Symposium on David Bowie in UL is the first of its kind

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

A SYMPOSIUM focusing on the ‘major contribution’ iconic rock star David Bowie has made to popular culture is to attract academics from all over the world to the University of Limerick.

A SYMPOSIUM focusing on the ‘major contribution’ iconic rock star David Bowie has made to popular culture is to attract academics from all over the world to the University of Limerick.

Strange Fascination? A Symposium on David Bowie will take place from October 26-28, organised by UL’s Department of Sociology.

The three day event, believed to be the first of its kind, will focus on Bowie’s contribution to music and mark the 40th anniversary of the release of his single Changes, fitting in with UL’s 40th anniversary celebrations.

“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 Eoin Devereux, senior lecturer in UL’s sociology department.

Dr Devereux, who has hosted previous symposiums on Smiths’ frontman Morrissey in recent years, will chair a panel discussion focusing on Bowie, featuring Today FM presenter and The Undertones’ frontman Paul McLoone, Hot Press deputy editor Stuart Clark and Bowie biographer David Buckley.

“The panel will discuss the major contribution Bowie has made as a singer, an actor, as a writer - his overall contribution to popular culture,” 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 - obviously he has deep connections with other artists.

“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.

Top Bowie tribute act Rebel, Rebel will play in Dolan’s Warehouse on Friday, October 26. All details are on David Bowie Symposium Limerick on Facebook.