Oregon State University, the host of 2024 Phish Studies Conference in Corvallis, May 17-19, 2024, announced that Benjy Eisen will be the keynote speaker for the Conference. OSU also announced that Phish Studies Conference committee members will be available for office hours at PhanArt on Dec. 30 from 1-6pm at Hill Country BBQ in NYC, during Phish’s MSG run.
Benjy Eisen, a New York Times Best-Selling author, artist manager, and co-host of the Undermine podcast, will deliver the address to the Conference's attendees. “I first fell in love with Phish during my first semester of college, and for the following four years they were an inseparable part of my college experience,” said Mr. Eisen. “Heading to OSU for an academic conference on the band feels full circle or, perhaps, full donut.”
The second Phish Studies conference will feature new contributions to the emerging field of Phish Studies, which encourages multi-disciplinary scholarly approaches to Phish’s music, fan culture, social impact, and enduring popularity. “We’re thrilled that Mr. Eisen will deliver the 2024 Phish Studies Conference keynote address,” said Dr. Stephanie Jenkins, associate professor of Philosophy at OSU and Conference Program Committee Chair. “As a live music journalist, writer, and chronicler, he brings unique experience and wisdom to Phish scholarship.”
Like the inaugural conference in 2019, when nearly 200 fans and scholars attended the event and more than 50 scholars presented research (you can view many of the 2019 presentations here), the 2024 gathering will represent diverse disciplinary approaches and feature scholars from across the country who are exploring the boundaries of Phish research. "With a second conference, I foresee us going much deeper and exploring new horizons of Phish scholarship," said Dr. Christina L. Allaback, assistant professor of Theatre at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg and Program Committee member.
Fans are encouraged to attend PhanArt office hours to discuss their proposal ideas. "PhanArt is an event with such great energy,” said Dr. Jake Cohen, musicologist and Program Committee member. “We're so excited to share our enthusiasm for the conference and help phans turn their ideas into Phish Studies proposals." The Call for Presentations, Art, and Performances, as well as information about conference sponsorship opportunities, can be found on the conference website: phishstudies.net. Due to popular demand, the deadline for proposals for presentations, art, and performances has been extended to January 15, 2024.
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