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‘Ladies and Gentlemen: Miss Grace Jones’

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Symposium registration now open!

Delegate registration for ‘Ladies and Gentlemen: Miss Grace Jones’, a two-day symposium on the career of Ms Jones taking place at Edinburgh College of Art on Thursday October 5th and Friday October 6th 2017 is now open at the following link: http://www.epay.ed.ac.uk/conferences-events/college-of-humanities-and-social-science/edinburgh-college-of-art/edinburgh-college-of-art/grace-jones-symposium

The full programme for the event is below:

Day 1: Thursday 5th October 2017

9.00 Registration opens

9.30 Opening remarks (Glyn Davis + Jonathan Murray)

9.45-10.45 Opening keynote

Uri McMillan, Being Otherwise, Being Grace Jones: Performing on the Outer Limits

10.45-11.00 Coffee

11.00-12.30 Panel 1 – fashion and style

  • Sequoia Barnes, High Femme/Masc Code: Grace Jones and Transcoding Black Femininity
  • Maria Guzman, Grace Jones’ One Man Show: Fashion and Queerness Revisited
  • Mhairi Maxwell + Tiffany Boyle, From a Distance She Looked Like Muhammad Ali in Drag: On Sportswear as Costume, Shiny Skin and Physical Strength

12.30-13.15 Lunch

13.15-14.30 Panel 2 – performance/performativity

  • Keith Harris, “Feeling like a woman, looking like a man…”: Grace Jones, Visual and Performance Art, Gender and Racial Performativity, and Artifice as Critique
  • Leila Riszko, Fierce: Queer Embodiment, Ferocity, and the Politics of Rage in Grace Jones’ Iconography and Performances
  • Hannah Yelin, Grace Jones’ I’ll Never Write My Memoirs: Pop, Art, and Pop Art

14.45-15.45 Panel 3 – images of Jones

  • Andrew Dineley, Demolition Man: The Re-design of Grace Jones by Jean-Paul Goude
  • Jaap Kooijman, (Not So) Strange, I’ve Seen That Face Before: Bernstein and Warhol’s Portraits of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, and Grace Jones

15.45-16.15 Coffee

16.15-17.30 Panel 4 – Jones and disco

  • Allan Madden, Queen of the Nightclub: Deconstructing Grace Jones as Dandy and Diva
  • John Musser, “I am Not a Diva”: The Sublime on Stage at the Roseland Ballroom
  • Lucy Weir, Gracing the Stage: Reading Jones’ Statuesque Performance

20.00-22.00 Screening tbc


Day 2: Friday 6th October 2017

11.30-12.30 Keynote 2: Q&A with director Sophie Fiennes about her documentary Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami (2017)

12.30-13.30 Lunch

13.30-14.30 Panel 5 – production histories

  • James McNally, The Compass Point All Stars and Postmodern Cosmo-Pop
  • John Quin, Looking for A Certain Ratio

14.30 – 15.30 Panel 6 – performing Grace

  • Michelle Hannah, What do you still want to be said of the singer? The Cosmic Pessimism of Grace Jones
  • Harold Offeh, Graceful Arabesque: Re-animating Grace Jones’s Island Life Album Cover through Performance and Re-enactment

15.30 – 15.45 Coffee

15.45 – 17.00 Panel 7 – legacy/influence

  • Elliott Powell, Fire in the Hole: The Sonic Legacies of Grace Jones in African American Female Rap Music
  • Francesca Sobande, Strange, I’ve Not Seen that Self-Effacing Grace Before: Self-Definition, Self-Reflection and Beyond Spectacle in I’ll Never Write My Memoirs
  • Nathalie Weidhase, “They dress up as though they are challenging the status quo”: The Forms and Functions of Imitating Grace Jones


Club night at the Wee Red Bar


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