Punkademia: Spaces and Access

deadline for submissions: 
June 15, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Dr. Matthew Ussia
contact email: 


Spaces and Access (An Edited Collection)

Call for Papers

While generally misunderstood as a nihilistic musical genre that peaked in the late 1970s, punk has evolved into a genre with diverse aesthetics and political leanings. Punk was once portrayed as a genre of music that was against anything and everything. However, punk sub-genres such as peace punk, riot grrrl, and queercore have inserted the political and social concerns of critical inquiry front and center into their music, making them activist genres. Punk has not only become the subject of academic inquiry, but punk modes of being and thinking have worked their way into the academy as punks and former punks join the faculty. While punk was generally seen as a do-it-yourself anti-establishment form, it is interesting to note how many current and former punks have found careers at universities, a type of establishment that predates the founding of the contemporary nation state. It is the purpose of this collection to explore how punk can be a form of public scholarship and pedagogy that effectively transforms or reclaims public spaces threatened by neoliberalism. Participants are encouraged to submit abstracts for consideration for the following topics concerned with space and access:

  • How punk is a form of what Henry Giroux calls “public pedagogy.”
  • How punk’s do-it-yourself business model translates to notions of shared governance in the neoliberal university and acts of public pedagogy.
  • How punk aesthetics counteract the pedagogy of student debt.
  • How punk’s deconstruction of music mirrors attempts to revise or eliminate the literary canon.
  • How punk and academia’s legacies of exclusion can provide opportunities for deconstructing privilege.
  • How punk and academia can and should work towards greater access to institutions, knowledge, venues, etc. for traditionally excluded and under-served populations.
  • The collision between anti-establishment sentiment and the disciplinary and professional constraints of academia. 

Interested parties should contact Dr. Matthew Ussia at ussiam@duq.edu or mattussia@gmail.com

Abstracts should be 250 to 500 words in length.  Final projects (11-20 page double-spaced, 12 pt. Times New Roman) due towards the end of 2017. 

Deadline for Abstracts: June 15, 2017

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