Punk Scholars Network USA/Canada 2023 Conference: Chicago at DePaul University (Lincoln Park Campus)

deadline for submissions: 
April 10, 2023
full name / name of organization: 
Punk Scholars Network

Dates: August 8 and 9, 2023

Location: Chicago at DePaul University (Lincoln Park Campus)

After three virtual Punk Scholars Network (PSN) conferences sponsored by PSN Canada and PSN USA, we are excited to announce the first in-person conference.

Punk is a truly global phenomenon that manifests in myriad ways. The music and culture are created and transformed in different scenes in ways that are both unique but also reflect commonalities. Punks respond to and engage varying political and cultural contexts. And the culture invites individual participation within networks that foster cooperative action. Punk is many things to many people and seldom remains static over a lifetime. Increased globalization, changes in connectivity and technology, and shifts in both capitalism and populism have impacted punk for better and worse. International and transnational punk scenes reflect these connections, but also can highlight ideological and aesthetic differences.

In keeping with the PSN’s multidisciplinary academic approach, we are seeking contributions from a range of fields of study and methodological approaches including, but not limited to cultural studies, history, musicology, communication, art and design, humanities, performing arts, and the social sciences. As ever, the PSN also welcomes proposals from independent scholars, artists, journalists, musicians, punk fans, and scene participants working outside of formal academic institutions. Selected papers and panels could cover, but are not limited to, the following themes:

• The history of punk: origins, legacy, impact.

• Punk resistance, longevity, and sustainability.

• Global punk scenes.

• Punk ethics and politics.

• Punk aesthetics, punk style.

• Punk and conflict, crisis, or trauma.

• Ethnographic considerations of a scene, spaces, and borders.

• Music and the performer: creativity, authorship, identity, definition, musical boundaries.

• DIY culture and activism.

• The art of punk: record covers, concert flyers, fanzine design and associated graphic styles.

• Political issues relating to Canada and the United States analysed though the lens of punk scholarship, such as abortion rights, systemic racism, gender equality, and disability justice.

Submission Deadline: Saturday, April 10, 2023 though we are happy to accept proposals earlier.

Decisions will be sent by April 15, 2023.

Proposals should be 350 words maximum. Please include a presentation title, affiliation information (if any), pronouns, and a brief presenter bio (50-100 words) with your submission.

Proposals should be submitted to punkscholarsusa@gmail.com 

There is no conference fee. The conference will be free and open to the public.


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