Call for Papers
Doing metal, being punk, doing punk, being metal: hybridity, crossover and difference in punk and metal subcultures.
Punk Scholars Network 5th Annual Conference and Postgraduate Symposium
De Montfort University Leicester, December 13-14th 2018
Hosted by the Punk Scholars Network in conjunction with the International Society for Metal Music Studies, Punk and Post-Punk, Metal Music Studies, Media and Communication Research Centre and Intellect Books.
Metal and punk cultures have long shared musical and cultural similarities. From Motörhead’s ubiquitous global presence, and the complex amalgam of Thrash Metal, Doom Metal, American Hardcore, Straight Edge, Japanese-based Burning Spirits, Black Metal, and DiY cultural production, one can see a plethora of hybridised and reinterpreted global music scenes. Indeed, the pervasive influence of metal and NWOBHM from the mid-1980s onwards has had an irreversible and notable effect on both punk and metal musical and cultural aesthetics (see Glasper, forthcoming, 2018). In spite of their broadly separate academic literatures, from their competing inceptions in the mid to late- 1970s, punk and metal music studies have shared common historical, theoretical and methodological approaches. In spite of Waksman’s timely and excellent (2009) This Ain’t No Summer of Love: Conflict and Crossover in Heavy Metal and Punk, little subsequent academic research into the crossover between metal and punk has been undertaken.
The principle aim of this interdisciplinary conference is to critically reflect upon points of similarity, difference and hybridity in global punk and metal subcultures. The Punk Scholars Network and The International Association of Metal Music Studies would like to invite new and established scholars in punk and metal music studies to critically interrogate similarities and differences, and to share their research. Not every paper needs to discuss both punk and metal: we hope that the presentation of research on the same panels to a mixed audience will allow a unique opportunity for researchers to cross perceived genre boundaries and learn from each others methodologies and trajectories.
Topics of interest for submission include, but are not limited to: Metal and/or punk histories Genre boundaries Cross genre authenticities Gender, hegemony in metal and/or punk cultures Ethics/moral codes: differences and similarities in metal and/or punk cultures Ethnicities and contested identities in metal and punk Geographies, crossover and hybridity in punk and metal music scenes Crossovers between metal and/or punk Aesthetic crossovers in local and global punk/metal scenes Political narratives in punk and metal music ‘Negatologies’: bullying, marginalisation, drugs and violence in punk and/or metal cultures (Gordon, 2018) Conceptual crossover and difference The aesthetics of virtuosity and simplicity in metal and punk The curation of punk and metal bands on festival bills Legacies Hybrid cultures, audience research and ethnographies of metal and/or punk cultures The policy and political economy of metal and punk record labels Musical production, instrumentation and aesthetics Art and design in metal and/or punk
Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be sent to the following email address by September 16th 2018