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 Association of Metal Music Studies, the Journal of Punk and Post-Punk, the Journal of 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; yet no significant critical reflection of these research crossovers has been undertaken to date. 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 such similarities and differences and to share their research: not every paper needs to discuss both punk and metal but simply by presenting 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
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 link by September 16th 2018

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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