as a scientific research method
  • Using animation as a means of investigation to form a scientific argument
  • Science investigated from the perspective of animation studies.
  • Animation and the natural sciences
  • Animation and medical sciences
  • Animation and computer science
  • Games and Science
  • VR, augmented reality, expanded animation: Art and technology combined
  • A scientific view at animation practice: technology and creativity
  • Animated documentaries with science topics.
  • Educational animation, comics, graphic novels or illustration projects that negotiate scientific topics
  • The history of animation in the service of scientific education (e.g. the educational films of the atomic age)
  • Animation/comics/illustration in science education
  • Comics, animations or games about (famous) scientists and/or scientific topics.
  • Animation for visualization in the sciences
  • Scientific illustration

Please e-mail abstracts of 350 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 take care that you also submit send a second anonymized version of the abstract for peer review. Please do also provide a short CV, with a maximum of 300 words as a separate document.

The deadline for submissions is Monday, March 11, 2019. Authors of accepted papers will be notified in the week from April 1 or earlier.

Eligibility 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 or FMX 2019. (Either one is sufficient).

This will allow full access to the symposium as a speaker. In other words: For anyone who will be holding an accreditation for either ITFS or FMX the symposium is entirely free to attend as a speaker (or audience member) – no conference fee required.

If a speaker intends to only come for his/her presentation  he/she can alternatively acquire a day pass at the cost of 15,- Euro at the box office on the event date.

The cost is 50 € for ITFS Euro for the early bird accreditation (in case you intend to come to the festival anyways) or 70 € for ITFS Euro for the regular accreditation (academic) –in case you can only confirm the attendance after notification of paper acceptance. You can get the accreditation for the ITFS here.

In addition, the symposium is also free for all attendants of FMX.

Ticket options for FMX can be found here:

An academic symposium at the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film and FMX 2019 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.

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