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Mike Budd <[log in to unmask]>
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Conference Announcement and Call for Papers

The following conference is an academic event and is not in any way
sponsored or approved by the Walt Disney Company.

Rethinking Disney: Private Control and Public Dimensions
An international, interdisciplinary conference on all aspects of the Disney

Presented by the Ph.D. in Comparative Studies Public Intellectuals Program
and the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters at Florida Atlantic

November 9-12, 2000
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Plenary Speakers:
Winona LaDuke, Andrew Ross, and Janet Wasko

Invited Speakers:
Susan Fainstein, Richard Fogelsong, Karen Klugman, Susan Willis, Sharon
Zukin and others

From small cartoon maker in the 1920s to today's multinational corporation,
the Disney enterprise, its products and practices, have become increasingly
significant around the world. In recent years scholars and other
commentators have focused attention on Disney, drawing on a variety of
disciplines and conceptual frameworks, including anthropology, art,
architecture, business, ethnic studies, film and media studies, cultural
studies, gender studies, geography, history, marketing, political science,
popular culture, rhetoric, and urban planning.

This conference seeks to bring a wide range of approaches to Disney studies
into productive juxtaposition. At the same time, in line with its public
intellectual focus, the conference seeks to facilitate dialogue not only
among academic intellectuals but also between those intellectuals and
diverse publics. Thus the program committee particularly encourages
proposals for workshops, poster sessions and other innovative formats for
public discussion and participation as well as accessible, non-technical
scholarly papers.

The conference will focus special attention on the public dimensions of the
Disney phenomenon. Examples of public themes and issues include the following:
The Disney Corporation as Educator and Historian
Representations of Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality
Art and Architecture:  Private Property, Public Environments
Disney Marketing: Synergy and Control
Disney around the World: Globalization, Culture, and Political Economy
Living in Disney's Celebration:  Utopia or Fantasy World?
Theme Parks:  Simulation, Rationalization, Consumption
Making Worlds: From Cartoons to Theme Parks to City Planning
The Walt Disney Company:  Corporate, Labor, and Cultural Histories

Submission Information:
The deadline for proposing papers, panels, and other presentations is
February 15, 2000.

To submit a proposal for a paper, poster, or other individual presentation,
please mail, fax, or e-mail the following information:

 Presentation title
 Your name, address, phone and fax numbers, e-mail address, and a short
biographical note
 Your proposed format: paper, poster, or other
 Your technical requirements (audio-visual)
 A description (300-400 words) of your presentation, including
         Its objectives and content
         Its target audience (academic, public, or both)
         Your plans to involve participants (optional)

The program committee also welcomes other presentation formats, such as
panels organized by participants. To submit a proposal for a preconstituted
panel, workshop, or other session, please send the following:
 Session title, with a 50-100 word description
 Your name, address, phone and fax numbers, and e-mail address
 The name, address, phone and fax numbers, and e-mail address of all
presenters, as well as the chair and the respondent
 Your technical requirements (audio-visual)
 Presentation titles for all panel presenters, with 300-400 word descriptions

All proposals are refereed, and only those most appropriate for the
conference will be selected.

Please submit completed proposals, and direct general inquiries and
requests for registration material to:

Stefanie Gapinski, Conference Coordinator
(561) 297-0035
FAX: (561) 297-2100
e-mail: [log in to unmask]

Please direct program inquiries to:

Mike Budd, Department of Communication
Chair, Program Committee
e-mail: [log in to unmask]

The Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters
Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Road
P. O. Box 3091
Boca Raton, FL  33431

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