Dr. Millie Young, courtesy of Pattarasuda Anuman Rajadhon

Extended deadline: April 5th, 2024

It is with deep sadness for our collective loss, but also with much gratitude for many precious memories, that we invite contributions dedicated to celebrating the life and legacy of our wonderful friend and colleague Dr. Millie Young. Millie was an animation educator, award-winning artist, scholar, advocate, animal lover, and adventure seeker. Her presence was bright in more ways than one, and her joie de vivre irresistibly infectious. Her undimmable creative spark and tirelessly independent spirit were inspiring to witness and learn from.

She wrote, “I animate, therefore I am an illustrator. I illustrate, therefore I teach. I teach, therefore I draw on my environment. In drawing on my environment, I am animated!” She was indeed perpetually unstoppably animated, but she also animated the rest of us; through her vast knowledge of and passion for Thai animation, her soulful elefunks, her experimental spirit and ability to push the boundaries of emerging and immersive technologies in her projects, and her dedication to meaningful storytelling.

For this in memoriam, we invite tributes, reminiscences, and reflections on Millie’s numerous contributions to the pedagogy, art, and study of animated media, and to SAS as an organization and a global community of kindred spirits.

Submissions may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Responses and reflections on Millie’s publications, conference talks at SAS and other events;
  • Responses to, reflections on and reviews of Millie’s animated projects;
  • Thoughts on building on Millie’s work and incorporating it into our own practice and pedagogy;
  • Creative works in dialogue with Millie’s own art or with her creative process and themes;
  • Memories of Millie at SAS, including at last year’s conference at Rowan University, where she screened her immersive experience Elephant, Elephant, Elephant.

Please help us celebrate Millie’s life and work and honour the mark she has left on our field and our hearts.

Posts that are between 600 and 900 words discussing any aspect of the above topics are welcome. Please forward the text as a Word document, and contributors are encouraged to include clips, and at least one image to support their posts (less than 2MB in size per image). Please also include a short bio (100 words max) and 3 keywords. All permissions are the responsibility of the contributor. 

Please contact editors Carmen Hannibal and Anastasiia Gushchina via blog@animationstudies.org with submissions or questions.