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The complete programme for the Propaganda, Ideology and Animation at, with Theo Ushev as a guest and panels of animation professionals all over Europe.

Zagreb School of animation, Chinese animation, Nazi animation, Soviet propaganda but also contemporary feature animation and video games have their place in the 2-day conference Twisted Dreams of History V4: Propaganda, Ideology and Animation, which takes place 23-24 November 2017, at Etiuda and Anima Festival.

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.

A continuation of the 2013 Twisted Dreams conference, this one extends its mandate to state and identity politics within a wide range of animation production, both pre-Cold War, during and after European integration.

It includes talks and speakers (assembled by conference organizers Olga Bobrowska and Michał Bobrowski) like Brigitta Iványi-Bitter (Hungary, " Hungarian Animation Series from the Cold War Era""), Paola Bristot ("Playing Toy Soldier"), Mikhail Gurevich ("End of History Eastern Style), Michaela Mertová ("Czech Propaganda"), Chenning Guo ("Women through Silent Paper-Cut Animation),  Maroš Brojo ("Slovak digital games"), our own Head Editor Vassilis Kroustallis ("Travelling with Crulic"), and Theo Ushev ("A-Z: Animation as a weapon").

 Here's the full programme: 

 23/11/2017, Thursday

PANEL I: ANIMATING MASSES. COMMUNIST ART BEYOND SOVIET PARADIGM
9:00 am - 11:00 am

Keynote speech: Brigitta Iványi-Bitter PhD (MOME, Budapest, Hungary): "Self-destroying Propaganda. Hungarian Animation Series from the Cold War Era"

Midhat Ajanović PhD (University West in Trollhättan, Sweden):
"Titoism and the Idea of ‘The Third Road’ as Ideological Foundation of Zagreb School for Animated Film"

Olga Bobrowska (Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland)
">>Not to Worship Is Impossible<<: Notes on Representation of Leadership in Chinese Animation "

PANEL II: A LESSON NOT LEARNT. AVANT-GARDE UTOPIAS BEFORE WWII
11:15 am - 1:00 pm

Paola Bristot (Academy of Fine Arts in Venice, Italy), video lecture
Playing Toy Soldiers

Guo Chunning PhD (Renmin University of China, Beijing)
The Echo of Women Through Silent Paper-cut Animation: “Scissorhands” Lotte Reiniger’s Reflection Through Body Language

Magdalena Krzosek-Hołody (University of Rzeszow, Poland)
Veryfing Peiper’s City, Mass and Machine Manifesto Through Animated Film

PANEL III: ELUSIVE FORMS. PLAYING WITH POLITICS IN HYBRID GENRES
1:45 pm - 3:00 pm

Maroš Brojo (Fest Anča, Žilina, Slovakia)
Cultural Influences and Reflections on Ideology in Slovak Digital Games of Late 80s and Early 90s

Vassilis Kroustallis (Ionian University, Corfu, Greece)
Travelling with Crulic: Static Ideology and the Moving Construction of a European Cultural Imaginary

24/11/2017, Friday
PANEL IV: ARTISTS AND DOCTRINAIRES. POLITICS IN CZECHOSLOVAK ANIMATION
9:00 am - 10:30 am

Keynote speech: Michaela Mertová (Czech National Film Archives in Prague)
The Propaganda in the Czech Animation in the Second Half of the 1940s and the 1950s

Bogusław Zmudziński PhD (AGH University of Science and Technology, Kraków, Poland), lecture in Polish
Jan Švankmajer: Ideology and Propaganda

Jiří Žák (PAF Festival, Olomouc, Czech Republic)
The Death of Stalinism in Bohemia or the Aspects of Propaganda as Viewed by Jan Švankmajer

PANEL V: IDEOLOGIZED IMAGERY. IDENTITY CONSTRUCTIONS AND IMAGES OF ENEMY
10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Michał Mróz (University of Warsaw, Poland), lecture in Polish
Propaganda à la Fairytale. Nazi Animated Film on the WWII Frontlines

Michał Bobrowski PhD (Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland)
Ideological Hall of Mirrors. Reflections of Soviet Propaganda in American Propaganda of the Cold War

Piotr Budzyński (University of Lodz, Poland)
Propagandistic Role of Stereotypes in the Polish Short Historical Animations

PANEL VI: AFTER THE END. PROPAGANDA DECONSTRUCTED
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Mikhail Gurevich (Independent scholar, Chicago, USA)
"End of history" Eastern style: Teasing the Sacred Cows in Soviet/Russian Animation in Late 1980s through Early 2000s

Theodore Ushev (Filmmaker, Montreal, Canada)
A-Z manifesto 2017 (Animation as a weapon)


ACCOMPANYING EVENTS

FILM SCREENINGS
23/11/2017: Frame by Frame Agitation: Propaganda Aesthetics in Poland, Czechoslovakia and Hungary, 3:45 pm, Małopolski Ogród Sztuki, Small Screening Room, ul. Rajska 12

24/11/2017: Frame by Frame Agitation: War and Economics, 3:00 pm, Małopolski Ogród Sztuki, Small Screening Room, ul. Rajska 12

POSTERS EXHIBITION: 
Art of Slogans: Exhibition of Propaganda Posters from Poland and Hungary, Nov. 21st - 30th, Dom Polonii, Rynek Główny 14

PROPAGANDA URBAN WALK
24/11/2017 & 25/11/2017, from 11:00 am to 1 pm// Registration at the Festival Reception at least 1 day before the tour// Guide: Maciej Gil 

Twisted Dreams of History V4: Propaganda, Ideology and Animation Conference takes place 23-24 November 2017, at Etiuda and Anima Festival.

Organizer:
Foundation for Promotion of Artistic, Film and Audiovisual Culture "Etiuda and Anima"
Project realized with the support of: International Visegrad Fund
Academic Partner: Faculty of Humanities, AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow
Conference Academic Committee:
Professor Stefan Bielański (Pedagogical University of Cracow), Professor Barbara Gąciarz (AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow), Professor Alicja Helman (Jagiellonian University, University of Humanities and Economics in Lodz), Professor Jadwiga Hučková (Jagiellonian University), Professor Andrzej Pitrus (Jagiellonian University), Professor Anna Siwik (AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow)

Conference Organizational Committee:
Olga Bobrowska, Michał Bobrowski PhD, Bogusław Zmudziński PhD

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
Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow
Confucius Institute of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow