The Call for Papers was very successful, with over 60 submissions received, of which only slightly more than half were from SAS members. Though the official deadline has past, the Conference Committee will continue to accept proposals with the understanding that they will only be considered after the first round of judging and if there is room on the program.
Given the number of submissions so far, we would expect to have double panels (i.e., 2 running simultaneously) throughout the conference. This would mean that there would be room for at least 40 papers, in addition to the keynote address, screenings and workshops.
As usual, proposals were widely dispersed geographically, coming from Australia, Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Israel, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and United States. (As a number of these are from people who are studying or working abroad, this distribution does not really reflect actual nationalities.)
Of particular interest was the extremely strong showing of the UK and especially Australia. Of the 64 proposals received, 21 were from the US, 15 from the UK and 12 from Australia! I recall when (what is now) the University for the Creative Arts, in Farnham, was planning the first SAS conference in Europe, they expressed considerable anxiety about the lack animation scholars in the UK and how they would have to depend on North Americans to carry the day.
Anyway, the Conference Committee would like to thank everyone who submitted a proposal.
The Persistence of Animation Conference