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The Kenneth Sewards-Shaw Conversazione 2021

11 Jun 2021

Ben Wheadon (2020) presents this year's Kenneth Sewards-Shaw Conversazione. Ben is studying for a Master's in English and American Studies. His talk, entitled '"Grow Some Balls He Said": Revisiting the Gender Politics of Early Punk Rock After IDLES' Joy As An Act of Resistance', is based on his undergraduate dissertation on LGBTQ+ / feminist lyricism in early punk rock.

Conversazione is an informal MCR-SCR seminar, which takes place once a term.  Each seminar is led either by a Fellow or a Postgraduate Research Student.  The first Conversazione took place in Hilary 1996, with a presentation by the current Supernumerary Fellow, Prof Herman Waldmann, on Immunology and its Uses. Since then, the tradition has continued with great success.

Further reading

Butler, Judith, ‘Performative Acts and Gender Constitution: An Essay in Phenomenology and Feminist Theory’, Theatre Journal, 40.4, (1988), 519-531

Connell, R.W., James Messerschmidt, ‘Hegemonic Masculinity: Rethinking the Concept’, Gender and Society, 19.6 (2005), 829-859

Hebdige, Dick, Subculture: The Meaning of Style, (London: Methuen & Co., 1979)

Leblanc, Lauraine, Pretty in Punk: Girl’s Gender Resistance in a Boy’s Subculture, (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1999)

Savage, Jon, England’s Dreaming, (London: Faber & Faber, 1991)

Wadkins, Katherine, ‘“Freakin’ Out”: Remaking Masculinity through Punk Rock in Detroit”, Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory, 22.2 (2012), 239-260

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