Professor Shane Blackman (Canterbury Christ Church University), Dr Asya Draganova, (Birmingham City University) and Dr Alan Payne (University of Kent) are coorganising a whole day of events celebrating the Canterbury Sound.
Dr Chris Pallant and Jo Samuel are putting the final touches to this year’s Anifest, a celebration of animation and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
Canterbury Christ Church University
29-30 September 2017
FREE TICKETS to all students, under 16s and over 60s.
Friday 29th September: 9am-6pm AH3.13, Augustine House
Animators, scholars, and historians will gather to share knowledge around the subject of Walt Disney’s Snow White and Seven Dwarfs (1937) – a film that also celebrates a significant anniversary this year: it turns 80! The symposium will feature a keynote presentation by Dr Amy Davis (University of Hull), author of Good Girls and Wicked Witches: Women in Disney’s Feature Animation (2006) and Handsome Heroes and Vile Villains: Masculinity in Disney’s Feature Films (2014).
Saturday 30th September: 10.00am-5.30pm, Augustine Hall
A full programme of behind-the-scenes talks from high-profile animation insiders: Tom Sito (Disney/DreamWorks), Jim Parkyn (Aardman), Tom Box (Blue Zoo), and Samantha Moore (a documentary filmmaker who specialises in animation). Workshops for stop motion model making and animated flipbooks will also be offered. Throughout the festival there will also be plenty of chances to see this year’s shortlisted films that are in contention for one of the Anifest Awards. The Saturday programme is great for all the family and students of all ages.
Website for tickets and prices: https://www.canterburyanifest.com/events-tickets
You can see a documentary of last year’s event here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUajlO2AdqQ
Canterbury Christ Church University is hosting a conference to mark the centenary of Sir Arthur C. Clarke
2017: A Clarke Odyssey
A Conference Marking the Centenary of Sir Arthur C. Clarke
Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, UK
Saturday 9 December 2017
Professor Charlotte Sleigh (University of Kent)
Sir Arthur C. Clarke is one of the most important British sf writers of the twentieth century – novelist, short-story writer, scriptwriter, science populariser, fan, presenter of documentaries on the paranormal, proposer of the uses of the geosynchronous orbit and philanthropist.
We want to celebrate his life, work and influence on science fiction, science and beyond.
Professor Charlotte Sleigh will open proceedings by looking at Clarke as an sf fan in the interwar years in London and how this intersected with his interest in science and its communication. Award-winning author Stephen Baxter will round out the event with an examination of Clarke’s non-fiction and how this positioned him as a significant public figure.
Our international conference speakers will address novels such as Childhood’s End, 2001: A Space Odyssey (book and film) and Imperial Earth, looking as issues such as transhumanism, Buddhism, terraforming and sexual politics. They will make connections to sf writers including Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, Olaf Stapledon and Liu Cixin, plus Star Trek. We will also discuss the Arthur C. Clarke Award.
Cost: Waged: £65
Unwaged and students £50
(Including lunch and refreshments)
To register please click here.
We would like to acknowledge the support of Serendip (https://www.clarkeaward.com/).
For more details see our blog at https://2017aclarkeodyssey.wordpress.com/