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Symposium: Interactive Animation and Video Games. Friday 8th March

Augustine House, Rhodaus Town, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2YA: Room AH3.31 (Top floor)

We are delighted to announce that Intellect will be joining us at the Symposium.

Intellect is an independent academic publisher in the arts and humanities, publishing scholarly books and journals that exemplify their mission as publishers of original thinking. Intellect have a wide range of Visual Arts and Cultural Studies journals to include Animation Practice, Production & Process, Studies in Comics, Virtual Creativity and the Journal of Gaming and Virtual Worlds. Their recent book titles include Superman: The Movie and Planet Cosplay: Costume Play, Identity and Global Fandom.

Intellect’s representative Jack will be onsite to discuss publishing opportunities throughout the event. Please if you would like to arrange a meeting.

Intellect will be selling books and journals throughout Anifest with up to 50% discount. Please do visit the stall on Friday 8th March! We will be based in the main symposium room.

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9:00 - 9:30


Register and join us for a coffee

9:30 - 9:40


Welcome from Symposium organiser Christopher Holliday (King’s College London)

9:40 - 11:00

Panel 1: Experiencing Virtual Realities

Danny Bacchus (Sheffield Hallam University)
Life is Beautiful. Always: Using Virtual Reality to share the experience of disability


Tom Livingstone (University of Kent)
Representing Interactivity: Lessons from the Multiplex


Mihaela Mihailova (University of Michigan)
Immersed in Nature: Virtual Reality and Environmental Discourse

11:00 - 11:30

Tea and Coffee Break

Networking and refreshments

11:30 - 12:30

Panel 2: Style and Narrative across Platforms

Richard Fejes (Eötvös Loránd University)

Building Alternate Realities: Real World as a Medium in ARG Storyworlds


Jeeshan Gazi (University of Westminster)

Realism and (Final) Fantasy: on HD remakes of early 3D console titles

12:30 - 13:10


Networking and lunch provided

13:10 - 13:30

Film Screening

A chance to see some of the shortlisted films of the Anifest film competition

13:30 - 14:50

Panel 3: Pedagogy and / in Practice

Jessica Rutherford (Loughborough University) (via Skype)Enabling the neurodiverse to fulfil educational potential: Can animation be the answer?


Rónán Lynch (Dundalk Institute of Technology)

Becoming Animated in an Online Learning Environment


Peter Morris (Dundalk Institute of Technology)

Remote Control? Online Supervision of Animation Capstone Project

14:50 - 15:00


A quick comfort break

15:00 - 16:40

Panel 4: Issues in Interactivity

Maggie Xiaoge Li (University of Southampton)

Digital Interaction: Chinese Style Role-Playing Games and National Fantasy


Raz Greenberg (Tel Aviv University)

The Animation of Gamers and Gamers as Animators in Sierra Online's Graphic Adventures


Julia Eckel (Ruhr-University, Bochum)

“Screenshot of it didn’t happen” – The Interactivity of Documenting Game Animation


Takis Kyriakoulakos (University of the Aegean)

The Praxis in Computer Animation: figurative, interactive, engaging, playful

16:40 - 16:50


Another quick comfort break

16:50 - 17:45

Keynote Speaker

Professor Aylish Wood (University of Kent)

No Man’s Sky and Everything: interactions in their digitally mediated worlds

17:45 - 18:30

Film Screening

An opportunity to see some more of the best films submitted to the Anifest film competition


Conference End

Hope you had a great day and will join us for more screenings and awards ceremony on Saturday

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