IN THE BEGINNING:

THIS POST SHOWED UP IN MY FEED ON TWITTER ON NOVEMBER 23, 2016.

“I’M VERY PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE FOLLOWING CALL FOR PAPERS:

“PURPLE REIGN: AN INTERDISCIPLINARY CONFERENCE ON THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF PRINCE”

A TWO-DAY INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE HOSTED BY THE SCHOOL OF ARTS AND MEDIA, the 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.

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.

THIS CONFERENCE 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 CULTURE. DESIGN AND FASHION.”


“WAIT, WHAT????”

‘CAN I DO THIS?’ I THOUGHT.

‘YOU KNOW YOU CAN,’ I ANSWERED.

I WENT TO WORK GOOGLING WHAT A ‘CALL FOR PAPERS’ MEANT AND HOW TO WRITE AN ABSTRACT. I HAD A MASTERS DEGREE BUT IT HAD BEEN AWHILE SINCE I HAD TO WRITE AN ACADEMIC PAPER. 

I WAS INTRUIGED BY THE SCHOLARLY APPROACH TO PRINCE. TRUE RESPECT. I FELT THIS WAS SUCH AN HONOR TO HIM AND I WANTED TO DO HIM JUSTICE.

I WROTE THE 300 WORD ABSTRACT PRINCE AND HIS FANDOM FROM MY HEART AND EMAILED IT IN DECEMBER 2016 BEFORE I HAD THE CHANCE TO OVERTHINK IT.

NEXT POST: THE ABSTRACT.

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