‘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