Animation, described by Paul Wells (2002) as ‘the omnipresent pictorial form of the modern era’, is emerging as a significant area of academic study.

Animated Dialogues 2007 aims to bring together scholars from a range of disciplines whose work brings critical perspectives to bear on animation industries, texts and audiences.

Animated Dialogues 2007 is co-hosted by Monash University, Murdoch University and the Centre for Ideas, Victorian College of the Arts, UoM, and is also affiliated with the Society for Animation Studies ( The conference is planned to coincide with the 2007 Melbourne International Animation Festival, June 19-24, 2007.

The conference will comprise 2 full days of presentations at Monash University, Berwick campus, followed by one day devoted to
Australian animation at the Victorian College for the Arts, Melbourne.


> download full program (pdf 40kb)

(Program is subject to change)

Sunday 17th June, Monash University Berwick
9.30am - 10.00am
10am - 10.10am
> Welcome
Prof. Phil Steele, Campus Director and Pro-Vice Chancellor, Monash University Berwick
10.10am - 11.10am
> Keynote Address: 'Battlefields for the Undead : ReassessingAnimation Studies, and Other Romantic Interludes
Prof. Paul Wells, Director of Animation, School of Art and Design, Loughborough University, UK
11.10am - 11.30am
11.30am - 1.00pm
Session 1: G43, Building 901 > Trauma, Death and the Baroque
> (The) Death (of) the Animator, or: the Felicity of Felix, Part 1: Kingdom of Shadows
Alan Cholodenko, University of Sydney
> Anamorphic Consciousness and the Animated Baroque
Saige Walton, University of Melbourne
> Articulating Trauma
Dirk De Bruyn, Deakin University
1.00pm - 2.00pm
2.00pm - 3.30pm
Session 2A: G43, Building 901 > Japanese Anime
> The Ghibli Myth. Levi-Strass' theory of Myth in the Films of Studio Ghibli
Shreyas Desphpande, RMIT University
> From Sazae-san to Nana: A Longitudinal Study of the Images of Women as Represented in Postwar Japanese Anime
Carol Poon Man Wai, Tohoku University, Japan
> Making things new: regeneration and transcendence in anime
Mick Broderick, Murdoch University
Session 2B: LT 197, Building 902 > Czech Animation
> Learning from the Golden Age of Czechoslovak Animation: The Past as the Key to Unlocking Contemporary Issues
Lucie Joschko & Michael Morgan, Monash University
> Checking out a Czech Animator: How Michaela Pavlatova both incorporates and rebels against the Czech animation tradition
Miriam Harris, Unitec New Zealand
> The "Svankmajer" Touch
Cathryn Vasseleu, University of Technology, Sydney
3.30 pm - 4.00pm
4.00pm - 5.00pm
Session 3A: G43, Building 901 > The Uncanny
> Beyond Uncanny: Breaking from the Styleguide
Rachel Walls, University of Technology, Sydney
> The uncanny and the robot in the Astro Boy episode ' Franken'
Katharine Buljan, University of Sydney
Session 3B: LT 197, Building 902 > Perception
> Flowerpot Men: The nature and perception of the haptic image in the stop-motion animated productions of Brian Cosgrove and Richard Hall
Cordelia Brown, RMIT University
> Facial Expressions for Effective Communication of Emotion in Animated Characters
Andrew Buchanan, Graduate, RMIT University
5.00pm - 6.00pm
6pm - 7pm

Monday 18th June, Monash University Berwick
9.30am - 10.30am
G43, Building 901 > Spotlight on Antoinette Starkiewicz
10.30am - 11.00am
11.00am - 12.30am
Session 4A: G43, Building 901 > Art and Animation
> Animating Antarctic Landscape: Dialogues in Art and Science
Lisa Roberts, University of New South Wales
> Collage Aesthetics in Animation
Moon Sun Lee, RMIT University
> Animation and the Trace
Michael Roseth
Session 4B: LT 197, Building 902 > Special Effects
> The Hybridisation of the Moving Image: Film, and Digital Special Effects
Mark Power, Monash University
> Visual Effects Techniques Used to Create Movements and Expressions in the Animated Character 'Kong' in King Kong
Aarthi Sriram , RMIT University
> Brando Returns: Re-Animating the Dead
Lisa Bode, University of Queensland
12.30pm - 1.30pm
1.30pm - 2.30pm
Session 5A: G43, Building 901 > The Incredibles
> Final Fantasy or The Incredibles? Animation and the Uncanny Valley
Matthew Butler & Lucie Joschko, Monash University
> Saving the world from banality: Animated superheroes and the everyday post 9/11
Amanda Third, Murdoch University
Session 5B: LT 197, Building 902 > Flash animation
> Flashimation: Cultural Exchange Between Television and New Media
Michael Daubs, University of Western Ontario
> Behind the Flash Exterior: scratching the surface of online animated narratives
Peter Moyes, Griffith University
2.30pm - 3.00pm
3.00pm - 4.30pm
Session 6A: G43, Building 901 > Animation and Education
> Children's Animation in Taiwan
Zhi-Ming Su, Griffith University
> Squash, Strech, Anticipate, Follow-through: Animation Education in the Global Marketplace
Andi Spark, Griffith University
Session 6B: LT 197, Building 902 > 3D Animation
> Use of Traditional Narrative strategies in 3D computer Animation
Yen-Jung Chang, RMIT University
> Animated Microworlds: 3D Visions of Possible and Impossible Creatures Based on SEM (Scanning Electron Microscopy) Images
Tom Chandler, Monash University
> The limitations of 3D visuality
Rose Woodcock, Deakin University
4.30pm - 5.30pm
Grant Stone (Murdoch University) will curate a screening of 'Abracadabra. This event is not to be missed!

Tuesday 19th June, Victorian College of the Arts
9.00am - 9.30am

Opening Address
James Hewison, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Film Institute
10.00am -11.30am
Session 7: VCA, Federation Hall > Animated Ideas - Animated Objects
> To Ontology and Beyond
Bill Schaffer, University of Newcastle
> Object(ifying) Australian Animation
Lienors Torre, Deakin University
> Processing Animation
Dan Torre, RMIT University
11.30am - 12.00noon
VCA, Federation Hall > Archiving Australian Animation
> The Animation Collection in the National Film Sound Archives
TBA, National Film Sound Archive
> Focus on Alex Stitt and John Sheffer.
Exhibition Opening and Q & A.
12.00 - 1.00pm
1.00pm -2.00pm
Session 8: VCA, Federation Hall > Animating Art and Commerce (Early Australian Focus)
> A Surrealist Film Practice – the Animated Films of Dusan Marek
Arthur Cantrill, University of Melbourne
> Competition as an engine of animation's development: 'The Big Bad Combine', Australian Animated Cartoons and Waste Not Want Not (1939)
Keith Bradbury, Griffith University
2.00pm - 3.00pm
Session 9: VCA, Federation Hall > Animating Culture (Australian Focus)
> Yoram Gross's Camel Boy as an example of intercultural understanding within the popular culture of ‘multicultural’ Australia
Grant Stone, Murdoch University
> Animation and Ethnographic Documentation
David Ritchie, Deakin University
3.00pm - 3.30pm
3.30pm - 4.30pm
VCA, Federation Hall > Panel Discussion: Animation: Re-packaged for the Future
Paul Wells, plus 4 other panellists
4.30pm - 5.00pm
VCA, Federation Hall
Animated Performance Screening
Opening Night MIAF

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Conference Organising Committee:

Dr Amanda Third
Division of Arts, Murdoch University
Dr Marian Quigley, Honorary Research Fellow
Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University
Dr Daniel Black
Faculty of Arts, Monash University
Dr Rebecca De Rozario
Faculty of Arts, Monash University
Tom Chandler
Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University
Mark Power
Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University
Lucie Joschko, PhD student
Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University
Lienors Torre
Deakin University, The Centre for Ideas, VCA
Dan Torre
RMIT University
Robert Stephenson
School of Film and TV, VCA
Dr Elizabeth Presa
Centre for Ideas, VCA



Office of the Pro Vice Chancellor Berwick Campus, Monash University
Division of Arts, Murdoch University
Faculty of Arts, Monash University
Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University
School of Creative Media, RMIT University
The Centre for Ideas, Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts, Uinversity of Melbourne
School of Communication & Creative Arts, Deakin University
Society of Animation Studies

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> pdf 40kb
(Program is subject to change)

Conference fees
3 days attendance
Waged: $200
Unwaged: $110
1 day attendance
Waged > $110
Unwaged > $55

To register online, please click here.

For catering purposes, we would appreciate receiving your registration by *June 8* although online registration is available up until the 15th June, 2007.

*If you wish to register at the conference, please be advised that an additional $20 administration fee will be charged.*

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