October theme: Animation and documentary

Deadline: September 26th 2016.

October’s theme explores the many possible intersections between animation and documentary. On occasion of both the Norman McLaren-Evelyn Lambart Award for best book and for best article on animation having been assigned this year to two pieces of scholarship addressing nonfiction animation, we invite contributions that engage with the long-lasting marriage between the documentary genre and the medium of animation. In particular, we seek posts that tackle the dynamic changes that throughout the decades have occurred at the intersection of animation and documentary at the level of content, aesthetics and production processes.
Topics include but are not limited to:

– The use of animation in otherwise live-action documentaries
– The animated documentary, its history and its aesthetics
– The animated mockumentary and the employment of documentary aesthetics in fictional animated works
– Early nonfiction animation experiments
– National differences in intersecting animation and documentary
– The political implications of the animated representation of reality
– Animation and the perception of the real
– Animation and indexicality

Posts of between 300 and 500 words, which discuss any aspect of the above topic are welcome. Contributors are encouraged to include clips and images to support their posts. Please also include a short bio to accompany the post. All permissions are the responsibility of the contributor. Please contact the editors Cristina Formenti (cristina.formenti@unimi.it) and Jacqueline Ristola (Jacqueline.ristola@gmail.com) for submissions and questions.