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[ecrea] Ladies and Gentlemen, Miss Grace Jones: note of revised conference dates and re-opened CFP

Mon Jan 30 10:07:11 GMT 2017

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the organisers of Ladies and Gentlemen: Miss Grace Jones have had to reschedule this conference for October 5th and 6th 2017. The Call for Papers (see below) is now open until May 26th 2017. First confirmed Keynote speaker: Professor Francesca Royster (DePaul University). With three separate and unsolicited enquiries from academic publishers in relation to this event, the organisers confidently envisage a REF-able, post-conference anthology publication emerging from it.
Ladies and Gentlemen: Miss Grace Jones
A symposium at Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh, 5-6 October 2017
Call for Papers

Grace Jones’ contributions to multiple fields of culture over more than forty years – especially music, performance, fashion, and film – have established her as an iconic figure. To mark the 40th anniversary of her debut album, Portfolio, the University of Edinburgh is holding a two-day symposium on Jones’ diverse range of work and its enduring significance and influence.

We invite 20-minute paper contributions (or pre-constituted, three-speaker panels) on any aspects of Grace Jones’ career. Possible topics for discussion include (but are not limited to): • Extended analyses of particular Grace Jones albums or individual tracks • Jones’ key musical collaborators (the Compass Point All Stars and others) • Jones, Compass Point studios and the cosmopolitan in contemporary popular music
•	Jones and the cover version as creative strategy
•	Jones’ influence within dance music cultures from Disco onwards
•	Jones and Jamaica
• Jones and non-normative forms of black culture and identity within popular music
•	Jones, androgyny, sexuality and performativity within popular music
•	Jones as live performer and performance artist
• Jones and the producer as auteur (Chris Blackwell, Trevor Horn, Tom Moulton, Alex Sadkin and others) • Jones, Jean-Paul Goude and the performer’s public image as creative statement within post-1970 popular music
•	The contribution of Island Records to popular music since the 1970s
•	Jones and the creative cultures of NYC and other global cities
•	Jones’ parallel careers in fashion and film
• Jones and the evolution of celebrity and celebrity cultures since the 1970s
•	Jones and post-1960s cultures of decadence and excess
• Jones and postmodern divadom • Jones and popular music fan cultures • Jones’ influence on her contemporaries and subsequent generations of musicians and performers • Jones and the rise of reissue and legacy edition cultures in twenty-first-century popular music • Jones in the twenty-first century

The event will also include screenings and nightclubbing. You can follow updates relating to the symposium online: @onlytherhythm /

Please send all paper proposals to (gracejonessymposium /at/ by 5pm on Friday May 26th 2017. Decisions will be made, and a provisional schedule announced, by Friday June 2nd. Ladies and Gentlemen: Miss Grace Jones is being co-organised by Dr Glyn Davis ((glyn.davis /at/ and Dr Jonny Murray ((jonny.murray /at/ We’re not perfect, but we’re perfect for you.

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