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Revolting: The political significance of punk around the globe by Professor Kevin C Dunn

Professor Kevin C Dunn, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, New York

Date/Time: Tuesday 2 November 2021, 5.30pm

Venue: This is an online event

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Hosted by Dr Matt Davies

Since its emergence as a cultural force four decades ago, punk has become an important vehicle for giving individuals and communities resources for resistance and rebellion in today’s global capitalist world. Based on fieldwork from around the world, Professor Dunn explores the ways in which individuals have constructed local punk scenes, from Northern Ireland during the Troubles to the streets of Myanmar today, that have been both direct and discrete spaces for political resistance in everyday life.


Kevin C Dunn is the Donald R. Harter ’39 Professor of the Humanities and Social Sciences at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY, where he currently serves as the director of the International Relations Program. His publications include Global Punk: Resistance and Rebellion in Everyday Life (2016), as well as the textbook Inside African Politics (with Pierre Englebert, 2013 and 2019), Undertaking Discourse Analysis (with Iver Neumann, 2016), and The Politics of Origin in Africa (with Morten Bøås, 2013), and numerous others. He is a regular contributor to Razorcake magazine and active in various forms of independent cultural production. His debut MG/YA novel, Vicious is my Middle Name (Regal House) will be published in Fall 2022.

Kevin C Dunn’s latest book Global Punk Resistance and Rebellion in Everyday Life is available to buy now from our university bookseller Blackwell's 

Live Q&A:

The lecture will be followed by a live Q&A with the speaker. You can submit a question in advance by sending an email to or during the event using YouTube Live Chat or via Twitter @InsightsNCL.

This event will be hosted on YouTube, registration is not required.