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The Punk Scholars’ Network (PSN), an informal grouping of writers and researchers working on all aspects of the history, present and future of punk, holds its first annual post-graduate symposium, at the University of Leicester (University Rd LE1 7RH) on 30 October 2014.

The symposium will provide a forum for post-graduate students currently involved in research on punk to present their work (and their work-in-progress). The event is free to attend but, as numbers are limited, tickets need to be booked in advance. Anyone interested in the themes of the event is welcome to attend!

Amidst an impressive breadth of papers being presented on the day, several are directly concerned with the culture, politics and practice of anarcho-punk. In the morning Methodology session, Matt Grimes will present: “Where There’s a Will There’s a Way”: Methodology, Investigating Memory and the Life-Courses of 1980s British Anarcho-Punks.

In the afternoon Anarcho/Anarchism session, Rebecca Binns will speak on: A Humorous Offensive: Tracing the Development of an ‘Anarcho-Punk’ Aesthetic in Gee Vaucher’s Images for Crass; James Newton will discuss The Anarchist Cinema; and Simon Licourinos will speak on: Anarcho-punk: Defining a Retrospective Rock History Using Connections, Relationships and Traits [CRT].

The full programme can be viewed on the symposium blog; and the Facebook event page.

Punk Scholars' Network - Post-Graduate Symposium - 30 October 2014 - Programme - cover

Punk Scholars' Network - Post-Graduate Symposium - 30 October 2014 - Programme - papers and presentations

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I think it worth drawing attention to the write-up of the No Sir, I Won’t symposium held at Oxford Brookes university in June 2013, written by organiser Pete Dale, published a couple of months back on the Oxford Brookes web site (especially as it’s not the easiest document to find!). Dale’s piece offers a detailed summary of the different talks and presentations on the day, and offers some interesting reflections on the different perspectives to emerge from the day’s discussion.

Web pages documenting conferences and seminars are notoriously ephemeral, as universities take down ‘legacy’ event content (and Oxford Brookes has already partly archived off the entry for the No Sir, I Won’t event). So I’m ‘taking a liberty’ (that would be a good title for a single, you know) and archiving off a copy of the write-up on this blog.

Cite the original: Pete Dale, 2014. “Write up of the ‘No Sir, I Won’t: reconsidering the legacy of Crass and anarcho-punk'” event at Oxford Brookes, 28 June 2013, Popular Music Research Unit, Oxford Brookes University, <http://arts.brookes.ac.uk/events/resources/No-Sir-I-wont-write-up.doc>, accessed [access date].

Cite this copy: Pete Dale, 2014. “Write up of the ‘No Sir, I Won’t: reconsidering the legacy of Crass and anarcho-punk'” event at Oxford Brookes, 28 June 2013, Popular Music Research Unit, Oxford Brookes University, republished on The Hippies Now Wear Black blog, <https://thehippiesnowwearblack.files.wordpress.com/2014/07/pete_dale_no-sir-i-wont-write-up.pdf> accessed [access date].

There’s no one place online where all of the presentations are currently available, but my own “You’ll never beat the system by bombing Number 10” is available on this blog, while Matt Grime’s Call It Crass but “There Is No Authority But Yourself”: Re-Canonizing Punks Underberlly is available through the academia.edu site, where you can also find related works by other presenters Pete Dale, Ana Raposo and Jim Donaghey.

Russ Bestley’s illustrated booklet, written and designed for the event, and to accompany the one-day exhibition of anarcho-punk artwork and graphic design, is also available to download (as a 5mb PDF file).
 

Oxford Brookes - No Sir, I Won't - this event has now finished

 

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Jim Donaghey, Anarchism, Punk, Cultures of Resistance & that ‘lifestyle’ vs ‘social anarchism’ debate, 12 April, 12noon, Liberty Hall, Dublin, Ireland – part of the Dublin Anarchist Bookfair 2014.
 

Anarchism, Punk, Cultures of Resistance  - Dublin Anarchist Bookfair 2014

Anarchism, Punk, Cultures of Resistance – Dublin Anarchist Bookfair 2014

 

This talk & discussion at the 2014 Dublin Anarchist Bookfair will examine the supposed gulf between ‘lifestyle’ and ‘social’ anarchisms, with a particular focus on DIY punk’s contested siting within this false dichotomy. It will consider several strands of punk engaged with anarchism – especially contemporary manifestations.

Those who subscribe to ‘workerist’ interpretations of anarchism (syndicalism et al.) sometimes dismiss punk as a distraction from serious revolutionary struggle. Equally there are those from ‘punk-anarchist’ perspectives who dismiss labour struggles, and work itself, as out-dated (CrimethInc. etc.). But are these caricature polar-positions based on any reality? What were/are the tensions between an emergent ‘DIY-punk-anarchism’ and the ‘anarchist establishment’?

Punk straddles the fields of both cultural and material production. To highlight the material aspect (and in opposition to its detractors) the anarcho-syndicalist principles of Rudolf Rocker (and others) will be mapped onto DIY punk. Certainly the means of production are taken into the hands of the producers in DIY punk, and communality and cooperation are key – but what are the limits of DIY punk as anarcho-syndicalist praxis? To what extent can punk and punk activism be understood as direct action? Does it merely create a petit-bourgeois group of ‘punk entrepreneurs’? Is it revolutionary?

And to reverse the argument, it will be highlighted that even those struggles vaunted by ‘workerists’ today were/are in large part culturally driven. That, in fact, a major underlying basis for successful struggle is a culture of resistance, and that this is something that DIY punk contributes to in the contemporary anarchist milieu. Of course, punk culture is just one among many resistance cultures – but punk is very often a clear coming together of political/personal, cultural/material, and can be a vibrant expression of anarchist resistance.

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About the speaker: Jim Donaghey joined the Irish diaspora nearly 3 years ago, to take up a PhD at Loughborough looking at the relationships between anarchism and punk. The research for that has involved asking awkward questions to punks and anarchists in Indonesia, Poland, and all over the UK. Jim used to play with Belfast-based bands the Lobotomies and Pocket Billiards, and is now playing with Die Wrecked in Leicester. He is also involved with local activist groups including Leicester Solidarity Group, Food Not Bombs Leicester, Anarchist Federation (fellow traveller), Leicester Critical Mass, and the anti-fascist football team FC Kolektivo Victoria.

https://www.facebook.com/events/660796613966736/

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A second paper from the recent No Sir, I Won’t conference has been posted by presenter Matt Grimes on academia.edu:

Matt Grimes. 2013. Call it Crass but ‘There is no Authority but Yourself’: Decanonizing Punk’s Underbelly’, No Sir, I Won’t conference, Oxford Brookes University, 28 June.

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As and when the Punk Scholars’ Network sets up a webspace to host slides, papers or audio-visual recordings from its events, I’ll replicate this there, but, in the meantime, the slides from my own presentation at the No Sir, I Won’t conference, organised by the Punk Scholars’ Network and held at Oxford Brookes University on 28 June 2013, are now available on this blog.

No Sir, I Won't - Oxford Brookes PSN event, You'll never beat the system

There’s no full transcript of the presentation (I wasn’t reading from a fixed script, and no audio recording was made), but along with the presentation slides (in .pdf) are some brief notes (also in .pdf) which summarise the key ideas I was attempting to speak about on each slide.

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A few photos from the No Sir, I Won’t conference held at Oxford Brookes University on 28 June 2013 – one of the afternoon roundtable panel, and three from the exhibition accompanying the event. I’ve written a brief report from the event for the next issue of Freedom, but I won’t post the text of that here until the subsequent issue is published (why not take the opportunity to subscribe to Freedom, while you’re waiting…).

Sean Clark has posted a brief report from the event on his blog and has also shared a gallery of photos from the day on Flickr.

George McKay (left), Sarah McHendry and Penny Rimbaud

George McKay (left), Sarah McHendry and Penny Rimbaud


 
Panel from the exhibition at the No Sir, I Won't conference, Oxford Brookes, 28 June 2013

Panel from the exhibition at the No Sir, I Won’t conference, Oxford Brookes, 28 June 2013


 
A second panel from the exhibition at the No Sir, I Won't conference, Oxford Brookes, 28 June 2013

A second panel from the exhibition at the No Sir, I Won’t conference, Oxford Brookes, 28 June 2013


 
A third panel from the exhibition at the No Sir, I Won't conference, Oxford Brookes, 28 June 2013

A third panel from the exhibition at the No Sir, I Won’t conference, Oxford Brookes, 28 June 2013

Exhibition by Russ Bestley; photos by Rich Cross and Ana Raposo

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No Sir, I Won’t: Reconsidering the Legacy of Crass and Anarcho-punk
Friday 28 June, 11:00 til 18:00pm, Headington Campus in Willow 01 and RHB Arena, Oxford Brookes University

Free entry, lunch provided, to book a place email pdale@brookes.ac.uk

No Sir, I Won't  - 01  - Oxford Brookes -  28 June 2013

No Sir, I Won't  - 01  - Oxford Brookes -  28 June 2013

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