deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Dr. Brenda Ayres/Liberty University
contact email: 

In 2003 Peter Lang published The Emperor’s Old Groove: Decolonizing Disney’s Magic Kingdom, edited by Brenda Ayres. In this collection of 14 essays, the contributors argue that as of 2002, Disney’s film animation has continued to be a surreptitious colonizing force that manipulates the psychological, cultural, and political identities of consumers, predominantly children. Since then, Walt Disney Animation Studios and its subsidiaries, affiliates, and distributing companies have produced 63 additional film animations. Have they altered their portrayal of multiculturalism and SGM (Sexual and Gender Minorities) to be more inclusive and  normative? Coeditors Brenda Ayres and Sarah E. Maier invite abstracts on this subject on specific or multiple post-2002 Disney animated films to be developed into original, never-published-before, 7,000 to 8,000-word essays (including endnotes and bibliography). We anticipate receiving first drafts of the chapters by January 31, 2022 and submitting the complete manuscript to Peter Lang by mid-March. Send queries, or abstract plus 4-5-sentence bio of affiliation and relevant publications) to by September 30, 2021.


Brenda Ayres,

Liberty University


Sarah E. Maier

New Brunswick University