Swiftposium: An Academic Conference on Taylor Swift

Swiftposium: An Academic Conference on Taylor Swift


Posted 2024-01-07 by Gillian Chingfollow

Sun 11 Feb 2024 - Tue 13 Feb 2024

Such is the impact of singer/songwriter Taylor Swift on arts and culture, that a leading Melbourne University will be holding an academic Symposium about the singer to coincide with her 2024 Australian tour.

Swiftposium 2024 will be held from Sunday 11 February to Tuesday 13th February at The University of Melbourne, Parkville, Australia and online. The Swiftposium is a collaboration between academics from six universities in Australia and New Zealand – The University of Melbourne, RMIT University, Curtin University, Auckland University of Technology, Monash University, and University of Sydney.

Who is Taylor Swift?
Her devoted fans, known as "Swifties" might argue that you would have to have been living in a musical wasteland not to know of or have heard of Taylor Swift.

This cultural icon was also recently awarded the 2023 Person of the Year by Time Magazine.

Having started as a country singer, American Taylor Swift has gone on to sell some 200 million records worldwide with hit singles such as "Shake it Off", "Wildest Dreams", "Anti Hero" and more. She is the first woman to have four albums simultaneously in the top 10 on Billboard's Top 200 chart. She also has the most number-one albums by a female artist and financially her net financial worth is approximately $780 million.

On the back of this, the Symposium will cover topics where she and Swiftmania has impacted such as:
  • Swift’s impact on social movements such as feminism and LGBTQ+ rights
  • Her influence on political discourse
  • Literary interpretations of the singer’s lyrics
  • The marketing strategy of the singer and
  • The “economic reverberations” of Swift’s cultural prominence

  • The Symposium received over 400 abstracts from over 60 academic disciplines and over 75 universities all over the world in a highly competitive process.

    Academics consider that as well as pop culture her star power she has an economic, cultural and social impact on society. The Swiftposium isn’t open to the general public, but fans and those who are simply interested have the opportunity to attend one public event with two other keynote addresses shared online. The University of Melbourne is located on Grattan Street, Parkville Victoria, 3010,

    Apart from the Symposium, if you are lucky enough to have secured tickets, Taylor Swift's Australian sell-out Eras tour will see the superstar perform in:
  • Melbourne Cricket Ground, 16-18 February 2024
  • Accor Stadium Sydney, 23 - 26 February 2024

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