The U2 Conference and the U2 Studies Network were created by Dr. Scott Calhoun.
Scott Calhoun is a staff writer for @U2, the leading and critically-respected news and opinion site about U2. He is a professor of English at Cedarville University and was named the 2015 Faculty Scholar of the Year.
The U2 Conference has met three times to date: in 2018, at Queen’s University Belfast with The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice, at Fitzroy Presbyterian Church, and at the Ulster National Museum, Belfast, UK; in 2013, at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Cleveland, Ohio; and in 2009, at North Carolina Central University, Durham, North Carolina.
He edited U2 and the Religious Impulse: Take Me Higher (Bloomsbury, 2018), a collection of new, contributed essays on the religious call-and-response dynamic between U2 and its fans.
He also edited and contributed to two other books of essays, collected from previous U2 Conference meetings:
- Exploring U2: Is This Rock ‘n Roll? (Roman & Littlefield, 2011, 2014)
- U2 Above, Across, and Beyond: Interdisciplinary Assessments. Co-edited with Christopher Endrinal. (Roman & Littlefield, 2014, 2015)
He welcomes the opportunity to connect with you about U2 and discuss the band’s music, work, and influence, or talk about other mutual interests.
Scott Calhoun maintains
the U2 Studies Bibliography page.
Scott Calhoun is a curator for
U2: Made in Dublin at The Little Museum of Dublin.
His writings for @U2 include:
Reporting, Reviews and Opinion:
- James Henke, Rock Critic Who Called U2 “The Next Big Thing,” Has Died. Rolling Stone Editor, Curator for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame a U2 Fan from Beginning to End, obituary
- U2 Goes Across the Threshold with Bespoke Pop Art, analysis
- U2 and the Limits of Fundamentalism, Part One & Part Two, commentary
- The Shadow Man Cometh: Flannery O’Connor’s Influence on U2’s The Joshua Tree, analysis essay
- Bono Brings a Bit Of Finglas to Flathead Lake in New Film about the Psalms, reporting
- Behind the Scenes: More From Bono & Friends On The Psalms, reporting and opinion
- Rare Recording Featuring Three-Fourths of U2 For Sale, reporting
- U2 Says They Prefer Vision CD from 1981 Not Be Sold, reporting
- U2: Revolution, book review
- U2: The Definitive Biography, book review
- The Spirituality of Bono, book review
- Andrea Morandi’s Lavoro D’Amore, reporting and review
- David Bentley Hart, philosopher, scholar of religion and cultural critic, for “Stealing David Bentley Hart’s Wisdom for U2’s Travelling Show”
- Steve Lillywhite, Grammy-winning producer
- Flood, Grammy-winning producer
- Anthony DeCurtis, Grammy-winning writer, contributor to Rolling Stone
- Bill Flanagan, EVP/Editorial Director of MTV Networks, contributor to Rolling Stone, author of U2 at the End of the World and other books, and contributor to CBS’ “Sunday Morning”
- Jim Henke, former VP of Exhibitions and Curatorial Affairs for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, and former Music Editor for Rolling Stone
- Eugene Peterson, author of The Message and many other books
Scott Calhoun was the series editor for Rowman & Littlefield’s Tempo
books on rock, pop, and culture. The series ran from 2011 to 2019.
His academic vita is available here.
His Ph.D. is in English, with a specialization in Rhetoric and Composition, from Bowling Green State University (Ohio).
His research and teaching interests include:
- U2’s music, work, and influence
- The imagination, the numinous, mythmaking and enchantment
- The products of culture, cultural engagement and fandom
- Rhetorical, literary and narrative theories
- The literature and thought of C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien
He lives in Xenia, Ohio, USA, with his wife and children.
Please reach him through the contact form.