‘Symfrozium’: A study day on Frozen (2013)
12th May 2015
Released in 2013, Frozen has become the most successful animated film of all time. Widely touted in popular discourse as Disney’s ‘first foray into feminism’ the film’s apparent privileging of female kinship over heterosexual romance has been seen as marking the film out from its precursors in the Disney ‘princess’ franchise. Whilst academic scholarship on Frozen will no doubt be forthcoming, such claims are yet to be subject to sustained interrogation. Indeed, whilst the film’s apparently unprecedented popularity and cultural impact has garnered significant attention in popular media discourse, the film’s significance for Film, Media, Cultural studies and beyond has yet to be visibly debated. Thus, this free one day event will offer the opportunity to take up this interrogation and to reflect upon the issues and questions raised by the film in the context of its significant cultural moment since 2013.
Topics may include – but are not limited to:
Representations of gender, sexuality, race and class
The role of the soundtrack, both textually and extra-textually
Merchandising and commodification
Relationship to Disney princess precursors
Social media and audience uses
Circulation within ‘parent’ culture
Issues of adaptation (given that the film was loosely based on The Snow Queen )
Negative responses to the ‘cultural assault’ of Frozen
Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be emailed to either Su Holmes (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Sarah Godfrey (email@example.com) by Monday 9th March. Please include your institutional affiliation and brief bio. Questions welcome.