CFP (Book chapter abstracts): Social Order and Authority in Disney/Pixar Films

deadline for submissions: 
June 3, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Kellie Deys/Nichols College Denise Parrillo/Community College of Rhode Island
contact email: 

Much has been written about Disney’s stereotypical representations of gender, race, sexuality, and ethnicity.  Here, we are interested in exploring how Disney portrays authority and social order in its animated feature length theatrical films. 

Underlying questions of the project include but are not limited to:

  • Who has authority in Disney films? 
  • When or how is this authority seen as problematic? 
  • How is authority maintained? 
  • How is authority questioned?  By whom?
  • What does this vision of authority reflect about Disney ideology?
  • What does social order look like in the Disneyverse? 
  • How is social order disrupted?  Who disrupts?  What are the consequences and implications of these disruptions?  
  • When and where does Disney challenge its own underlying ideologies? 
  • To what extent have these representations evolved over Disney’s history? 
  • How does marketing/cross marketing of products related to the films reinforce/disrupt power structures displayed in them?
  • How are scenes from Disney films recreated in live shows/events to reinforce/disrupt power structures (i.e. Disney on Ice, Broadway shows, Disney Junior Dance Party events, meet-and-greets with characters, etc.)?


We welcome chapters exploring these questions from a broader scope, as well as in-depth examinations of particular films.  Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Social Order and Authority in a single Disney Era
  • Comparison of Social Order and Authority in different eras
  • Analysis of one subgenre (i.e. princess films)
  • Analysis of manifestations of social order in soundtracks, either over the course of one film or an entire subgenre.


Although Pixar Animation Studios has a distinctly different approach to storytelling, it is a subsidiary of the Walt Disney Company.  Therefore, chapters could explore Pixar’s representations of social order and authority in relation to those of Disney.

If you are interested in contributing a chapter of 5,000-6,500 words (including footnotes and Works Cited), submit an abstract of approximately 500 words and a brief bio no later than May 15, 2019: EXTENDED DEADLINE--> June 3, 2019.  Send e-mail submissions to Kellie Deys and Denise Parrillo at (, using the subject line “Proposals for Disney Collection.”