Post-punk seminar: git along!


Dr Graham St John
Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies, The University of Queensland

Making a Noise˜Making a Difference: From Techno-Punk to “Punk-Hop”

Date: Thursday 16th June 2005
Place: Seminar Room 402, Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies, 4th Floor Forgan Smith Tower, St Lucia Campus, The University of Queensland

Time: 2.00pm ˆ 3.30pm

Members of the university community and the general public are invited to attend this free seminar with refreshments to follow.

The seminar maps the ground out of which “punk-hop” outfit Combat Wombat arose, exploring in the process, how punk became implicated in the cultural politics of a settler society. Charting the contours of Sydney’s early 1990s techno-punk emergence, and tracking the mobile and media savvy exploits of Combat Wombat (and their sound system Labrats) from the late 1990s, I will cast light on the counter-colonial trajectory of post-punk.

Graham is a cultural anthropologist with an interdisciplinary research interest in contemporary youth cultures, techno culture, counter cultures and performance. He is currently based at the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies as a postdoctoral fellow.

Current projects include: ‘Performing the Country’, a study of contemporary performative contexts for the (re)production of ‘Australianness’ in the wake of recent historical and ecological re-evaluations; ‘Dance Tribalism and the Global Party’, which explores the local character and international flows of rave and post-rave dance music culture; and ‘Victor Turner and Contemporary Cultural Performance’, which critically investigates the relevance of the theory and approach of Victor Turner in the study of contemporary cultural performance.

For further information, please contact:
Ms Rebecca Ralph, Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies
Ph. (07) 3346 9764 Fax (07) 3365 7184
Email: admin{dot}cccs{at}uq{dot}edu{dot}au

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