Animation Theory

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Culture & Media

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students (with Restrictions)
Animation Theory
Fall 2024
Taught By: Deborah Levitt
Section: A

CRN: 17607

Credits: 4

While film theory has been around for as long as cinema itself, animation theory is a relatively new field. The ascendance of digital production and CGI and the rethinking of the medium it has provoked has catalyzed a contemporary turn to animation within film and media studies. Animation theory is not a sub-discipline of media theory, however; it is an interdiscipline crossing a wide variety of fields and approaches. This class will survey the expanded field of animation theory. We will consider appearances of animation in early film theory, examine its role in theories of post-cinema, look at its uses in molecular biology labs as well as in data visualization and VR, and trace its relations to concepts of animism and animacies that link it to the cultural (geo)politics of racialization, ability, climate change, and indigenous ontologies. This wide-ranging approach to animation will provide a framework for thinking about the deep-structural connections between media technologies, life worlds, and social struggles. [Tracks M, S]

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Culture & Media (CAM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2024 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2024 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 12:56am EDT 5/25/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Wednesday
Times: 4:00pm - 6:40pm
Building: TBD
Room: TBD
Date Range: 8/26/2024 - 12/15/2024