CFP: Subcultures and Aesthetics Postgraduate Symposium

Call for Papers:

Researching Subcultures and Aesthetics Postgraduate Symposium: Alternative Voices in Academia

Date: 10 September 2019

Venue: National University of Ireland, Galway

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.