Call for Papers: Adaptation: Animation, Comics and Literature

A one-day academic symposium held at the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film 2014 in collaboration with the Society of Animation Studies, the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University Singapore, the Institute of Media Studies at Eberhard Karls University Tuebingen, the AG Animation and the Literaturhaus Stuttgart.

„Adaptation: Animation, Comics and Literature“

Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film/Literaturhaus Stuttgart, Thursday, April 24, 2014

Conference Chair:

Associate Prof. Hannes Rall
, Nanyang Technological University

Conference Co-Chair:
Prof. Dr. Susanne Marschall, Eberhard Karls University Tuebingen

Conference venue:
Literaturhaus Stuttgart, Breitscheidstr. 4, 70174 Stuttgart (Bosch Areal)



Comic characters and stories serve as source material for major Hollywood blockbusters. Films are accompanied by comic adaptations and/or novelizations. Very often films are being promoted in a trans-media campaign, which includes prequels, sequels and side projects in the form of animation, comics or books.

There is also a rich history of adaptations of classic and contemporary literature for independent animated short films or animated feature films.The rapidly growing graphic novel field also provides an abundance of examples of literature adaptations.

The symposium invites abstracts for 20-minute presentations and welcomes proposals on all aspects of adaptation in literature, comics (graphic novels) and animation/film. Proposals, which relate to the symposium topics in the wider sense will be preferred.

Topics can include, but are not limited to:

– Adaptations of written literature for comics and/or animation/film
– Adaptations of comics and graphic novels as animation or live action films
– Adaptations of films for written literature or comics
– Influence of comics on animation and vice versa: historic and current
– Comic adaptations of life action and animation films
– Adaptations for games
– Hybrid forms of written literature and comics/animation
– Animated poetry
– Analysis and comparisons of narrative structures in literature, comics and animation
– Avantgarde approaches of combing and re-inventing the media in new context

Please e-mail abstracts of 250 words maximum (excluding title) to the attention of the conference review committee at:

Abstracts should include your name, affiliation, e-mail address, and the title of your proposed paper. Please do also provide a short CV, with a maximum of 300 words as a separate document.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, February 21, 2014. Authors of accepted papers will be notified in the third week of March.

The call is open to all interested scholars, researchers and practitioners.
Accepted speakers as well as visitors of the symposium will need to get an accreditation for professionals at the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film 2014.

This will allow full access to the symposium as well as to the complete program of Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film for a very moderate fee-details will follow closer to the conference date.