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Tay Day – Liverpool

Posted: December 15th, 2023 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

June 12, 2024, University of Liverpool
9am–5pm with an evening Tay Day Cabaret
Samuel Murray and Amy Skjerseth, Organisers

On the eve of Taylor Swift’s arrival at Anfield, we invite scholars [including undergrads and postgrads], fans, critics, and musicians to an interdisciplinary exploration of the singer’s many eras. We invite 15-minute presentations on an array of Taylor Swift-focused topics, which include but are not limited to:

  • Music and songwriting
  • Touring
  • Fandom / Swifties
  • Ecological impact
  • Digital platforms and social media
  • Lyrics as literature
  • Music videos
  • Taylor’s versions and rerecording projects
  • Artists and influences
  • Anglophilia
  • Animals
  • Collaborators
  • Fashion

We particularly welcome interdisciplinary responses beyond this list to add depth and insight into this cultural icon. We encourage a mix of paper presentations,
workshops, performances, video essays, and more; please specify format below. Please email your contributions to [email protected] by 1 February,
2024. Submissions must include:

  • a proposed title
  • a summary of your presentation in no more than 250 words
  • a statement about the presentation format and AV equipment needed

After the study day, please join us for a Tay Day Cabaret, which will include musical ensembles performing arrangements of Taylor’s songs and karaoke hosted by the organisers. Email us at the address above to apply to perform.

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