On 4 December 2021, there was the first-ever conference day of the Punk Scholars Network Netherlands, founded early that year.
It was part of, 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.
Unfortunately, because of the coronavirus pandemic, we had to abandon our plan to have a face-to-face event at OCCII, Amstelveenseweg 134 1075 XL Amsterdam. We decided to have a webinar on 4 December. And a face-to-face conference about Women in punk in the Netherlands on 18 June 2022.
We had our webinar on 4 December, about Punk and (DIY) venues only. With keynote speakers, a film, a panel discussion.
On this Facebook link, you can see the whole conference, except for Minja Sarovic’s film.
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 in December 2021. We decided on Saturday 18 June. So, stay posted.
See here for the full program of our 4 December 2021 mini conference/webinar.
Scholarly papers on punk by authors from the Netherlands and from abroad were read. There was a film.
There were two main themes intended at the December 2021 conference: venues: the connections of punk bands and their audiences to places in the Netherlands where it is possible to play. From the twilight of hippiedom in the 1970s till the coronavirus days of the 2020s.
The other main theme, now intended for 18 June 2022, is women in punk in the Netherlands. Until a few years ago, women were underrepresented in scholarly and journalistic writings on punk in Britain. Scholars like Helen Reddington and Laura Way have started to rectify that lack of balance. Maybe the 18 June 2022 Amsterdam conference will contribute to starting a movement for such rectification in the Netherlands as well, where it is needed too.
At our keynote panel, Helen Reddington will interview Dutch punk women musicians of four generations: the 1977 first wave, the late twentieth century, the early twenty-first century, and the 2021 newest wave.
Punk Scholars Network affiliate in the Netherlands
Since its inception in 2012, the Punk Scholars Network has expanded its membership and activities through conferences, symposiums, publications, talks and exhibitions, whilst seeking to maintain its original aim as an international forum for scholarly debate. The Punk Scholars Network has also held a long-standing commitment towards the nurturing of research, not only in terms of post-doctoral output, but also through pedagogical and academic support for postgraduate and undergraduate research students whilst encouraging and supporting non-academics to pursue and develop their interests in punk scholarship.
Ever since punk started in 1975, in New York City, in London and in Hazerswoude in the Netherlands with the band Ivy Green, establishment voices have declared it to be dead. Or have wanted to kill it: In the 1970s, prominent London Conservative politician Bernard Brooke Partridge repeatedly advocated killing the Sex Pistols and the other punk bands. That attitude changed: the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony presented punk as a valuable part of British cultural heritage. Have all 1970s prejudices died? Punk keeps coming back. Studying its persisting influence, not only on music, but also on wider society, also in the Netherlands, is a worthy way of scholarschip.
Two Dutch participants of the 2020 international Punk Scholars Network Conference on the internet decided to start a Dutch affiliate of the PSN. They joined forces with the site bacteria.nl which has much source material on punk bands and fanzines, both Dutch and foreign. New participants, offering perspectives from various scholarly disciplines, whether studying the 20th or the 21st century, came. More are welcome. There are, eg, plans to study the relationship between punk and anarchism in Dutch history. Also, to interview women active in punk in the Netherlands 1976-1982: they have often been written out of history.
PUNK SCHOLARS NETWORK NEDERLAND
In 2012 werd het Punk Scholars Network opgericht in Engeland. Sindsdien heeft het zich over veel landen uitgebreid. Het is een internationaal forum voor wetenschappelijk debat over punk.
Sinds punk in 1975 begon in New York, in Londen en met de band Ivy Green in Hazerswoude, Nederland, is het telkens doodverklaard door stemmen uit het establishment. Maar het blijft terug komen. Wetenschappelijke studie van de invloed van punk, niet alleen op muziek, maar ook op andere kanten van de maatschappij, is de moeite waard.
Twee Nederlandse deelnemers aan de internationale Punk Scholars Conference op internet in 2020 besloten om een Nederlandse tak van het Punk Scholars Network op te richten. Ze bundelden hun krachten met de site bacteria.nl. Daar staat veel bronmateriaal over punk bands en fanzines, in Nederland en ook daarbuiten. Nieuwe deelnemers, met perspectieven uit verschillende wetenschappelijke richtingen, zijn welkom. Of nu de twintigste of de eenentwintigste eeuw bestudeerd wordt.
Op dit ogenblik zijn er plannen voor een hoofdstuk over de verhouding punk-anarchisme in Nederland in 1977-1982; te publiceren in een te verschijnen boek over de verhouding punk-anarchisme. En voor interviews over punk in Nederland in 1976-1982: interviews met 29 vrouwen en 1 man die deze tijd meemaakten. Dit omdat het boek over deze tijd Het gejuich was massaal 29 mannen en 1 vrouw interviewde.
This is the abstract of a paper, to be read at the Punk Scholars Network Netherlands conference, 18 June 2022 in Amsterdam. WOMEN IN DUTCH PUNK, 1976-1982. FIGURES AND FORGETFULNESS. So many women, why so few writings? Authors: Anita Raghunath and Herman de Tollenaere...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0DgGf8AK_c On this video, you can hear and see Wick, from Nijmegen, vocals/guitar of Bambix. On 18 June in OCCII in Amsterdam, Wick will be in the keynote forum, and she will also play a solo set, at the Women in Punk in the...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WiiXKmjTlM This is a 2021 live music video by Dutch band the Asbest Boys. Even Dutch mainstream media begin to note that punk is not dead at all. Weekly Nieuwe Revu writes now (translated): 'Punk music seemed to have disappeared into...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_MErPmcLLE This is a 1991 live video of a concert by Nirvana and L7 in the USA. It was a concert for Rock For Choice. That movement was started by all-women punk band L7 to oppose governments making abortion illegal, thus endangering...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cliWOH0Mkw0 This video about the Falklands/Malvinas war is by Crass, a punk band often mentioning international politics in their lyrics A call by Thiago Borne in Brazil on Twitter, about a 15-18 March 2023 conference in Montreal,...
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 13:40 First panel: Women in punk in North America, in the UK and in the...