Looks like 2009 is turning into the year of the eggheadbenger:
1) October 8-10 sees the 'Heavy Metal and Gender' conference in Cologne . I'll be speaking and I can't wait for the vocal masterclass featuring Angela Gossow!
2) November 10-12 sees the second 'Heavy Fundamentalism' conference in Salzburg. I won't be there and I think it is a shame that in such a small academic field it was scheduled so soon after the Cologne conference (the Cologne conference was annouced first). Still, I really hope it is a success - the 2008 conference was a brilliant experience.
3) December 12 sees the 'Hideous Gnosis' Black Metal Theory Symposium in New York. This is an unapologetically out-there fest of mind-duck theorising about mind-fucking black metal. Nicola Masciandaro, one of the organisers and speakers, presented a virtually inpenetrable paper at Salzburg last year and his blog verges on the incomprehensible - and is all the better for it.