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Burning the Man, Academically

What's in this Guide?

Black Rock CityThis guide consolidates various formats of information either created by the academic community of Burning Man or publications created by the Burning Man Organization. In this guide, you will also find interviews, documentaries, DVD's and other worthy items. It is my hope that anyone wishing to explore the interdisciplinary side of Burning Man research will find this guide useful. I also hope that anyone wishing to explore the other links provided in this guide will find them equally interesting and helpful. If anyone would like me to include their work in this guide I would be most grateful to do so. Dissertations, theses, conference paper presentations, white papers, and other materials are certainly welcome. Thank you very much.


Black Rock City, Nevada: Home to Burning Man

The Organization's Mission Statement

"Our mission is to produce the annual event known as "Burning Man" and to guide, nurture and protect the more permanent community created by its culture. Our intention is to generate society that connects each individual to his or her creative powers, to participation in community, to the larger realm of civic life, and to the even greater world of nature that exists beyond society. We believe that the experience of Burning Man can produce positive spiritual change in the world. To this end, it is equally important that we communicate with one another, with the citizens of Black Rock City and with the community of Burning Man wherever it may arise. Burning Man is radically inclusive, and its meaning is potentially accessible to anyone. The touchstone of value in our culture will always be immediacy: experience before theory, moral relationships before politics, survival before services, roles before jobs, embodied ritual before symbolism, work before vested interest, participant support before sponsorship. Finally, in order to accomplish these ends, Burning Man must endure as a self-supporting enterprise that is capable of sustaining the lives of those who dedicate themselves to its work. From this devotion spring those duties that we owe to one another. We will always burn the Man."

From the Burning Man Organization site