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Jervette Ward, January 2023 (2021-January 2022 Chair)
Kristin Moriah, January 2024 (2021-January 2022 Secretary)
Sharon Lynette Jones, January 2025
Dorothy Tsuruta, January 2026
Julius Fleming, January 2027

CFP for 2024: Putting the Bowtie on Funk : The Sound of Philadelphia

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    andré carrington

    Putting the Bowtie on Funk : The Sound of Philadelphia

    Guaranteed session for MLA 2024 sponsored by Forum MS Sound, in collaboration with Forum African American Literature, Language, and Culture

    Philly Soul, with its roots in the Black performance traditions of gospel, funk, and rhythm & blues, transformed popular music in the 1970s. How have the funky sounds of Philadelphia and the phenomenon of Philly Soul impacted Black literature? How has Black literature impacted Philadelphia Sound? Send a 250-word abstract and 1-page CV to []

    Possible considerations include:

    • The legacy of Thom Bell (1943 – 2022) and TSOP
    • Black women in the making of Philly Soul
    • Allusions to Philadelphia Sound in literature & popular media
    • Philadelphia writers in the Soul and post-Soul era
    • Lyrics, vocal performance, and oral history
    • Soundtracks and cinematic expressions of Philly Soul
    • Love, sex, desire, and Philly Sound
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