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Disney Studies

Area chairs

Antares Russell Leask (Northern VA Community College)
Meredith Guthrie (University of Pittsburgh)

Disney is an inescapable piece of American and popular culture with global implications. Disney’s extensive content brands — Disney, Pixar, Marvel, LucasArts, and National Geographic — provide rich material for scholarship. The Disney Studies Area welcomes research on all aspects of Disney, including films, television, comics, animation, games, and merchandise, as well as the theme parks and related Disney-managed tourist destinations.

Topics May Include:

Disney100 – Why Disney Still Captivates Us in Its 100th Anniversary Year

Inclusion and Diversity in Disney Films, Television, and Comics

Who Runs the World? Disney! The Scope of Disney’s Influence on Modern Life

The Great Disney and Florida Showdown and Its Impact on Tourism and Reputation

Intertextuality in Disney Easter Eggs

The Impact of Disney+ on Media Consumption

What Disney Gets Wrong, and Right, from Source Material: Adaptations, Remakes, and Reboots

Representations of Disability in Disney Content

Disney as Propaganda

Disney and Fat Studies

The Changing Culture of Disney Parks and Cast Members

Disney in the Classroom

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