Punk Culture

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Punk rock cultures have long been diverse in tactic, aesthetic, and ideology. Yet, the persistent question posed to both scholars and participants in punk is how we may justify continued adherence to a culture already declared “dead” by media (and Crass) by 1977. Scholars and participants often respond by disputing this death, or more interestingly, in looking at the many divergences and outcomes punk cultures have produced in their many afterlives. However, obviously not all of these outcomes have been positive politically. 


Increasingly in the last decade, aspects of punk aesthetics and tactics (most especially the utilization of shock, transgression, and subversion) have been coopted and utilized to massive success by the new/alt right. The deliberate use of offensiveness (otherwise known in these circles as ‘triggering’, ‘baiting’, or ‘trolling’ the left) perhaps points to some surprising punk roots in these far right gestures. Indeed, Gavin McInnes (founder of Vice, founder of the Proud Boys, and sometimes described as the ‘grandfather of hipsterism’) very much views his far right/libertarian activity as similarly situated to the rebellion in the punk band he played in during his youth. Even the uniform of the Proud Boys borrows the iconic Fred Perry polo shirts previously adored by punks and skinheads alike, and many argue that this is not at all coincidental. What does this mean for punks (and scholars of punk)? Must we rethink our uncritical and romantic application of transgression and subversion as goods in themselves? How might punk cultures on the left respond to this most recent cooptation (in the long history of punk cooptations), most especially the insistence on the new/alt right that the ‘status quo’ they are resisting and transgressing is precisely the multiculturalism or inclusion (i.e. ‘wokeness’) so celebrated in so many punk scenes? We invite papers that address this complex ambivalence, as well as the urgency of the current moment. 



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Andrew Wood





2022 Conference Dates and Deadlines

01Aug-21 2022 Conference Information Available on Website
01-Sept-21 Submissions Open 
01-Oct-21 Early Bird Registration Begins
15-Nov-21 Deadline for Paper Proposals and Grant Applications
16-Dec-21 Early Bird Registration Ends; Regular Registration Begins
01-Jan-22 Regular Registration Ends
02-Jan-22 Preliminary Schedule Available
01-Feb-22 Registration for Presenters End; Those Not Registered by the Date Will be Dropped From the Program
01-Apr-22 Online Non-presenter Registration Ends
April 13-16, 2022

PCA Conference in Seattle, WA


All presenters must be current, paid members of the PCA and registered for the conference. Non-presenters who attend the full conference must also pay membership fees.

To attend the National Conference, members must pay the membership fee and the registration fee.   

The last day for all refunds is February 15, 2022. No refund requests will be honored after this date. Membership fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.


PCA National Conference Dates

April 13-16, 2022


Conference location

Sheraton Seattle Hotel

1400 Sixth Avenue

Seattle, WA 98101

Please do not make hotel reservations until we establish the individualized link for our room block. 


Submission Information

The submission deadline is November 15, 2021.

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Andrew Wood