An archive of lecture videos from the first-ever Phish Studies Conference, which occurred this past May at Oregon State University, is now available online for free through OSU’s website.
You can now experience the academic findings presented throughout 15 presentations, panels, and Q&A sessions throughout the three-day conference. Available presentations include “Shiny Music That Descends from Overhead: The Significance of Improvisation”, “Setlists, Ratings, and Archives: Do You Have to Count Them?”, “Buckets Full of Thoughts: Philosophical Approaches to Phish”, and many more.
Led by conference organizer Dr. Stephanie Jenkins of Oregon State University, the multi-day event included more the 50 presentations resulting in an interdisciplinary academic examination of the sociological and anthropological makeup of Phish fandom. The conference examined themes relating to onstage improvisation, the social currency of show counts, and class and racial divides within the community of Phish fans.
Until now, those lucky enough to attend the conference were the only ones able to hear and examine the findings presented at the conference. Thanks to this new archive of videos, we can all now get in on this scholarly discussion of the Phish experience.
The playlist of Phish Studies Conference lecture videos, along with a guide and descriptions for each presentation, is available here.