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Presentations from Fans, Academics, Independent Scholars, and Clergy for the U2 Conference 2018

Of the proposals received from fans, academics, independent scholars, and clergy, we are pleased to announce the following have been accepted for the U2 Conference 2018. In the coming weeks, we will group these presentations into panel sessions and post more details on our program page. All sessions will be open to all conference registrants.

 

1. A Table in the Presence of My Enemies: Pop as “Songs of Descent”
Dr. Richard S. Briggs
Lecturer in Old Testament and Director of Biblical Studies
Cranmer Hall, St. John’s College
Durham University, England

2. From “Discothèque” to Drop the Debt: How Pop and PopMart Set the Stage for Bono’s Embrace of Global Political Activism and Advocacy at the Turn of the 21st Century
Thierry Côté
Adjunct Professor
York University, Toronto, Canada

3. U2 in Sarajevo: Then and Now
Ana Djordjevic
Ph.D. Candidate and Independent Scholar
University College, Cork, Ireland

4. Pop and the Prequels: A Case for the Necessity of These Pariahs
Dr. Christopher Endrinal
Assistant Professor of Music
Bower School of Music and the Arts, Florida Gulf Coast University
Fort Myers, Florida, USA

5. Psalms of Experience: U2’s Pop and the Practice of Lament
Micheal Felker
Lead Pastor
Lakeside Church of Christ
Mansfield, Texas, USA

6. A Reinterpretation of U2’s Discography: Pop as a Transition Album
Helena Torres Montes García
Professor
Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey
Mexico City, Mexico

7. Pop Is U2’s Most Spiritually Significant Album
John Graeber
John Hawbaker
Independent Scholars
Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA

8. Pop’s Music Videos
Dr. Jonathan Hodgers
Popular Music Lecturer
Trinity College
Dublin, Ireland

9. Counterpoint and Expression in the Music of U2
Dr. Timothy Koozin
Professor and Division Chair of Music Theory
Moores School of Music, University of Houston
Houston, Texas, USA

10. “And What You Leave Behind You Don’t Miss Anyway”: U2’s Pop and the Pop Art Aesthetic
Dr. Kimberly Mack
Assistant Professor of African American Literature
Department of English Language and Literature, The University of Toledo
Toledo, Ohio, USA

11. Staring at the Falling Sun: U2 and the Decline of American Hegemony
Dr. Michael MacLeod
Associate Professor of Political Science
St. Mary’s University
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

12. The Urban Landscape of U2
Rev. Mark Meynell
Independent writer and Cultural Critic
London, England

13. Written On Skin: The Popular and UnPOPular Iconography of U2 Fan Tattoos
Beth Nabi
Associate Professor of Graphic Design and Digital Media
University of North Florida
Jacksonville, Florida, USA

14. The Less You Know, The More You Believe: The Dilemma of Pop Activism in the Case of Aung San Suu Kyi
Dr. Tim Neufeld
Professor, Biblical and Religious Studies
Fresno Pacific University
Fresno, California, USA

15. Mother and Muse: The Voice of Iris
Dr. Stephen Newman
Lecturer, Department of Irish
Mary Immaculate College
Limerick, Ireland

16. Already Gone: How U2’s Use of the Harmonic Series in “Gone” Expresses in Musical Language the Searching, Restless Cross-Pressures of Postmodern Culture
Kevin Ott
Independent scholar
Shafter, California, USA

17. Like Faith Needs a Doubt: An Interactive Exploration of Theist/Non-Theist Dialogue
Angela Pancella
Independent Scholar
Norwood, Ohio, USA

18. “Lookin’ for a sound that’s gonna drown out the world”: Resolving Musical Emotional Ambiguity in U2’s POPVision
Dr. Diane M. Rasmussen Pennington
Lecturer in Information Science
Lead, Information Engagement Research Area, Strathclyde iSchool Research Group (SiSRG)
University of Strathclyde
Glasgow, Scotland

19. “Electric Blues Death Rattle”: Wisdom Literature and Ecclesiastical Visions in U2’s Pop
Dr. Dan Pinkston
Professor of Music Theory and Composition
Simpson University
Redding, California, USA

20. U2’s Pop:  A Maturation and Crisis of Faith
Dr. Brian E. Porter
Professor of Management
Department of Economics and Business
Cedric B. Porter
Student
Hope College
Holland, Michigan, USA

21. “She’s Not Waiting on a Savior to Come”: The Theology of Pop vs. Pop Theology
Rick Quinn
Independent Scholar
Nashville, Tennessee, USA

22. Escape from the “Playboy Mansion”: U2, Me Too, and Masculinity
Andrew William Smith
Instructor of English and Religious Studies
Tennessee Tech University
Cookeville, Tennessee, USA

23. The Endings of Pop: Benediction, Lullaby or Lament?
Rev. Dr. Steve Taylor
Senior Lecturer, Flinders University
Principal, Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership, Knox College
Dunedin, New Zealand

24. Nostalgia: Running to Stand Still or the Start of a Beautiful Day?
Madison Vardeman
Independent Scholar
Keller, Texas, USA

25. Morning Devotions from the U2 Retreat
Jan Vierhout
Netherlands

26. Conversing with the Willfully Polarised: A Multimodal Analysis of “Please”
Dr. Christopher Wales
Associate Professor
Gimlekollen School of Journalism and Communication, NLA University College
Kristiansand, Norway

27. “Finding Baby Jesus Under the Trash”
Reverend Canon Derek Walmsley
Diocesan Director of Ordinands and Vocations
Anglican Diocese of Leeds, England
Leeds, England

28. U2 in the Classroom: The Teacher Perspective & The Student Perspective
Dr. Dave Whitt
Professor of Communication Studies
Georgia Straka
Psychology Major and Communication Studies Minor
Nebraska Wesleyan University.
Lincoln, Nebraska, USA

29. U2’s Concerts as Contemporary Spectacle: Hyper-reality vs. Authenticity
Dr. Michael Williams
Senior Lecturer and Course Leader
University of Brighton
Brighton, England

Andy Rowen & Steve Stockman @ The U2 Conference 2018

We are honored to have Andy Rowen and Steve Stockman appear at the U2 Conference 2018 for a special In Conversation session titled “If You Twist and Turn Away: The Power of Songs to Change a Life.”

The Rowen family has a long history of friendship with the Paul “Bono” Hewson family, as many U2 fans know. Bono wrote “Bad” for The Unforgettable Fire (1984) in tribute to Andy and later explained in U2 By U2 (2006):

‘Bad’ is just a huge promise of a song. A friend of mine, about as close as you can get, squandered his intelligence and his gifts to heroin. Dublin in the late Seventies and early Eighties was a capital for smack. The Shah of Iran had been deposed, and people smuggled their money out of that country in white gold and pearls, by which I mean heroin. It was cheaper than weed, it was cheaper than smoking spliff, and a lot of sweet teenage kids, who just liked to smoke a little bit of ganja, were offered this cheap high, something beyond their imagination … I tried to describe that with the song, ‘Bad,’ what it was to feel that rush, to feel that elation, and then go on to the nod, awful sleep that comes with that drug …

Andy was on Bono’s mind again for a second song later in life as he wrote “Raised By Wolves” for Songs Of Innocence (2014). In the album’s liner notes, Bono said:

Ireland in the ‘70s was a tough place. On any other Friday at 5.30 pm in 1974 I would have been on Talbot Street in a record shop. On May 17th I rode my bike to school that day and dodged one of the bloodiest moments in a history that divided an island. 3 car bombs coordinated to detonate at the same time destroyed Dublin’s city centre. My old friend Andy Rowen (Guck Pants Delaney we used to call him) was locked in his father’s van as his dad ran to help save the victims scattered like refuse across the streets. The scene never left him, he turned to one of the world’s great pain killers to deal with it, we wrote about him in our song, ‘Bad.’ Andy says, ‘Heroin is a great pain killer until it kills you.’ He survived. A hero to me.

Rev. Steve Stockman, also good friends with the Rowen family, has long been involved in peace and reconciliation efforts in Northern Ireland. He is minister of Fitzroy Presbyterian Church in Belfast, a co-founder of the 4 Corners Festival and a regular contributor to BBC radio. He is a blogger, poet, and peace activist, and wrote Walk On: The Spiritual Journey of U2.

Andy and Steve will present a conversation between friends on the role music has played – and can continue to play – in helping all of us in very personal and very communal conflicts “let it go,
and so to find a way.”

December To Play @ The U2 Conference 2018

We’re very excited to announce the band December will play The John Hewitt Friday night June 15 at 9:30 pm to close out the U2 Conference 2018. Performing selections from their new album of originals, Sisters and Brothers (out March 2018) and from 33, their 2017 celebration of U2, December is also working up some specials just for the U2 Conference guests.

The concert is free and open to the public, so arrive early, settle in and enjoy the night. December is putting their heads and hearts into making this happen, and to tell them thanks as well as help the band cover travel costs and some equipment hires, please visit their GoFundMe page for the event and make a contribution. Thanks!

While you are at the historic John Hewitt, take a moment to see the Pipes of Peace, a work of art using pipes that belonged to three key players in the Northern Ireland peace process: Sinn Fein’s Gerry Adams, ex-PUP leader David Ervine and former UVF leader Gusty Spence.

The John Hewitt is at 51 Donegall St., Belfast, UK.

Follow December on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

33 – CD           Sister and Brothers – CD pre-order

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