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Prince on Screen: Images and Ideology

Posted: October 2nd, 2023 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

June 5 and 6, 2024
(dates subject to change based on the dates for Celebration 2024)

Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center, 2001 Plymouth Ave. N., Minneapolis, MN 55411

The International Centre 4 Prince Studies welcomes proposals on Prince’s vast output related to the moving image, including but not limited to: film, music video, concert recordings, television appearances, and interviews.  The conference aims to continue the advancement of Prince academic scholarship and to advance the study of Prince’s moving image presence, an under-explored aspect of his artistic output. A peer-reviewed, academic publication of select presentations from the conference is an anticipated outcome.

The conference will also include a special session on the 40th anniversary of Prince’s debut film Purple Rain (1984); therefore, proposals related to Purple Rain are welcome. The conference seeks to explore all aspects of Prince on screen, and proposals on his other work are highly encouraged.

We welcome proposals from scholars and fans in the fields of popular music studies, sound studies, race/ethnic studies, gender studies, cultural studies, television studies, celebrity studies, film studies, visual arts, performance studies, digital and social media, and related disciplines.

Submission guidelines:

Proposals are invited for 15-minute papers on, but not limited to, the following areas:

  • Prince and performance style on screen.
  • Prince’s music videos.
  • Prince and fashion on screen.
  • Prince as star/celebrity in television interviews.
  • Prince and media representations on screen.
  • Prince and films, including writing, acting, and directing.
  • Prince and his collaborators on screen.

Please submit your abstract (maximum 250 words), a proposed title, a clear indication of presentation format, institutional affiliation (if any), and bio.

Submit your abstract and any questions to [email protected].

Submission deadline: November 15, 2023
Decision date: December 15, 2023

You will receive a confirmation email informing you that your application was received. You will be notified on or before December 15, 2023, if your paper proposal was accepted or not.

Organising team:

Prof Mike Alleyne, Middle Tennessee State University
Prof Kirsty Fairclough, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
Prof Crystal Wise, University of Minnesota
Kristen Zschomler, M.A., Registered Professional Archaeologist, SoundAround Tours


The Estate of Prince Rogers Nelson is not affiliated, associated, or connected with the Prince On Screen: Images and Ideology conference, nor has it endorsed or sponsored the Prince On Screen: Images and Ideology. Further, the Estate of Prince Rogers Nelson has not licensed any of its intellectual property to the Prince On Screen: Images and Ideology.

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