The Center for Animation Research was founded in 2013 in order to promote innovative approaches to animation studies in Germany. Animation is a largely under-researched field, despite the extensive influence of animated images on almost all areas of life. The Center aims at studying animation from various perspectives by bringing together scholars from disciplines of the humanities, computer science, and the social and natural sciences.
Baden-Württemberg, the German state where the University of Tübingen is located, is of great importance for animation in central Europe with its numerous production companies, the renowned film academy Baden-Württemberg, MFG film funding, the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film and the industry event FMX – Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Immersive Media. It is thus also an excellent environment for conducting research on animation as can be seen from the varied output of the Center. Since 2019, the Center is part of the AMCRS (Animation Media Cluster Region Stuttgart).
In addition to the Center's comprehensive research and publication activities, faculty members and students also benefit from the lively exchange with other German and foreign universities. For example, every year the Center holds two PhD colloquia where candidates from all over Germany are invited to present their current research. Since 2015, our students can also participate in an exchange program with the School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University Singapore.