CFP Nonhuman Animation and Life - Deadline April 29 2012

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Panel for the Society for the Science, Literature and the Arts
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SLSA conference, Milwaukee, Sept 27-30 2012 "The nonhuman"

See below a CFP for a panel on animation, conceived broadly. Please
send a 250-word abstract and a short bio to and by April 29, 2012.

Panel Description:
Like cinema, animation seeks to mirror living processes: it puts cels
together in such a way as to simulate movement and life. Literature
and art have also explored stylistic devices to express liveliness,
impart life to inanimate objects, and animate readers. This panel
seeks papers that investigate theories of liveness in bioart and
animated representations of cellular life and of other life processes.
We also welcome papers about the posthuman in animation. We are
particularly interested in papers that examine the intersections
between artistic techniques and scientific techniques. How have these
representations or the experience of them changed historically? For
instance, what have been the impacts of the shift from cel animation
to computer animation? What are the ideologies that underlie animation software programs and how do they influence the ways that cell life is visually represented and interpreted? What assumptions about the relationship between the micro and the macro do these representations of the body and life reflect/create? How do the history of animation and philosophies of animatedness contribute to the logics feeding the bootstrapping of life? We welcome papers that explore these and related topics in literature, animation, cinema, philosophy, science, video games, and other visual media.

Sylvie Bissonnette and Olivia Banner

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