August 20
Suur-Karja 8

Olga Bobrowska gives an overview of two books written on East European animation. “Obsession. Perversion. Rebellion. Twisted Dreams of Central European Animation” consisting of the articles dedicated to the subversive and suppressed motifs present in auteur animated films from Visegrad countries and Italy. The second book “Propaganda, Ideology, Animation. Twisted Dreams of History” regards the history and contemporaneity of animated film through a prism of the ideological entanglement of this medium. Olga is the co-author of both books.

Olga Bobrowska is a doctor of Humanities in Arts Studies (she obtained her PhD degree at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow in 2020). Currently she lectures on the subject of animated film history at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków and Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technology in Warsaw. She is an active scholar in the fields of animation studies, film studies and cultural theory, as well as a film culture activist and curator. Bobrowska’s main fields of interest embrace studies in animation, propaganda, visual discourses of ideological doctrines, problems of politicized representation, theories of narrative, adaptation, feminism and Chinese Studies. Her PhD dissertation is dedicated to the problems of ideological discourses of Chinese animated film, 1957-1989. She is a festival director and co-founder of the StopTrik International Film Festival (Maribor, Slovenia/Lodz, Poland). She frequently serves as a juror at various festivals (e.g. Cinanima, Espinho, Portugal; Tricky Women/Tricky Realities International Animation Film Festival, Vienna, Austria; Animafest Zagreb World Festival of Animated Film, Zagreb, Croatia; Animateka International Film Festival, Ljubljana, Slovenia; and other festivals in Europe, USA and China), and has also served as a member of selection committees (Krakow Film Festival; Etiuda&Anima International Film Festival, Krakow, Poland). She has participated in nearly 20 international academic conferences, authored 10 academic papers published in monographs and journals and over 30 film critiques, and is also a permanent contributor to Zippy Frames, an online magazine dedicated to international art-house animation. She is a co-editor of two collective monograph books, Obsession, Perversion, Rebellion. Twisted Dreams of Central European Animation (2016), and Propaganda, Ideology, Animation. Twisted Dreams of History (2019).