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[Commlist] CFP Punk Scholars Network Virtual Conference: Global Punk
Tue Sep 15 08:40:17 GMT 2020
Punk Scholars Network Annual Conference – Call for Papers
Theme: Global Punk
Date: 12th – 19th December
A virtual, online, global conference spanning eight days is being
brought together by the Punk Scholars Network – be a part of it.
Punk is a truly global phenomenon that manifests in myriad ways in
different scenes, political regimes, cultural contexts and individual
experiences. Punk is many things to many people and seldom remains
static over a lifetime. Increased globalisation, changes in connectivity
and technology, and shifts in both capitalism and populism have impacted
punk for better and worse. International and intranational punk scenes
and connections are growing and finding commonality and conflict through
music, education, mutual aid, performance, political activism and human
behaviours. The global Coronavirus pandemic has laid bare the
differences people face accessing resources and how governments respond.
How have, and how will, various local punk scenes respond to this
crisis, and what does their response tell us about punk as a global
The current Punk Scholars Network series Global Punk has attempted to
capture the spread and variance of punk across the world (Bestley,
Dines, Gordon & Guerra 2019, 2020, 2021). Gabriel Kuhn’s (2019) work on
Straight Edge punk experiences has been based upon interviews with
straight edge punks around the world, exploring different aspects of
their experiences, attitudes, and activism. The journal Punk & Post-Punk
regularly features contributions from punk scholars in a variety of
geographical locations and settings. With these efforts, and others,
serving as a base we are seeking to hold an entirely virtual conference
that explores, examines and critically engages with punk scholars around
the globe. Each PSN region will be responsible for one day over an eight
day period and will include some academic papers or panels responding to
this call for papers.
Taking global punk seriously as a theme means considering the variety of
experiences within local, national and international punk communities.
This conference takes place against the backdrop of increased political
authoritarianism and a noticeable rise in racial and religious
intolerance across the world more generally, and under the guise of
responses to the global pandemic more specifically. We must consider
what impact these issues have – good and bad – on punk scenes and
individuals. To do this together, we are asking to what extent is punk a
helpful means or a hindrance in considering identity and ‘being’ within
wider social problems, dynamics, and understandings?
In line with the broad view being taken on the theme of global punk and
in keeping with the PSN’s wide ranging academic reach, we are seeking
contributions from a range of interdisciplinary areas, including, but
not limited to: cultural studies, musicology, ethnography, art and
design, humanities, performing arts, and the social sciences. Papers and
panels could cover the following themes, (list is by no means exhaustive):
• Globalisation of new media, communications, social networking,
• Ethnographic considerations of scene/space and borders
• Political appropriation: re-definitions of ‘anarchism’,
‘ecology’ and anti-authoritarianism
• What role does exogenous and endogenous appropriation have in
punk politics, resistance and allegiance around the world?
• In what ways does gender, ethnicity, race, sexuality,
disability, class, religious beliefs, and cultural norms shape punk
around the world?
• Notion of local/national/international ‘scene’, tribes,
• Importation and exportation of punk as a commodity, statement,
• Music and the performer: creativity, authorship, identity,
problems with definition, crossing musical boundaries.
• Reception: DIY culture, activism.
• Lifestyle: crustpunk, squatter, vegetarianism, animal rights,
straight edge etc within different cultural contexts.
• The art of punk: record covers and associated graphic styles.
Punk Scholars Network events and conferences usually mix the
conventionally "scholarly" with the more informal or "organic"
intellectualism which punks often display. We therefore invite proposals
of a non-standard type, including films, performances, Q and As with
punks or punk performers and other creative mediums. In other words, you
are welcomed and wanted to be a part of this global conference so please
don't worry if you've never set foot in a university.
It is intended that this will be an online conference spanning eight
days, from December 12th until December 19th 2020 inclusive. Each region
with a PSN affiliate is responsible for programming one day. The planned
schedule is as follows:
Saturday 12th December: PSN France
Sunday 13th December: PSN UK and rest of EU
Monday 14th December: PSN Australia/Aotearoa (NZ)
Tuesday 15th December: PSN Indonesia
Wednesday 16th December: PSN USA
Thursday 17th December: PSN Iberia
Friday 18th December: PSN EU and UK
Saturday 19th December: PSN Colombia
The affiliates will put together a mixed programme for their day based
on a mixture of submissions and connections with local punk scenes. If
you wish to take part, please submit your proposal to the relevant
affiliate, if there is not one in your immediate geographical region
then please submit it to the affiliate that aligns with your time zone
for ease of inclusion. Proposals should be 350 words maximum (or
equivalent, 3 minutes if a video clip for example) and do not have to be
in English, please feel that you can use the language of your region if
you wish. Proposals should be submitted to the following affiliated
branches of the Punk Scholars Network:
Australia and Aotearoa (NZ), proposals to (samantha.bennett /at/ anu.edu.au)
Colombia, proposals to (punkscholarsnetworkcolombia /at/ gmail.com)
UK and the rest of Europe, proposals to (psnconference2020 /at/ gmail.com) (we
can support proposals/presentations in French or German and will try to
support other languages if we can)
Iberia, proposals to (punkscholarsnetworkiberia /at/ gmail.com)
Indonesia, proposals to (psnindonesia15 /at/ gmail.com)
USA and Canada, proposals to (punkscholarsusa /at/ gmail.com)
by 30th September 2020 for consideration. Successful submissions will be
notified by 15th October 2020, all submissions will be responded to by
28th October 2020.
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