SAS Symposium 2018: Animation and Philosophy

An academic symposium at the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film and FMX 2018 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.

Conference date and venue: Wednesday April 25 2018 at the Literaturhaus Stuttgart, 9.30-18.00 
only a short walk away from ITFS and FMX.

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. You can look forward to a day of highly engaging presentations that negotiate the topic from a wide variety of angles-bridging art, theory and technology.


Opening keynote speaker will be Ülo Pikkov, author of: “Animasophy-Theoretical Writings on the Animated Film.“

“By developing ‘animasophy’, a more philosophical approach in the practice and critique of animation, we are developing something that is quintessentially human. In contrast to other mammals, the human kind is capable of abstract thinking. Birds and animals live in the present, but a human being can represent both the past and the future, construct symbols and tell stories. Men are the only mammals who can be fascinated by abstract texts, by playing with dolls or by the drama of an animated film. Therefore, we could say that animasophy embodies the essence of our humanity.”

Find the full synopsis here: Synopsis Keynote

The symposium closing panel will have experts from theory and practice discuss the topic. We are inviting high-calibre artists and theorists to join this panel-further details will be announced soon.

The symposium is free to attend for anybody with a professional accreditation or festival-pass for either the ITFS or FMX, full-day-tickets for the symposium only will also available for 15,- Euro at the box office on April 25.

Interested scholars or practitioners can submit their proposals until Monday March 12 2018 here:

Download Call for Proposals