Persistence of Vision: Women Reframing Animation

London, 28. June 2019.

 Dear Colleagues

Registration is now open for the above one-day symposium at Goldsmiths, University of London on June 28 2019. 

Please register here, check the events page for updates and follow persistence_of_vision on Instagram/ #POVGold on Twitter. 

Programme to be finalised shortly, but so far we have the following contributors confirmed:


Keynote speaker: Dr Caroline Ruddell (Brunell University)

Chair of industry panel: Jessica Ashman - Animator/ animation tutor at Goldsmiths

Industry speakers:
Sophie Koko Gate - animator
Esther Ajibade - animator
Nush Naanayakkara - animator

Terry Wragg - Leeds Animation Workshop
Kate Jessop
Stacy Bias
Sally Pearce
Sage Brice
Carolyn Elerding
Sunny Teich

Hope to see you there.

Ceiren Bell
Convener, Integrated Degree
Department of Media, Communications and Cultural Studies

Goldsmiths, University of London
New Cross, London SE14 6NW

+44 2072964271



Friday 28th June 2019

Goldsmiths, University of London

Keynote speaker: Caroline Ruddell, Brunel University

Call for Papers: Friday 22th April 2019

We are inviting contributions for this one-day symposium, supported by MeCCSA Women’s Network and hosted by the Department of Media, Communications and Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths, to be held on Friday 28thJune.

Animation is a medium like no other.  It is accessible in ways other forms of film making are not; it breaks down cultural, social and technical boundaries and as such has a distinctive potential as a tool for education, activism and engagement.  It has the power to imagine all sorts of possibilities, and as such has a unique ability to illuminate and realise radical ideas and concepts – particularly for those cultural creators traditionally excluded from creative systems of power.

This symposium provides an inclusive space for academics, practitioners and students to investigate what it is about animation that attracts and gives space to these voices, while also asking what might be done to amplify them at industry level.  It will be an opportunity to explore the subversive nature of animation and consider ways that this medium, in various forms, can be used as a critical resource to communicate, engage and engender social change. 

In response to this, we welcome papers, innovative presentations and workshops (details of workshop facilities below) on, but not limited to, the following topics:

•  The impact of identity on animation production/ autobiographical animation
•  Animated documentary/ documentary animation/ essay films
•  Feminism and animation
•  Animated activism
•  Application of animation for teaching, learning and research
•  Animation as interdisciplinary exploration/ collaboration
•  Animation for pleasure and profit: making your space in the industry

Abstracts of up to 250 words, as well as full author details (name, position, contact details and institutional affiliation/s if applicable), should be submitted by Friday 12thApril 2019 to Ceiren Bell at Contributors will be notified of the outcome by Friday 10thMay 2019.

This event is inclusive of all who identify as women – trans, non-binary and cis - and we value all voices, experiences and participants regardless of their academic standing, educational level, ethnicity, class, (dis)abilities, or employment status.  We are unable to provide childcare facilities, but children are welcome to attend the conference under the supervision and responsibility of their parent(s).


We are looking for creative, dynamic, interactive and practical proposals for a 1 - 2 hour workshop session to create a collaborative animated piece that seeks to explore animation as a radical, empowering experiential practice.

The session will involve 20 - 30 participants, with two student helpers.  Participants may include animators, academics and students from the University as well as local schools and colleges.  The available space has tables and chairs and a Mac-based audio-visual system. There is a small budget for paper, drawing materials etc and there are four digital SLR cameras and tripods available.

Submissions are welcome from anyone who is involved in any aspect of animation.