I have been part of an animation post graduate research group, which began as a Google group and started meeting up in real life at the start of this year. It was initiated by Paul Ward and the first event was held at The Arts University College at Bournemouth, where he teaches. The day itself is a very helpful environment for animation PhD students to discuss and present their work in a friendly and supportive atmosphere, and to gain confidence to give papers at conferences in the future. The most recent event was at King's College London and it was really well organised and attended. I have volunteered the School of Art at Wolverhampton as the next venue for the animation PGR group to meet, on November 1st.
Any animation PhD students who are interested in attending or presenting should contact me, and if you are interested in the idea of doing a PhD in animation then you're really welcome to come and join us to discuss/watch/network (it's a free event). The day will coincide with the start of the Flip animation festival which is launching that evening, so it should be a day full of interesting animation to watch and discuss!
Here's the callout for papers, please feel free to pass it along:
Call for Papers: Animation PGR day University of Wolverhampton Thursday 1st November 2012
The School of Art & Design at the University of Wolverhampton invites you to submit proposals for the third animation PGR research event. We hope to welcome you to a stimulating day which dovetails with the launch of the 2012 Flip Animation festival in the evening (held at the nearby Light House Media Centre). More information about programming for this will be available nearer the time.
Proposals should be for either;
- - a 30 minute extended conference paper. This is a great opportunity for you to debut PhD research material to a friendly and well-informed audience of fellow PGR students and supervisors.
- - or an alternative discussion/presentation format. This could be a round table discussion around a particular area, a debate or a screening of practice-based research. Ideas welcomed!
The West Midlands has a strong animation community as evidenced by the West Midlands Animation Forum a hub of freelancers and animation companies and an advocate for the industry nationally. The Flip Animation Festival is a well-established and eclectic international festival with an emphasis on its large student audience, fed by dedicated animation courses at the Universities of Wolverhampton and BirminghamCity. The WM also hosts one of the largest population of computer games companies in the UK.
Please e-mail ideas, queries or proposals to S.Moore[at]wlv.ac.uk
Deadline: September 7th 2012