Call For Paper International Conference: Animation in Africa and the Arab World

The Arab Democratic Center in Berlin is pleased to launch a call for papers for the International Hybrid Conference on

Appel à contribution Conférence International, « L’art de l’animation en Afrique et dans le monde arabe.         


From Geneses to Present Day: Challenges and Perspectives

Date: November 2-3, 2024

Location: Zoom + In-person at the University of Kairouan-Tunisia

N.B:  Participation is free of charge

Articles are accepted in English, Arabic, and French.


Arab and African animation has come into the spotlight, gaining more visibility in international festivals by virtue of a renewal of interest and curiosity for these societies since the popular uprising of 2011. The primary aim of this conference is to bring attention to film production that is still barely explored in film discursive practices and to expand the existing knowledge base on film and animation. The second objective is to map the theoretical field of African and Arab animation by approaching it as a whole. By “a whole”, we mean not only the final artwork but the whole ecosystem involved in its production, from the training of its authors to the various circuits of its distribution. This conference will focus on its inherent hybridity (between art and technology), its multi-layered filiations with other artistic expressions, its marginal status as a practice and in film studies, and how animation can be a social witness to major transformations.


La mise au-devant de la scène internationale de l’animation arabe et africaine s’explique, en grande partie, par un renouveau d’intérêt et de curiosité pour ces sociétés, depuis les soulèvements populaires de 2011. Le premier objectif de cette conférence est de mettre en lumière ces cinémas encore peu investis par les discours filmiques et de renouveler la littérature mondiale sur le film et l’art de l’animation. Le deuxième objectif est de baliser en largeur le champ théorique de l’animation africaine et arabe en l’approchant comme un objet total.

Full Call of paper on:

English Full Call

French Full Call


  • July 14, 2024 : Deadline by which contributors should submit their abstracts to
  • Results of abstract review returned to authors by July 25, 2024
  • August 20, 2024: Submission Deadline of the full paper.
  • September 25, 2024: Results of full conference paper review returned to authors
  • October 10, 2024, Final articles should be sent to be published