CFP: Prince and the Minneapolis Sound

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Call for Papers
July 10, 2020
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, Film and Film History, Music and Music History, Popular Culture Studies


In spring 2016, Drs. Judson L. Jeffries and Shannon M. Cochran put out a call for manuscripts for a special issue of the Journal of African American Studies examining the life and legacy of Prince Rogers Nelson, which was published the following year in fall 2017. Another special issue, done by the same guest editors, in which Prince is featured prominently has just been published—this time in Spectrum, A Journal on Black Men. We are, however, equally excited about our long-overdue edited book project that is coming along slowly but surely. In it, we have a number of fresh and exciting essays that offer new perspectives about Prince and his work. This is just a short note to alert the scholarly community that we have room for three more scholarly essays. In addition to papers specifically about Prince, writers are also encouraged to consider, but of course not limited to, other figures and topics such as Andre Cymone, Sheila E., Dez Dickerson, Morris Day, Morris Day and The Time, Flyte Time, The Family, Vanity, Vanity 6, Apollonia 6, Jimmy Jam, and Terry Lewis, Jesse Johnson, The Original 7ven, Prince and the Revolution, The Revolution, Prince and Rick James, Prince and Chaka Khan, Prince’s impact on Mint Condition, Jill Jones, Joni Mitchell and her impact on Prince, The Minneapolis Sound, Carmen Electra, Tamar, The John Nelson Trio, Stokely of Mint Condition, and Prince and the New Power Generation. This list is by no means exhaustive.


Writers are encouraged to be as creative with their ideas as Prince was with his songwriting, music, and performances. If there is a topic about which you liked to write but are unsure as to whether or not it is appropriate for this project, please reach out to the guest editors for clarification.


To be considered for this edited book, prospective authors must submit an abstract of no more than 300 words by Friday, July 10, 2020 via email to both coeditors: Judson L. Jeffries, PhD, Professor of African American and African Studies ( at The Ohio State University and Shannon Cochran, PhD, Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and English at Clayton State University in Georgia (


Authors will be notified of acceptance by Friday, July 17. Completed papers are due by Friday, November 13, 2020 and shortly thereafter will be sent out for peer review. Only those who have submitted abstracts and have had them accepted will be invited to submit full papers.

Contact Info: 

Judson L. Jeffries

The Ohio State University

486 University Hall

230 North Oval Mall

Columbus, OH 43210


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