Texas Tech University

APES 2019

Animation & Public Engagement Symposium 2019 
September 19-21,  Texas Tech University, Lubbock

APES is an annual forum for professionals (scholars and practitioners) concerned with advancing and promoting animation as therapeutic practice, educational technique, and as a tool for social engagement. The symposium identifies new terrains in the interface of animation with society and offers an alternative views of animation beyond artistic expression, entertainment or marketing tool.

Intrinsically interdisciplinary, APES encourages groundbreaking research on the intersection of animation arts and public engagement to identify new fields of inquiry and study vis-à-vis the connection of animation and the public sphere. APES brings together scholars and researchers from areas such as health/well-being; social impact and activism; therapeutic studies, including art and psychotherapies; and educational initiatives.

Keynote Speakers

  • Dr. Bella Honess Roe, Director of Film Studies (University of Surrey, U.K)
  • Dr. Dan Torre, Senior Lecturer School of Media and Communication (RMIT, Melbourne, Australia)

APES 2019 will take place on September 19th-21st at the Texas Tech University, Lubbock campus. Follow this link for the complete symposium schedule.

Since 2014 APES has been organized by two U.K. organizations and research groups associated with Loughborough University: Healing Education Animation Research Therapy (HEART) and the Animation Academy.

APES has invited scholars and professionals from a variety of fields who identify with the cross-disciplinary nature of animation to propose papers, presentations, short film screenings, photographic essays, and interactive talks. APES encouraged submissions from disciplines outside of film and animation that show a cross-disciplinary nature and that propose alternative presentation styles.

Endorsers and Sponsors

APES19 is endorsed by HEART (UK), the Animation Academy (UK) and the School of Design and Creative Arts, Loughborough University.

The symposium is made possible by the generous support of the Texas Tech Office for Research and Innovation, the J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual and Performing Arts, the Humanities Center at Texas Tech, the Ryla T. & John F. Lott Endowment for Excellence in the Arts through the School of Art, the Art History Area in the School of Art, the Tech Art History Society (TAHS) and the Society of Animation Studies (SAS).


  • USA: Jorgelina Orfila (Texas Tech University) & Francisco Ortega (Texas Tech University)
  • U.K: Roberta Bernabei (Loughborough University) & Melanie Hani (Homefield College, U.K)