Your time is near, the mission’s clear, but it’s later than you think. The inaugural Phish Studies conference will take place at Oregon State University this weekend. The three-day event is unprecedented. There have been classes about other bands. There have been conferences focused on other bands. There has never been a stand-alone conference devoted to a single band with this level of community integration and collaboration. You’ve never seen this side of Phish. The conference has been a dream of ours for a long time. Don’t miss out on your only chance to be at the first-ever Phish Studies conference held on a college campus. Help shape the future of the growing field, redefine what is possible in the Academy, and take part in history as it unfolds. You will always remember where you were.
Dreams will become reality this week. We will merge our professions with our passions. Scholars from around the country will be able to receive professional credit for their Phish-related research instead of assuming it’s just a hobby. Undergraduate students will receive rare professional mentoring opportunities. Graduate students will participate in research and be able to point to our conference if their advisors tell them it’s not possible to study Phish and be successful on the job market. Select and edited conference presentations will be published with an academic press as the first Phish Studies edited volume. The only rule is it begins!
If you are unable to attend but would like to support a student or underemployed scholar, register for the conference via our online registration portal. Use your billing information, but enter Icculus in the “discount code” field at check out. Instead of a discount, the code will let OSU Conference Services know that you want us to transfer your registration to someone in need of assistance. Visit the conference website for other sponsorship opportunities.
We’ve received a lot of questions from fans who are not academics about what to expect. This is your “Helping Friendly Guide” to your first academic conference. Please remember that you will be attending a professional academic event, not a concert. In order to preserve the scholarly legitimacy of Phish Studies, we must follow the rules and norms of academic conferences.
You’re probably inquiring if we can still have fun. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Phish Conference if there wasn’t an adequate balance of work and play. In addition to a jam-packed academic program, the conference will feature:
On May 17-19, Stephen Olker’s Baker's Dozen mural, Magnaball "Drive In," and Gorge Amphitheater prints will be sold at the Phish Studies conference via silent auction. Our conference poster is by Jamie Lee Meyer and will be sold for $30. T-shirts featuring the conference logo, designed by Ryan Kerrigan, will be sold for $20. Proceeds will be donated to support registration scholarships for students and underemployed scholars attending the event. We are grateful for the artists’ generosity and honored to feature their artwork at Oregon State University.
In planning this event, we’ve received a lot of messages thanking us for making dreams come true, but we don’t know what yours are. Let us know in the comments. What is your Phish Studies dream? (Think: What is the best possible outcome for the first conference? Where would you like the field to be in 5 years? In 10 years?)
If you keep your eyes open, you may find yourself there.
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