This University Is Offering Scholarships To Study Heavy Metal Music

June 27, 2019
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In case you didn't know, there are a lot of super smart people in rock music. Dexter Holland of The Offspring has a Phd in Molecular Biology, Queen guitarist Brian May doubles as an astrophysicist, and Dream Theater's Mike Mangini served as part of Berklee College of Music’s Percussion faculty.

Now according to the University of Newcastle Australia, prospective students have the opportunity to acquire a Phd in Heavy Metal. More specifically, Australian Heavy Metal.

"While unique scenes have evolved across the globe, the bulk of Heavy Metal’s bands have originated within countries in the northern latitudes. Australia is uniquely positioned within this global evolution, owing to its historical connection to the United Kingdom and shared cultural affinities with its colonial originator. While remote from the geographical heart of Heavy Metal culture, Australia has developed its own unique and passionate approach, producing a number of high profile bands."

Some of the topics that the scholarship will explore for study include:
· What sorts of lyrical themes have Australian Metal bands adopted? Are these culturally and geographically unique to the continent? 
· What is the relationship between the cultural evolution of Heavy Metal in Australia and colonialism?
· Is Heavy Metal in Australia largely a white phenomenon? What has been the response to diversity within the scene?
· How is gender negotiated within the Metal scene in Australia?
· What sort of reputation do Heavy Metal fans have within the Australian context? Does this impact the types of spaces that Heavy Metal fans can utilize?
· How has the geography of Australia in proximity to other scenes contributed to or hindered its cultural uptake?
· What is it about Australian Heavy Metal that makes it distinctive?

But not just anyone can apply to get a degree in heavy metal. In order to qualify, applicants must have a BA Honours, and a Master's degree in Geography or a related field (i.e., Sociology, International Studies, Media Studies, Political Science etc.)

 

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