Curating Resistance: Punk as Archival Method

February 9 - 10, 2018

University of California, Los Angeles

This conference is free and open to the public,  advance registration required (registration page coming soon).

Scroll to the bottom of the page for links to hotel accommodations near UCLA. Further conference details are forthcoming.

Call for Papers

At a time when performative resistances to exploitative mainstream cultural practices are increasingly under attack, punk persists as an important space for cultivating and curating expressive means. Punk’s resistant literacies and performances are often in defiance of institutional rigors that carve exclusionary boundaries. Yet, as punk celebrates its long fortieth birthday, punk’s contested annals are increasingly not only part of but also help shape institutional efforts to exceed canonic representations. Bringing together scholars, musicians, fans, writers, and community members, including bands, public intellectuals, and workshops to augment the conventional structure of the academic panel, Curating Resistance: Punk as Archival Method is teaming up with the UCLA Library Special Collections “Punk Archive” for hands-on, thoughtful community building within, across, and beyond the university. This two-day event, hosted by the UCLA Center for Musical Humanities, focuses on the interstices of punk and archive, using both as method, so as to push the boundaries of these three terms and practices. The conference focuses on documenting punk musicality, how sound repertoires and archival practices can give shape to the lived contours of diversity across scale, from the local to transnational, and what this means in terms of empowerment for research and endeavors that destabilize this colonial history of the academy. Punk as archival method curates resistance by contributing to these larger conversations via the possibilities of musical subcultures’ collaborative systemic interruptions.

We invite submissions from all punk scholars, public intellectuals, music writers, resistant historians, critical students, misfit theorizers, queer thinkers, feminists, archivists, freaky writers, and anyone interested in the ways in which punk’s resistant musical literacies are protected, preserved, and circulated as well as the stakes of these practices. Papers, or alternative format presentations, may address any aspect of “curating resistance” and “punk as archival method,” such as punk identities that have been made marginal--queer, trans, punks of color, disability, women, among others--and expressive modes, intersectional oppression and inscriptive methods of resistance, the politics of punk preservation, critical approaches to punk media, dismantling white supremacy in archives or in punk, punk pedagogies, hidden transcripts and markets, border/genre transcending and crossing, resistant literacies and DIY genealogies, tensions between punk and institutions, punk as a space for historical presence/presents and futurities, and punk as space for the creation/maintenance of alternative genealogies, unconventional families, and community dialogue.

Please submit proposals via a single Word document [labeled last name_first name.docx] to by November 15, 2017. Individual presenters should submit a paper title, 250-word abstract, and author information including full name, institutional affiliation, email address, and a 50-word bio. Alternative-to-paper proposals should specify the style and logistics of presentation. Please indicate any audio, visual, or other needs for the presentation. Send email inquiries to Jessica Schwartz, conference organizer and program committee chair, at, and Candace Hansen, conference and program logistics/community outreach, at

Notifications of acceptance will be sent in mid-to-late December.