Animation Theory

Schools of Public Engagement: Media Studies

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students

Animation Theory

Fall 2022

Taught By: Deborah Levitt

Section: A

CRN: 14394

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.

Media Studies courses are open to all graduate students. Undergraduate Juniors and Seniors with permission from the instructor and BA/MA Media studies students should email mediastudiesadvising@newschool.edu for access.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Media Studies (NMDS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 11

Add/Drop Deadline: September 12, 2022 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 20, 2022 (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: 10:36pm 9/28/2022 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm

Building: Academic Entrance 63 Fifth Ave

Room: 304

Date Range: 8/29/2022 - 12/12/2022