Conference Women in Dutch punk, 18 June 2022

Saturday 18 June. Women in punk in the Netherlands. OCCII, Amstelveenseweg 134 1075 XL in Amsterdam

Door open 13:00

13:30 Welcome from the organisers, and explanation about how the day will run, by Anita Raghunath

13:40 First panel: Women in punk in the UK and in the Netherlands, parallels and differences. Chair: Rosa Jonker

13:42 Film by Helen Reddington and Gina Birch: Stories from the She-Punks

14:30 Paper by Pauwke Berkers: Punk rock against gender roles (re-revisisted): Women punk performers in the Netherlands, 1976-1982

14:50 Paper by Anita Raghunath and Herman de Tollenaere: Women in Dutch punk, 1976-1982. Figures and forgetfulness

15:10 Discussion on this film and these papers

15:30 Presentation by punk photographer since the 1970s Sue Rynski (originally from Detroit, USA, now Paris) and anthropologist and former performer Natacha Giafferi-Dombre of Punk Is Not Dead/PSN France.

15:45 Discussion on Sue Rynski’s and Natacha Giafferi-Dombre’s contribution.

15:50 Short tea/coffee break.

16:10 Keynote panel: Dutch punk girls, 1977 till today. Chair: Anita Raghunath

Four women, interviewed by Helen Reddington, from first-wave punk woman to very recent one

One may ask: What are the connections between these four generations of punk women?

First 1977 wave representative in the panel: Terry, bass/vocals in Cheap ‘n’ Nasty; earlier in PVC and Hideous

Hear Terry play and sing the songs she wrote for the Cheap ‘n’ Nasty Covergirl EP

Second wave, started late 1980s: Wick, guitar/vocals in Bambix

Hear and see Wick play and sing this song

Early 21st-century representative: Andrea, was singer in early 21st century Amsterdam band Fatwa’s

See and hear Andrea sing in this live video

2020s representatives (two, as it it is the most important wave for the future) we intended: Nana, guitarist of the band Shortcuts, founded in 2021, But COVID intervened. Get better soon, Nana!

Nana Janse


Flo, bass player in the Blood Bags. Unfortunately, she too caught COVID. And had to be replaced.

Flo, playing bass and singing in the Blood Bags

17:20 Some people in the audience may want to say something

17:40 Final words, by Andrea

18:00 Dinner (at the vegan restaurant MKZ of OCCII).

20:00 To concert hall

20:15 Four bands, all including women. Wick Bambix, and Persona Non Data. And Stresssysteem. And Asfalt Boys, not an all-boy band, like Poison Girls were not all-girl.

Read about, and hear, all these bands here.

Our 4 December 2021 webinar

Last December, because of an unexpected rise in the coronavirus pandemic, at the last minute we had to cancel the first-ever face to face conference of the Punk Scholars Network the Netherlands at OCCII, Amstelveenseweg 134 1075 XL in Amsterdam with as its main theme Women in punk, replacing it with a short webinar on Punk and venues.

On this Facebook link, you can see our whole December 2021 webinar, except for Minja Sarovic’s film.

We then decided that we would have a conference with Women in punk as its sole theme in spring 2022, when we expected less COVID.

We have now decided there will be a face to face conference on Women in punk in the Netherlands in OCCII on Saturday 18 June. Because of the availability of the DIY OCCII venue, depending on volunteers, starting the conference before 1:30 pm is a problem. Also, having a full weekend Saturday plus Sunday conference, on Women in punk both in the Netherlands and in other countries, is a problem at OCCII.

So, we decided: 18 June Women in punk in the Netherlands. We try to make it accessible on the internet as well.

And, in early December 2022, as part of the worldwide face-to-face PSN conference (also possible to participate in on the internet), a conference at the VU University in Amsterdam, a full day with as its theme Women in punk, international. We are trying to get a subsidy from VU University for that conference.

On 18 June in OCCII, there will be lectures by researchers and discussions on women in punk in the Netherlands. British scholar/first wave punk musician Helen Reddington will interview four Dutch female musicians, representing four waves in Dutch punk, from 1977 to the 2020s.

There will be a film on women in punk by Helen Reddington and Gina Birch (of the Raincoats).

There will be food at OCCII.

Bands, all including women, will play. We will hear Wick Bambix, the Asbest Boys, Persona Non Data and Stresssysteem.

Our earlier conference on the internet

Saturday the 4th of December 2021 was the first-ever conference day of the Punk Scholars Network Netherlands, founded early that year.

It was also the first day of the 4-11 December worldwide conference of the Punk Scholars Network. We organised it jointly with the Denmark/Germany PSN affiliate.

We had a webinar on 4 December, starting at 2 pm Central European Time about Punk and (DIY) venues. With keynote speakers, a film and a panel discussion.
The women in the bands, women in the panels, and all other participants deserve a full face-to-face day in spring 2022 in OCCII, about the main theme Women in punk. A theme too important for a 4 December online webinar. We were looking for a date in spring with hopefully less COVID-19 than now. Later, we decided Saturday 18 June. So, stay posted.

See below for the full program of our December 2021 mini-conference/webinar.

December 2021 Conference poster PSN

Mini-Conference and Teaser: Punk and (DIY) Venues

Opening and Welcome
14:00 Opening of the 8th annual conference of PSN by Mike Dines
14:10 Opening and introduction to the first conference of PSN Netherlands by Anita Raghunath

Panel: Punk and venues, Chair: Marie Arleth Skov
14:15 Paper by Herman de Tollenaere: “Venues and punk concerts in greater Leiden 1976-1982”.
14:30 Paper by Marcel Stol about the longest-lasting DIY Punk (squat) venue in the Netherlands:  “Goudvishal Arnhem (1984-2007)
14:45 “Eerlijk Zullen We Allen Spelen” 25-minute documentary about former DIY venue SUB071 in Leiden by Minja Šarović, released in 2017.
15:10 Paper by Yorgos Paschos on DIY venues in the Netherlands in the post-2020 COVID-19 times: “Physical Space and Collective Identity- Making: DIY Cultural- Political Centers in Times of Lockdown

15:25 Discussion about the papers and the film

15:50 Final words by Herman de Tollenaere and video preview of the conference “Women in Punk”

16:00 End

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