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‘Ours is a strange pornography’: Reflections on performing punk in academia

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What is the place of punk in ‘punk studies’? How can we write punk, rather than just write about punk? Can we do this in a way that is more than performative affectation? More than just a(nother) punk cliché? Do we owe a sense of authenticity to our subjects in academic writing on punk? This article offers a critical reflection on a conference paper ‘performed’ as an attempt to address (rather than answer) these questions. I discuss the processes of writing, editing and presenting this article in a way that attempted to ‘show’ punk, not just ‘explain’ it. In so doing, I hope that I can open up a discussion about performance in academia more generally.
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Keywords: Cuba; academia; editing; performance; punk; writing

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Newcastle University

Publication date: March 1, 2017

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