Bruce Springsteen's The River: An International Symposium

deadline for submissions: 
March 1, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Monmouth University

You are cordially invited to submit abstracts and/or panel suggestions for an international scholarly conference devoted to the life, work, and influence of Bruce Springsteen, particularly in relation to his legendary album The River. To submit an abstract, please go to and click on the abstract link. Abstracts should be 150-250 words in length to ensure full consideration.

The conference will be held from October 2-4, 2020, at Monmouth University. The festivities will include various live acts, as well as keynote addresses by rock critics and figures from the music industry.

Papers will be considered for, but certainly not limited to, the session rubrics below. Full-panel submissions are also encouraged. The deadline for abstract submission is March 1, 2020.

Possible subjects include: 

  • Springsteen and American Roots Music Traditions
  • Springsteen and Citizenship
  • Springsteen and Critical Theory
  • Springsteen and Dylan
  • Springsteen and Education
  • Springsteen and Gender
  • Springsteen and Musicianship
  • Springsteen and New Jersey
  • Springsteen and Performance
  • Springsteen and Politics
  • Springsteen and Psychology
  • Springsteen and Rock ‘n' Roll Iconography
  • Springsteen and the American Pastoral
  • Springsteen and the Music Business
  • Springsteen and the Politics of Culture
  • Springsteen and Work and Class
  • Springsteen and/as Literature
  • Springsteen as Narrative Poet
  • Springsteen in the 21st Century
  • Springsteen on War
  • Springsteen's Musical Contemporaries
  • Springsteen's Musical Influences
  • Springsteen's Musical Legacy

Monmouth University is a member of the GRAMMY Museum’s affiliate program.


For more information, contact Eileen Chapman, Director of the Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music, at