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The world’s first academic conference on ‘Frozen’ is coming

Finally, they're opening up the gates—of academia, that is.


Aja Romano

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Posted on May 6, 2015   Updated on May 28, 2021, 9:53 pm CDT

There’s no question that Frozen was one of the biggest cultural phenomenons of 2013–2014. But has it made enough of a cultural impact to be treated with the critical and academic regard afforded to other franchises?

An upcoming academic conference called the “Symfrozium” is arguing that it has. 

The one-day conference will be held at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England, on May 12. Tickets to the event have already sold out.

So what kinds of Frozen-related questions will acafans—academics who are also fans—be noodling during their brief visit to Arendelle? Feminist ones, mostly, spurred by the fact that almost all of the presenters are women. Check out some of the topics to be presented:

  • Keynote: “Love Experts, Evil Princes, Gullible Princesses, and Frozen”
  • Keynote: “Postfeminist Perfectionism and Frozen”
  • Freezing, Wrecking and ‘Glitching’: Re-working the Superhero Genre in Disney’s Frozen and Wreck-It Ralph
  • Cold and Hungry: Anorexia, Pro-ana and Frozen?
  • Disney Classics and ‘Poisonous Pedagogy’: The Fairytale Roots of Frozen
  • Queering Frozen
  • Uncool Betas: Romantic Masculinity and the Heroic Male Lead in Frozen
  • ‘The actual film is good [but] the singing gets annoying.’: Examining chidlren’s responses to Frozen
  • The Musical Landscape of Frozen
  • Building Snowmen: Frozen as/and Nordic Noir
  • Never Closing the Gates Again: Frozen, Radial Radicalism and the Magic Kingdom

Woah. Beta males, body image, and building snowmen? We wish we could be a fly on this lecture hall wall. 

But don’t fret if you weren’t able to nab a ticket or make your way to Norwich. The buzz for this conference means there will almost certainly be more Frozen on the academic menu in the future.

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*First Published: May 6, 2015, 1:00 pm CDT