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Call for papers: 

Punk Culture

Punk Culture is seeking paper proposals for oral presentation at the annual conference in Boston, MA on June 2-5, 2021. 

The constellation of art, artists, and cultures collectively known as punk rock has long positioned itself in opposition to what it views as problematic ‘mainstream’ positions, politics, and aesthetics. Be these issues of race, gender, sexuality, economics and class, environment, police and other repressive state apparatuses, punks have long provided a legion of examples of critiques and attempts at positive change. How successful this positioning has been is, of course, up for debate. But at a time when political discussion and available options leave so much to be desired, and pressing social issues seem most desperate, perhaps we can look to punk for both its success and failures in order to learn ways we might move forward. As with most so-called ‘sub’ and ‘counter’ cultures, punk rock is most often understood by scholars as either another available social safety valve or a legitimate form of resistance. But, must it be one or the other of these? What is it about punk that continues to be relevant (or not)? What movements, and in what capacities, have punks been participating in for political, social, and/or cultural change? Can one’s chosen lifestyle or cultural scene itself be a form of resistance to mainstream norms? How might participants and adherents to the culture differ from scholars in interpretation and/or experience? What lessons learned in punk rock (e.g. anti-racists struggle against neo-Nazis in the scene) might be applied to larger social struggles now? Does punk offer any solutions, recommendations, or vehicles for change? Must aesthetic resistance necessarily connect directly to material change in order to be considered effective? Papers exploring these and other pressing questions regarding the past, present, and possible futures of punk cultures are encouraged.


The deadline for online abstract proposal of papers will be November 16, 2020


If you have inquiries, please contact:

Andrew Wood




2021 Conference Dates and Deadlines

12-Aug-20 Submission Page Goes Live
12-Oct-20 Early Bird Registration Begins
16-Nov-20 Deadline for Proposals and Endowment Grant Applications
31-Dec-20 Early Bird Registration Ends
01-Jan-21 Regular Registration Begins
31-Jan-21 Regular Registration Ends
01-Feb-21 Late Registration Begins
01-Feb-21  Preliminary Schedule Available
28-Feb-21 Presenter Late Registration Ends at 11:59 pm: Non-registrants Dropped from Program
01-Mar-21 Non-presenter Registration Continues Through the Conference

June 2-5, 2021 

National Conference in Boston


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. 31: 100% refund
Requested by Feb 7: 75% refund
Requested by Feb 14: 50% refund
Requested by Feb. 21: 25% refund
After Feb. 28: 0% refund

Membership fees are non-refundable.