‘Always On Their Mind’: Elvis Presley and Consumer Culture

3rd June, 2017


9.15 – 9.45                              Registration


9.45 – 10                                  Welcome


10 – 11.30                               Keynote by  Professor David Wall, University of Leeds


11.30 – 11.45                          Break


11.45 – 13.15                          Panel 1: Elvis in Film

                                                Chair: Alaina Piro Schempp, University of Kent

Dr. Julie Lobalzo Wright, University of Warwick

Beyond the Myths: Energy, Spectacle and Pleasure in Presley’s Post-Army Films.

Ann-Marie Fleming, University of Kent

When Elvis Met Nixon: Posthumous re-telling and commodification.

Landon Palmer, Indiana University

The Great Elvis Presley Industry: Transmedia Stardom in Postwar Hollywood


13.15 – 2.15                            Lunch


2.15 – 3.45                              Panel 2: Posthumous Constructions in Image and Sound

                                                Chair: Katerina Flint Nicol, University of Kent

                                                Racheal Harris, University of New England (Australia)

A Lot like Elvis: Considering the Elvis Icon within Tattoo Culture.

Caroline Langhorst, University of Mainz

‘Aloha From Hell’ – From The Cramps ‘A Date with Elvis’ (1986) to ‘Elvis Was a Zombie’ (2014): Subcultural and Gothicised Appropriations of the Presley Myth.

Dr Shane Brown, Independent Scholar

“Reconsider Baby”: The Impact on the Elvis Legacy of Posthumous Releases.

3.45 – 4                                   Break


4 – 5                                         Industry panel

                                                Chair: Ann-Marie Fleming, University of Kent

Ted Harrison (Author of Elvis The Cult of The King, King Clone and The Death and Resurrection of Elvis Presley. Documentary producer/director of ‘Elvis and the Presleytarians’ for BBC 1) via Skype.

Peter Phillips (Organiser of the Porthcawl Elvis Festival, The Benidorm Elvis Festival and documentary filmmaker on Elvis for the BBC, ITV and S4C).

Todd Slaughter (President of The Official Elvis Presley Fan Club, writer of the Elvis Archives, publisher of Elvis Monthly, producer of The Hard Road to Memphis for The Travel Channel, consultant for the Elvis Presley Estate and Tennessee Tourism).


5 – 5.15                                    Round table

Chair: Professor Peter Stanfield, University of Kent