U2CON 2018 PROGRAM

The U2 Conference 2018 will meet from 13-15 June in Belfast.

Registrants have access to all presentations, events, lunches, receptions and breaks listed on the program schedule below. The schedule is subject to change. Summaries of paper presentations for the panels below are listed separately here.

Please consult the Locations and Accommodations page for a map and more information about locations Belfast.

13 JUNE 2018, WEDNESDAY

1:30 pm: Registration opens
Fitzroy Presbyterian Church

2:30 – 3:00 pm: Welcoming remarks from Scott Calhoun, U2 Conference Director
Fitzroy Presbyterian Church

3:00- 4:00 pm: Dr. John Brewer, Queen’s University, “1998 as a Cultural Moment in Belfast,” plenary address
Fitzroy Presbyterian Church

6:00 – 7:00 pm: Welcoming reception for The U2 Conference hosted by The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice
Queen’s University
Location TBA

7:00 – 8:30 pm: Keynote presentation, Catherine Owens: “Vision Into Visibility: How PopMart’s LED Technology Changed the Story”
The Ulster Museum Theater

14 JUNE 2018, THURSDAY

8:00 am: Registration Opens
Maths & Physics Teaching Centre Lobby, The Lanyon Building, Queen’s University

8:00 – 8:30 am: Morning devotional for those who wish to attend, led by Jan Vierhout of the U2 Retreat, Netherlands
Room: TBD Maths & Physics Teaching Centre, The Lanyon Building, Queen’s University

8:45 – 10:00 am: Panel Sessions 1A & 1B

Panel Session 1A: “Don’t You Wonder Sometimes?” Sound & PopVision
Session Chair: Angela Pancella
Room: TBD in the Maths & Physics Teaching Centre, The Lanyon Building, Queen’s University

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

Panel Session 1B: “Take This Tangle of a Conversation, Turn It into Your Own Prayer”
Session Chair: Helena Torres Montes García
Room: TBD in the Maths & Physics Teaching Centre, The Lanyon Building, Queen’s University

  • 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
  • The Urban Landscape of U2
    Mark Meynell
    Independent writer and Cultural Critic
    London, UK
  • 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

10:00 – 10:30 am: Coffee Break
Maths & Physics Teaching Centre Lobby, The Lanyon Building, Queen’s University

10:30 am – 12:00 pm: Panel Sessions 2A & 2B

Panel Session 2A: “Got the Swing, Got the Sway, Got My Straw in Lemonade”
Session Chair: Chris Endrinal
Room: TBD in the Maths & Physics Teaching Centre, The Lanyon Building, Queen’s University

  • 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
  • “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
  • “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

Panel Session 2B: “And You Know There’s Something More”: The Art and Soul of Pop
Session Chair:  David Whitt
Room: TBD in the Maths & Physics Teaching Centre, The Lanyon Building, Queen’s University

  • A “Bogus Brand”: 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
  • Conversing with the Wilfully Polarised: A Multimodal Analysis of “Please”
    Dr. Christopher Wales
    Associate Professor
    Gimlekollen School of Journalism and Communication, NLA University College
    Kristiansand, Norway
  • U2’s Concerts as Contemporary Spectacle: Hyper-reality vs. Authenticity
    Dr. Michael Williams
    Senior Lecturer and Course Leader
    University of Brighton
    Brighton, UK

12:15 – 1:15 pm: Lunch provided for all registrants, catered by Holohan’s Irish Pantry
Fitzroy Presbyterian Church

1:30 – 2:30 pm: Dr. Fiona Magowan, Queen’s University, “Can Music End Conflict? Ethnomusicology and Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Politics of Persuasion and Peacebuilding,” plenary session
Fitzroy Presbyterian Church

3:00 – 4:00 pm: Shaughn McGrath and Steve Averill of Amp Visual: “Pop in the Age of Experience,” plenary session

4:15 – 5:0 pm: In Conversation: Catherine Owens, Shaughn McGrath and Steve Averill, plenary session

7:30 – 8:30 pm: Beth Nabi, “Ink, Icons, Identity: U2 As Written On Skin,” plenary session
Fitzroy Presbyterian Church

8:30 – 9:45 pm: Talk About Pop Music: Hosted by Steve Stockman Featuring the Fitzroy Players. Join us for a casual time of live performances of U2’s songs with audience commentary following each song in a “game-show format.”
Fitzroy Presbyterian Church

15 JUNE 2018, FRIDAY

8:00 am: Registration Opens
Maths & Physics Teaching Centre Lobby, The Lanyon Building, Queen’s University

8:00 – 8:30 am: Morning Devotional for those who wish to attend, led by Jan Vierhout of the U2 Retreat, Netherlands
Room TBD: Maths & Physics Teaching Centre, The Lanyon Building, Queen’s University

8:45 – 10:00 am: Panel Sessions 3A & 3B

Panel 3A: Pop and the Preachers: “Is There An Order In All Of This Disorder?”
Session Chair: Mark Meynell
Room: TBD in the Maths & Physics Teaching Centre, The Lanyon Building, Queen’s University

  • Psalms of Experience: Prayers and Protests From The Boot Of Your Car
    Micheal Felker
    Lead Pastor
    Lakeside Church of Christ
    Mansfield, Texas, USA
  • The Endings of Pop: Benediction, Lullaby or Lament?
    Rev. Dr. Steve Taylor
    Principal
    Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership, Knox College
    Dunedin, New Zealand

Panel 3B: “Wanting to Be the Song That You Hear in Your Head”
Session Chair: Jan Vierhout
Room: TBD in the Maths & Physics Teaching Centre, The Lanyon Building, Queen’s University

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

10:00 – 10:30 am: Coffee Break
Maths & Physics Teaching Centre Lobby, The Lanyon Building, Queen’s University

10:30 am – 12:00 pm: Panel Sessions 4A & 4B

Panel 4A: “Returning the Call to Home”
Session Chair: Chris Wales
Room: TBD in the Maths & Physics Teaching Centre, The Lanyon Building, Queen’s University

  • Mother and Muse: The Voice of Iris
    Dr. Stephen Newman
    Lecturer, Department of Irish
    Mary Immaculate College
    Limerick, Ireland
  • U2 and Nostalgia: Running to Stand Still or the Start of a Beautiful Day?
    Madison Vardeman
    Independent Scholar
    Georgetown, Texas, USA
  • U2 in the Classroom: The Teacher Perspective
    Dr. Dave Whitt
    Professor of Communication Studies
    Nebraska Wesleyan University.
    Lincoln, Nebraska, USA
  • U2 in the Classroom: The Student Perspective
    Georgia Straka
    Psychology Major and Communication Studies Minor
    Nebraska Wesleyan University.
    Lincoln, Nebraska, USA

Panel 4B: “Listen As Hope and Peace Try to Rhyme”
Session Chair: Naomi Dinnen
Room: TBD in the Maths & Physics Teaching Centre, The Lanyon Building, Queen’s University

  • 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
  • “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

12:15 – 1:15 pm: Lunch provided for all registrants, catered by Holohan’s Irish Pantry
Fitzroy Presbyterian Church

1:30 – 2:30 pm: “Like Faith Needs a Doubt”: An Interactive Exploration of Theist/Non-Theist Dialogue, led by Angela Pancella, Independent Scholar, Norwood, Ohio, USA
Fitzroy Presbyterian Church
Session Chair: Micheal Felker

3:00 – 4:00 pm: Keynote presentation, Stuart Bailie, “Holy Wars And Northern Stars: U2 and Conflict In Ireland”
Fitzroy Presbyterian Church

4:30 – 5:30 pm: Andy Rowen and Steve Stockman in Conversation, “‘If You Twist and Turn Away’: The Power of Songs to Change a Life,” plenary session
Fitzroy Presbyterian Church

5:30 – 6:00 pm: Closing remarks, Scott Calhoun, U2 Conference director

9:30 pm: December in concert
The John Hewitt

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