Post-socialist punk: Beyond the double irony of self-abasement (Resubmission)

Post-socialist punk’ is a historically and spatially comparative study of punk in Eastern Europe conducted by an international, collaborative team of researchers from the UK, Russia, Estonia and Croatia. A key output of the project is Rotten Beat - an electronic resource presenting high quality analysis and information about contemporary music scenes in Central, South Eastern and Eastern Europe as well as searchable archives of audio, textual and visual materials. This resource is due to go live in Spring 2010. The project aims to reassess the dominant understanding of punk in the West - as an aesthetic articulation of late capitalist social relations - based on the challenges posed by the socialist and post-socialist punk experience. By situating punk in a different political context, the reading of punk as subcultural resistance to dominant class relations is replaced by a more open question about the political significance of the transnormative cultural practices of punk in both socialist and post-socialist Eastern Europe. The project is designed as a multi-sited ethnography including 5 fieldwork sites in post-socialist Europe – in Russia, Croatia and (eastern)Germany - and a parallel West European case study (The Netherlands).

Principal investigator
Professor Hilary Pilkington
Principal project staff
Professor Hilary Pilkington
Start date
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Completion date
Friday, February 1, 2013