Researching Subcultures and Aesthetics Postgraduate Symposium: Alternative Voices in Academia

Event date: 10 September 2019

Venue: National University of Ireland, Galway

Title: Researching Subcultures and Aesthetics Postgraduate Symposium: Alternative Voices in Academia

Punk Scholars Network invites proposals for presentations as part of our postgraduate symposium on subcultures and aesthetics at National University of Ireland, Galway. This symposium will explore how subcultures connect to aesthetics and create what Pierre Bourdieu calls the space of possibles, a space for radical politics to be formed through the means of artistic productions. From do-it-yourself methods of street art to the shock-effect of Dadaist and punk attitudes in different time-places, the close relationship between subcultures and aesthetics continues to reflect the turbulences of our political atmosphere. From music and literature to cinema and other art forms, this symposium will offer a platform for postgraduate students who wish to share their research, explore critical approaches and analyse the complexities of the relationship between subcultures and aesthetics.

This is also a great opportunity for those of you who would like to bring academic research and subcultural environments together, share the potential contradictions that may arise from this togetherness and explore alternative research methods. Representatives of the Punk Scholars Network have kindly agreed to attend the symposium as panel discussants.

We invite proposals from international researchers  representing diverse backgrounds and academic disciplines, including urban studies, cultural studies, media studies, literary studies, film studies, queer studies, musicology, sociology, arts and history. We also welcome proposals of alternative forms of presentation or performance relating to the symposium’s themes.

Topics of interest for submission include but are not limited to:

  • Global and local subcultural scenes
  • The role of subcultures in cultural studies
  • Critical perspectives on subcultural productions
  • Music scenes, art collectives, film clubs and other collective spaces
  • Low-budget, DIY and alternative forms of art-making
  • The current state of punk discourse in academia
  • Histories of subcultures, nostalgia and collective memory
  • Punk as a discipline / Punk as a subculture
  • The politics of race and gender in subcultural environments
  • Junk and pulp fiction, thrash, cult, experimental and underground cinemas


Keynotes by representatives of the Punk Scholars Network
Proposals for papers should be approximately 300 words in length and should be sent to t.gurbuz1@nuigalway.ie no later than 1 July 2019 with a short biography.

Doing metal, being punk, doing punk, being metal: hybridity, crossover and difference in punk and metal subcultures

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

metalpunkDMU@gmail.com