A major in U2? Academic conference of superstar band planned

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Canwest News Service

There's no denying that U2 remain the world's biggest band. They are in the midst of a massive tour, with a recent pair of shows in London that drew 170,000 people.

And U2's fans are a passionate lot. Just bring up the album Pop in a fan forum and watch the lines drawn and all caps come out. And to anyone questioning the band is still massive, and its fans loyal, visit a few of the 24/7 fan sites and U2 news aggregators across the web.

To further sate the frenzy for information on Bono and company, the world's first ``academic conference on the world's biggest band'' has been announced.

U2: The Hype and The Feedback will take place from Oct. 2 to Oct. 4 at North Carolina Central University in Durham, N.C. to coincide with the band's tour stop in nearby Raleigh that weekend.

Presentations at the conferences will include U2 and the Politics of Irony; Bono Versus Nick Cave on Jesus; The Meme of Surrender: Bono's Lyrics of Recovery and Revelation; U2 as a Pedagogical Resource: Faith Integration and Social Justice; and U2: An Elevated Brand.

Speakers will include Dr. Anthony DeCurtis, a contributing editor with Rolling Stone, Neil McCormick, a former schoolmate of the band who writes music for The Telegraph and Ugandan AIDS activist Agnes Nyamawaro.

The event has been organized by Scott Calhoun, a professor of English and a self-confessed U2 academician.

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