To mark the 40th anniversary of the1972 single "Changes" by David Bowie the University of Limerick which is, this year, celebrating its 40th anniversary will hold a three day symposium dedicated to the work of the English singer. Strange Fascination? A Symposium on David Bowie is the first academic symposium examining the career and cultural impact of the Iconic singer to take place anywhere in the world and has drawn international speakers from across the globe who will examine Bowie's long and varied career.
The event which commences on Friday October 26th will feature a panel discussion on Bowie's hugely significant contribution to popular culture. The panelists will include Paul McLoone of Today FM and The Undertones; Stuart Clarke, Deputy Editor of Hot Press and Chris Charlesworth of the Omnibus Press, London. The noted Bowie tribute act RebelRebel will play a special gig at Dolans Warehouse in which they will recreate the key phases of Bowie's musical career.
The symposium is being held by the Department of Sociology at University of Limerick. Co-organiser Dr Eoin Devereux said "Our event has attracted interest from all over the world and has already had almost 8,000 likes on David Bowie's Official Facebook Page, where it has been featured. The three days will feature papers from Bowie experts from as far afield as New Zealand, Australia and the United States. Bowie is a truly iconic figure. His ability to reinvent himself, his capacity to capture the zeitgeist of the age in terms of mankind's alienation and his versatility as a singer, performer, artist and actor are just a few of the many reasons Bowie will be examined at our event."
Strange Fascination? A Symposium on David Bowie is the latest example of University of Limerick's expertise in popular culture studies having previously held similar academic conferences on the cultural influences of Morrissey and Harry Potter.
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