Call for Papers: The Inaugural Conference of the Association for Chinese Animation Studies, Zoom, Spring 2021  

The inaugural conference of the Association for Chinese Animation Studies (ACAS), originally scheduled to be held at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in May 2020, is highly likely to be conducted virtually via Zoom from Feb to May in 2021. The virtual panels will be scheduled on weekends when we are free from teaching and classes. There will be one or two panels every weekend and the entire conference will last for a semester from Feb to May in 2021. Without the constraints of a location-specific conference, we can increase the scale of the Zoom conference by including more speakers hailing from all over the world.   

If you are interested in presenting your work at our Zoom conference, please submit your paper title, abstract (in 250 words), and a bio of yourself (in 250 words) to acas@ust.hk before September 1, 2020. For your email subject, please write “ACAS Zoom Conference Submission.” ACAS is open to different paper topics, so long as they are related to greater China, including the diasporic communities. To get a sense of what kind of papers we are interested in, please take a look at the original conference program <http://acas.ust.hk/2019/11/22/the-inaugural-conference-of-the-association-for-chinese-animation-studies/> Applicants will be notified of our decision of acceptance on October 1, 2020.   

Students are especially welcome to submit and their papers will be automatically considered for the Best Student Paper Award. The full-length papers will be due on Jan 5, 2021.        

The Zoom conference will pave the way for the first handbook on Chinese animation studies, to be published by a major university press in the US. It may also lead to the publication of a special journal issue based in the US. If the coronavirus permits, a following-up face-to-face workshop may be held at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (exact date to be decided later) for the purpose of paper revision and publication. High-quality essays will be translated into Chinese and published by a top film journal in mainland China.               

For questions and enquiries, please email acas@ust.hk.

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