Last week saw the University of Reading’s History department host the Second International Conference of the Interdisciplinary Network for the Study of Subcultures, Popular Music and Social Change. Titled ‘Writing the Noise’, the event centred on a key question: ‘how do we write about sound and the cultures that form around music?’. Being cross-disciplinary, and with the Network committed to dialogues beyond academia, the conference included contributions from music writers, musicians, and fanzine producers, as well as papers by academics in History, Sociology, Musicology, Cultural Studies, Politics and English Literature. The event was truly international, with delegates from Europe and beyond. Having formed in 2011, the Network – represented here by Prof. Lucy Robinson (Sussex), Prof. John Street (UEA), and Prof. Matthew Worley (Reading) – was able to once more expand its contacts in a genuinely collaborative and congenial atmosphere.
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