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[ecrea] The Fourth Punk Scholars Network Conference and Symposium
Wed Jun 21 21:40:39 GMT 2017
The fourth Punk Scholars Network Conference and Symposium
The University of Bolton School of the Arts and the Punk Scholars Network
12th and 13th of December 2017
Call for Papers
‘Punk’: Impacting Culture? Influencing change?
Papers and presentations are invited for the fourth Punk Scholars
Network conference and postgraduate symposium to be held at The
University of Bolton School of the Arts.
According to some, Punk crashed into popular culture in the United
Kingdom in year zero, 1976 and crashed out at Wonderland in San
Francisco in January 1978.
Is the notion of year zero a myth? Were the seeds of revolution planted
not in London in 1976, but in the garages of Detroit or the streets of
the Sorbonne in 1968? Was post-punk the authentic manifestation of the
In 2017 the philosophy and ideology of ‘Punk’ identities remain in rude
health and its influence extends to politics, the arts, fashion and
culture broadly. It has evolved beyond the limits of its initial
incarnation. Where, though do punk’s anti-authoritarian tendencies sit
within the academy’s critical investigation of the genre?
The Punk Scholars Network aims to bring together established academics,
the next generation of punk scholars, students and practitioners in a
supportive colloquial environment which we hope will encourage
networking opportunities ideas exchange and foster potential future
research collaborations. The programme will consist of keynote speakers,
‘in conversation with’ sessions and thematically-grouped presentation
and panel sessions.
Alongside the conference there will be a student exhibition exploring
the impact of punk across the arts, including fine art, design,
animation, photography, audio, graphics, textiles and fashion.
Indicative Topics include:
• The Punk aesthetic o Fan Practice in contemporary and historic punk
o Digital media production, distribution and consumption
o Literature, philosophy, art, design and punk o Musicology o New
genres, aesthetics and confrontations
• Punk production
o Fanzines, new media and the DIY ethic
o Punk painting and photography
o Fashion, aesthetics and pattern, print and politics
o Global cross-pollination of punk art and design
o (Dis-)Archiving punk
• Punk and Society
o Punk and politics
o Histories of punk, nostalgia and collective memory
o Sub-cultures, scenes and tribes
o Punk and the city, suburban punk and regional differences
o Transnational punk
o Punk identity, authenticity and the lived experience
o Punk for sale, representation and commercialisation
o Concepts of independence and DIY cultures
• Punk Politics
o Punk as protest or resistance
o Anarcho-punk o Sex, gender, race and punk o Proto- and post-punk movements
o Punk and the academy
Post-graduate and graduate researchers are welcome to present work in
progress papers on their PhD thesis, Masters or graduate dissertation.
We welcome contributions from all disciplines and perspectives and
strongly encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration.
Proposals for paper presentations lasting twenty minutes should be
submitted in the form of an abstract of no more than 300 words. All
submissions should also include:
• Title of paper/presentation
• Full name, contact details, and where relevant, institutional
affiliation • A 150 word biography for each author
• Presentation requirements
We actively welcome proposals of alternative forms of presentation or
performance including but not restricted to video, music, art or poetry.
Similarly, innovative, experimental and politically-informed forms of
data collection, co-production and analysis are encouraged. All forms of
presentation will be considered for inclusion in The Fourth Punk
Scholars Network Conference and Symposium based upon fit to the
conference themes as well as academic and ethical standards of the
Close to the cities of Manchester and Liverpool, the Conference will be
hosted by the School of the Arts at the University of Bolton, arguably
the birthplace of Punk in the North and where Buzzcocks played their
first gig, 41 years ago, on the 1st of April 1976 at, what was then,
Bolton Institute of Technology.
The conference language is English.
31st July 2017: Abstract submission deadline
17th August 2017: Abstract decision sent out
20th September 2017: Draft programme published 9th October 2017:
Deadline for full papers/projects for proceedings
6th November 2017: Presenter booking deadline
12-13th December 2017: The fourth Punk Scholars Network conference and
Proposals should be sent as email attachments (in Word or Open office
format) to (Pah1 /at/ bolton.ac.uk) by the 31st July 2017.
The conference programme will be announced in September 2017.
It is our intention that the conference proceedings will be further
developed into a book or special edition of a journal.
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