Change celebrated at unique UL symposium on Bowie

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

IT is all change in the University of Limerick, a fact currently being celebrated by the institution’s 40th anniversary celebrations, yet the university will mark an anniversary of a different kind later this month.

IT is all change in the University of Limerick, a fact currently being celebrated by the institution’s 40th anniversary celebrations, yet the university will mark an anniversary of a different kind later this month.

UL will host a ‘world first’ with Strange Fascination? A Symposium on David Bowie, timed to mark the 40th anniversary of the release of the rock star’s single Changes.

The three day academic symposium - organised by UL’s Department of Sociology - will focus on the career and cultural impact of the iconic singer.

Drawing international speakers from across the globe, who will examine Bowie’s long and varied career, co-organiser Dr Eoin Devereux believes it is the first symposium of its kind to take place “anywhere in the world”.

“There are people coming to speak from all over the world, including Germany, USA, Australia, Portugal, they are academics as well as fans of Bowie’s,” said Dr Devereux. “He is clearly an iconic figure within popular music, rock music. He is very, very influential as a singer, as a performer, as a songwriter.

“He is of huge significance and there is simply such a breadth of work there to examine. His music remains hugely influential. We wanted to interrogate that over a couple of days and we have been overwhelmed with interest,” he added, pointing to the event attracting 8,000 ‘likes’ on Bowie’s official Facebook page.

A panel discussion will kick off the event on Friday, October 26, featuring Paul McLoone of Today FM, Stuart Clark, Deputy Editor of Hot Press and Chris Charlesworth, Bowie biographer.

Top Bowie tribute act Rebel, Rebel will also play in Dolan’s Warehouse that night. See UCH.ie for tickets or email click here.