A Cross-Disciplinary Symposium
Thursday 15 - Friday 16 Sept 2011
London Metropolitan University, London, UK
- Richard Barnes
- Pauline Black
- Caroline Coon
- Paul Gorman n Prof. Dick Hebdige
- Prof. David Hesmondhalgh
Style-based subcultures, scenes and tribes – along with their music genres – have
pulsated through the history of social, economic and political change. From 1940s
zoot-suiters and hepcats; through 1950s rock ‘n’ rollers, beatniks and Teddy boys;
1960s surfers, rudeboys, mods, hippies and bikers; 1970s skinheads, soul boys,
rastas, glam rockers, funksters and punks; on to the heavy metal, hip-hop, casual,
goth, rave and clubber styles of the 1980s, 90s, noughties and beyond; distinctive
blends of fashion and music have become a defining feature of the cultural
landscape. Research into these phenomena has traversed the social sciences and
humanities, and this symposium aims to bring together recent studies, insights and
methodological approaches in this rich, interdisciplinary field.
Bringing together theoretical analyses, empirical studies and methodological
discussions, the Symposium will explore the relation between subcultures and their
historical context, the place of subcultures within patterns of cultural and
political change, and their meaning for participants, confederates and opponents.
The symposium marks the launch of the Subcultures Network: The Interdisciplinary
Network for the Study of Subcultures, Popular Music and Social Change – a
cross-disciplinary research network for scholars and students interested in the
relation between subcultures (in all their forms) wider process of social, cultural
and political change. Additional information about the Subcultures Network can be
Confirmed Speakers Include:
Prof. Dick Hebdige (UC Santa Barbara)
Prof. David Hesmondhalgh (University of Leeds)
Richard Barnes (author, Mods!; The “Who”: Maximum R & B - A Visual History)
Pauline Black (singer (The Selecter), actress, author, Black by Design: A 2-Tone
Caroline Coon (artist, journalist, political activist, author 1998: The New Wave
Punk Rock Explosion)
Paul Gorman (journalist, director, creative consultant, fashion label owner, author,
The Look: Adventures In Rock & Pop Fashion; In Their Own Write: Adventures In The
Music Press; Straight (with Boy George))
Key thematic strands of the conference include:
- the nature and meaning of ‘subcultural’ style.
- the relationship between subcultures, popular music and social change.
- gender, identity and subcultural groups.
- ethnicity, ‘race’ and subcultural identities.
- sexuality, style and subculture.
- globalisation, locality and subcultural hybridity.
- media configurations of subcultures, scenes and tribes.
-style, popular music and political movements.
We invite papers and themed panels which investigate these and other areas of
interest from a wide range of theoretical positions and disciplines including:
sociology, history, cultural studies, criminology, media studies, music studies,
Titles and abstract (no longer than 250 words) to be submitted no later than Friday
May 20th 2011.
We are keeping the cost of attendance at the symposium low at just £40 (to cover
lunch, refreshments and an early evening reception on both days).
Jon Garland (University of Leicester)
Keith Gildart (University of Wolverhampton)
Paul Hodkinson (University of Surrey)
Bill Osgerby (London Metropolitan University) |
Lucy Robinson (University of Sussex)
John Street (University of East Anglia),
Pete Webb (Goldsmiths, University of London)
Matt Worley (University of Reading).
To register please visit:
London Metropolitan University,
Holloway Road, London, N7 8DB, UK. How to find London Metropolitan University
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