Call For Papers

Papers addressing all aspects of the Grateful Dead phenomenon are welcome: music, lyrics, performance, recording, and audience will be explored, and broader comparative and contextual treatments are encouraged. In particular, papers on the band’s role in the 1960s and in the counterculture are welcome, as are analyses of their contribution to the development of popular music as an industry. In keeping with the theme of the conference, international perspectives are especially encouraged, as are approaches that use the band and the phenomenon it inspired as lenses for explicating a wide range of theoretical issues.

The deadline for registration is September 15, 2014. Participants who wish to present should send an email with an abstract (150 to 500 words) and brief bio (50-150 words), as a Microsoft Word attachment, to:

Participants may submit a single paper or propose an entire panel (three papers).

Style Guide for submitting Abstract: Please submit your abstract and bio as a single Microsoft Word document. Please put your name and institutional affiliation at the top of the page; if you prefer not to list an affiliation, please call yourself Independent Scholar. Abstracts may be up to 500 words; bios should be no more than 150 words. Please follow Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed., and use Times New Roman, 12-point, as your typeface and single-space both.


All fields and disciplines that have participated in Dead studies are welcome, as are new approaches, including:

Archival Theory and Practice, Art History, Business Theory and History, Communication, Comparative Literature, Creative Nonfiction, Critical Theory, Education, Ethnomusicology, Ecological Studies, Economics, Fiction, Folklore, History, Interdisciplinary Theory, Geography, Journalism, Library and Information Science, Literary Studies, Museum Studies, Musicology, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Rhetoric, Sociology, Statistics, Theology