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Call for Abstracts for "Bruce Springsteen's Darkness on the Edge of Town: An International Symposium"

Call for Abstracts for "Bruce Springsteen's Darkness on the Edge of Town: An International Symposium"

(WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ) -- Monmouth University has issued a call for abstracts and panel suggestions for "Bruce Springsteen's Darkness on the Edge of Town: An International Symposium" which will take place April 12-15, 2018 in West Long Branch.  The conference's theme is "Hard Truths in Hard Rock Settings."

The conference will be held from April 12-15, 2018, at Monmouth University. The festivities will include various live acts, as well as keynote addresses by rock critics and figures from the music industry. Learn more about the symposium online.

Abstracts and/or panel suggestions for an international scholarly conference devoted to the life, work, and influence of Bruce Springsteen, particularly in relation to his legendary Darkness on the Edge of Town album. To submit an abstract, please click here, create a new account and add a new submission. Abstracts should be 150-250 words in length to ensure full consideration.

Papers will be considered for, but certainly not limited to, the session rubrics below. Full-panel submissions are also encouraged. The deadline for abstract submission is December 1, 2017.

Possible subjects include: 

  • Springsteen and American Roots Music Traditions

  • Springsteen and Citizenship

  • Springsteen and Critical Theory

  • Springsteen and Dylan

  • Springsteen and Education

  • Springsteen and Gender

  • Springsteen and Musicianship

  • Springsteen and New Jersey

  • Springsteen and Performance

  • Springsteen and Politics

  • Springsteen and Psychology

  • Springsteen and Rock 'n' Roll Iconography

  • Springsteen and the American Pastoral

  • Springsteen and the Music Business

  • Springsteen and the Politics of Culture

  • Springsteen and Work and Class

  • Springsteen and/as Literature

  • Springsteen as Narrative Poet

  • Springsteen in the 21st Century

  • Springsteen on War

  • Springsteen's Musical Contemporaries

  • Springsteen's Musical Influences

  • Springsteen's Musical Legacy

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Monmouth University is a member of the GRAMMY Museum's affiliate program.

For more information, contact Ken Womack, Dean of the Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences, at


originally published: 2017-09-12 00:00:00

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