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Disney at 100 Years: Everlasting Entertainment and a Spellbinding Future

26th, 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th June 2023

Disney, Culture and Society Research Network Annual Conference

An international, multi-billion dollar media conglomerate, the Walt Disney Company has been in our lives since 1923. From Disney’s humble beginnings to its current transmedia success, the academic exploration of the Walt Disney Company’s business, films, products, theme parks, shows, streaming platform, and other consumer experiences has come to the fore in recent years through the creation of Disney Studies. To celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the Walt Disney Company and the first year of our own Disney, Culture & Society Research Network, we want to reflect on the past, present, and future of conversations around Disney Studies in our first annual conference.

The conference features a fantastic roundtable keynote from Dr Shearon Roberts, Dr Rebecca Williams and Dr Johnson Cheu discussing the past, present and future of Disney as a field of study and a company.


We are aware of the current state of the world with the Covid-19 pandemic, the financial precarity of scholars, and the environmental harm and the difficulties of procuring visas for international travel. We want to make this conference as accessible to as many different Disney scholars as possible, so this will be a free online conference.


For the Disney, Culture and Society Research Network, Disney Studies spans a range of interdisciplinary fields and topics. If you are researching elements of the Walt Disney Company in its wide range of capacities, we want to hear from you. We invite abstract submissions on a diverse range of Disney Studies topics as represented by our Network, including but not limited to:



Abstract Deadline: January 31, 2023

Acceptances Communicated & Registration Open: February 21, 2023

Registration Closes: April 28, 2023

Conference: June 26, 27, 28, 29, and 30 2023


Information Required 

If you would like to submit an abstract for this conference, please do so in this Google Form. Members and nonmembers of DisNet are welcome to submit. You will need to provide the following information:

  • Name

  • Email

  • Affiliation

  • Time zone in June

  • Abstract (250-300 words)

  • Whether you would like to be a part of a traditional conference panel or a roundtable (15-20 minutes for presentations; 5-8 minutes for roundtables)

  • Biography (~100 words)

  • Accessibility requirements you would like to bring to our attention


For more on DisNet and to remain up to date on all of what DisNet has to offer, please see:

  • Disney History

  • Disney Industry

  • Disney Music

  • Disney Animation

  • Disney Live Action

  • Pixar

  • Lucasfilm

  • Marvel

  • Disney Princesses

  • Disney Villains

  • Disney & Identity

  • Disney & Ethnicity

  • Disney & Disability

  • Disney & Race

  • Disney & Gender

  • Disney & Sexuality

  • Disney & Queer Studies

  • Disney & Art

  • Disney & Fandom

  • Disney & Food

  • Disney & Fairy Tales

  • Disney & Children’s Literature

  • Disney Merchandising

  • Disney Theme Parks

  • Disney Tourism

  • Disney Theatre

  • Disney+

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