'Fuck the Patriarchy': A Taylor Swift Conference

deadline for submissions: 
February 16, 2024
full name / name of organization: 
University of Kent, UK & Online. Friday 31st May 2024

Named Time magazine’s ‘Person of the Year’ and Spotify’s ‘Artist of 2023,’ Taylor Swift has dominated the music scene with re-recordings, a global tour and billions of streams. Singer, songwriter, performer and film director, Swift has excelled across genres, categories and artistic mediums. Bringing together academics, students and ‘Swifties,’ this conference will consider Taylor Swift as a major feminist voice and performer in the 21st century. Coinciding with the European leg of ‘The Eras Tour,’ the conference will offer a space to explore Swift’s feminist Reputation.

Topics under consideration might explore (but are not limited to): 

Intersectionality: gender, class, race & LGBT+ representation

Feminist voice: lyrics, storytelling & songwriting 

‘Taylor’s Version’: reinvention, revision and re-recordings

Female friendship, desire & sexuality

Feminist histories: memory & trauma

Madness & mental health

We welcome 250 word abstracts proposing 20 minute research papers, roundtable discussions or workshops. We encourage all proposals to consider the audience of academics and students, being accessible and participatorywhere possible. Online presentations will be considered, although in-person is preferred. 

Proposals are due to by 16th February 2024 to the email address: taylorswiftkent2024@gmail.com

Please include the following in your submission:

  • Contact information and institutional affiliation (if applicable) for all the participants

  • Format for session (paper, roundtable or workshop)

  • 250 word abstract for your topic