“Highway 61, the main thoroughfare of the country blues, begins where I came from…I always felt like I’d started on it, always had been on it and could go anywhere from it…It was my place in the universe, always felt it was in my blood.”
-Chronicles, Vol. I
Highway 61 Revisited
Dylan’s Road from Minnesota to the World
A Bob Dylan Symposium
University of Minnesota-Minneapolis
March 25 -27, 2007
Call for Paper and Session Proposals
In conjunction with its presentation of the exhibition Bob Dylan’s American Journey, the Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota is organizing a major symposium on Bob Dylan to take place on the Minneapolis campus March 25 to 27, 2007.
This symposium aims to explore Dylan’s journey from Minnesota to the wider nation and the world, viewing Highway 61 as a route of geographic and artistic odyssey and as a metaphorical space of encounters, tests and tricks, fantastical experiences, and re-invention. The road connects Dylan to multifarious musical, cultural, and artistic histories and links other places and cultures to Dylan.
The three-day symposium aims to both generate and present new research and interpretations of Dylan, his career, his artistic output, his milieus, his influences, and his impact worldwide. In particular, the organizing committee seeks to explore the local and the global and possible connections between the two. On one hand, the symposium will examine Dylan’s Minnesota roots and influences from the Iron Range and Minneapolis (Dylan in Minnesota; Minnesota in Dylan). Alternately, we are interested in the global dimensions of Dylan’s work, including both the singer’s use of world music, literature, philosophies, art, and religious thought, and also his impact and reception in specific scenes (musical, literary, political, fashion) and cultures around the world.
Proposals for papers or for entire sessions can be submitted online with a deadline of November 1, 2006. Proposals should include a one-page abstract and a one-page bio or c.v. with complete contact information. Entire sessions can also be proposed with a main contact person indicated and all speakers confirmed. Abstracts and bios/c.v. of each speaker is needed for session proposals. Online submission will available by September 1, 2006
For more information, check www.weisman.umn.edu, or for questions about the symposium, contact Colleen Sheehy, Weisman Art Museum, firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-625-9677.
Director of Education
Weisman Art Museum
University of Minnesota
333 E. RIver Road
Minneapolis, MN 55455
612-625-9677 Email: email@example.com
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