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Glory Days: A Bruce Springsteen Symposium - September 16-18, 2011  -  West Long Branch, New Jersey

Proposals are now being accepted for the Glory Days Symposium. The deadline for the call for proposals is May 3, 2011. Presenters will be notified of acceptance no later than June 3, 2011. Speakers accepted to present are required to pay the conference registration fee. See the Conference Registration Page for information on conference rates. Below is a list of conference tracks, but if you find that your proposal does not fit any of these tracks, feel free to select "Other" when submitting. While we encourage presenters to delve across the chronology of Springsteen's career, we do encourage presenters to consider papers covering the recently released The Promise, as well as The River and Nebraska, both of which saw the light of day more than or almost thirty years ago, respectively. Most presenters will be paired with two other presentations during a 90-minute session with each presenter giving a 15-20 minute presentation followed by 10 minutes of questions and answers.

Submit a proposal:

Should you have questions regarding content, please contact Mark Bernhard.(

Should you have questions regarding registration or the call for abstracts system, please contact Sam Linkous (

The proposal tracks are:

  • Springsteen's The Promise
  • Springsteen's The River
  • Springsteen's Nebraska
  • Springsteen and American Roots Music Traditions
  • Springsteen and Politics
  • Springsteen and the Art of Staying Relevant
  • Springsteen and Critical Theory
  • Springsteen and Dylan's American Dreamscapes
  • Springsteen and Gender
  • Springsteen and Musicianship
  • Springsteen and Performance
  • Springsteen and Rock ‘n' Roll Iconography
  • Springsteen and the American Pastoral
  • Springsteen and the Politics of Culture
  • Springsteen on War
  • Springsteen and the E Street Shuffle: The Ever-Changing Instrumental Frame
  • Springsteen as Narrative Poet
  • Springsteen in the 21st Century
  • Springsteen's Musical Contemporaries
  • Springsteen's Musical Influences
  • Springsteen's Musical Legacy
  • Springsteen and New Jersey
  • Springsteen and Citizenship
  • Springsteen and Work and Class
  • Springsteen and Psychology
  • Other


"Bruce Springsteen has become a bona fide subject of serious scholarly study. His work is complex, deep, and tied to so many compelling issues about American identity, race, class, work, gender, love, soul music, folk music, rock ‘ n' roll, narrative, film, militarism, masculinity, and more. The Glory Days Symposium brings together an array of scholars with people who have worked with Springsteen from bandmates to cause-related groups and serious fans and followers. It's a very stimulating mix of very knowledgeable people. I found the conversations and presentations valuable and fascinating."

Colleen Sheehy, Curator of the traveling exhibition "Springsteen: Troubadour of the Highway," and Director and CEO of Plains Art Museum, Fargo, North Dakota

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