The Beatles' "White Album": A 50th-Anniversary Symposium

deadline for submissions: 
August 20, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Monmouth University
contact email: 

Conference Theme: "Producing an Enigma for the Ages"
November 8-11, 2018

Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ

You are cordially invited to submit abstracts and/or panel suggestions for an international scholarly conference devoted to the life, work, and influence of the Beatles, particularly in relation to their legendary album The Beatles (1968), popularized as The White Album. The conference will be held from November 8 through 11, 2018, at Monmouth University. The festivities will include various live acts, as well as keynote addresses by rock critics and figures from the music industry. Celebrated Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn will serve as our keynote speaker, along with such luminaries as Geoff Emerick, Chris Thomas, Walter Everett, Bruce Spizer, and Tim Riley, among others. To submit an abstract, please go to and click on the abstract link. Abstracts should be 150-250 words in length. Full-panel submissions are also encouraged.  Papers will be considered for, but certainly not limited to, the Beatles and The White Album. Subjects may also include 1960s history, politics, culture, fashion, literature, and other bands associated with 1960s music. Other allied topics and perspectives are also welcome. The deadline for abstract submission is August 20. Monmouth University is a member of the GRAMMY Museum’s affiliate program. For more information, contact Ken Womack, Dean of the Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences, at

Possible subjects include:

•    The Beatles and 1960s History
•    The Beatles and Critical Theory
•    The Beatles and Clapton
•    The Beatles and Dylan 
•    The Beatles and Education 
•    The Beatles and Gender 
•    The Beatles and Musicianship 
•    The Beatles and Music Production 
•    The Beatles and Performance 
•    The Beatles and Politics 
•    The Beatles and Psychology 
•    The Beatles and Rock 'n' Roll Iconography 
•    The Beatles and the Music Business 
•    The Beatles and the Politics of Culture 
•    The Beatles and Work and Class 
•    The Beatles and/as Literature 
•    The Beatles as Narrative Poets 
•    The Beatles in the 21st Century 
•    The Beatles on War 
•    The Beatles' Musical Contemporaries 
•    The Beatles' Musical Influences 
•    The Beatles' Musical Legacy