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Prince from Minneapolis: A Symposium at the University of Minnesota

April 16-18, 2018, Minneapolis
Conference venue: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Deadline: October 20th, 2017

​This symposium will investigate Prince’s unique relation to Minneapolis and Minnesota. 

What demographic, cultural, and economic conditions were in place for Prince to emerge as a musical genius? How was a new sound born from a small African American population in a very white and segregated state? Why did Prince stay there? How did he reinvent the aesthetics and politics of blackness? How did he at the same time win over white and international audiences? How did Minnesotans, both queer and straight, react to Prince’s ambivalent black male sexuality? How is Minneapolis represented in Purple Rain? How do we interpret his spiritual explorations? What kind of utopia did Paisley Park embody? What was Prince’s mode of operation in the studio? How did the Minneapolis sound affect hiphop, jazz, rock, and electronic dance music? Why do music tourists flock to this city from Europe and Australia?

In collaboration with the symposium, the University of Minnesota’s Weisman Art Museum is organizing an exhibition organizing an exhibition, “Prince from Minneapolis”, celebrating Prince’s local legacy, from December through June. Immediately after the symposium Paisley Park is hosting “Celebration 2018” and there will be other commemorations in the Twin Cities.

Possible Topics Include:

• music industry and technology

• musicology and music history

• name change and legal battles

• visual arts

• style, fashion, design

• protest, freedom, revolution

• segregation and migration

• blackness and hybridity

• gender, sexuality, family, love

• apocalypse and messianism

• vegan, environmental, health ethics

• afterlife and remembrance

• Minneapolis and the world


Send paper title, abstract (300 words), and short bio (200 words) to PrinceFromMPLS -at- by October 20, 2017​.
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