The Society for Animation Studies

The 21st Annual Society for Animation Studies Conference, subtitled The Persistence of Animation, will be held July 10-12, 2009, at the Atlanta campus of the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Held under the auspices of SCAD-Atlanta’s Animation Department, the conference features over 50 scholars and filmmakers from around the world who will present papers on a wide range of topics relating to animation history and theory; in addition, there will be workshops on teaching animation history and animation production. The conference itself will kick off with a keynote address Andrew Darley, a renown British media theorist.

In conjunction with the conference, the SCAD Library will be presenting a special exhibition, Behind the Cels: Selections from SCAD’s Don Bluth Collection, featuring art work donated to the school by Don Bluth and Gary Goldman; Goldman will introduce the exhibit during the conference on Saturday, July 11th, and will also be present at a free reception, which is open to the public, Thursday evening, July 9th, from 6:00-8:00 pm.

Finally, ASIFA-Atlanta, in conjunction with the High Museum of Art, is organizing Georgia Animation on Our Mind: A Retrospective of Peachtree State Animation, which will screen at the nearby Woodruff Arts Center’s Rich Auditorium. The program features short animations, including experimental shorts, TV commercials and Avery Matthews, a never-aired Cartoon Network pilot.

For details on the SAS conference, including registration fees, check out the conference blog. You can also sign up for free tickets to the Friday night screenings at the ASIFA-Atlanta website.


  • Katella Gate

    I will definitely be attending the Bluth exhibit, but after years of living in So Cal, how odd to catch up to his stuff in Georgia.

  • http://www.thehungryreader.com Krepta

    Unrelated to the post: which one is Morty and which one is Ferdie?

  • http://ramapithblog.blogspot.com David Gerstein

    Morty in the spiked cap (originally a Jughead-style mechanic’s crown), Ferdie in the flat-brimmed cap.

  • http://www.onanimation.com Daniel Caylor

    First New Orleans, and now Atlanta. Southern states are getting spoiled. The High is such a nice museum, that should be a nice exhibit.

  • Tom D.

    this is perhaps the most effeminate drawing of mickey mouse ever made.