Your world is a little brighter today: apparently, the study of funk is a legitimate academic venture. In fact, it's honored at an academic conference at the University of Kansas tonight, where funk and academics converge at KU's funk symposium. It's called "Make It Funky 2."
The "Make It Funky 2" symposium features funk music scholars and
performers from the Kansas City region as well as from across the
country. A similar event exploring the cultural and musical significance
of funk was held at the Lawrence campus in May.