Oregon State University will host the second Phish Studies conference in Corvallis, Oregon on May 17-19, 2024. The conference will feature research presentations and community events about the improvisational rock band Phish, as well as its fans and culture. Diverse disciplinary approaches will be represented, featuring scholars from across the country. The conference will also showcase a number of special events including: community panels, an exhibition fair, a poster session, a Phishsonian pop-up museum exhibit, a pre-conference workshop for members and allies of Phans for Racial Equity and GrooveSafe, and curated art exhibits.
The inaugural Phish Studies conference was hosted by OSU in May of 2019. Over three days in 2019, nearly 200 fans and scholars attended the conference and over 50 scholars presented. The event also featured numerous art and community events. Planning for the 2024 conference includes a change of venue that will enable the participation of more fans and scholars.
The Call for Papers, Performances, and Art will be announced in the Fall, before Dick’s. The conference is seeking sponsorships for special events, scholarships, and a video archive. For more information, please visit the conference website: phishstudies.net. To watch videos of the presentations and panels at the Phish Studies conference in 2019, including a panel of people who help run The Mockingbird Foundation and this website, please click here.
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