Professor Anne-Marie Mai (University of Southern Denmark), one of the strongest advocates of Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize, has organized the conference, which will feature presentations by the world-renowned Dr. Michael Gray, who has studied Dylan's opus for more than 40 years, Professor Sean Latham, director of the newly opened Dylan archive at the University of Tulsa, and Professor Gisle Selnes, University of Bergen, one of Dylan’s most insightful commentators. Dr. Horace Engdahl of the Swedish Academy will make a video presentation on the circumstances of Dylan’s Nobel Prize. And SDU's Niels Bohr Professor Rita Felski will discuss with Anne-Marie Mai what it means to be attuned to a work of art, with both Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan beingused as examples.
Conference participants will also be able to view a video address by renowned Shakespeare scholar Professor Stephen Greenblatt, who will discuss connections between the art of Dylan and Shakespeare.
Guitarist Billy Cross, who was a member of Bob Dylan's band from the end of 1977 to the spring of 1979, will give a short performance.
Prof. David Gaines (Southwestern University), Adjunct Prof. Nina Goss (Fordham University), Prof. Rachela Permenter (Slippery Rock University),
Senior Lecturer Andreas Häger (Åbo Akademi University), Prof. Mark Hulsether (University of Tennessee/Fulbright Research Chair in Arts and Humanities, University of Alberta (spring 2018)), Dr. Ludovic Foster (UK), Prof. Emeritus Flemming Andersen (SDU), Lecturer Jonathan Hodgers, (Trinity College Dublin), Assistant Prof. John Hay (University of Nevada), Senior Lecturer Jim O'Brien (Southampton Solent University)/Visiting Professor, University of Vic), Dr. Neal Ashley Conrad Thing (Copenhagen), Assistant Prof. Freddy C. Dominguez (University of Arkansas) &
Associate Prof. Robert Reginio (Alfred University)