Punk Scholars Network Symposium

Punk and the Sacred: a two day symposium.

28th and 29th November 2019, Lincoln, UK

Keynote: Ross Haenfler, Grinnell College, USA

Call for abstracts

As part of the Punk Scholars Network, we are holding a free two day symposium in Lincoln (UK) on the theme of punk and the sacred.

In recent years there has been an increase in interest around connections between punk rock and various religious traditions. In particular these have focused on areas such as Krishnacore, Taqwacore and Dharma Punx. Other studies have focused on the emergence of Christian punk and the development of religious based punk record labels. Spirituality and the category of religion have been explored in studies of Straight Edge, festivals and museum exhibits.

In addition to the above we are also interested in asking questions about other aspects of punk as potentially being sacred. Areas such as record collecting, fandom, punk icons, DIY ethics, ritualised performances and actions, and the sound(s) of punk as sacred.

Details for submission

We are asking for 400 word (or equivalent) abstracts, in any format, on, but not limited to:

The sacred sound of punk

The sacrality of record collecting

The incorporation of punk (music, ethics, dogma, rituals) into sacred ceremonies

The incorporation of religion (variously understood) within punk practice(s)

The development and influence of religious based music / punk labels

The two day symposium on the 28th and 29th of Nov 2019 is a free event as part of the themed symposiums offered by the Punk Scholars Network. All are welcome, the event is open to interested members of the public. A free vegan / vegetarian lunch will be provided on both days.
Children are welcome in the care and responsibility of their parent(s) or carer(s).


Venue – Mansions of the Future, St Mary’s Street, Lincoln.

Thursday 28th Nov

11 – 11:15 – Opening, welcome

11:15 – 12:15 – Keynote, Ross Haenfler

12:15 – 12:45 – Shane McDonnell, “The (A) Religious Experience of Music: Indignant Righteousness and the Cry for Justice.

12:45 – 1:45 – Lunch

1:45 – 2:15 – Mike Dines “Music, Space and Spirituality”

2:15 – 2:45 – Lexi Turner, “Orgasm Junkies From Outer Space!: The Queer Punk Tragedy of Liquid Sky.”

2:45 – 3:15 – Zanne Domoney, “The scriptures blind followers read are not as cryptic as they seem”: Subverting the subversion, or, why Punk needs the Bible and the Bible needs Punk.”

3:15 – 3:45 – Octavio Carrassco, “Kurt Cobain and the Mysterium Tremendum

3:45 – 4pm – emerging themes, close for the day

Friday 29th November

10 – 10:30 – Barton Price, “Religious Vomit: The Parodic, Profane, and Prophetic Voice of The Dead Kennedys’ ‘In God We Trust, Inc'”

10:30 – 11 – Anthony Fiscella, “Race, Ritual and Revolution: Thoughts on Hardcore, Hardline and the MOVE org.”

11 – 11:30 – James Anderson, “Punk, Porn and Politics: Profanity in British first wave punk.”

11:30 – 11:45 – break

11:45 – 12:15 – Laura Way, “Zine Making through a Durkheimian Lens – an interactive encounter.”

12:15 – 12:45 – Oliver Startin, “Locating the ‘Punk’ in Cyberpunk: the punk spiritualities of cyberpunk science-fiction.”

12:45 – 1:15 – Lunch

1:15 – 1:45 – Francis Stewart, ” ‘Last night hardcore saved my life: the incorporation of religion within punk practices.”

1:45 – 2pm – Discussion on emerging themes, close.

Questions or queries can either be submitted via the message system below or email us:

francis.stewart@bishopg.ac.uk and M.Dines@mdx.ac.uk

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