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In spring 2016, Dr. Shannon Cochran and I 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. The response was overwhelming and we are happy to report that the special issue will be published fall 2017. While it is too late to submit entries to the special issue we’d like to encourage you to submit your work to an edited book on which we have embarked.
Although this edited book will consist mainly of scholarly articles, we welcome opinion pieces, interviews of appropriate figures, reflections, poems, and the like. In addition to papers specifically about Prince, writers are also encouraged to consider, but of course not limit themselves 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’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 August 7, 2017 via email to both coeditors Judson L. Jeffries, PhD, Professor of African American and African Studies (Jeffries.firstname.lastname@example.org) at The Ohio State University and Shannon Cochran, PhD, Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and English at Clayton State University in Georgia (ShannonCochran@clayton.edu).
Authors will be notified of acceptance by August 21. Complete papers are due by February 21, 2018 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.