The 22nd Annual Society for Animation Studies Conference


The Society for Animation Studies, founded in 1987, is an international organisation dedicated to the study of animation history and theory. Its annual conference is held in locations throughout the world, where delegates present their research. The 2010 conference, Animation Evolution, will be held at Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland. The conference is supported by the animation department and involvement from the Scottish Animation Group.

ECA is located in the heart of the city’s historic old town, and has been on its present site since 1907. Its origins can be traced back to the Academy of Arts, established in 1760, with the formation of Edinburgh College of Art in 1906.

The animation department has enjoyed considerable success over the years. Staff and students have won awards around the world and have had their work screened on television in the UK and abroad.

Scotland has a thriving creative industry with animation continuing to play a significant part. One of the most ground breaking animators, Norman McLaren was born in Stirling and the conference will address his legacy with a roundtable discussion, looking to his centenary in 2014.