CFP: ​“Purple Reign: An interdisciplinary conference on the life and legacy of Prince”


An international conference hosted by The School of Arts and Media, University of Salford, UK and the Department of Recording Industry, Middle Tennessee State University, USA. 24th- – 26th May 2017, Media City UK, University of Salford, UK.


Dr Mike Alleyne, Dept of Recording Industry, College of Media & Entertainment, Middle Tennessee State University

Dr Kirsty Fairclough, School of Arts and Media, University of Salford, UK

Tim France, School of Arts and Media, University of Salford, UK

Proposals are invited for a two-day international conference on the life and legacy of Prince.
This conference aims to provide fresh perspectives on the creative and commercial dimensions of Prince’s career, re-examining the meanings of his work in the context of his unexpected death.

It seeks to address the issue of Prince’s significant influence and lasting appeal from a number of multi-disciplinary perspectives.  We welcome proposals from scholars in the fields of popular music studies, sound studies, gender studies, cultural studies, television studies, celebrity studies, film studies, visual arts, performance studies, digital and social media and related disciplines.
The conference presents a timely consideration of the cultural impact, iconic status of Prince and his global legacies across many media platforms. It will examine all aspects of his creative output and the ways in which it intersects with video, performance, literature, theatre, film, digital cultures, design and fashion.

Single and panel proposals are invited on, but are not limited to, the following:
Prince as musician.
Prince as songwriter.
Prince and fandom.
Prince and racial representations.
Prince, feminism and gender relations.
Prince on film.
Prince as actor.
Prince and performance style.
Prince’s music videos.
Prince and fashion.
Prince as star/celebrity.
Prince’s death.
Prince and media representations.
Prince as enigma.
Submission guidelines:

Deadline for abstracts: 31st January, 2017

Panel proposals should consist of a 500word abstract plus a 100word biography from each participant. Proposals should be sent to:

Individual submissions should consist of 300 word abstracts plus a 100word biography and should be sent to:


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