11 December 2020 | Leiden, Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society
Deadline proposals: 1 September 2020
In the past decades, diverse academic disciplines and fields such as anthropology, media-studies, fan studies, cultural studies, game studies, sociology and art history have been engaged in studying Subcultures of the twentieth century. The groundbreaking studies by Dick Hebdige and Ted Polhemus were fundamental for our understanding of how style and artistic expressions of subcultures could be related to social, cultural and political concerns of young people in particular.
The objective of this one-day symposium is to identify the state-of-the art debates on style and subcultures within the globalised, viralised and mediatised popular culture of the 21st. The focus is twofold: on the one hand we aim to develop and identify new theoretical perspectives on subcultures and style, and on the other hand we aim to map emerging distinctive subcultures as new spaces of style that are specific to contemporary culture and society. This symposium will lead to an edited volume based on the papers presented and discussion held during the symposium paper.
Theoretical perspectives on subculture and style:
We seek papers that discuss the following topics but are by no means limited to that:
- the pairing of a subculture to a specific style;
- style as assemblage;
- the socio-cultural aspects of style;
- the recognition of similar style features in different expressive forms (i.e. style features that transcend the boundaries between music, clothes, painting, poetry and attitude, and are recognised as for instance typically ‘punk’ or ‘hiphop’ etc.);
- interdisciplinary approaches to subculture and style;
- re-definitions and re-conceptualisations of subcultural styles;
- subcultures and youth.
Spaces of style:
With regard to the second focus we seek for papers that discuss topics, but are by no means limited to that, such as:
- subcultures as spaces of style;
- subcultures outside Europe and the US;
- non-geographical subcultures;
- digital subcultures;
- subcultures and technology;
- global styles and subcultures;
- subcultures and the local;
- the social and political significance of style and subcultures within different cultural contexts;
- subcultures as oppositional niches;
- subcultures and style as platforms for marginalized groups.
We are seeking for speakers from different scholarly fields such as art history, anthropology, visual studies, media studies, literary studies and philosophy, and other fields in the humanities and social sciences. We look forward with special interest to contributions from scholars with a diverse cultural background and early career scholars. To propose a paper for a 20 minute talk, please send an abstract of no more than 300 words and a short bio of 150 words in a single PDF before 1 September 2020 to email@example.com
Speakers will be notified by October 1st.
As organisers we support reducing travelling by air. Selected speakers from outside Europe will therefore be asked to present through digital media.