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Special Events

Below The Moss Forgotten: Phish in the Pacific Northwest

Left on Wilson performance

We’ve Got It Simple “sneak peak”

Tentative List of Conference Presentations

Christina Allaback, “Phish Fans as Post-Subcultures: Losing The Meaning of Style”

Kate Aly-Brady, Daniel J. Budiansky, Adam Lioz, and Rupa Mitra,“White Phragility: Race-Talk and Backlash in the Phish Scene”

Robert Bailey, “Phish and Globalization: An Extension of the Whimsy of Americanization”

Noah Bickart, “Phish’s Improvisation in Light of Talmudic Scholastic Practice”

Jnan Blau, “The Three Deeps: Deep Experience, Deep Knowledge, and Deep Collecting in/as Phish Phandom”

John Boatner, “Addressing Addiction within the Phish Community Through the Phellowship”

Mike Bove, “The Moment Ends: Buddhist Philosophy in the Music and Lyrics of Phish”

Ross Brillhart, “Hearing Recovery: The Potentiality of Sonic Experience and Affinity for Health”

Ben Bunting, “‘How Can I Answer Questions I’ve Known’: Representations of Nature in Phish’s Lyrics”

Christina Chiarelli-Helminiak, “Phish(ing) as a Form of Self-Care”

Ginger Cloud, “Phish: Creators of a Therapeutic Landscape.”

Jacob A. Cohen, “‘I Tell Myself I’m Part of a Tribe’: Performing Jewish Identity and Community through Phish’s ‘Avenu Malkenu’”

Michael Coiro, “The ‘Fukuoka Twist’: Traversing Ambience and Intimacy through Setting”

Jason Del Gandio, “Pulsating with Love and Light’: A Case Study on Phish and the Vibe”

Natalie Dollar, “Communication Improvisation as Dialogue: A Framework for Understanding Phans and Deadheads”

Joseph Dresch, “Kasvot from the Couch: Medium, Perception, and Experience: 10.31.18”

Rabbi Jessy Dressin, “‘Where the People Come to Pray’: Sacred Pilgrimage, Holy Ritual and Communal Rejoicing from Jerusalem to YEMSG”

Daniel Dylan, “Donuts, Dresses, and Phish: A Study in Trademark Law”

Maya Gans, “Shouting Graphic Translations: Using R Programming to Visualize Phish Show Metrics”

Robert Gardner, “Birds of a Feather: Concerted Concerting in the Phish Show Experience”

Andrew Garrett, “Curveball 2018: Reviewing the Potential Public Health Risks of Large-Scale Music Festivals”

Joel Gershon, “‘Inside This Silent Scene, All Are Free’: An Assessment of Accessibility Issues Facing Deaf/Hard of Hearing (HoH) Fans at Phish Concerts”

Tuck Gillett, “Fan-Band Interconnectedness During The Great Went improvisations”

Alex Gillham, “Toward a Virtue Ethics of Phish”

Denise Goldman, “Phamily Ethos: An Exploratory Analysis of Communication and Community Building on Social Media Site ‘Phish Chicks’”

Paul Jakus, “Come Waste Your Time: Do Phish.netShow Ratings Correlate with Setlist Elements?”

Stephanie Jenkins, “Read The Book: Performing Public Philosophy”

Nick Kaatz, “Phish’s Rate of Growth”

Joong Won Kim, Nathaniel G. Chapman, & David L. Brunsma, “‘This Your First Show?’: White Racism and Subcultural Capital in the Phish Community”

Amelia Klein, “Phish and Utopia”

Daniel Knorr, “Motive Constructs in the Music of Phish: Redefining What it Means to ‘Jam’”

Kolby Koczanowski, “You Can Feel Good: Using the Music of Phish and the Therapeutic Function of Music Plan to Promote Relaxation”

Aaron Kreuter, “‘Thoughts Out On the Page’: On the Joys and Challenges of Turning Phish Into Fiction”

Oren Kroll-Zeldin, “‘We’re All Here Together in this Spirit Family’: Phish and the Cultivation of Jewish Cultural Identity in the Twenty-First Century”

Tony Kullen, “When the Circus Can’t Come to Town: A Legal Analysis of Bands Getting Banned”

Rabbi Josh S. Ladon, “Does God Ever Listen to What I Say?: The Role of Phish in Jewish Clergy Spiritual Development”

Paul Livingston and Laura J. Livingston, “This is Your Song Too: Race and Exclusivity in the Phish Community”

Jason Maas, “Phish: The Good Breast: An Examination of the Phish phenomenon and the Extensive Dedication of their Fans with an Object Relations and Attachment Theory Approach”

Hannah Mieczkowski, “The Language of 3.0: Analyzing Show Reviews on

Otto Muller, “Improvised Education: Music Pedagogy at Goddard College”

Steven Reale, “Breathing Deep in a Steam Dream: Structural Fog and the Persistence of Groove in a Split Open and Melt Jam”

David Rosen, “The Neuroscience of the Jam: A research paradigm to study brain interactivity underlying improvisation in Phish”

Bryan Sebok, “Representing Phish Culture: Participatory Documentary Practice”

Michael Sebulsky, “Sharin’ In the Groove: Phish and the Business of the Avant-Garde”

Michael Sell, “Photo Gods and Rock ‘n’ Roll Monsters: Portraits of Phish Fans”

Isaac Slone, “Phish as a Therapeutic Force”

Matthew Sottile, “A Graph-Theoretic Approach to Setlist Structure Analysis”

Garrett Troy, “Utopian Imaginings in the Music of Phish”

Jim Vernon, “’Control for Smilers Can’t be Bought’: Phish’s White Rebellion Against White Rebellion”

Julie Viscardi-Smalley, “Up the Mountain: The Compositional Use of the Arpeggiated Augmented Triad in Anastasio’s ‘Colonel Forbin’s Ascent’ as Performed by Phish”

Kristine Warrenburg Rome, “Unpredictable Phamiliarity: Atopy Performance Art and the Fourth Persona”

Brandon Wenerd, “Wooks, Chads, Chompers, and Custies: An Analysis of Stereotypes and Self Identity in The Phish Jam Band Scene”

Robert Wuagneux, “‘We’re All in this Together’: Liveness, Community, and Identity in Phish’s Virtual Domain”

Elizabeth Yeager, “‘I Strive to Convey What You Strive to Condone’: Phish Scene Identity and Understanding America.”

Wyatt Young, “Alumni Blues: How Phish Fans Collect Identity and Build Archives”