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The Warzone Collective, Belfast: an introduction to punk perspectives on conflict and ‘peace’ in Northern Ireland

Date
Time
15:30
Location
Coleraine - J183C & Jordanstown - 12G02
Organiser
Robert Porter
Contact details
r.porter@ulster.ac.uk
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Punk’s resonance has been felt strongly here. Against the backdrop of the Troubles (and the ‘post-conflict’ situation) in Northern Ireland, punk has provided a musically and culturally focused anti-sectarian alternative...

Since the early 1980s, the Warzone Collective has been at the heart of punk in Belfast – its name reflects the (near-)civil war context in which it emerged, and opposition to sectarian conflict has been at the core of their activities during the last thirty (plus) years. Their distinct approach to ‘peacebuilding’ and conflict/post-conflict experience sets them as a critical counter-narrative to ‘top-down’ and governance-led initiatives.

This seminar will give an overview of the Warzone Collective, from their Troubles-era emergence to their current manifestation and activisms, and introduce some of the complex (but compelling) issues that are generated in discussion of punk in Northern Ireland.

Bio

Jim Donaghey has been an active participant in the punk scene for more than fifteen years, and brings his critically engaged insider experience into his academic work, with a particular focus on the interrelationships between punk culture and radical politics. Jim is interested in non-exploitative and dialogical research approaches, and has experience with creative and participatory methods, as well as ethnography. Jim received his PhD at Loughborough University in 2016 (‘Punk and Anarchism: UK, Poland, Indonesia’) and currently works as a Research Fellow at Queen’s University Belfast’s School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics, having previously been a module convenor and lecturer at the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work. Jim’s current musical excreta include an anarcha-feminist riotfolk outfit called Gulder, a conscious hip-hop/electro duo called Them’uns (feat. Yous’uns) and a subtle-as-a-brick d-beat hardcore band called Law****er.

Recent (and Upcoming) Publications

Donaghey, J. (forthcoming 2018), ‘Dances with Agitators. What is “Anarchist Music”,’ in the Routledge Handbook of Radical Politics, Uri Gordon and Ruth Kinna (eds)

Donaghey, J. (2017), ‘Doing Research in “Punk Indonesia”: notes towards a non-exploitative insider methodology,’ Punk & Post-Punk, 6:2, pp. 291-314 (plus the editorial ‘Punk Indonesia: a brief introduction,’ pp. 181-187)

Donaghey, J. (2017), ‘Punk and Anarchist Squats in Poland,’ Trespass, 1, pp. 4-35

Donaghey, J. (2016), Punk and Anarchism: UK, Poland, Indonesia, PhD thesis, Loughborough University

Donaghey, J. (2015), ‘“Shariah Don’t Like It …?” Religion and Punk in Indonesia,’ Punk & Post-Punk, 4:1, pp. 29-52 (plus the editorial introduction with Francis Stewart, pp. 3-7)

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