Subcultures and their mediated representations

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London College of Fashion

20 John Prince's Street



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A group of University of the Arts London post-graduate research students, in conjunction with Centre for Fashion Curation (CfFC) are hosting a one-day symposium titled Subcultures and mediated representations.

Our symposiumin in collaboration with CSM Postgraduate Community and Arts Student Union, will be ideally placed to kick-start a year-long series of events under the banner Subcultures: Then and Now (physical and digital exhibitions, symposiums, film screenings) as part of the CfFC’s 25th anniversary celebration of Streetstyle: from sidewalk to catwalk, a seminal fashion exhibition staged at the Victoria & Albert Museum in November 1994.


Subcultures and mediated representations

Thursday 31st October 2019

Rootstein Hopkins Space East, 20 John Princes Street, London College of Fashion – UAL


09.00 – 09.30

Registration: Tea (and/or coffee)

09.30 - 09.45

Opening notes

09.45 – 11.15

Panel 1:

On/off line cultures: mediated memories, recorded remembrances and cultivated histories

Mediated Representations of Subcultures as Mediated Memories within Online Menswear Communities

Dr Nathan Weiner, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London

Rhythms & Vibes out of The Spirit of Young Africa

Mike Calandra Achoa, Lecturer, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London

Men’s Style in 1940s London Jazz Clubs: The bebop look

Ray Kinsella, PhD candidate, Central Saint Martins

11.15 – 11.30


11.30 – 13.00

Panel 2:

Text power, text symbols, textual attraction: (un)written forms of subversion

The pen is mightier than the words: The New Musical Express critic as ‘Pontifex Maximus’

Kevin Quinn, PhD candidate, Central Saint Martins

Better Dead Than An Acid Dead: Boy’s Own, Balearic and Britain’s last youth culture revolution

Tim Gibney, MA has written on electronic music for publications including Resident Advisor and long-running house music and popular culture fanzine, Faith.

Reappraising the British rock groupie; identifying and conceptualising a groupie subculture (1964-1974)

Ellie Foden, PhD candidate, London College of Fashion

13.00 – 14.00

Dinner (or lunch, if you’re that way inclined)

14.00 – 15.30

Panel 3:

Subcultural identities: shifting notions of ‘self’, ‘representation’ and ‘persona’ through popular culture forms and notions of nationalism

Ah weh dem ah gwaan wid? Challenging black-assassination in the media and on Tell-Lie-Vision!

Dr William 'Lez' Henry, Associate Professor Criminology & Sociology, School of Law and Criminology, University of West London

Heroes in Face Paint: Adam Ant and heroic masculinities in Thatcher’s Britain

Professor Lucy Robinson, University of Sussex

Intersections of Punk and Queer in Cinema: The Problem of (Mis)representation

Temmuz Sureyya Gurbuz, PhD candidate, NUI Galway

15.30 – 15.45


15.45 – 17.00

Panel 4:

(Ethno)graphic designs: who decides on authenticity and authentic practices?

Telling Northern Soul Stories

Dr Sarah Raine, Research Fellow at the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research, Birmingham City University

The Devils in the Detail – Punk Graphic design

Dr Russ Bestley, Reader in Graphic Design & Subcultures, London College of Communication

Appropriating the £5 Munch

Liza Betts and Teleica Kirkland.

Liza Betts is a lecturer and researcher from the Cultural & Historical Studies department at the University of the Arts, London.

Teleica Kirkland is a fashion historian, Associate Lecturer in Cultural and Historical Studies (CHS) at London College of Fashion and a PhD candidate at Goldsmiths University.

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