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Conference program

Twisted Dreams of History. V4 Perspective on Propaganda, Ideology and Animation
International Academic Conference on Animated Film

Kraków, Poland
Dates: 23. – 24. 11. 2017

Foundation for Promotion of Artistic, Film and Audiovisual Culture

Project realized with the support of:
International Visegrad Fund

Academic Partner:
Faculty of Humanities, AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow

Project Partners:
Bielska Gallery BWA in Bielsko-Biała

PAF Festival of Film Animation, Olomouc, Czech Republic

Primanima World Festival of First Animations, Budaors, Hungary

Fest Anča, Žilina, Slovakia

The problem of interconnection of ideology and animation bears potential for vital discussion about the past and contemporaneity. Analysis of this issue may prove significant for comprehension of media discourse. The cyber-revolution made mass-communication more accessible, egalitarian and interactive but at the same time multitude threats and pathologies have been generated. In the era of ‘fake news’ and ‘post-truth’ participants of audiovisual communication, particularly young ones, are inevitably lost in information overload and phantom ideologies. Youth from V4 countries is a first generation born in a democratic system for whom authoritarian regimes belong to the distant past. It is necessary to take upon the effort of raising their awareness of indoctrination mechanisms typical for both 20th and 21st century media discourses.

Animated propaganda will be treated as a ‘laboratory’ that allows examining mechanisms of
agitation and indoctrination that reproduce themselves within current media. Through historical research on the ideological entanglement of animation, the conference aims to enrich the knowledge of common cultural heritage of V4 countries which were subjugated to various forms of totalitarian and authoritarian regimes.

We invite established and aspiring academics from V4 and other countries to present their research in the form of lectures delivered during the conference as well as articles published in the planned monograph. The event is open to academic of any degree, also students are welcome to submit their papers.

Additional events:

  • “Animated Propaganda Workshop” for youth
  • “Propaganda Urban Walk” around Krakow
  • Screening “Anti-propaganda, Anti-ideology”
  • Screening “Communist Propaganda from Central-East Europe”
  • Exhibition “Socialist Realism Posters from Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Poland”