Sneak Peak - Punk & Post Punk, a new journal from Intellect

Never mind the Buzzcocks, here's Punk & Post Punk...

At Intellect we are all feeling extremely anti-establishment awaiting the arrival of our groundbreaking new journal Punk & Post Punk.

The journal will be hitting the shelves during the first week in December and we will be offering the first issue as a FREE download on our website. In the meantime, to whet the anarchic appetite, here is the editorial that will appear in issue 1.1. The editors use this space to discuss their aims for the journal and also the challenge of applying scholarly inquiry to Punk... Expect no apologies.


Editorial - Issue 1.1
"There will be eyebrows raised about punk becoming subject to academic study, as if the subject matter itself were somehow inherently resistant to scholastic inquiry. We make no apologies. The effect punk has had on the arts, creative industries and the culture at large in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries is so wide-reaching and manifest, so life-changing for its millions of participants across the globe, that our argument would be that the arrival of Punk & Post-Punk is long overdue. Certainly the overwhelming response to the announcement of its launch would appear to bear that out.

The journal intends to serve the international academic, journalistic and industry communities engaged with punk and post-punk music, media and culture. It will explore notions of the ‘alternative’ and the ‘independent’ during the heady days of the punk explosion and the ensuing post-punk era. Complementing this historical focus will be a contemporary aspect, which will consider how punk and post-punk are absorbed into the present and projected into the future. While music will serve as a lens through which to view core themes of creativity,  iconography, performance, heritage, and political and cultural engagement, the journal will boast an inter-disciplinary framework. Radical ideas rooted in music often blossom and find forceful expression across media; indeed, the journal strives to explore the ways punk and post-punk are present and represented in film and television, literature, journalism, theatre, fine art, dance, stand-up comedy, fashion, graphic design and new media.

The recent surge in interest within academic communities mirrors a wider fascination that has transformed punk and its progeny into a significant cultural industry. However, the layered and complex phenomenon that is punk and post-punk is often reduced to a misleadingly simple linear narrative. One reason for this distortion is the near complete absence of professional overlap and collaboration. The journal will rectify this situation by inviting contributions from performers, journalists and industry personnel, as well as the more usual academic input. Moreover, it seeks to promote dialogues, provoke exchanges, and establish sustainable links between these hitherto discrete fields.

Punk and post-punk musical styles drew on political and critical theoretical debate, just as they plundered and re-contextualized the manifestos and aesthetics of modern and postmodernist art movements. This eclecticism is reflected in the scope of punk and post-punk’s remarkable legacy. By considering aspects of cultural inheritance as a long-term and on-going concern, the journal will also seek to develop an intergenerational response to punk’s influence and resonance.

This journal provides a framework within which to explore punk and post punk’s initial and continuing impact on intersecting academic and industry developments. Its intention is to embark on new areas of exploration alongside analysis of established consensus in the area. Inquiry therefore will take the shape of considered formal submissions on related topics, as well as interrogation of key personnel and opinion-formers. In order to achieve its crossdisciplinary aims, the format and research base will be inclusive of academic submissions, critical theory, peer review and dialogue.

The journal welcomes empirical and theoretical approaches to the subject area, and considers punk and post-punk as both historical cultural phenomena and influential contemporary culture drivers. But core to the journal’s ethos is that, wherever possible, primary research is of preference to regurgitated or abstract theoretical debate – unless you’re very, very good at it.

In keeping with this spirit, our inaugural issue boasts a wide range of subjects and a variety of methodological approaches. In their exploration of the recent subcultural phenomenon that is steampunk, Brigid Cherry and Maria Mellins focus on the twenty-first century re-contextualization of Victorian design motifs in relation to punk’s DIY ethos. Lucy O’Brien presents a feminist appreciation of the Leeds post-punk scene at the turn of the 1980s, calling on her experiences as a student at the University of Leeds at that time, and relating them to local and national contexts. Through close textual examination of punk record cover art, Russ Bestley maps the spread, development and meanings of regional punk design. Questions of cohesion drive Theodore Gracyk’s discussion of the post-punk aesthetic, which references specifically Immanuel Kant’s model of genius. Brett Lashua and Sara Cohen use Liverpool’s influential fanzine Merseysound to document and map that city’s remarkable post-punk musicscape. Finally, Serena Guarracino considers postfeminist icon Beth Ditto from a queer performativity perspective. We hope you enjoy this first volume." - Philip Kiszely and Alex Ogg (Issue 1.1 - forthcoming)

To subscribe, contribute, or simply find out more, visit the journal online...

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