Popular Culture Association 2022 - Disney Studies Special Topic

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Call for Papers
September 1, 2021 to November 20, 2021
United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Communication, Cultural History / Studies, Film and Film History, Popular Culture Studies

CFP PCA 2022 Disney Studies

Description: Disney as an entity has sprawled ever-larger in recent years, from its acquisition of LucasArts and Marvel, the arrival of Disney+, and the inevitable new attractions and parks that show no sign of slowing down.  The area focuses on Disney as a multimedia conglomerate, incorporating subjects like fan behaviors at the parks, business aspects of the Disney corporation, transmedia strategies, how the history of the company has been (and is still being) rewritten, issues of representation in their media texts, and many more.  Disney is perhaps the most popular brand in the world today, though it defies easy definition, at once a theme park operator, animation studio, toy maker, comics publisher, and a myriad of other tangentially-connected aspects.  While there are certainly other expansive multinational corporations, Disney is more clearly public facing, a name known worldwide, even as it can take different meanings in different spaces.  Disney Studies has a place in the discourse, one that invites fresh approaches and new voices, and will continue to grow in scope and significance in the years to come.


Scope: This new area emphasizes the creation and promotion of Disney-centric research, the interdisciplinary nature of the current state of the field, encouraging interactions between scholars specializing in Disney, and charting a new course for the study of Disney.  While Disney does own a huge media empire, the focus of this area ison the traditional productions of Walt Disney Studios, programming on the Disney Channel, and the permutations of Disney comics. As 2022 will be the 30th anniversary of Disneyland Paris, we specifically welcome presentations that deal with the park and its reception, as well as other company-wide anniversaries for specific films.

Example topics: 

The Disney Brand and Transmedia Storytelling 

Disney in the Classroom: Folklore, Literature, and Business

Disney Merchandising from Mickey Mouse Gas Masks to the Disney Store

EPCOT at Forty

Disney on Broadway

Urban Planning and the Walt Disney Company

Queer Representations in Walt Disney Television Series

Disney and Diversity: Strategies for Inclusion and Racism in Fandom

The Disney Company’s Centennial

Disney Theme Parks and Immersive Media 

The Disney Tourism Empire: From Theme Parks to Cruise Ships and Vacation Tours

Submission requirements: abstracts are acceptable, and should be roughly 250 words; full papers and pre-constituted panels are also amenable.

Please submit proposals through the PCA/ACA submission database at https://pcaaca.org/conference/submitting-paper-proposal-pca-conference. Visit http://www.pcaaca.org to learn more about the organization.

Contacts: Peter Cullen Bryan (pcb144@psu.edu) and Sabrina Mittermeier (sabrina.mittermeier@uni-kassel.de)

Contact Info: 

Peter Cullen Bryan
Clemson University

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