Call for Papers

Berklee's Liberal Arts Department is pleased to announce a symposium marking the 50th anniversary of Woodstock. We are soliciting proposals on any topic related to the festival itself, its performers, or its longterm impact. Given our foundation in the liberal arts, we seek proposals from any discipline as well as those that are interdisciplinary in nature. We also encourage proposals from scholars at any stage of their career.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • the historical, societal, and/or political context surrounding this sociocultural movement;
  • the history, aesthetics, and business of the music festival;
  • concert or film documentaries;
  • race and gender;
  • iconography;
  • the festival’s impact on popular culture;
  • the politics, aesthetics, and religious/philosophical aspects of '60s counterculture;
  • the role of artistic expression as a means of protest during the movement; and
  • the sociological, anthropological, and/or psychological aspects of the era.

We are currently exploring options for the publication of selected proceedings.

To submit a proposal, please fill out the form below. The deadline for submissions has been extended to November 15, and accepted speakers will be notified by December 15.

Please submit a proposal that includes your presentation title and abstract. Submissions should be limited to a maximum of 300 words. PDF (.pdf) is the preferred file type; Word documents (.doc, .docx) are also accepted.
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