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'Doing Subcultures' Workshop

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Doing Subcultures: Research methodologies and practice around subcultural histories

Wednesday 15 October 2014, 4.00 – 6.30
Arts A108, School of HAHP, University of Sussex

Style-based subcultures, scenes and tribes - along with their music genres - have pulsated through the history of social, economic and political change. Distinctive blends of fashion and music have become a defining feature of the cultural landscape. Research into these phenomena has traversed the social sciences and humanities, offering key insights into the interactions which shape everyday experience.

This workshop event reflects the current resurgence of interest in how youth and subcultures shape the contemporary world. It brings together researchers working in innovative and original ways on the historic significance of subcultural experience. It offers the chance for students and researchers to engage with the key issues that shape current methodologies and approaches, and to reflect on their own work and practice.

Lucy Robinson & Daisy Asquith (University of Sussex, UK) – “Crazy about One Direction – documentary and contemporary fan culture”
Stella Sims (University of Sussex, UK) – "Rockabilly and retro: popular memory and the 1950s"

David Wilkinson & Matt Worley (University of Reading, UK) – “Punk, politics and British youth culture 1976-1984”

Robin Ekelund (University of Malmö, Sweden), “Researching the performance of ’authentic’ mod culture in Sweden”

Organised in conjunction with the Interdisciplinary Network for the Study of Subcultures, Popular Music and Social Change, and the UoS Resistance Studies Network.

For further information, contact the organiser Chris Warne (

Later Event: 15 November
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