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[ecrea] CFP - Toy Story at 20 Symposium

Fri Apr 10 10:43:58 GMT 2015

*Symposium CFP*


*/Toy Story/at 20*

13^th November 2015

A one-day symposium hosted by the University of Sunderland’s Centre for
Research in Media and Cultural Studies, to be held at the David Puttnam
Media Building, Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s, University of
Sunderland, UK

Confirmed keynote speakers: Professor Paul Wells (Loughborough
University) and Dr Peter Kramer (University of East Anglia)

*Deadline for abstracts: 22nd May 2015*

/Toy Story/(John Lasseter, 1995), Pixar’s first feature-length
production, and Hollywood’s first completely computer-generated animated
film, is an international cultural phenomenon. This one-day symposium,
timed to coincide with the 20^th anniversary of /Toy Story/’s release in
November 1995, reconsiders this film’s enormous influence on mainstream
animation and on contemporary popular culture as a whole.

We invite proposals for standard panel papers or 5 minute micro-talks or
video essays that explore any significant aspect of the film itself, its
subsequent impact, or wider issues arising from the /Toy Story/
franchise and its reception (NB: papers may not necessarily engage
directly with the film but with matters arising from it). Possible
topics might include, but are not limited to:

Representation of the child

Treatment of family and/or friendship

Appeal to different audiences

Growing up with the /Toy Story/ films







Dominant themes/ideology

Industrial and commercial contexts


The role of toys in the film as children’s playthings or symbolic children

Influence on Hollywood cinema, animation, or US popular culture

International cultural impact

It is hoped that selected papers from the conference will be published
in the form of an edited book collection or journal special issue.
Please send abstracts of 250-300 words, alongside personal details
(containing institutional affiliation and a brief bio), to our
conference email address: (toystory /at/
<mailto:(toystory /at/>by Friday 22^nd May 2015.
Pre-constituted panels are welcome. If you wish to give a micro-talk or
present a video essay instead of the traditional panel paper, please
highlight this in brackets after the title of your abstract. Acceptance
notices will be issued no later than Friday 12th June 2015.

*Symposium co-organisers:*

Susan Smith (University of Sunderland)

Michael Shaftoe (University of Sunderland)

Sam Summers (University of Sunderland)

Noel Brown (Newcastle University)

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