PCA/ACA Punk Culture

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Call for Papers
October 1, 2018
District Of Columbia, United States
Subject Fields: 
Cultural History / Studies, Music and Music History, Popular Culture Studies, Humanities, Contemporary History


The Punk Culture section of the Popular Culture Association is seeking paper proposals for oral presentation at the annual conference in Washington D.C. April 17-20, 2019

Punk emerged in the mid-70s as a musical, aesthetic, cultural, and political reaction to the peace and love of the 60s counterculture and the excessiveness of the 70s rock scene. Rooted in the garage rock developed in the US, UK, and Australia, punk bands created fast, raw, and visceral music that often featured political or anti-establishment lyrics. Punk also embodied a DIY (do it yourself) ethic, which manifested in self-produced albums, guerilla marketing techniques, and an array of experimentation in fashion and body modification.

By late 1976, punk began to spread around the globe, taking root in local scenes that tended to reject association with the mainstream. However, by 1980 punk already began to morph into a multitude of subgenres and more radical forms of musical experimentation. Nevertheless, the punk legacy lives on in many forms as a celebration of rebellion, distinctive personal style, DIY ethic, and a constellation of anti-establishment, anti-corporate, anti-assimilationist ideologies. Punk music and the punk ethos continue to rise around the globe as a call to arms for the disenfranchised, marginalized, exploited, and underserved.

Papers from all disciplines utilizing all methodologies are welcome. Appropriate topics related to Punk Culture may include, but are not limited to:

  • History of Punk
  • Punk in Popular Culture (including fashion, literature, and art)
  • Punk/DIY Ethics
  • Punk Subculture
  • Punk Influences Today
  • Punk Pedagogy/Punk in Education
  • Punk-inspired work on authenticity, identity, cultural appropriation, etc.

The deadline for online abstract proposal of papers will be October 1, 2018. The Popular Culture Association & American Culture Association 2019 Joint National Conference will be taking place in Washington, DC, and we will be staying at the Wardman Park Marriot (book early due to room-block maximums).

Please do not email your abstract to an Area Chair, submissions can only be submitted via the site http://ncp.pcaaca.org/. Select a Subject Area, enter your proposal’s title and input a clearly defined abstract of your scholarship of no more than 250 words and a short 50-word bio (please review in the database your full name, university, abstract title and abstract for spelling & grammar). Submit only one proposal to one area. Multiple submissions are not allowed.


For information on PCA/ACA, please go to http://www.pcaaca.org

For conference information, please go to http://www.pcaaca.org/national-conference/


Contact Info: 

Dr. Kevin Egan

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