Punks in Academia

27 November, 2019, Conroy’s Basement, Dundee Scotland.
I was a panel member for this great evening and met some terrific people. Talked about our experiences as punks in academia.

Sponsored by Abertay University’s Platform lecture series. From the Abertay University publicity materials:

In the week of Make-That-A-Take Records’ Book Yer Ane Fest XIII, we gather at the collective’s base, Conroy’s Basement, to ask: What does punk mean to you?
How can engagement with the DIY punk scene shape your experience of learning?
Punks in Academia is a panel discussion exploring active involvement in the punk scene and the academic environment, and the balance between the two.

We’re delighted to welcome guest speakers including Dr Kirsty Lohman, Dr Dave Lyons, Dr Dominic Smith, Dr Laura Way and PhD candidate Temmuz Gürbüz. With a range of fields of expertise and a multitude of experiences of diverse punk scenes, they will each offer their unique insights into how punk has shaped their studies and how their studies have shaped their engagement with punk.

Dr Kirsty Lohman is a Research Fellow at the University of Surrey and has been involved with punk since 2003. Her experiences as a musician and zine-maker have contributed to her academic research interests in musical and cultural participation, gender, sexuality, feminism and political engagement.

Dr Dave Lyons is the Programme Leader for Computer Arts at Abertay University as well as an active musician with experience of the punk scenes in Chicago and the upper midwest.

Dr Laura Way is a lecturer in Sociology at Bishop Grossetest University in Lincoln, with a history of participation in the punk scene stretching back to an early age. Her experiences in punk have contributed to her research on age, gender and subcultural participation; creative research methods; and punk pedagogies.

Dr Dominic Smith is a senior lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Dundee, and the lyricist, guitarist and vocalist of vital Dundee hardcore band Kaddish.

Temmuz Gürbüz is a Film Studies PhD candidate at the National University of Ireland Galway, as well as the drummer in Turkey-based riot-grrrl band Secondhand Underpants. Her research focuses particularly on queer-theory readings of 1970s cinema and the inclusivity of its punk aesthetics.

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