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

Fandom as worship

The ritualization of sacrality within / of punk

Hagiography of punk ‘icons’

The (possible) gendered nature of punk and the sacred

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).


Get creative!


We welcome papers, innovative presentations, panels, short film screenings, sound walks and workshops or anything else you can think.
Abstract submissions can be in any format you want up to 400 words or equivalent. Abstracts must be sent to organisers by the 28th September 2019.

We welcome abstracts from students, non-tenured staff, from marginalised scholars and those from the global south. We will work with you to enable you to present digitally if you are unable to attend due to visa restrictions, caring roles, lack of institutional financial support or concern for immigration status on returning home.

Abstracts 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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