This Thursday, February 6th at 3:30 pm, Dr. Angharad N. Valdivia (University of Illinois) will present the lecture, “What’s up with Disney and Latinidad?: Princesses and Girls who are Stuck in the Middle.”
What do Gabriella from High School Musical, Miranda from the Lizzie McGuire Show, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Sofia Carson, Jenna Ortega, Sofia the First, and Elena of Avalor have in common? They represent Disney’s efforts to include Latinas in their children’s and tween programming. This presentation explores the internally conflicted and contradictory deployment of gendered Latinidad by Disney, which avows and disavows the presence of Latinidad and produces an ambiguous ethnicity that displaces Latinas outside national boundaries or into a flattened, nearly imperceptible cultural specificity.
The lecture begins at 3:30 pm in BMC 5.102. We hope to see you there!