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This year's theme 'The Animated Environment' will explore all aspects of the animated, with a special emphasis on animated worlds, spaces, environments, and experiences.

We will explore animation’s relevance to global environmental and spatial concerns such as borders, the riparian, world building, ecological concerns, symbiosis, sustainability, and climate change. Rowan University hopes to gather together animation scholars and practitioners from around the world in celebration of all things animated.

​Rowan University is a public research university located in Glassboro, NJ. It is conveniently situated within 18 miles of the historic city of Philadelphia and just two hours from both New York City and Washington, DC. Conference attendees will be in close proximity to some of the greatest cities in the U.S. for art, history, and creative economies. 

Under the theme 'The Animated Environment' we invite proposals that look both outside and inside the traditional boundaries of animation. We seek to engage in dialogs concerning animated environments and ecologies in all their forms, from AI and machine learning, immersive environments, small file formats, environmental art, animated spaces, kinetic sculpture, to climate change, geography, conservation, and ecology. Through the theme we hope to envision a world that goes beyond the traditional boundaries of the animated form and explore innovative practices that work to expand and develop animation approaches that are proactive, engaged, and informed.​

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June 12-16, 2023


Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ


In-Person Registration includes registration fees,  4 days lunch, access to all keynotes, screenings, panels, social and networking events

  • Registration:
    • $290 - Early Bird Discount: Register before March 11, 2023
      • All early bird discounts will appear at checkout.
    • $315 - Regular Rate: March 11, 2023 - June 11, 2023
    • $350 - Onsite Registration
  • Student Registration 
    • $250 - until June 1, 2023
    • $290 - June 1-16, 2023
  • Virtual Only (access to online conference only)
    • $200 - Online conference only via Zoom links
  • Dormitory Housing (available June 11-June 16)
    • Room rate:  $55 per night (Cost covers stay in a single bedroom in a 4 person suite)
    • Linen Package - $75

Refund Policy

  • Dormitory Housing - Full refund minus 15% processing fee before after June 1, 2023. No refunds after June 1, 2023.
  • Conference - Full refund minus 15% processing fee before June 1, 2023. No refunds after June 1, 2023.


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