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Fireworks explode around a 60-foot effigy at the culmination of Burning Man in 2001.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

People dance around the embers of the burning man structure.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

A woman's face paint is illuminated by black light at the 2000 Burning Man.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

In 2001, a crew of volunteer lamplighters heads out at sunset to hang oil lamps on posts that lead from the center camp area to the burning man structure.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

An oncoming storm blows garments askew in 2000.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Mark Day of Santa Cruz participates in style in 2001.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Nambla the Clown's outfit included push pins glued to his head and fake blood dripping.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Gregg Taylor of San Francisco was among an estimated 12,000 gathered for the festival in 1997.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

A man wearing a devil costume vacuums the desert floor in 2000.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Burning Man participants revel in the last light of the day after a storm passed through in 2000.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

An impromptu fashion show draws a crowd during the 2000 festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

The temple Fire of Fires was one of the showpieces in 2009.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Albert Lee / Los Angeles Times

Yoga instructor Cab Spates strikes a pose as the sun rises the morning after the burning man structure was torched in 2009.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Albert Lee / Los Angeles Times

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Scholars are delving into what Nevada’s Burning Man means, just as they did with Woodstock decades ago, and they’re coming up with some interesting answers.

Wendy Clupper wrote a dissertation after attending the festival in  Black Rock Desert, Nev. Her paper, “The Performance Culture of Burning Man,” earned Clupper a doctoral degree in performance arts from the University of Maryland. Since then Clupper’s essays on Burning Man have been reprinted in two books. That put Clupper among a growing list of sociologists, business professors, theologists and other scholars who view the event’s mix of hipsters, artisans, zany theme camps and outdoor art gallery as more than a party. They see fertile ground for research.

View photos from past Burning Man festivals in the gallery above and read the full story “Burning Man becomes a hot academic topic” by Catherine Saillant.

2 Comments

  1. October 29, 2010, 10:00 am

  2. December 31, 2010, 3:29 am

    Burning Man Festival is held annually at Black Rock Desert in north Nevada, United States.People visit to burn there worries stress, hurts, pains and emotional baggage into the bonfire of burning man

    By: SherlinDukes

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