Animation Theory

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Culture & Media

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students (with Restrictions)
Animation Theory
Fall 2023
Taught By: Deborah Levitt
Section: A

CRN: 14289

Credits: 3

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. NOTE: Students who register for the UG section will earn undergraduate credit at the completion of the course. Students wishing to earn Graduate credit must register for the graduate section of the course. Students intending to apply a graduate course toward the senior capstone requirement must register for the graduate section. [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: 12

Add/Drop Deadline: September 11, 2023 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 19, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* 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: 6:16am EDT 9/29/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Friday
Times: 9:00am - 11:40am
Building: 6 East 16th Street
Room: 902
Date Range: 9/1/2023 - 12/15/2023