6. November 2021 Johannes Wolters

Cinamina Symposium: animaScapes – Animation and Beyond 8.+ 9. November 2021

On the occasion of its 45th anniversary, CINANIMA is proud to present the first edition of animaScapes, a symposium that will run in parallel with its annual film competitions and screenings.

animaScapes: animation and beyond: A TIME OF AWAKENING
The CINANIMA symposium starts on Monday. From topics such as censorship, gender issues, the use of animation as therapy, in installation work or documentary format, and with speakers from Singapore, Mexico, USA, UK, Bulgaria, Germany, Canada and Portugal, the powerful versatility of animation to address socially engaged practices will be in discussion.
If you want to attend online simply register with us via email and the zoom link will be sent to you:

O simpósio animaScapes começa já na 2a feira, no CINANIMA, em Espinho. Desde temas como a censura, as questões de género, o uso de animação como terapia, em instalações artísticas ou formato documental, com oradores de Singapura, Mexico, USA, UK, Bulgaria, Alemanha, Canada e Portugal, a poderosa versatilidade da animação em debate!
A entrada é livre. Para assistir online basta enviar um simples email a pedir o registo para o seguinte endereço:


Understanding the need to relate practice with reflection and theory, the festival invites practitioners and scholars to engage with animation from different perspectives and address contemporary, socially engaged and activist issues.

The Festival + Symposium format will allow animators to immerse themselves in the current discursive trends and scholars to watch and appraise the latest animation productions.

With this event the organization aims to provide a platform for the development of the animation research community in Portugal, while engaging with the Society of Animation Studies (SAS) strategy to support and enhance a network among the international animation community.

Main Goals:

To promote animation as a tool to engage with contemporary issues and reflect upon the world we live in;
To expand the role of animation in giving voice to socially active communities;
To develop dialogues and create opportunities for collaboration and crossover between academic and practice-based projects;
To expand the critical understanding of animation and reach new audiences;
To provide a platform where animators and animation scholars present their work in a friendly and supportive environment.

Where: Espinho, a town situated in the north of Portugal on the edge of the Atlantic. The symposium will be associated with the CINANIMA Festival.

When: 8th and 9th November, 2021.

How: In response to the current health restrictions, this 1st edition will take place in an hybrid format, both in presence and virtually.

Cost: Entrance is free.

Language: English.

Registration: please register using this email regist-animascapes@cinanima.pt

November 8th

Please note: indicated times are WET — Western European Time

10 AM – Welcome & Introduction

10:10 AM > 10:55 AM – Keynote lecture:

The Ethics of Care: Rethinking Animation’s potential for Social Engagement
Animationduo (Jorgelina Ofilia and Francisco Ortega), Texas Tech University, USA

Panel 1 – Sex, censorship, and gender moderated by Lilly Husbands

11 AM – 11:30 AM

Sex and Censorship: Singapore Animations post-2010.
Yanyun Chen, Yale-NUS College, Singapore

11:45 AM – 12:15 PM

I (heart) Jack LaLanne: A Cartoon Memoir
LeAnn Erickson, producer/writer/director, USA

12:20 PM – 12:50 PM

Dissident LGBTIQ+ Representations in Online Animation
Oslavia Danaé Linares Martinez, media academic, visual artist, and feminist and lgbtiq+ activist, México

Panel 2 – Documentary practice as therapy moderated by Pedro Serrazina

2 PM – 2:30 PM

Representing Autism and the Ethics of Animated Documentary
Alex Widdowson, University of Hertfordshire,UK

2:35 PM – 3:05 PM

Animated documentary as collaborative therapy
Carla Mackinnon, animator and independent scholar, UK

3:10 PM – 15:40 PM

The use of animation as a socially engaged therapy

Radostina Neykova, Institute of Art Studies – Bulgarian Academy of Science/guest lecturer in the National
Academy of Theatre and Film Arts “kr. Sarafov”, Bulgaria

November 9th

Please note: indicated times are WET — Western European Time

10 AM – Welcome & Introduction

Panel 3 – Architecture and expanded animation moderated by Pedro Serrazina

10:10 AM – 10:40 AM

Eastern European Animation and Socialist Cityscape
Jana Rogoff, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany

10:45 AM – 11:15 AM

At a safe distance – public projection installations and activism during crisis

Andy Buchanan, Abrar Hammoud and Esteban Garcia Bravo, Purdue University, USA

11:20 AM – 11:50 AM

Rear Window Animation and Expanded Urban Cinema
Alla Gadassik, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Canada

Panel 4 – Aspects of Ethical Borders and Frontiers moderated by Francisco Ortega

2 AM – 2:30 PM

Animating Prophecy and Sacrifice: Animals in Hayao Miyazaki’s Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

Bin Yee Ang, Queen Mary University of London, UK

2:35 PM – 3:05 PM

Puppets on Parade: Caricature and Political Satire in Contemporary Art Animation
Johannes De Young, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

3:10 PM – 3:40 PM

Open Camp – A new narrative from children in refugee camps

Fausta Cardoso, project lead / 2019 National Geographic Explorer, Portugal

Closing thoughts and final considerations, moderated by Lilly Husbands.

animaScapes is supported by the Society for Animation Studies.

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