A one-day symposium exploring, discussing and celebrating the radical potential of women in animation
Animation is accessible in ways other mediums are not; it breaks down cultural, social and technical boundaries and as such has a distinctive potential as a tool for education, activism and engagement. It has the power to imagine all sorts of possibilities, and as such has a unique ability to illuminate and realise radical ideas and concepts – particularly for those cultural creators traditionally excluded from creative systems of power.
Curated by Ceiren Bell of the Department for Media, Communications and Cultural Studies and supported by MeCCSA Women’s Network, this symposium provides an inclusive space for academics, practitioners and students to investigate what it is about animation that attracts and gives space to these voices, while also asking what might be done to amplify them at industry level. It will be an opportunity to explore the subversive nature of animation and consider ways that this medium, in various forms, can be used as a critical resource to communicate, engage and engender social change.
The programme will include invited speakers, presentations and screenings with a goal of exchanging ideas and exploring animation as an empowering experiential practice and research tool. This will present an opportunity for practitioners to show and discuss their work/ works in progress in the context of animation’s distinctive radical potential.
This event is inclusive of all who identify as women – trans, non-binary and cis - and we value all voices, experiences and participants regardless of their academic standing, educational level, ethnicity, class, (dis)abilities, or employment status. We are unable to provide childcare facilities, but children are welcome to attend the conference under the supervision and responsibility of their parent(s).
Confirmed speakers/ participants:
Dr Caroline Ruddell, Senior Lecturer in Film and Television at Brunel University - keynote
Sage Brice - PhD candidate, Uni of Bristol
Dr Carolyn Elerding - Assistant Professor of Women's Studies at Wichita State University
Stacy Bias - Animator, illustrator and queer fat activist
Terry Wragg - Leeds Animation Workshop
Sally Pearce - PhD candidate, Uni of Wolverhampton
Kate Jessop - Animation Filmmaker and Senior Lecturer, University of Hertfordshire
Sunny Teich - Visual Effects Artist and scholar
Industry panel chaired by Jessica Ashman - animator, tutor at Goldsmiths, featuring:
Sophie Koko Gate - animator
Esther Ajibade - animator
Nush Naanayakkara - animator
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