A Celebration of Disney

Now accepting submissions and ideas for the seventh annual Pop Culture Colloquium at DePaul University in Chicago! DePaul University’s College of Communication is hosting a one-day celebratory colloquium in honor of the 30th anniversary of The Little Mermaid and the 50th anniversary of The Haunted Mansion ride on Saturday, May 04, 2019, from 9am-6pm. 

This event will feature roundtable discussions from scholars and fans of Disney, concentrating mainly on Disney animation, Disney live-action, and Disney theme parks. Participants may propose panels and papers about a broad array of ideas related to Disney and its cultural impact. The Pop Culture Conference does not feature formal paper presentations, but speakers are invited to have roundtable discussions themed around these topics. The audience for this event is both graduate and undergraduate students, both fans and scholars. You may propose multiple papers and panels.

There are three types of submissions:
(1) Individual topic submissions. Please submit a 200-300 word abstract about a topic related to Disney. If accepted, you will be placed on a panel with other papers of a similar topic. You will not present a full paper, but rather will present your topic in 5-7 minutes and then engage in a roundtable.
(2) Full panel submissions. Please submit a 200-300 word abstract for a full panel at the conference. The full panel should include the names, contact info, and speaking topics of at least four people. 
(3) Participation/Workshop panels. Please submit a 200-300 word abstract for an interactive panel with the audience. Previous workshops have included: crafting, cooking, debates, fantasy casting; etc. Depending on the topics, we may place additional people in the workshop.

If you’re interested in speaking on a roundtable, or want to propose a panel, or have ideas for other events/lectures, please email your abstracts and a CV/resume to Pop Culture Conference (popcultureconference@gmail.com) by Jan 15, 2019. Please aim your abstracts for a more general audience and for a discussion rather than traditional scholarly paper presentation. We will also have the opportunity to publish a longer version of your talk in an update to our Time Lords and Tribbles book series.

Coming May 04, 2019...

DePaul Pop Culture Conference proudly presents, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Haunted Mansion, and in honor of the 30th anniversary of The Little Mermaid...

A Celebration of Disney!

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Professional Keynote Announced!

We are so excited to welcome

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Philo Barnhart

as our professional keynote for 2019’s Celebration of Disney!

Philo Barnhart is professional film animator living in Oak Park, IL, known for his work on feature-length films: The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, The Rescuers Down Under, The Secret of NIMH, Happily Ever After, An American Tail, and special effects for Star Trek: The Motion Picture. 

Philo worked many animated TV shows and video games including The Smurfs, Scooby Doo, Jem and the Holograms, Space Ace, Dragons Lair, and many more. He worked on consumer products for several years with Disney, and to this day you can still find his artwork still being used on toys, books, home electronics/appliances, apparel, and posters. Philo's parents Dale Barnhart and Phyllis Barnhart were both animators at Disney's animation studios. Growing up watching the magic of art become animation, he spends his life continuing the tradition of making stories come to life through art. Currently Philo is working with Silver Phoenix Entertainment Inc. His latest comic title is Whispers from the Void

Academic Keynote Announced!


We are so excited to welcome

Dr. Rebecca Williams

as our academic keynote for 2019’s Celebration of Disney!

Dr Williams is Senior Lecturer in Communication, Culture and Media Studies at the University of South Wales. Her work on fandom has been published in journals such as Celebrity Studies, European Journal of Cultural Studies, Transformative Works & Cultures, Continuum, Popular Communication, and Cinema Journal and she is a member of the Board of the Fan Studies Network. She is the author of Post-object Fandom: Television, Identity and Self-Narrative (2015, Bloomsbury) and editor of Torchwood Declassified (2013, I.B. Tauris) and Transitions, Endings, and Resurrections in Fandom (2018, University of Iowa Press). She is currently writing Theme Park Fandom: Distinction, Immersion & Participatory Culture for University of Amsterdam Press.

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