The academic event is aptly titled as “Swiftposium”
Taylor Swift is continuously taking over not just the concert scene but also the academe.
An Australian university says it will host an academic symposium on Taylor Swift, exploring her impact on gender, literature, the economy, and the music industry.
Scholars will gather at Melbourne University for “Swiftposium 2024” from February 11 to 13 to delve into a “broad range of academic disciplines” related to the 33-year-old pop icon.
The university recently issued a call for academic papers to be submitted ahead of the learned meeting, which is being organized along with six other universities across Australia and New Zealand.
“Swiftposium is a hybrid academic conference for scholars to engage in critical dialogue about Swift’s popularity and its profound implications for a range of issues,” it said.
Among the main themes are the phenomenon of Taylor’s fandom, the economic impacts of Swift’s touring and cultural prominence, her relationship with gender, sexuality, feminism and LGBTQ+ rights, intellectual property, and literary interpretations.
Taylor’s university class
In March, the prestigious Stanford University started offering an entire course dissecting Taylor’s hit “All Too Well” (10 Minute Version).
The new university class covered an “in-depth analysis” of the much-loved song’s lyrics, led by Stanford University alum Nona Hungate. According to a report by PEOPLE, the subject is part of the prestigious school’s “ITALIC 99” courses that put forward an introduction on topics headed by the program’s alumni.
Stanford’s “All Too Well (10 Minute Version)” course isn’t the first time a university has announced courses based on Taylor.
In February 2022, New York University’s Clive Davis Institute launched a course that covered “Swift’s evolution as a creative music entrepreneur, the legacy of pop and country songwriters, discourses of youth and girlhood, and the politics of race in contemporary popular music.”
Taylor is taking a break from her wildly popular international tour that began in March 2023, with her shows set to resume in November and run late into next year.
Also, Taylor will hit the silver screen: “Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour” is slated for release on October 13, 2023.
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