Animation and Comics: In-between Panel and Frame

deadline for submissions: 
October 10, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
Journal of Science and Technology of the Arts
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Animation and Comics: In-between Panel and Frame 

Editors: Editors: Sahra Kunz (UCP-EA/CITAR); Ekaterina Cordas (UCP-CECC); Ricardo Megre (UCP-EA/CITAR).

This call aims to pioneer a cross-disciplinary discussion platform that would initiate a fruitful dialogue between the fields of Animation and Comics. Responding to a growing artistic and academic interest in these two media and to the new conceptual, practical and theoretical challenges they pose, we feel the need to provide a space for academics and artists to share ideas about these subjects.

These are very dynamic, and often under-recognized areas in the arts, even though they often underlie some of the most successful cinematic productions of our time. As such, they are moving more and more into the mainstream consciousness and attracting an extensive audience and critical acclaim.

For this special issue, we invite article submissions that critically reflect on the transformations these two media underwent throughout the years and that focus on the various meeting points and divergences between the two.  


Articles and (audio)visual essays are invited on topics including but not limited to:

  • 2D, 3D and mixed media Animation
  • Experimental Animation and Emerging Formats
  • Subsidiary Animation (in games and interactive media)
  • Genres and Narrative in Animation/Comics
  • Characters in Animation/Comics
  • Sound and speech in Animation/Comics
  • Mainstream vs. Independent Animation/Comics
  • Political and gender issues in Animation/Comics
  • Animation, Comics and Cinematic adaptations 
  • Technological issues and production processes in Animation
  • Uncanny Valley 
  • Aesthetic languages in Animation/Comics - from stylisation to realism
  • Drawing and line in Animation/Comics
  • Colour and lighting  in Animation/Comics
  • Animation History 
  • Contemporary issues in Animation/Comics
  • Animation styles throughout the World
  • Rhythm, pacing and movement in Animation
  • Pop Culture and Animation/Comics
  • Documentary Animation
  • Post-Memory
  • Animation and subversion of norms
  • Animation as language of resistance 
  • (Im)materialities of Animation 
  • Interdisciplinary approaches to studying Animation/Comics
  • Author voice vs Market hegemony in Animation/Comics
  • New modes of spectatorship/readership of Animation/Comics
  • Medium specificity of Animation/Comics

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More about the journal:

Apart from the traditional article format we invite submissions of (audio)visual essays that can touch upon the mentioned above topics or be related to a broader area. These can feature films, film excerpts, storyboards, sketches etc.

For more information see below and contact us.


 Open Call for audiovisual essay submissions (always open)

JSTA aims to create a conceptual discussion around the audiovisual essay, not only as a creative process but also as a pedagogical and academic tool, to generate concepts and criteria for evaluation and scientific consideration. (Please see a version of our first audiovisual essay here). 

Therefore, JSTA is open to submissions of original audiovisual essays made with films, excerpts and other moving images. Works can have up to 15 minutes and should provide original insights in areas such as film and audiovisual studies; media studies; contemporary art; social sciences. Works submitted should not have been proposed to any other academic publication, despite the possibility of dissemination in other circuits. The call will not be restricted to academic practitioners but the process of evaluation will follow its procedures.

Each audiovisual essay should be accompanied by a research statement by the author (up to 1500 words), articulating research aims and the process of work. Each work will be submitted to an open peer-review process, in which audiovisual essay and author’s statement will be published alongside the reviewers’ critical evaluations of the work. After the submission acceptance, the author will be asked to provide a printable version of the audiovisual essay (selecting around 20 frames of the original work).

Submissions should have:
- a video file (MP4, with H264 codec), no longer than 15 minutes and with less than 500 Mb,
- a word document with the research statement (up to 1500 words). 

Possible working topics:
-The use of sound in mise-en-scène;
-Cinema and technology;
-Poetics of time and space;
-Movement, ambience and colour;
-Editing based film criticism;
-The history of cinema and its rhymes;
-Gestures and techniques of the audiovisual essay;
-Desktop cinema;
-The intersection of film and visual arts;
-New paths of contemporary cinema;
-Films inside films and cinematic universe clashes;
-Audiovisual essay as a pedagogical tool;
-Audiovisual essay and practice-based research.