5th PSN Conference and Post Graduate Symposium

‘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

PUNKADEMIA: Spaces and Access
Punk was once portrayed as a genre of music that was against anything and everything. However, punk sub genres (and the communities that have risen up around them) such as peace punk, crust, riot grrrl, and queercore have inserted the political and social concerns of critical inquiry front and center into their music, fanzines, and social activities, transforming a music fan bases into decentralized activist communities. Punk music and culture have 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.

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 academic spaces.Participants are encouraged to submit abstracts that address facets of punk’s influence on the classroom or institution as a whole. Of particular interest are proposals that address issues commonly associated with disability studies, gender studies, critical racial studies, or labor studies.

Deadline for Abstracts is June 15, 2018 Submissions and questions mattussia@gmail.com

Since its inception in 2012, the Punk Scholars Network has expanded its membership and activities through conferences, symposiums, publications, talks and exhibitions, whilst seeking to maintain its original aim as an international forum for scholarly debate.

The Punk Scholars Network has also held a long-standing commitment towards the nurturing of research; not only in terms of post-doctoral output, but also through pedagogical and academic support for postgraduate and undergraduate research students; whilst encouraging and supporting non-academics to pursue and develop their interests in punk scholarship.

The Punk Scholars Network is a non-financial organisation who actively encourage members to organise activities, under the banner and support of the Punk Scholars Network.

PSN Steering Committee:

Alastair Gordon
President (De Montfort University) Viral Age

Matt Grimes – Secretary (Birmingham City University)

MikeDines – Chair (Independent Academic) Itchymonkey Press

Dr. Kirsty Lohman – University of Surrey
Laura Way
Anita Raghunath – (Assistant Professor) VU Amsterdam
Dr. Russ Bestley – Reader  UAL
Dr. Pete Dale – Senior Lecturer MMU
Prof. Matt Worley — University of Reading
Roy Wallace – Senior lecturer UoN

Jessica Swartz – President USA Chapter


Samantha Bennett


Solveig Serre & Luc Robene


David Vila: PSN Iberia

If you would like to get involved please email: punkscholars (at) gmail (dot) com

PSN Worldwide

University of Northampton, the centre of Punk across the globe!


Matt Grimes


Russ Bestley










Will Frew


Matthew Worley


Alistair Gordon


Mike Dines

Nathan Jung

Ross Haenfler

Samantha Bennett

Micheal Foley

Marie Arleth Skov

Fakhran Ramadhan

David Vila Dieguez

Jim Donaghy

Micheal Murphy

Filip Markiewitz

Changemaker Punks

Monica Wong

Minerva Campion