Saturday, March 14, 2009

Boss Symposium

Allan calls our attention to Glory Days: A Bruce Springsteen Symposium:

You are cordially invited to submit abstracts and/or panel suggestions for an international scholarly conference devoted to the life, work, and influence of Bruce Springsteen.

The conference, organized by Virginia Tech and Penn State Altoona, will be held at Monmouth University in northern New Jersey from September 25-27, 2009. The festivities will include various live acts, as well as keynote addresses by rock critics and figures from the music industry.

Papers will be considered for, but certainly not limited to, the session rubrics below. Full-panel submissions are also encouraged. The deadline for paper submission is April 30, 2009.

Springsteen’s Musical Influences
Springsteen and Critical Theory
Springsteen on War: Vietnam, Iraq and Beyond Springsteen and Citizenship Springsteen and the Politics of Culture Springsteen and New Jersey Springsteen’s Musical Legacy Springsteen in the 21st Century Springsteen and Gender Springsteen’s Musical Contemporaries Springsteen and Dylans’s American Dreamscapes Springsteen and Performance Springsteen and the American Pastoral Springsteen and Work and Class Springsteen and Musicianship Springsteen and the E Street Shuffle: The Ever-Changing Instrumental Frame Springsteen and American Roots Music Traditions Springsteen and the Art of Staying Relevant Springsteen as Narrative Poet Springsteen and Rock n’ Roll Iconography Springsteen and Presidential Politics/Iconography

To submit an abstract, please go to and click on the abstract link.

For more information, contact:

Mark Bernhard, Ph.D.
Continuing and Professional Education
702 University City Boulevard (0364)
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-9886 (Fax)
Visit the website at

Is this something that could only be Born in the U.S.A.?

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