Professor Paul Ward and Paul Taberham from BA (Hons) Animation Production feature in a prestigious series of books for the American Film Institute (AFI).

The books, published by Routledge, are internationally recognised.

Paul Taberham co-edited the anthology ‘Cognitive Media Theory’ with Ted Nannicelli and contributed a chapter.

‘Across the academy, scholars are debating the question of what bearing scientific inquiry has upon the humanities. The latest addition to the AFI Film Readers series, Cognitive Media Theory takes up this question in the context of film and media studies. This collection of essays by internationally recognized researchers in film and media studies, psychology, and philosophy offers film and media scholars and advanced students an introduction to contemporary cognitive media theory—an approach to the study of diverse media forms and content that draws upon both the methods and explanations of the sciences and the humanities.’

Professor Ward, who is also Course Leader for MA Animation Production wrote a chapter in ‘Pervasive Animation‘ on Animation Studies as an Interdisciplinary Teaching Field.

This new addition to the AFI Film Readers series brings together original scholarship on animation in contemporary moving image culture, from classic experimental and independent shorts to digital animation and installation. The collection – that is also a philosophy of animation – foregrounds new critical perspectives on animation, connects them to historical and contemporary philosophical and theoretical contexts and production practice, and expands the existing canon. Throughout, contributors offer an interdisciplinary roadmap of new directions in film and animation studies, discussing animation in relationship to aesthetics, ideology, philosophy, historiography, visualization, genealogies, spectatorship, representation, technologies, and material culture.’