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Call for papers: 

Punk Culture is seeking paper proposals for oral presentation at the annual conference in Philadelphia from April 15-18, 2020.

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 November 24, 2019.

If you have inquiries, please contact:

Andrew Wood





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/


2020 Conference Dates and Deadlines


August 1, 2019                Submission Page Goes Live
October 7, 2019               Early Bird Registration Rate Opens
November 24, 2019        Deadline for Paper Proposals and Endowment  Grants
December 13, 2019           Early Bird Registration Rate Ends
January 1, 2020               Regular Registration Rate Ends
January 2, 2020               Late Registration Rate Begins
January 5, 2020               Brigman and Jones Awards Deadline
January 20, 2020             Preliminary Schedule Available

February 1, 2020             Presenter Late Registration Deadline at 11:59pm – participants who have not registered are removed from the program.

February 2, 2020              Non-presenters and retiree non-presenters registration continues
April 15-18, 2020              National Conference

All presenters must be current, paid members of the PCA and fully  registered for the conference.

Refund requests must be submitted in writing. Full or partial refunds will be processed according to the following schedule:
Requested by Jan. 1: 100% refund
Requested by Jan. 15: 75% refund
Requested by Jan. 25: 50% refund
Requested by Feb. 1: 25% refund
After Feb. 1: 0% refund

Membership fees are not refundable.

Area chairs

Andrew Wood