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Tattooed Light and Embodied Design: Intersectional Surfaces in "Moana"

Friday, November 13, 2020 at 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Virtual Event

Northwest Research Media Commons Proudly Presents:

Tattooed Light and Embodied Design: Intersectional Surfaces in Moana

A Talk by Professor Kirsten Moana Thompson
Director of Film Studies, Seattle University

November 13, 2020 | 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm | Zoom

Moana joins a small group of Disney feature films with non-Western protagonists (Lilo and Stitch, Aladdin, Mulan et al), each of which have also been heavily contested sites for representational debate.  The Disney studio was widely criticized in the Pacific region and rebuked for Moana's cultural appropriations of Pacific mythology and its marketing of Maui's 'skin' costume. From Robert Flaherty’s 1926 eponymous documentary to Disney's animated feature, this talk will explore the contested territories of Moana's photographic and animated surfaces, from tattooed skin to tapa cloth, with a specific focus on the philosophical relationship of material surface, motion and color.

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Meeting ID: 714 2080 9605
Passcode: 4DBU0V

This is the inaugural lecture of a year-long series co-organized by colleagues in the cinema studies departments at the Universities of Seattle, Washington and Oregon. Our next event in December, 2020 features Professor John Trafton at Seattle University who offers a lecture entitled “300 Days of Sunshine: California Impressionism and Early Hollywood.” Date and Time TBA

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations, Lecture, Presentation, Discussion


College of Arts & Sciences, Cinema Studies

Target Audience

All Students, Faculty/Staff, Graduate Students



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