The international congress "Heavy Metal and Gender" will take place at
the University of Music Cologne, 8 to 10 October 2009, with 'celeb' guests Robert Walser, Deena Weinstein, Doro Pesch, Angela Gossow (Arch Enemy), Sabina Classen joining a slew of academic presenters.
A month later, things move south a bit with Heavy Fundamentalisms: Music, Metal and Politics (part 2) in Salzburg, Austria, 10 to 12 November 2009.
And to put you in the Christmas spirit... Hideous Gnosis †: Black Metal Theory Symposium (Metal. Theory. Mutual Blackening.) December 12, 2009 in Brooklyn, NY. Expect papers, art, and ideas.